Genre: Romance

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookCon 2019 and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look […]

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Posted September 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

At first, I was hesitant going into Illuminae for two reasons: it is a very hyped book, and it was mixed media, which may/may not work in audiobook format.  I kept my expectations pretty low, because a lot of the super hyped books don’t really work for me. Going into the early chapters of Illuminae, I was glad I protected myself with low expectations.  The world was interesting, and the action started right away, but the characters?  Meh.  Especially in the early chapters, they’re all quite vague and flirtatious.  There are moments that are good mixed in, like the initial battle between the […]

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Posted September 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I needed The Wrath and the Dawn because we need more unconventional retellings, guys! While I haven’t read The Arabian Nights, I am well aware of its framework. Scheherazade’s stories that run from one night to another, preserving her life on the basis of basic human curiosity, is a fantastic foundation for a retelling.  Going into The Wrath and the Dawn, I expected a book full of tales and a lot of tension about will-she-or-won’t-she die.  While The Arabian Nights definitely served as the launching pad for this novel, the theme did not continue through the story.  We hear the tales of Agib […]

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Posted August 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

If I’m being completely honest, Vinegar Girl was a bit of a bust for me.  I blame most of it on the source material – writing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew is no small feat.  Our climate called for a twist – we want Kate to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to escape and make her happy, and well, let’s just say I didn’t expect the ending?  And I know I should have liked it on some level, but I felt a bit let down. Anne Tyler focused a lot of getting Kate’s personality […]

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