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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

  Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth.  I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult.  The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws.  I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon […]

Posted October 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Full disclosure:  I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001.  Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab.  But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity. […]

Posted January 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

My brother got me this book for my birthday, because he read it and it’s one of his favorite books ever.  He loves it with a fiery passion and I’m so happy about that, because my brother has never been a heavy reader.  For myself, I am not quite so in love with Jane, though I did enjoy reading the book. I find Jane Sinner, as a character, frustrating.  She’s selfish and destructive.  In many ways, that works well but as a reader there were times I had difficulty connecting with her as a character, because she is so intentionally […]

Posted November 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

I think Heretics Anonymous is a really important book to have out there, and I think that a lot of people will be offended by it. Please take this all with a grain salt, because with anything controversial, personal experiences tends to shade the review.  I am going to try really hard not to discuss too much theology here, because I feel like that will lead to arguments, and this is a book review blog.  That said, I think a little background on my own experience is required to give a fair frame for this review.  I’ll keep it as brief as possible. […]

Posted October 18, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my second favorite of all the Potter books, and for good reason – it’s filled with action, new characters, and it’s the turning point of the series.  Listening to the audiobook just made it better.  Narrator Jim Dale continues to improve his voices.  I particularly enjoyed his choice for Madame Maxime.  I also continue to enjoy his choices for the Weasley twins, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Snape.  I think a good narrator really brings the characters to life. As for the story itself, I think that GoF is most enjoyable because […]

Posted December 29, 2016 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

  Overall, this is a very good book. I have my gripes – the predictability and sappiness of the ending and some of the childish language spoken by a fully grown Gretjie – but on the whole I enjoyed it. Ratings Breakdown Setting: ★★★★ 1/2 Plot: ★★★★ 1/2 Characters: ★★★ 1/2 Writing: ★★★★ Pacing: ★★★ Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★ Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments! Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloglovin’ | LibraryThing

Posted March 20, 2016 in Reviews // 0 Comments //