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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Posted January 10, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

The Girl at Midnight was interesting, and in some ways unique, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t fall in love with it. Echo is discovered as an orphan and taken in by the Avicen – a species of avian humanoids who have feathers instead of hair.  As a pickpocket, Echo wins her way into the hearts of the Avicen through stealing candy for them and through her own natural charm, but to some, she’ll never belong.  When Echo is sent on a secret quest for one of the high council members to find the firebird, she follows her mission […]

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Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Posted January 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

After reading two of her books, I’ve decided that I both love and hate Maria Semple’s writing.  On one hand, I find that her plots just go around in circles without really getting anything done.  Her protagonists have a tendency to ramble, which is a bummer, and there are these whole side plots that don’t really seem to matter.  But at the end?  They all seem to come together.  They aren’t as rigidly structured as some other novels – I’d go as far as to say they’re messy.  But real life is messy, so on the other hand, that’s why I like […]

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Posted December 31, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Last review of 2018! Initially, I had planned to put this one off until next year, but honestly y’all?  I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t want to put it down.  Beth Revis has done an AMAZING job building this science fiction world.  The science and the possibilities are fantastic.  From the very beginning of the novel, I’ve been hooked. There are a lot of perfect details here.  Across the Stars starts with Amy saying goodbye to her parents, and then being cryogenically frozen.  The detail in the opening scene… it’ll make you cringe. It’s not […]

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Posted December 29, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

You’d think that, reading the title, I’d have figured out going in that this was going to be a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Which, by the way, I did not enjoy.  In fact, I can rarely remember myself being so bored by so short a books, except maybe The Chimes.  So you’d think that, based on my deep disinterest of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this one would have missed my TBR. I am so, so glad it made it on the list. Has anyone ever seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?  It […]

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Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Posted December 26, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This is not Jurassic Park. Okay, so absolutely NOTHING in other reader’s reviews or in the description led me to the hope that this was going to be another Jurassic Park-esque novel.  There were two things that let me to delude myself:  the cover art, and the dinosaur.  But this is not a dinosaur book.  This isn’t even science fiction.  Dragon Teeth is a western. I prefer Crichton’s science fiction. So, I think it’s important to note that Dragon Teeth was published posthumously.  Crichton was a prolific writer and there were a lot of rough, half-finished manuscripts lying around either completely abandoned or set aside for […]

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