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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

As many of my consistent followers know, I am constantly on the hunt for a good Alice in Wonderland retelling.  I’ve tried numerous books with varying levels of success – books that are good stories but not really retellings, books that were fascinating but didn’t follow through, books that had an interesting take on Wonderland but weren’t really my cup of tea because of the writing style or the terrible, horrible plot and characters.  As Alice in Wonderland is a popular retelling, I’m far from having read them all and I know there are good ones out there.  I keep trying and trying […]

Posted December 17, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

While I fell completely into The Raven Boys and wanted more of this strange and unusual world, The Dream Thieves left me decidedly unsatisfied.  My understanding of the fan community is that The Dream Thieves is often a favorite in the bookish community, so this is probably a bit of an unpopular opinion…but it just didn’t do it for me.  I’m sorry, but there you have it. This isn’t to say that The Dream Thieves is an inherently unenjoyable book.  It’s still entertaining, and for fans who like Ronan’s character, this book will be a holy grail of awesome.  I’m here for Richard Gansey III and […]

Posted December 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Misery by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

Wow. So, a million years ago, my then-boyfriend sat me down and decided that for date night, we were going to watch Misery.  He told me it was based on a Stephen King book, like that would give it brownie points because it was based on a book.  I remember cringing a lot, and not loving the general flow of the movie – the actors, especially.  I remember being hooked. Fast forward about six years later to today.  I married that schmuck, and Misery popped up on my TBR.  I remembered the story being formidable, and I’ve read a lot of Stephen […]

Posted December 6, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This books gets an awful lot of hype.  I’ve had it on hold for the audiobook at the library for almost a year, so I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people are still reading it.  I was excited when this finally became available because I was dying to see what all the hype was about. I gotta be honest, I didn’t love it? There were moments that is was alright.  I actually didn’t mind Bernadette as a character, and I thought some of her correspondences were interesting.  I particularly liked the email from Bernadette to her old […]

Posted November 29, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

About 10% of the way into Carve the Mark, I started fishing through friend reviews on Goodreads.  I was bored.  I wanted to know if other people were bored, too.  It seemed like – overwhelmingly – they were!  I also learned that there was a lot of controversy surround this book, so I think it’s only fair to point out a little bit of it. The publisher sponsored many reviews.  This means that they paid prominent bloggers, vloggers, and Goodreads accounts to read the book.  This is totally different than simply providing an ARC – there’s so much more pressure to give a […]

Posted November 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //