Tag: ARCs for Review

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

I had zero expectations for this book, and it blew me away.  What a fantastic debut. Scars Like Wings combines so many of the things I enjoy in contemporaries, and attached them to an amazing girl and an important topic.  How many times have we judged people by their outside, or thought less of them because of some sort of difference that makes us, for no good reason, feel uncomfortable? Difference is not something people like to talk about.  Because we all want to believe we have no unconscious bias and that we are all perfect humans. Ava is the sole […]

Posted September 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

The first word that pops into my mind to describe Shadow Frost is “indulgent”. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad book.  It’s relatively entertaining, but it’s extreme and predictable.  It has that Disney-esque quality of good triumphing over evil.  The characters are highly powered with limited training and few consequences.  There were some pretty cool ideas in the skeleton of this novel, but I just didn’t believe it.  At all. And, yeah, okay, this is a fantasy and requires suspension of disbelief.  I get that, I really do.  But I also have a problem with characters who achieve the highest levels of […]

Posted September 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger

The first major takeaway I have about Steel Crow Saga is that it’s unnecessarily long. To steal a phrasing from one of the characters, it was a long walk to a very anime battle scene. The way this book is written falls into very detailed descriptions.  There’s not a lot of room for the reader’s imagination in way characters think, feel, or how the world works.  Steel Crow Saga is written from four perspectives and by the time you reach the end of the book, you know pretty well how each of them thinks, multiple stories from their past, how they feel […]

Posted September 12, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth.  Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD.  Both characters are orphans.  Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents.  Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental health conditions are one she is or has experienced, and she’s split them into the two […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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 […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //