Tag: Off The Grid Readathon

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

If you’re looking for a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling with a dangerous, passionate (but not overly graphic love story), you’ll enjoy Cruel Beauty. Cruel Beauty is about Nyx, a young lady whose father has sold her away after making a deal with The Gentle Lord.  Her father hopes she’ll kill the Gentle Lord and free the land of his demons.  However, after a few weeks in his house, Nyx learns that everything is not quite as it appears.  Freeing her land will not be so simple as bringing down his house, nor killing the Gentle Lord.  And what’s worse, she […]

Posted April 20, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

First off, I’m really glad I didn’t go into this expecting Artemis Fowl, because if I had, I would have been disappointed.  I’ve actually read a decent amount of Colfer’s work, so I’m familiar with the different types of stories he has but out.  Artemis is the best, but he is always entertaining.  And that’s still true here:  The Reluctant Assassin is entertaining. The story follows unlikely pair Riley and Chevie, one a waif from Victorian England, the other an American teen who is the product of a decommissioned FBI taskforce.  When Riley falls through a time tunnel, the pair […]

Posted April 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Off-The-Grid Readathon III

Off-The-Grid Readathon III

What a time for a readathon. I generally LOVE the Off the Grid Readathons, because allowing myself to sit down for a weekend and skimp a little on chores and just read is such a treat for me.  And I particularly love this one, because the Off the Grid Readathon is practically rules-free.  All you need to do is spend a little time off your phone and read. This readathon in particular has been very successful for me in the past.  Last year, it helped me catch up  on my 2018 Debut Author Challenge books, and back in January it helped me […]

Posted April 9, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 4 Comments //
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I want to start off this review by refuting the claim that it’s a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones.  I honestly believe that got me in the wrong mindset from the beginning, because that comparison left me wanting so much more.  Descendant of the Crane features a fairly messed up royal family, but otherwise, this is its own thing. The opening of the story is great.  We start just after the death of the king.  The atmosphere is gloomy and unpredictable, even dangerous.  The main characters steal into a disreputable district to seek forbidden magic.  It’s a great beginning.  It pulled me […]

Posted March 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Off-The-Grid Readathon II Review

Off-The-Grid Readathon II Review

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Off-The-Grid Readathon! This is the second time I’ve done this readathon and I really enjoy it. It gives me the opportunity to get out of my head and away from social media and mindless drivel for a bit and into the world of a book… and really focus on it. In review, the Off-the-Grid Readathon is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and Justine @ I Should Read That. It’s a three-day event where you read whatever you want, but the condition is, you’ve got to put your electronics away […]

Posted January 25, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 4 Comments //
Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes was required reading when I was in fourth grade, and I gotta be honest, it still holds up 20 years later. This book tells the impossible story of Stanley Yelnats IV, who is sent to prison because he was convicted of stealing a pair of charity auction shoes from a homeless shelter.  He’s put away pretty swiftly, sent to attend Camp Green Lake for juvenile delinquents.  The state hopes it will help him build characters. Of course, it’s really all the fault of his dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. At Camp Green Lake, the boys each dig a five-by-five foot hole.  Not because they’re looking […]

Posted January 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //