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The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

This book was absolutely beautiful. I don’t typically go in for romance, but sometimes, when it’s paired with exquisitely written historical fiction, I fall head-over-heels for it.  That’s how I feel about The Orphan’s Song. I picked this book up at BookCon a couple weeks ago, and had the opportunity to meet Lauren Kate.  I’d read Fallen when I was younger and I remember very little of it except that there were parts I really liked, and parts I thought were super cheesy.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Orphan’s Song as Lauren moved from YA to adult, but I […]

Posted June 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime was not the memoir I expected.  At this point, I’ve read a few different memoirs, of comedians, actresses, singers, and so forth.  Most of them follow the same basic theme – the first few chapters cover childhood, but most the book is about their rise to fame and the thing they are most known for.  Born a Crime doesn’t do that at all.  Trevor Noah’s memoir bypasses his ascent, and focuses on his roots. This alone endears me to the books – so many memoirs (even the good ones) spend a lot of time talking about themselves, but […]

Posted March 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Glass Town by Steven Savile

Josh Raines inherits a mystery from his grandfather – a mystery about a young woman beloved by his great-grandfather and his great-great-uncle.  Eleanor Raines disappeared off the set of Hitchcock’s unfinished Number 13 and was never seen again.  So what happened to Eleanor?  Something is rotten in the Rothery, and Joshua can’t help but to be swept up in it all. Glass Town had its up and downs.  There were parts of it that absolutely drew me in.  Some of the fantastical elements reminded me of something out of that SyFy show from a while back, Warehouse 13, while other parts reminded […]

Posted February 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

A handful of bloggers I really enjoy have been talking about this series since I rejoined this community, and it’s been on my TBR for a while.  On one hand – um, this is about a LIBRARY and also FANTASY so HI I AM HERE SIGN ME UP.  But on the other hand, I read book one of Rachel Caine’s popular Morganville Vampires series a couple years ago and it really wasn’t for me. There were two reviews that got Ink and Bone on to my TBR.  The first was Cait over at Paperfury, who actually wrote a whole post about how underrated […]

Posted January 24, 2019 in Reviews // 8 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 //
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 //