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Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely

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Gunslinger Girlby Lyndsay Ely

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: jimmy patterson (imprint of Little, Brown and Company)
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.


My Review:

This book stole my heart. I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Continue reading “Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely”

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Book Review | WONDER, by R. J. Palacio

 

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Wonderby R. J. Palacio

Publish Date: February 14, 2012
Published by: Knopf
Pages: 316
Genre: MG Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

 


My Review:

Okay, so I finally, finally, read this book and I’m not going to lie, I was a little underwhelmed based on how much people talked about it (and also the fact that a movie has been made based on it). While I absolutely loved the characters and thought that they each spoke true to their own nature and their age level, I thought that the overall story fell into more preachy towards the end. These kids who spent the first half of the school year playing a game around not touching Auggie and bullying his one friend just because he was friends with him, suddenly turned around and were all buddy buddy with him after one incident involving kids from another school. So…it was okay when you did it but not when they did? Sure there was a period between where most of the kids just sort of let their bullying stop, but none of them actively ever apologized to Auggie or Jack Will either. So for me it just felt like a sudden turn-a-round of character that didn’t really feel okay because they never really acknowledged how mean they were to Auggie.

I feel like there was some growth in a few of the characters, like Jack Will and Amos, but I would have liked to see others grow as well. Julian remained a bully and instigator up until the end, and I don’t know if he will ever learn his lesson or not. And all these other side characters just had a sudden change of heart. I would have liked to see more of the teachers maybe saying something, or encouraging things – those precepts of Mr. Browne’s were really interesting and I thought would play a bigger role in the overall book, but they kind of just…fell into the ether in this book. They were there once or twice but didn’t make much of an impact on the actual story itself. Also, I hate it when teachers turn around and tell students that they were completely aware of the bullying situation they were in, but did absolutely nothing to help stop it.

Like I said I really enjoyed the characters themselves, especially Via, whose perspective was beautiful and heartbreaking, and the overall story was engaging and easy to read. I just felt that it fell a little short at the end and became a little preachy about choosing to be kind, when most of the students in the school could have used that advice many times over throughout the book rather than just at the end.


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Book Review | THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL, by Jessica Brody

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The Chaos of Standing Stillby Jessica Brody

Publish Date: November 28, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.


My Review:

I have to say I have some mixed feelings about this book. Continue reading “Book Review | THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL, by Jessica Brody”

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Book Review | A CONJURING OF LIGHT (SHADES OF MAGIC #3), by V. E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3), by V. E. Schwab

Publish Date: February 21, 2017
Published by: Tor Books
Pages: 624
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


My Review:

Well, it took me forever and a day but I FINALLY FINISHED!!! Continue reading “Book Review | A CONJURING OF LIGHT (SHADES OF MAGIC #3), by V. E. Schwab”

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Currently Reading | Some random thoughts

So I finally, finally picked A Conjuring of Light back up (it’s been 2 months) and I feel like I’m no longer in a slump with it anymore, yay!!  (Okay so I also put it down cause I was super behind on ARC reading…).

I started This Mortal Coil which comes out…Tuesday….might not make it in time for that one.  I’m only 50 pages in and it’s so far half action and half science-talk-explanation-stuff so I’m kind of 50/50 on my feelings for it right now.

And then there is The City of Brass which I am only 1 and a half chapters into but it’s kind of already pulling me in so, definitely some high hopes there!

So, what is everyone else currently reading and what are your thoughts?

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Books Read this Month | OCTOBER 2017

So I only read 4 books this month due to the fact that the show I was working on went into production, so between hang/focus and tech I didn’t have a lot of time to myself.

The books I read were:

I think out of all of them I enjoyed Nevermoor the most (and yeah I keep calling it that in my head it’s the biggest title on the cover).  It is a middle grade fantasy and was just a really fun read with a really fun magic system and great world-building.

How did you do on your reading goals this month?