Book Review

Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik

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Spinning Silverby Naomi Novik

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 480
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


My Review:

Having fallen in love with Naomi Novik from the first chapter of Uprooted , I knew that I had to read her newest book. Not only was it another fairytale-esque reimagining, but it was going to be about my people, Jews, and I all the more loved her for that. Although it took me some time to really get into this story (how I wish this came out in winter and not summer) I eventually found myself really enjoying the plot and the characters. And while it did not capture my utmost love as much as I wished it would have, it still kept me enchanted throughout the novel. Continue reading “Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik”

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Book Review | WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS, by Jennifer Honeybourn

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When Life Gives You Demonsby Jennifer Honeybourn

Publish Date: July 17, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 272
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.


My Review:

I honestly didn’t think I was going to end up reading this book in two days but that’s exactly what I did. Somehow it sucked me right in and I could not bring myself to put it down until I finished it. With some great Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mediator vibes, this book was fun, quick, and a completely engrossing read. Continue reading “Book Review | WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS, by Jennifer Honeybourn”

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Book Review | ADORKABLE, by Cookie O’Gorman

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Adorkableby Cookie O’Gorman

Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Published by: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 332
Genre: YA Contemporary/YA Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. 

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. 

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. 

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties. 

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless. 

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: 

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun? 


My Review:

I am going to say right off the bat that I have some mixed feelings about this book. Story and plot-wise, it was very cute and engaging, kept me interested and unable to put it down, moved quickly and decently, and had lots of fun exciting moments as well as some emotional ones. However, some things felt frustrating, the characters especially, and some key symbols/metaphors in the plot. Continue reading “Book Review | ADORKABLE, by Cookie O’Gorman”

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Book Review | THE SOUL KEEPERS, by Devon Taylor

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The Soul Keepersby Devon Taylor

Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Death is just the beginning.

After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything… for both the living and the dead.


My Review:

I really wanted to enjoy this book, and while the writing style was definitely good and easy to get through, there was something that just didn’t click for me. In fact, I almost DNF’d it several times in the first half, but decided to continue with it because it was moving so quickly and I thought I might get into it at some point. There were definitely missing elements to the story and plot, and just a scraping of the surface of the characters that left me wanting more from them than what I got. Continue reading “Book Review | THE SOUL KEEPERS, by Devon Taylor”

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Book Review | ANNE OF WINDY POPALRS, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1936 (ebook published in November 6th 2017)
Published by: N/A
Pages: 264 
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They’re known as the royal family of Summerside – and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty – and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF WINDY POPALRS, by L. M. Montgomery”

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Book Review | STAY SWEET, by Siobhan Vivian

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Stay Sweetby Siobhan Vivian

Publish Date: April 14, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fiction/Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…


My Review:

I picked this up on a whim because I decided I wanted a cute fun summer read to get me in the mood for the season. I thought this book was going to put a smile on my face, and while it did, there were some ups and downs getting there. Continue reading “Book Review | STAY SWEET, by Siobhan Vivian”