The Ocean at the End of the Lane review

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“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

So, what can I say about a book that was just……AMAZING IN EVERY WAY?

Let me just say that I loved magical realism before I knew what magical realism was. This isn’t my first romp in Gaiman-land but I have only read Coraline otherwise so…basically now I am buying every one of his other books.

Contrary to other opinions, this book was not confusing to me at all. It’s true to Neil Gaiman’s staple which is making you feel uneasy yet oddly safe because you know that good will prevail. It’s about good vs evil, the end of innocence and friendship and bravery and loss.

And this tidbit of truth: “Peas baffled me. I could not understand why grown-ups would take things that tasted so good raw, and then put them in tins, and make them revolting.”

This book is weird and beautiful and everything you want in a weird and beautiful book. At under 200 pages, I truly did not even want it to end. I read the thing in one day. *insert sad face*

I don’t want to give anything away. I’d like people to go in blind like I did and be pleasantly.
surprised.

If you don’t Neil Gaiman, you probably won’t like this. If you do, read this. If you aren’t sure, read this.

*****

Winter Glass-ARC review

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352 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
***Thank you to Edelwiess for providing me with an e-galley of this sequel to Spindle Fire.
This is a direct sequel which starts off when the curse under Aurora has been broken and she awakens to find war between the fairy queen Malfeur and Deluce brewing. We are taken through different POV’s throughout the entire book giving depth to the goings on of the story. This is one of my favorite series because it gives you a glimpse of what the villains are doing and thinking from their POV.
Things are a little dark in this sequel as the characters we fell for in Spindle Fire are caught up in war, mystery and politics as well as forbidden love. Their lives change as they head down new paths, sometimes together and sometimes separately. There’s sacrifice. Lots of it. These princesses really step it up a notch. This isn’t your typical fairy tale story.
I didn’t like a few things, but they paled in comparison to what I did like. The writing is splendid and almost envying. I felt as though I was there with everybody and I lost track of time finishing because my eyes just couldn’t see the real world around me. That’s what a book should do.
That all being said (most I don’t want to spill since some people like to be surprised when reading a book) I really enjoyed this book and I will buy it to add to my shelf when it releases.

 

Moxie review

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330 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
I have to say how much I hate myself for reading this book so fast. I just really could not help it. This book was so good.
Okay so, we’re following Vivian, a junior at a Texas high school who gets fed up of the sexism and harassment, mainly from the popular football players. She gets inspired by her mother’s old Riot Grrrl movement mementos and decides to take matters into her own hands.
Here’s a list of things because I like making lists of things:
1. This book is important. It may be the most important, next to Nowhere Girls and The Hate U Give that I have read in the past year. I mean, I could tell just by the dedication before the story even begun. This is IMPORTANT
2. It shows what most girls put up with it in school and I had myself looking back and thinking, why wasn’t I “awake” enough to put a stop to it? I should have done something.
3. It’s relevant. This stuff has gone on before and it’s going on now. Even the “bump and grab” game was done while I was in high school and it angers me off to think about it.
4. IT EMPOWERS FEMALES of every race and age.
5. It clears up what feminism is. It’s not about hating men. It’s about being equal.
6. MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!
For those who read it and haven’t experienced anything in the book, at leas it can open your eyes to what can happen and what you can do to stop it in its tracks. I loved this book for its characters that learn and grow from their experiences, the mother and daughter dynamic and the fact that I could not put it down.
Note-This is sexual assault and talk of rape in this book

 

The Queen’s Rising review

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464 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
At 50% completed, this book still hadn’t hooked me and I felt as though I was just skimming, anxiously waiting for SOMETHING to happen. I mean, I would take anything at that point.
I just came off reading a highly descriptive novel so maybe I was expecting a little bit more from this one if not the same. There wasn’t any world building. Not only that, I didn’t know how to picture Brianne where she was at any given time. I let my brain fill in the blanks which is fine in most cases, but don’t let me fill in ALL THE BLANKS.
So, we’re following Brianne who is accepted into Magnalia House, a school in which you learn different passions to basically fit in society. So, kind of a Divergent feel, but not as good. She gets accepted, despite having no real talent, which was the first strike for me. I mean, this book wants to be mystery, but we all know everyone knows who and what Brianna is from the very start. Maybe I’m just smart like that.
Probably not.
Hey, I’ve spelled her name wrong twice now. Now you see how unaffected this book made me.
Another thing I couldn’t get past was the relationship between this seventeen year-old girl, Brienna and one of her teachers. I’m not a prude, don’t get me wrong, but this was a little jarring for me.
The writing was fine. The plot needed a little bit of ooomph. The people and the places needed to shine a little brighter. Everything seemed so grey. Maybe it’s because I didn’t know what time of day or what the season was or anything.
All in all the book was fine. If there’s a sequel, though, I probably won’t pick it up.
***ARC provided by Edelweiss***

The Cruel Prince review

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370 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
FIVE BIG FAT SHINING STARS
This being my first Holly Black novel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did not expect to absolutely fall head over in heels in love with it. THIS BOOK WAS PHENOMENAL!
Okay, so it starts off with three siblings, one of which is Fae named Vivi. Their mother had spirited away from the faerie world ot the real world after she fell in love with a human. Fast forward a few years and daddy Fae isn’t really happy about mommy’s new setup in the human world….so takes back what is his, plus two more.
Funny thing is, the story doesn’t really follow Vivi at all, but Jude, her human sister. Having been brought to the Fae world and raised by fostered by them, she has a certain bitterness about her. She’s not a Mary Sue, despite my inklings at first, but she’s headstrong and cunning and everything you want in a protagonist
What I loved: Um, everything? How you couldn’t quite tell who was bad or who was scheming or who was on who’s side. The family dynamic and at some points, the lack thereof. The detail put into the Fae world. I mean, all that FOOD HAD ME DROOLING. The world-building was luscious and dangerous.
Some books I fly through but with this one, I actually took my time and read every sentence as if it were honey on my lips. I mean, the writing was that amazing. When I read the last line, I wanted to stand up and clap. Is that weird?
The ending….I was seriously gripping the pages as I was reading. WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK TWO???
Shout out to Owlcrate for the absolutely gorgeous cover.  I mean, I just want to lick it. Is that also weird?