Category: Reviews

Review 208: Life as We Knew It..

Posted March 22, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 208: Life as We Knew It (Susan Beth Pfeffer)

What’s great about this book is the character development: a protagonist who starts out making me want to chuck the book but develops into someone more caring and selfless WITH some stumbling and falling along the way. Miranda doesn’t automatically become caring once the disaster hits. Along the way, she has selfish moments and makes stupid decisions, which I appreciated in the narrative. It shows the effect that this kind of disaster can have on someone when their world is turned upside-down and everything changes. Aside from the main character, I really liked her immediate family (aka the ones we […]

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Review 207: Snow Like Ashes (S..

Posted March 15, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 5 Comments
Review 207: Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch)

In this book, the Big Secret or Twist was guessed by me pretty early on. I think it tended to drag during some chapters (maybe it was because I listening to the audiobook over the course of like… 20 days?), and I wasn’t particularly enamored by the appearance of a love triangle. But I still liked this book. Enough to give it four stars, even! Enough to be seriously interested in the rest of the series, even! The world-building was absolutely fascinating. The dynamics of the Season kingdoms (both within the kingdoms, how the Seasons relate to each other, and […]

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Review 206: The Incredible Adv..

Posted March 8, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 206: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (Melissa Keil)

This book and I were off to a slow start. I picked it up maybe a few months ago, and was interested by the whole doomsday coming to a small town premise, but it didn’t grab me. Maybe it was because I kept mixing up the characters because I wasn’t really getting a feel for their personalities, at least not until I picked it up again today. Actually, I still kept getting the characters mixed up but I managed to get through the book. And I liked it! When I picked it up, I thought it was going to be […]

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Review 205: Snow in Summer (Ja..

Posted March 2, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 205: Snow in Summer (Jane Yolen)

This retelling focused more on Summer’s life before she runs from her stepmother, which I liked (for the most part). It tells the story of a young girl and her father dealing with the grief of her mother’s death, and the new stepmother who brings upheaval into her life. But I had problems with its characters and pacing, though Yolen’s writing is really good in that it conveys the atmosphere very well. Summer is a kind and obedient girl, observing her world and noticing the small things around her. The characters aren’t so fleshed out: kind main character, loving but […]

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Review 204: Red Queen (Victori..

Posted February 22, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 204: Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)

Well, that was pretty underwhelming, and a little bit confusing. I think it mostly had to do with me not really getting a grasp on the world that Aveyard was trying to build. I hear of kings and queens and superpowers, and I think that it’s magic and my mind clicks to a fantasy setting like Game of Thrones. But then we have all this crazy technology and weapons and it seems like another futuristic dystopian title. And it made me think more of like… The Hunger Games or something with a similar level of technology. “But Ana,” you say. […]

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Minireviews: Graphic novel tim..

Posted February 21, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Minireviews: Graphic novel time!

A while back, I decided to try out my library’s graphic novel catalogue. As you can see, one trial turned into BINGE READING, WOO! Hence, minireview time! Okay, that book was so CUTE! For reals, the vibrant and dynamic art serves its equally and vibrant story so well. The characters are super fun, and I definitely saw parts of my younger self and my friends in the characters. Telgemeier puts together such a lovely story about middle schoolers trying to put on a play, but also discovering new things about themselves and each other along the way. For me, it […]

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Review 203: You Deserve a Drin..

Posted February 19, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 203: You Deserve a Drink (Mamrie Hart)

I adore Mamrie Hart. I love her humour, her puns, her recipes (for BOOZE WOOHOO), and just her incredibly fun personality. (Also man, her wardrobe. I want her clothes!) I’ve been a follower of her series ever since I saw this video: Sidenote, I made this drink/punchbowl of death for my friend’s birthday party. She loves the Vlogbrothers and the party was at her house, so OF COURSE THIS HAD TO HAPPEN. I also had to taste-test the recipe at my flat before going to the party so you can imagine that we had quite the time that evening. (Further […]

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Review 202: Illuminae (Amie Ka..

Posted February 15, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 202: Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

WOW THAT WAS COOL Like, REAL COOL. The story is told through all kinds of things, including some that I just didn’t expect at all but really carried the story so beautifully. Or horrifically. In a good way. In a “wow, this is really compelling and this HORRIBLE THING has me so tense and absorbed and INVESTED” kind of way. Kaufman and Kristoff weave a story so exciting, interesting, tragic, horrifying, and just so AMAZING. It’s hard to really form coherent thoughts about this book because it’s told in such a unique fashion. It’s not just letters and IMs and […]

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Review 201: The 6th Extinction..

Posted February 12, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 201: The 6th Extinction (James Rollins)

I used to LOVE James Rollins books. I’m talking “automatically buying his books whenever I saw them at the bookstore” kind of love, and reading them within the day because I’d always be so excited. I still like them. Sure, they seem to follow a specific formula: good thing gone wrong, blast from the past, team gets split up, everything resolved in the nick of time, etc. But I like them! They’re like watching an action movie. And the movie comparison is really apt. Rollins’ writing style is one where it cuts away just at the exciting moment in order […]

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Review 200: Ten Thousand Skies..

Posted February 8, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 200: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Claudia Gray)

I really loved the first book in this series. Like, a lot. I’m absolutely fascinated by the multiverse theory and reading a book that involves all this dimension-hopping makes me really happy. It also doesn’t hurt that the romance between Marguerite and Paul just makes me swoon! This book? Well, it did remind me of all the lovely reasons why I loved the first one and revealed something that sets up something pretty epic for the third book in the series. But… It just didn’t have the magic of the first book for me. I fell in love with the […]

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