Showing posts from August, 2020

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton, published 2020

     This book gets 4.75 stars and it was all around a great book. The characters were relevant and reflective of modern lifestyles, which was refreshing. The determined mindset of the main character is a wonderful model for the kind of confidence everyone hopes to achieve.      Be warned, this book has some incredibly cheesy moments; I physically cringed at some parts. But this was done in such a funny manner that I still enjoyed those moments.       That being said, I still took off the .25 star because some of the scenes were unnecessary and  described in annoyingly vivid detail.  I kept thinking that these scenes would have symbolism of some sort, but I really couldn't find any. (But I've always done poorly during the symbolism unit in literacy, so maybe I'm not the right person to refer to on that front.)     That's really my only problem with the book. I would say this book is a reread, but knowing what happens might take away some of the magic. Nevertheless, this

Winter (Evermore Academy #1) by Audrey Grey, published 2019

    Overall, this was not a great book. I liked the storyline and the writing style individually but the two did not mesh well together. The storyline was very dark and dismal while the writing style was lighthearted and fun.      I think the main character had an unrealistic and inconsistent lack of self-preservation which I believe the author added only to increase drama but it actually distracted from the storyline. I also found some scenes to be a bit wordy which made it hard to picture and understand what was going on. Since this is the first book out of a series, I expected somewhat of a cliffhanger ending. The author instead droned on and on towards the end of the book, tying up all loose ends and removing any motivation to read the next book.      So, I don't think I'll be reading the next book, and I don't think I'll be recommending this book to anyone. I'm disappointed to give this book such a drowsy review, especially because I really like the writing

Clique Bait by Ann Valett, published 2020

  I loved this book, all around. Everything was perfectly planted; everything had a reason for being included. It was fun to predict what was going to happen and when major plot-changing bombs were dropped, you were either shocked out of your mind, or smug because you knew it was going to happen. Coming up with theories on how the ending was going to play out was the best, similar to a mystery. But it’s not a mystery, it’s just mysterious.  Trying to describe the genre is hard. It’s definitely a romance, but it’s not just a romance. I get that its also realistic fiction, but it feels like there should be more to it than that. But like I said, it’s not mystery, not horror or thriller, it’s nowhere near being a fantasy or sci-fi. If revenge is a genre, that would fit. It’s a romance-revenge. It’s also kind of a finding-yourself book.  I think the concept is genius and perfectly executed. It had the right balance between sweet romance filled moments and crazy, revenge seeking moment

The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park, published 2020

  I gave this book 4 stars because some of the plot points were so out there, I felt it needed to get reigned in a bit. I know it’s fiction, but it bordered so hard between realistic fiction and science fiction and the outcome was a bit wishy washy. The plot needed to make up its mind and decide between full-blown sci-fi and realistic fiction.            Despite a few lulls, this book is actually really funny. The awkward, quirky personas the characters possessed made it hilarious. I wished it went on a little more, not just because the writing style and character development were amazing, but because the ending left me unsatisfied. I’m not sure if this is purposeful or not, but why the ending was wrapped up so quickly when there were some problems the author left unsolved confused me. The author is new and this is one of her first published books, so I decided it wasn’t a big deal. Other than that, it’s a good book. It’s a romance, but it’s not like, full-blown hard core romance.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, published 2005

  For me this was an amazingly wonderful, life-changing book. I would give it more than five stars if I could. I’m not going to lie though, it was a struggle to get through at times. Some books I quit simply because not enough happens, but this one I almost quit because too much happens and it’s heartbreaking. The way things get worse and worse is really emotionally draining. You would think it’s one of those books where everything is saved in one miraculous swoop at the end, but as soon as you start reading you would know this not to be the case. I also loved this author’s writing style and I thought the narration was genius.                If you google this book, it’ll list the genre as young-adult fiction and historical fiction, which I don’t disagree with. But it’s also a tragedy. I’m not sure if tragedy is a genre, but that’s the only real way to describe it.  Also, this is not a romance. Some other people were saying that it was and I wanted to put it out there that even thoug