Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett || Book Review

“For the evaders, avoiders, dodgers, and side-steppers.
You probably have a good reason for hiding.
May you work through it and find your inner lion.”

An undeniably adorable YA romance novel, Jenn Bennett’s Alex, Approximately is the perfect read to rekindle those “gushy” feelings of passion and young love. When Bailey moves to California for a fresh start, she begins her ultimate plan – to find her online soulmate “Alex” before the summer ends. But when she begins a “love-hate” entanglement with the gorgeous yet irritating “security-surfer boy” Porter Roth, things grow more complicated than she anticipated. A breezy summer read full of laughter and awe, Bennett’s standalone novel makes the thought of love so much more beautiful than it already is.

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Kaz leaned back. ‘What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?’
‘Knife to the throat?’ asked Inej.
‘Gun to the back?’ said Jesper.
‘Poison in his cup?’ suggested Nina.
‘You’re all horrible,’ said Matthias.”

A daring and original YA novel, Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows brings a whole new meaning to the brilliance that is fantasy fiction. After receiving an offer one simply can’t refuse, Kaz Brekker assembles a team of misfits to infiltrate a prison notorious for its impenetrable walls. A comical yet dark adventure story full of well-rounded characters, Bardugo’s fantastic novel is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

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November Wrap Up 2018

Hello beautiful people!

…I think I’m just going to admit that 2018 has just NOT been a good reading year for me. After reading Kelly’s discussion post regarding Reading Slumps, I’ve started to realize some key things that cause me to read less: having too many unread books on my shelves, reading series that are too massive and complex, books with too many POV’s, and not reading at least one paranormal and one realistic fiction book a month.

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Book Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

“Everyone has heard stories of women like us—cautionary tales, morality plays, warnings of what will befall you if you are a girl too wild for the world, a girl who asks too many questions or wants too much. If you set off into the world alone. Everyone has heard stories of women like us, and now we will make more of them.”

In this highly anticipated sequel in the Montague Sibling series, Mackenzi Lee’s  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy provides thorough entertainment and grand adventures for a wide range of readers to enjoy. Trying to make a name for herself in a male dominated period, Felicity Montague begins her own story with unimaginable mysteries and despicable villains. But with her two wonderful companions, nothing will stand in her way of truth and triumph!

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Book Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

“But she was a writer, so while she did get this moment of thinking herself somewhat brilliant, it would soon be offset by a crippling doubt that she had a gift of words at all. Such is the way with all writers. Trust us.”

Hand, Meadows and Ashton’s brilliantly written and utterly comical retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in their novel My Plain Jane is an absolute thrill to read, one that will have you gasping for air due to uncontrollable amounts of laughter. Following Jane’s adventures but with an added supernatural twist and some additional compelling characters, My Plain Jane explores a hidden back story behind the what could’ve been tale of Jane.

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Book Review: Invitation to Poetry by Mihai Brinas

“i leave taking with me

the sadness of so many books left unread”

Eloquent and memorizing, Brinas’ Invitation to Poetry invites readers to experience a number of emotions through the simplicity of the written word. A collection of 61 brilliantly written poems, Brinas discusses a wide range of topics that are incredibly relatable and relevant to the world today. From the beauty of love to the struggle of identifying oneself in the world, Brinas’ Invitation to Poetry is such a delightful read that one may consider a must read collection.

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Book Review: The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning

“If there was one thing to know about the Colonel, it was that his brand of reasoning was peculiar and entirely his own. If there was a second thing to be known, it was that his methods often showed results.”

A brilliantly written story full of humor and wit, Patrick Canning’s The Colonel and the Bee features an epic “around-the-world” adventure with rather peculiar characters and a grand treasure hunt. After escaping her brutal life in the circus, Beatrix “Bee” becomes part of the Colonel’s crew on his flying ship and becomes entangled in a mystery adventure like none other. With a captivating plot and a rather humorous undertone, Canning’s novel displays the true essence of the steampunk and adventure genres in a splendid manner.

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September Wrap Up 2018

Hello beautiful people!

As I mentioned in last month’s wrap up, I’m officially a home owner…yay! It’s been a huge adventure, hence why my reading and book reviews have slipped a tad. However, I feel as though I almost have everything together now…here’s to a better October!

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Book Review: Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal

“Sin is geographical.”

A collection of six uniquely fascinating and diverse Sci-Fi short stories, Varun Sayal’s Time Crawlers provides an interesting take on the complexity of the university and intrigue regarding parallel worlds. From magic lamps to disturbingly dark societal practices, Time Crawlers provides entertainment for a wide audience.

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