Category Is: Book Review Realness!

"'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."

 

Naty, 19, Brazilian reader. Here to steal all the recommendations I can from you guys!

 

Name of the blog is a reference to the documentary Paris Is Burning.

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan, Joshua Swanson

I always have a lot of fun with Rick Riordan's books, and this was not different. I'm make a full review of the entire series when I'm done, but for now just know that I'm loving this!

Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 439 pages.

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan, Joshua Swanson

I know I'm really liking a story when I start searching fanart of the characters.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 439 pages.

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan, Joshua Swanson

I loved the original Percy Jackson series when I was a kid. Getting back into the sequel series now is exciting, I hope I still enjoy it.

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Harry Potter - The Complete Collection - J.K. Rowling

I don't usually re-read long series but I'm on the Harry Potter mood and I noticed I never actually read these books in English. I can feel my TBR pile judging me but I can't help it! 

 

This will stay in my currently reading for a while since it's the complete kindle edition with all 7 books. I'm excited!

The Abyss Surrounds Us

The Abyss Surrounds Us - Emily Skrutskie

"I don’t just raise monsters. I am one."

 

 

The Abyss Surrounds Us had a lot of potential. Seriously, what can be better than lesbian pirates fighting for their lives while training monster puppies to destroy other ships? If we're going just by the premise, this book would be perfect for me. 

 

But we need to look at the execution as well, and I did feel like I was left with literary blue balls during this one. All the characters, except for Cass and Swift, could use some development in the next book. The setting itself could also use for more exciting events. A lot of the time I felt like I was sailing through a very still sea, looking at a whole lotta nothing.

 

 

 

I'm still wondering if the fact that I *did* like it is enough for me to come back for a sequel. It didn't blow me away like I wanted to, but I do have hope that next time I'll get everything I want from my gay pirates.

 

Sentence: Just okay, but the reptilian pups were cute.

Psy Changeling #3

Caressed By Ice  - Nalini Singh

“Judd figured he must have done something right along the way. How else could a rebel arrow have earned the right to call this amazing woman his own? Even if it was a mistake, too damn bad. He was never giving her up.”

 

 

Exclusive footage of me as I finished Caressed by Ice:

 

 

I'm not sure if at this point I can keep calling this series a "guilt pleasure". The guilt died 2 books ago. The guilt died in the arms of strong men and the lips of brave women. I can even feel my Kindle silently judging me, but at this point I'm not embarrassed anymore. 

 

Judd and Brenna are my new favorite couple on this series! I LOVE THEM!

 

*Ahem*

 

Sentence: I may or may not have a problem.

Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 358 pages.

Caressed By Ice  - Nalini Singh

Goldfish boy on his little tank...

The Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson

"12:55 p.m. That time was important. I don't know why it stuck in my mind but it did, even without writing down.

 

At some point after 12:55 p.m. on that bright, scorching day, Teddy Dawson went missing."

 

I got a thing for good Middle grade books, despite the fact that my professors and probably a few family members would tell me I am too old for them. I don't care. There's something fascinating about books that manage to entertain children, but still hold a message that can reach up to an adult.

 

 

The Goldfish Boy is definitely one of those books. While we have a mystery disappearance going on and a main character with OCD, both of those are represented well. Matthew never gets in the way of the police while running his own little investigation, and his problems with cleanliness don't suddenly disappears after his secret gets out. If you choose to write about children with disorders, Lisa Thompson has a lot to teach about it. 

 

Sentence: Really good! So far my challenge readings have been hits.

 

 

Book read as part of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards challenge.

Blue, Pink, White, Pink, Blue.

This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie  Frankel

"I'm your grandma. That's what grandmas are for."

 

"Loving you no matter what you wear?"

 

"Loving you no matter what."

 

 

This Is How It Always Is is a lovely story that is more than just a story. From the begging chapter we learn about Rosie and Penn, their five lovely children, and got an intimate look at their dreams and hopes. Rosie wanted a daughter, but after her 5th son Claude was born, that seemed like an impossible dream.

 

But soon enough, Claude showed herself to be a different kid. And soon enough, Claude became Poppy.

 

 

What really interested me on this story is the way it was handled. There isn't an exact formula to dealing with LGBT+ children besides love. t's hard to know whether to shelter them or let the world know the truth. Even great parenting and acceptance could have a negative impact if the children never learn the truth about the world: Not everyone will be nice. Not everyone will be accepting. And it's okay to be afraid. 

 

"Parent time is magic: downtempo and supersonic all at once, witch's time, sorcerer hours. Suddenly, while you aren't playing attention, everything's changed."

 

The happy middle reached in the ending was really satisfying to me. Things might take this road, or that one, or end up in the middle of a lake instead. And it's okay. Poppy and her family have the now, and that's a long time.

 

Sentence: About as good as everyone is saying. If I have to offer one criticism, and it is enough to remove a star, it's that the author's writing got weird sometimes. Her sentences in special seemed to go on forever. By the time I was finished with a phrase I couldn't remember what the beginning was about. This is the nightmare of a non native English speaker, but I enjoyed everything else.

 

 

 

Book read as part of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards challenge.

Six misfits walk into a bar (again)...

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Keeping this one short and sweet because I'm still emotionally shook after finishing this series. I kept wondering if I had a reason to give it 4.5 stars instead of 5, but I don't. Two long books full of action and content, and there is nothing I disliked. So have some gorgeous fanart!

 

 

 

God I love this casting. I said before that I loved duologies but now I regret it. I wish I had another book of these amazing six babes! 

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie  Frankel

"I want my new name to be Poppy. Do you think Poppy is a good name?"

 

"I think Poppy is a perfect name."

 

God, I'm having so many feels over this one.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie  Frankel

"Well. Usually boys don't wear dresses to preschool," Rosie admitted carefully. "Or tights."

 

"I'm not usually," said Claude.

 

This, Rosie reflected, even at the time, was true.

Reading progress update: I've read 485 out of 532 pages.

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

"Go. May Djel watch over you until I can once more."

 

(Don't) look behind you.

Bird Box - Josh Malerman

"You can smell it, too. Death. Dying. Decay. The sky is falling, the sky is dying, the sky is dead."

 

 

Let me start this by saying I would absolutely die in the world of Bird Box. Walking around the world, afraid to open your eyes because monsters are about to jump at you? Nope. So much nope. There are main characters in horror movies, and then there's that extra that dies 5 minutes in. That's me.

 

The premise here is terrifying. I can't imagine living in a world where the big bad is the light around us, our ability to see. And the start of the book shows that amazingly, I was terrified for our main character Malorie and her two unnamed children, that have no names for obvious plot convenience. Seriously, Malorie? I know you were busy trying to like, not die, but you couldn't take 4 minutes of your day to stop calling your children Boy and Girl? Name them after chocolate brands for all I care. Twix and M&M's would be lovely kids.

 

Besides this plot weirdness I thought the start of the book was amazingly written, and so is every chapter set in the present. Every moment that went back to Malorie, lost and blind in a boat, was chilling to me.

 

 

In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?

 

 

The problem with this book wasn't there. The problem was the flashbacks.

 

Every character in Malorie's flashbacks is one dimentioned. Here is Tom. He is brave. Here is Don. He is cautious. Here is Jules. He has... a dog. Is having a dog a personality trait? I hope it is, because otherwise I would never be able to tell him apart from Felix. They are both completely useless to the plot. 

 

As it usually goes, humans are theo other problem here. While the setting is creepy and unsettling, the humans are flat and boring. Even Malorie got annoyingly one sided in her flashbacks. I couldn't care less if any of them died. The only ones I liked were the children. 

 

The ending was satisfying enough. Surprised me and rose this from 2 stars to 2.5.

 

Sentence: Honestly, if this has been just a short story with only the parts of Melanie in the boat, I'd be happy. But it wasn't, so I'm sticking to my 2.5 stars rating, rounded up to 3 on Goodreads.

Reading progress update: I've read 453 out of 532 pages.

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

There is so much action here that it's blink and miss. Blink and miss Kaz making another amazing scheme, blink and miss Jesper making an impossible shot, blink and miss Inej breathing awesomeness. I love it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 319 out of 532 pages.

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

"I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting."

 

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