I'm not totally sure how I feel about this book as a whole. I did love the examination of fangirl/fandom culture. The characters definitely spoke likeI'm not totally sure how I feel about this book as a whole. I did love the examination of fangirl/fandom culture. The characters definitely spoke like true tumblr users.
Although the terribleness of the characters was probably meant to be just that, sometimes it crossed the line. Thankfully, characters like Erin stood up for herself. Apple just seemed to be a caricature of a rabid fan. Isabel was the dedicated blogger who had all the updates about the Ruperts.
There were some hilarious parallels between the fictional band of The Ruperts and a real life famous band, down to the tweets about his band mates being happy about his supposed split from the group.
Overall, a lot of shenanigans ensue and they're mostly hilarious, but sometimes show how we can tear each other apart in some dangerous ways. ...more
AH YES. So good. If you're looking for a book that has some grounding in Indian folklore, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. I don't have a lot of knowledge of IndianAH YES. So good. If you're looking for a book that has some grounding in Indian folklore, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. I don't have a lot of knowledge of Indian folklore, but I love books based in folklore. I don't know what it is that sets it apart from other Fantasy novels for me.
Anyway, I loved her inquisitive mind and the idea that the heroine of the story doesn't always feel like the most powerful person. I mean, there's a point in which she literally loses her powers and has to gain them back. And there's a talking, flesh-eating horse.
I also love stories that involve the heroine doing something that may involve her own deception, but she takes responsibility and action. And she doesn't need someone else to save her. ...more
5,000 stars because this spoke to my spirit sooooo much! She wrote each part as a "season" which I loved. I also loved the prayers and the places to w5,000 stars because this spoke to my spirit sooooo much! She wrote each part as a "season" which I loved. I also loved the prayers and the places to write stuff. I could see someone using this as a devotional, even if it isn't actually a devo book. She also had bits called "beautiful certainty" which are like God's promises and whatnot.
And that ending/epilogue! Love love love.
Mandy is the kind of writer who makes you feel like she's sitting across with you, encouraging you. Possibly with coffee. Okay, definitely with coffee.
This book is PERFECT for single Christian ladies, whether you've never been on a date or a seasoned veteran and haven't found ~the one~ yet. ...more
This book is so great. AHHHH. Take a book set in the middle east and give it a western feel. GUNZ A BLAZIN. ALL THE ACTION. And the tiniest bit of romThis book is so great. AHHHH. Take a book set in the middle east and give it a western feel. GUNZ A BLAZIN. ALL THE ACTION. And the tiniest bit of romance. ...more
This is seriously Cassandra Clare's best novel yet! Before you sigh about how it's 720 pages, let me fill you in on why it's wo(Video Review to Come!)
This is seriously Cassandra Clare's best novel yet! Before you sigh about how it's 720 pages, let me fill you in on why it's worth it.
I feel like this book added more representation of diverse characters to this world without it feeling like "Ooh, look! Do I get a check mark for this?!" (I've run into a book like that lately and I don't like it)
There's a character, Mark, who is bisexual and is polyamorous. Ty is somewhere on the Autism spectrum. Arthur has brain damage, dementia, or some other brain disorder. They say it's because his body is rejecting the Angel blood, but reading between the lines, it represents some sort of brain decay. Dru is described as being fat. She's self-conscious about it, but her weight is never addressed in a negative manner. Representation partayyyy!
The story itself is full of heart-wrenching, breath-taking, and side-splitting moments. Only a few times did I feel thrown out of a scene when Emma made a joke while fighting the Guardian (nope, not spoiling who that is...) I loved that this novel had a bit of murder mystery to it alongside having a ~big bad~. It was well paced and isn't afraid to punch the air out of your lungs at a moment's notice.
If you read through my updates on this book, you'll see quite a few about Mark. Even though he's mentioned in past books, it was nice to see his character fully fleshed out, even though he has gone through much change having had some time with the Hunt. He has those awkward moments with his siblings where he doesn't know what to do now that they're five years older. There are some really funny moments with that and the way that he speaks. There are some really good moments between him and Ty that made me tear up so much.
OH TY. Yes, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT TY. Okay, so, my older brother is on the Autism spectrum as well and seeing Ty's sibling relationships was like a glimpse at my family (even though I just have an older brother and younger sister). I felt like Julian when he's telling Ty that he can't come during certain points of the investigation. It's hard to try to take care of someone, consider their best interests, while trying not to hinder them as well. I definitely cried turing certain Ty scenes.
*Whispers* what ever happened to Cameron Ashdown? He's a Shadowhunter, right? He's mentioned a few times throughout the book, but he never comes to practice at the Institute or anything.
OH EMMA. Poor, poor Emma. Even when she ran off and did stuff on her own, it didn't seem like a bad thing?! I mean, I was scared for her, but I didn't feel like calling her stupid. Her love life makes my heart break, though.
Again, I relate so much to Julian. Okay, he does some stupid stuff and lies, but aside from that, feeling and acting like the oldest. Taking care of everyone. IT'S ME.
KIT. Kit. Kit. KIIIIIT. I can't wait for that story to unfold some more. I have THEORIES about him. Well, one. It's sort of spoilery to the last chapter, so I'll save it for the end of my video review.
So happy to see Tessa, Jem, Clary, Jace, etc. UGH ROBERT LIGHTWOOD CAN LIGHT HIMSELF ON FIRE THOUGH AM I RIGHT.
The short story at the end is sooooo sweet.
I can't think of anything else to add, so if you have any questions about the book, leave them in the comments! Thanks! - Liz...more
So fun! I can't wait to read more from this world.
I loved the commentary on the bottom of each page. I also loved her group of friends! Such great varSo fun! I can't wait to read more from this world.
I loved the commentary on the bottom of each page. I also loved her group of friends! Such great variety and glad to see some fun characters who aren't all white dudes. I need more superheroes like this! Or I just need to keep reading Squirrel Girl. ^_^...more
This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is definitely the kind of book that will leave you reeling for days anThis book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is definitely the kind of book that will leave you reeling for days and days. Even a few pages in, I knew Library of Souls was going to be my favorite book of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy. Ransom Riggs’s writing just gets better and better, the adventures get bigger, and my heart gets more and more attached to Jacob and Emma. Read More on my blog!...more
I thought I reviewed this already! Finished sometime in September.
Main character -- Zoe -- was a bit dry at first, but I grew to love her! Digby wasI thought I reviewed this already! Finished sometime in September.
Main character -- Zoe -- was a bit dry at first, but I grew to love her! Digby was definitely a love-at-first-mention for me. And I'm glad he and Zoe became friends because they -- along with Henry -- have some crazy adventures involving attempting to solve the disappearance of a missing girl. There are a few twists near the end having to do with the missing girl as well as Digby's story. AND we see some great character growth for Zoe.
This book was right up my alley with the humor, a school dance (why do I love dances in fictional setting so much?!), AND family?! and crazy adventures?! YES....more
Disclaimer: received audiobook for review from the publisher. The audiobook narration was A++++
Yes, it's a really long book. Yes, it takes a minute toDisclaimer: received audiobook for review from the publisher. The audiobook narration was A++++
Yes, it's a really long book. Yes, it takes a minute to get into and get used to all of the different characters. It is a rather busy novel, but such a great story with well-rounded characters.
Ling is half-Chinese, half-Irish and loves science. Henry is gay and is an amazing pianist and songwriter. Evie is the queen of the spotlight, but still has her insecurities. Theta comes from an abusive background, but is now making a new life for herself with her best friend Henry. Sam has quite the complicated background with his mother being involved with Project Buffalo (Which Jericho is also a part of). Memphis is an orphan living with his brother and aunt.
I hope we find a bit more about Blind Bill and what he's up to. He's just been creeping and being terrible to Memphis and his brother.
I liked the story in this with the focus on the dream walkers (Ling and Henry). I hadn't heard any stories akin to Waimae (sp?) before, so that was really interesting (and super sad). And this is the second book I've read this year that has involved NYC and the underground. Remind me never to go to the abandoned parts, thanks!
I felt like this novel told a lot of important stories. I know Libba worked pretty dang hard, and it totally shows. Well done! I like seeing all of these characters mingle and work together. Even though Evie, as previously stated, makes me FEEL THE FEELS. Her and the boys, man. ...more