This was adorable, okay! And such a funny light mystery with a group of girls who are such weirdos and who go on adventures together. It's so imaginatThis was adorable, okay! And such a funny light mystery with a group of girls who are such weirdos and who go on adventures together. It's so imaginative and entertaining and I love the art style too :o so beautiful!! Like I definitely want to continue on with the series, especially since this volume left off on a cliffhanger ;)))
Anyways, as an aside to all that, I read a review that mentioned the diversity within the book, saying "It's just so progressive it doesn't seem real" and just - there's so much diversity everywhere you look in the world, one just has to be open to it. This idea of ""SJW's"" ruining the world is dumb and tiring in 2018. Honestly, just let people have their representation and just let people actually see themselves in books.
But anywho, enough of that... I loved Misfit City! 4 stars!!!!...more
The last great book I read in October was Foe by Iain Reid and I enjoyed it! It was a great read for Halloween.
Foe was an extremely haunting book thaThe last great book I read in October was Foe by Iain Reid and I enjoyed it! It was a great read for Halloween.
Foe was an extremely haunting book that has a lot of philosophical discussion on relationships and identity, while also having a disconcerting slow-burn plot that had me sitting at the edge of my seat. There was this feeling of anxiety thrumming through my read and while the twist was strange and made me understand SO MUCH of what was going on, there was something just missing enough that it didn't get the full 5 stars.
I'm not sure what I thought was happening, but the importance of certain things within the book had me thinking there was going to be a whole other separate reveal than what we were given. Not bad, per-say but you know, it's something to think about. Other than that gripe, I really had fun reading this one!...more
Happy Halloween 💀👻 I am SO excited that I spent my Halloween reading and finishing two horror books!
This is the staple trope: the "haunted house" clasHappy Halloween 💀👻 I am SO excited that I spent my Halloween reading and finishing two horror books!
This is the staple trope: the "haunted house" classic that I've grown up being surrounded with in my horror books and horror movies. It was playful and almost comfortable of a read, not surprising seeing that Hill House was both a comfort and a horror for our four main protagonists. It is very clear that many books and other types of modern media have taken inspiration from Shirley Jackson's fantastic writing and I'm truly impressed with The Haunting of Hill House. 4/4.5 🌟's!
I just have to add: I can see the queer readings of THoHH (it's been in my tbr partly because of those queer dissections and having read it, I'm all about it.
Now let me check out that new Netflix series... The Netflix series was so good - it was not a direct adaptation of the book but I actually like that the series wasn't. I'm just glad I caught so many callbacks to the book!...more
Be careful what you wish for; Not all lost things should be found.
Moïra Fowley-Doyle writes beautifully and I absolutely love anything to do with magi
Be careful what you wish for; Not all lost things should be found.
Moïra Fowley-Doyle writes beautifully and I absolutely love anything to do with magic & witches so this read was going to be pretty much my jam. I mean, you'd think that but something was missing and I'm going between 3 stars and 4 stars for this one. I'm giving this a 3.5 for now, because honestly, I didn't hate it but it's not a favorite.
I love the story of lost things and a spell to find them & some of the characters -- the family dynamics, the strong friendships, etc were very strong in this one yet the focus was on specific people, making it hard to develop others. Also, the romance brought this read down for me? It didn't really make me feel anything because it felt pretty fast.
I did keep getting confused about who was narrating the story because there are a lot of POVS and a lot of shifting dates and time. I can tell you that my favorite chapters to read were actually Laurel's (I got into Hazel's chapters later on near the end and Olive's chapters were good too but not my favorite). Laurel because that's where most of the development happens and honestly, her chapters were the creepiest and spookiest. This book was atmospheric -- I enjoyed the cryptic messages that Olive received (both from her family and from the diary pages), the glimpses to the future, the random howling and random storms. There should've been more of that because wow, parts of Spellbook of the Lost and Found actually reminded me of a Horror phone game I've played and adored. Unfortunately, I managed to guess most of the plot twists before they happened because it was foreshadowed and while it didn't lessen my enjoyment, I was just like "called it"....more
Trying to force a connection hadn't gone very well for me before. But sometimes the connection insists on making itself. The universe sends you the sa
Trying to force a connection hadn't gone very well for me before. But sometimes the connection insists on making itself. The universe sends you the same lesson over and over until you learn it. The world is a series of patterns on its own; the coincidence is only in the discovery of them.
Holy hell do I love a good mystery! The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka has been recommended to me multiple times whenever I wish for an LGBTQ detective novel and it was not a disappointment. In fact, everyone who loves detective fiction like Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes but gay needs to pick this book up immediately.
Roxane Weary is this bisexual private detective with a bit of a drinking problem, a penchant for relationship issues, and in dealing (or not dealing) with the loss of her father. She's nowhere near a perfect detective, she is very smart and has good intuition but she sometimes (most times) makes mistakes and is a human with a heart and emotions.
We open her life with her cop father, Frank, having had died on the job. Frank and Roxane had a very tumulous relationship - both being stubborn, headstrong and very into alcoholic beverages, and throughout Roxane's case, we see her having trouble mourning and coping with that loss. It's always on the back of her mind, despite her not wanting to deal with thoughts of him at all.
Roxane's case is brought upon by Danielle, whose brother, Brad, is on death row and she is contracted to find evidence that exonerates him before his execution date, but it's not that simple. In attempting to solve a fifteen-year-old seemingly open-and-shut case, Roxane is constantly stopped and blocked by the small town police where the crime took place and she manages to find leads where there are none. Every time Roxane wanted to even ask one question, the cops were all up in her business which was so frustrating to read because it was just one way in which she was stumped in her investigation. I just kept on being like What are they hiding?
I loved this "who can you trust" suspense going on. Every turn she takes is riddled with secrets and uncertainty, nothing clicks in her investigation. but even when she is at rock bottom (or at the bottom of a glass of whiskey, girl needs to chill with the drinks), Roxane is stubborn as her father. That is a facet of their personality that she has trouble assimilating but everyone who knew him always mentions because like father like daughter. It helps her continue to investigate since she just does not give up. While she's investigating, another girl goes missing and time is ticking. She wants to figure out what is going on with her case but also, she wants to find the next missing girl before it's too late and figure out how in the hell these cases are connected.
My thoughts on Roxane are as follows: I know she's a bit of a mess, grief will do that to you, but she is a cool badass detective that cares so so much. Even when the odds are against her and she is pushed against her limits, she does not let it stop her. The mystery had me at the edge of my seat and I was even feeling like her when more facts kept piling up but did not connect.
I was absolutely, without a doubt, rooting for her to figure out the truth and to end up okay by the end of her investigation. Her character is real and everything about her is honest and written with care. The climax of the story had me remembering an episode of Criminal Minds and it definitely brought up the tension that had been surrounding me since the beginning up to one hundred notches. Literally, this went from 0 to 100 real quick because it felt like an honest slow burn of a mystery since we are tripping through this investigation along with Roxane.
I also love how queer this is but like how normalized that aspect of her life is. There's no surprise, Roxane is bi and it's just a part of her life that we are privy to.
All in all, I am READY for the next installment of Roxane Weary's story. I love love love mystery novels and I already have my eye on book two AND book three (whoa, Scarllet, a series?? You, interested in actually completing a series? It's THAT good!!)...more
Listen to the audiobook if you can. That last bit, with West and the music in the background as he was talking about Sadie? I got chills and I nearlyListen to the audiobook if you can. That last bit, with West and the music in the background as he was talking about Sadie? I got chills and I nearly sobbed in the library. Courtney Summers ruined me and I need some time to process :x...more