Buttons Book Reviews

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Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun — May 28, 2019

Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted into international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life of their own. Now, Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight!, is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

This review will probably be on the short side because there were 10-15 words on each page. And there were 200 pages. So, not very many words. Did that impact how much I liked the book? Of course not! I loved this thing! It is really helpful when you are trying to get something done, and have lost motivation.

The writing style was very much like a Twitter post. Which is what these were. If I had come at this looking for errors in things like sentence structure, my head would have exploded. As it was, the content and the way that the tweets were written was incredibly sweet and I loved it immensely. I am thinking of making one of the quotes my blog tagline, because of how motivational they are.

The art was phenomenal!!!! I loved it so much!!! It was very detailed and I really liked how it varied from page to page and stuck with the theme of the tweet that Lin-Manuel had on that page. The drawings breathed life into the motivational sayings that were on each page. All of the illustrations were simple and sweet, which helped get the point across.

Sorry for the really short post. This book wasn’t the longest, and I didn’t have much to run with. I highly recommend it for everyone. I got the summary from the book jacket. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!

XOXO

Annalee

We Rule The Night, by Claire Eliza Bartlett — May 20, 2019

We Rule The Night, by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a skilled factory worker, manufacturing magical war machines for the Union of the North. She’s disregarded for her disability and her second-class citizenship – and after she’s caught using illegal magic, a lifetime in prison looms.

Meanwhile, on the front lines of the war, Linne disguised herself as a man to join the army, in defiance of her powerful father and the law. She is as good a solider as any of the boys(better, even), but none of that matters when she’s caught.

Both girls are offered a reprieve from punishment: Use your magic in a special women’s military flight unit, and undertake terrifying, deadly, missions under cover of darkness.

Revna and Linne can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit. But if they can’t fly together and prove their worth to the war effort, their country will brand them traitors. And if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them . . . If they don’t destroy each other first.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a good debut and I will probably pick up Claire’s next book.

The writing style was captivating. It grabbed my attention and held it. It wasn’t the most distinctive, but it also wasn’t boring and average. I really liked how Claire wrote the magic system and government. The magic system was very detailed and unique. I enjoyed reading a magic system that wasn’t cut and dry. I loved (in a plot sense) how the government banned magic and how it enforced those rules. I was never quite sure whether to trust the government, but I loved each character’s perspective on it.

Revna: Revna was one of my favorite characters in this book. She was smart, dedicated, and didn’t like it when people pitied her. She also had prosthetic legs. I think that representation was done well, but I do not have prosthetic leg(s), nor do I know anyone who has prosthetic leg(s). I didn’t notice anything problematic, but if one of you guys finds something different, fell free to tell me and I will change it. Revna and Linne had many differences, but I liked how Revna tried to work past these so that the two of them could stay in the air. Revna’s character developed a lot and I was glad that she grew.

Linne: I started We Rule The Night thinking that I would hate Linne by the end. Long story short: I didn’t. I liked how much she developed and where her character was heading. Linne didn’t take any backtalk from anyone, which made her unlikable among other characters. It also made me respect her. It made her and Revna go toe to toe more than once. It also helped show how much she developed. All in all, I really liked Linne by the end and would love to hear more from her.

In the Author’s Note, Claire mentioned that We Rule The Night was based on the Night Witches. While on my unprecedented break from blogging, I read a book about the Night Witches by Elizabeth Wein. It was really good and I loved finding all of the references and little tidbits that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. The little details of the Night Witches were not the most accurate, but the main principles and concepts were.  The Night Witches were a very interesting group and I am glad to see that they were portrayed fairly accurately in this book.

The plot was very well-done and I enjoyed it a lot. I have never read a story like this one, and that really shows. This was not the most suspenseful book I have read, but it was up there. I really enjoyed how much character development played a part in the plot. Will this book have a sequel? That is what I want to know. Because as soon as I know, I am preordering it from somewhere.

I really enjoyed reading We Rule The Night and I would recommend it. I got the summary from the book cover. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Nice Day!!!

XOXO

Annalee

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert — May 18, 2019

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always one step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice discovers how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the cruel, supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: Stay away from the Hazel Wood.

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with her classmate and fairy-tale superfan Ellery Finch, who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To rescue her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood and then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began – and where she might discover why her own story went so wrong.

All of the five-star reviews about this book were right. The Hazel Wood is amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I wish I had picked it up sooner, but I was feeling stubborn and had so many other books to read. The characters were very in-depth and I loved discovering the Hinterland with Alice.

The writing style was very concise, especially when you think about how this is Melissa’s first novel. She described everything in vivid detail, which kept me hooked onto the story. The pacing was a little bit confusing at times, but it was not terrible. I really enjoyed when Alice was in the Hinterland and learning everything, as it was the perfect way to tell all of the readers about the Hinterland as well.

Alice was such a great character. She was relatable and I enjoyed listening to her POV. Melissa did a great job with her inner thoughts and how she reacted once she entered the Hinterland. I also was really impressed with how much Alice’s character developed. She turned from being a fairly angry girl who turned away from others to a girl who put her boundaries first and was in control of her story. Alice may not be the best role model, but she is a really good character.

The supporting characters were also very good. I really liked how in-depth they were and that they also developed. I loved how realistic they were and how !last of them were filed by ambition and greed. These are normal human reasons for doing things. The characters from the Hinterland had a different set of motives, but getting into those would spoil the story. Alice’s trust in some of the side characters was a driving plot point. It is not normally what happens in fantasy. And I like how invested Alive and some of the side characters were in each other, it made for some very touching bonds.

The plot was very detailed and gripping. I really liked how Melissa incorporated some of the tales from Alice’s grandmother’s book into The Hazel Wood. I think that the plot was very clear and concise, which is good when you’ve been reading vague books for the past several weeks. This book was not predictable at all. I had some guesses on how the story would end, and none of them were even close to right. I got the paperback edition of this, which means I got two stories from Alice’s grandmother. They were just as well written as the rest of the book and I wish there were more of them back there.

I think that Melissa did a very good job on this book and I can’t wait to read The Night Country. I got the summary from the back of the book. Once again, I am very sorry for not having posted for several months and I can’t wait to get back on track. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!

XOXO

Annalee

Life Update (Where Have I Been?) — May 12, 2019

Life Update (Where Have I Been?)

Hey guys! I’m back. I burned out in January and took an unexpected hiatus. I wish I could have come back on sooner, but I wasn’t ready. I probably won’t post as much, one or two times a week, but I will still try to post. Hopefully, I will do more tags and maybe a weekly meme. I have always loved this community and I can’t wait to start writing posts again.

XOXO Annalee