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Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor — November 26, 2018

Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor

download (1)As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected.

This was an intense book. I was engrossed in it from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to see what had happened to Sari and Lazlo. Laini’s writing style hasn’t changed, and I really liked that. I also enjoyed how realistic the characters were and how all of them reacted to the challenges they faced. The plot was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

Laini’s writing style was very detailed and I loved it so much!!! Laini made her writing dense and thick, but we were never wondering about what things looked like because of it. I do wish that the writing had been a little bit better, but I really don’t mind that much. Laini described things down to the last room in the citadel, and I really liked being to picture everything that vividly. The amount of work that probably went into making the writing that detailed astounds me. I hope that one day I could write that well and detailed.

Lazlo, Sari, Minya, the whole crowd was back and (maybe not better than ever). We are introduced to two new characters in this book, Kora and Nova. I wish that we had been more chapters with them. All of the characters in came together and I enjoyed reading about all of them. I think that my favorite thing character moment in this book was how Sari and Eril-Fane’s relationship progressed. It was so sweet and my heart melted during some scenes. Lazlo and Sari were as solid as ever. But Minya’s relationship with everyone changed drastically. I was floored by the transformation that she underwent and I wish that I could read more about her.

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We were introduced to several new perspectives during this book and I was really interested in how this would change the dynamic of the story.  Surprisingly,  not a lot changed, except for the fact that we got to see inside other characters’ heads. Getting in other characters’ heads helped me understand the story and characters more. The perspectives of the characters freshened up the book and made it more interesting, for me at least. I really enjoyed the different ways that the characters thought and reasoned. It really defined the characters.

The plot was very well-written. I loved how the book was written and how well information was revealed. It was not dramatic, yet it had my jaw on the floor. The plot was very character-based and I loved the way that Laini made the growth of the characters evident. As I said above, the plot was very intense and I loved all of the action. Everything was suspenseful and I enjoyed sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for what was to happen next. The whole plot was very well done and I will be picking up more of Ms. Taylor’s books to see if they are all this good.

I really enjoyed reading Muse of Nightmares and I highly recommend the duology. I got the summary of the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Toil and Trouble, by various authors — November 23, 2018

Toil and Trouble, by various authors

download (1)Toil and Trouble is an anthology about witches. Some of my favorite characters in fantasy get a whole book about themselves. I was interested in this book from the moment I heard about it and I can wait to discuss it with you. 

 

 

¨Starsong¨, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

¨Starsong¨ was the story that I anticipated the most, and it did not disappoint!!! I loved reading about Luna and her love interest. Luna did not have a good past, but it was explained very well and I was so glad that Luna was trying to change her life. The plot mostly took place in Luna´s bedroom, on social media, but I enjoyed it anyway. Reading about Luna´s abilities was pretty cool, and it made me so jealous. My favorite thing about ¨Starsong¨ was how realistic Luna was. I loved this story and highly recommend it.th (14)

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¨Afterbirth¨, by Andrea Cremer

¨Afterbirth¨ was disappointing after I had just finished ¨Starsong¨. I was confused during the whole story because I didn’t know if Deliverance was telling it as it happened, or looking back on it. The story took place at the birthing of a child, and a witch trial. I didn’t understand what part of this was actually happening, or if any of it was actually happening. I liked Deliverance and I wanted the best for her, but I just wish that Andrea had made her POV clearer. I think that the concept of this story was very well-written, but I wish that the actual story had been better. Afterbirth Quotes

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¨The Heart In Her Hands¨, by Tess Sharpe

I really liked ¨The Heart In Her Hands¨ but I had one burning question that needed to be answered, yet wasn’t. I really wanted to know if Fate was worshipped by everyone or just a few people. Normally, this question is answered early on, but this time it wasn’t. Otherwise, I loved the way that “The Heart In Her Hands” was written. The characters were very unique and the magic system was quite detailed. The plot was something new and I was very impressed. I really enjoyed this short story and will definitely try and pick up another one of Ms. Sharpe’s works.th (15)The Heart In Her Hands Quotes

 

 

 

 

“Death In The Sawtooths”, by Lindsay Smith

“Death In The Sawtooths” was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the way that Ms. Smith incorporated bullying into this story and made a point of how terrible it is. Mattie is such a relatable character and I loved reading about her. The one thing that I didn’t like about “Death In The Sawtooths” was how one of the bullies seemed to be forgiven by the end of the story. Otherwise, I loved the magic system and I hope that Ms. Smith writes like this all of the time. I really enjoyed “Death In The Sawtooths” and I will be reading more of Ms. Smith’s works.th (15)Death In The Sawtooths Quotes

 

 

 

 

“The Truth About Queenie”, by Brandy Colbert

“The Truth About Queenie” was a well-written story, but it wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed reading about Queenie and her life, but there was a very problematic scene involving Queenie and the love interest. It upset me, but I understood why it was happening. The magical aspect of this story was not downplayed at all, and I really loved how stressed the consequences of magic were. Sure, it was a little bit too much but better that then nothing. My favorite thing about “The Truth About Queenie” was how it talked about self-doubt and how to overcome that. I really liked “The Truth About Queenie” and I will be picking up more books by Ms. Colbert in the future.th (15)The Truth About Queenie Quotes

“The Moonapple Menagerie”, by Sheveta Thakrar

This was definitely one of my favorite stories in this anthology. “The Moonapple Menagerie” is a story about a play that gets disrupted when a churl shows up. It was a humorous story, at least to me, and I loved how the witch coven figured out how to solve their problem. “The Moonapple Menagerie” was a story about friendship and trusting others with your problems, and it was done beautifully. I had no problem with this story and highly recommend it. th (14)The Moonapple Menagerie Quotes.jpg

“The Legend of Stone Mary”, by Robin Talley

This story was very disappointing and I wish that it had been better. The ending of this story was too well tied-up and I wish that it had been more open-ended. All of the characters were too tropey and I hated them. They smoked and made terrible decisions. Which I don’t approve of if anyone was wondering. I wish that the characters had been better written and I enjoyed reading this book more, but what will be, will be. download

“The One Who Stayed”, by Nova Ren Suma

“The One Who Stayed” was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t understand what was happening for the first page or two of the story. This story is about a group of witches who have been hurt by men in their small town, and they band together to get revenge. I can’t say that I liked reading some parts, but they needed to be told. I really think that “The One Who Stayed” would be a good book, but it is Nova’s choice to continue it. I will definitely be picking up more books by her. th (14)The One Who Stayed Quotes

“Divine Are The Stars”, by Zoraida Cordova

“Divine Are The Stars” was an odd story, but it worked. Reading about Marimar and her life was really fun, and I found her relatable. I really liked the magical aspect of this story and how some of Marimar’s family felt unwanted because of their lack of magic. You don’t see that very often in fantasy settings, where pretty much everyone has magic. The plot was also interesting and it made me want to pick up more books by this author. I really liked this story and I will be picking up more books by Zoraida. th (15)Divine Are The Stars

“Daughters of Baba Yaga”, by Brenna Yovanoff

When I started this story, I thought that it would be another two or three star, but it turned around halfway through the book. In the beginning, the girls showed no signs of magical powers (and they still don’t appear to have any powers) and just whined about the injustices that they weren’t trying to fix. Until the middle of the story. By the middle, the girls had finally figured out that they needed to do something. It was an interesting book, and I did enjoy it – sort of. th (52)Daughters of Baba Yaga Quotes

“The Well Witch”, by Kate Hart

This book was magnificent!!! “The Well Witch” is fairly explanatory and I loved how point blank it was. All of the characters were quite realistic and I loved how sassy our main character, Elsa, was. She was very relatable and I need more of her in my life. The plot was very intriguing and I was engrossed in it. I loved “The Well Witch” more than I expected and I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Hart. th (14)The Well Witch Quotes

“Beware of Girls With Crooked Mouths”, by Jessica Spotswood

This story seemed too much like Three Dark Crowns for me to fully enjoy it. The main storyline was literally sisters trying to kill each other with their magical powers. And some of their powers were the same as the sisters in Three Dark Crowns. One sister could control fire and one could control poison. Does that ring a bell? Two of the sisters came up with a plan to steal the love of a younger sister’s life. These sisters claimed to love each other very much, yet they stabbed each other in the back an awful lot. Well, that was a lovely rant. So far, this is my least favorite story in this anthology. download

“Love Spell”, by Anne-Marie McLemore

This was yet another McLemore gem!!! It felt like I had known the main character (who remained unnamed) and Adrian all of my life. All of the side characters were very fleshed out and I enjoyed reading about them. This was not a happy story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. “Love Spell” was a very well-written magical realism, so obviously, the magical aspects were spot on. I loved hearing about the different kinds of magic, and how magic interacted with religion. “Love Spell” is one of my favorite stories in this anthology. th (14) Love Spell

“The Gherin Girls”, by Emery Lord

This story was amazing!!! I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more by Emery. I was addicted to this story and wanted to know everything about the sisters. Nova, Rosie, and Willa were such great characters and sisters. Rosie was the main character in this story and I was so amazed at her strength. Not the traditional kind of strength, mind you. Rosie was strong in a different way and I respected that. The plot did not have very much magic in it, but the girls had detailed, well thought out, abilities and I loved that. I will definitely be picking up more books by Emery Lord.th (14) The Gherin Girls

“Why They Watch Us Burn”, by Elizabeth May

I loved “Why They Watch Us Burn” so much!!! It was a hard read, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. I loved the way that the girls looked out for each and cared about the health (mental and physical) of each other. I was so proud of all the girls by the end and I really hope that everything turns out alright for them, although I know how likely that is. The plot was one of the most interesting that I have read in this anthology. “Why They Watch Us Burn” is probably my favorite story in this anthology. th (14)Why They Watch Us Burn

I really enjoyed this anthology and I highly recommend it for the Halloween season. Remember to fill out my survey. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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When The Moon Was Ours, by Anne-Marie McLemore — November 21, 2018

When The Moon Was Ours, by Anne-Marie McLemore

download (1)As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches.

This was not my favorite book, but it was not my least favorite book either. I enjoyed reading about Miel and Sam, but not as much as I wanted to. The plot was interesting, but I pitied the Bonner sisters, instead of hating them. I enjoyed the character relationships in this book, and I can’t wait to see if that carries into The Weight of Feathers.

Anne-Maire McLemore’s writing style was as lyrical as I remember. It was so nice to read and I am addicted to it. Anne-Marie writes smoothly, and I love it. Anne-Marie is such a lyrical writer and I love that. Anne-Marie writes in a way that interests me, just like her use of Spanish words that I can’t pronounce. I don’t know very much Spanish, but I thought that I would know more of the words. Anne-Marie’s writing style is pretty constant and I bet that it will be pretty much the same in her debut novel.

The characters were okay. I enjoyed reading about Miel, Sam, and the Bonner sisters, but the Bonner sisters were just normal girls and I didn’t really hate or dislike them at all. The things that they were doing to Miel were terrible, but I understand why the girls did them and pitied them. I loved reading about the dynamics between Aracely and Miel because they acted so much like sisters. All of the characters changed over the course of the book, and it was so apparent. I enjoyed seeing the characters change, I just wish that it had been less obvious.

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The magic was definitely my favorite part of this book. It was so original and beautiful. I loved reading about Miel’s roses and Aracely’s ability to cure lovesickness. I loved how Miel and Aracely didn’t make their gifts a big deal, even though this whole book was based on Miel and her roses. The magic was so unique and I even though I didn’t agree with how Miel used her roses, I understood and respected it. I loved the way that the Bonner sisters were thinking of using Miel’s roses (what does that say about me) and I loved the magic so much.

The plot was my least favorite part of the book. I wish that I could say otherwise, but I wasn’t engrossed in it like I wanted to be. I liked the characters, loved the plot, and was excited about this book. So what went wrong? Well, two things. One. I didn’t understand a lot about the culture. Two. I pitied the Bonner sisters, instead of hating them. I wish that this had not been the case, but it was. I can wait to see if The Weight of Feathers makes me feel the same way as this book, or if it is different.

Even though this book wasn´t my favorite, I still enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of magical realism. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff — November 19, 2018

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff

51GGgNUKG0L._AC_US218_In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church’s halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she’ll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

This book might be my favorite Kristoff book, to date. I was engrossed in it and couldn’t wait for the next juicy detail to appear, or for a little bit of action. Jay did an amazing job with this book and I was so stunned by his amazing characters and writing style.

Jay’s writing style was nothing short of superb. The notes at the bottom of each page really stood out and made Nevernight so much more interesting. Jay’s writing was very lyrical and easy to read. I loved it and hope that Godsgrave‘s writing style is as good as this. Jay Kristoff’s writing style blew me away and I loved that. I really enjoyed how Jay’s style wrote the thoughts of Mia and Mr. Kindly. It seemed to be very realistic and I really think that this was Jay’s best book yet. 

Mia, Mr. Kindly, and all of the other characters were amazing!!! I loved Mr. Kindly from when he was introduced, and I think that he is the narrator. Only he would know Mia that well. Mia was such a tough woman, and I loved how the narrator made it very clear that she was not a very nice person. All of the side characters were so well-written and I loved all of them. The villains were just characters that I loved to hate, but I won’t spoil anything by ranting about them. All of the instructors were very well-written, neutral, characters. But my favorite character, by far, is Mr. Kindly.

The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder was a truly unique setting. A place where killing is not only tolerated, but encouraged. Suffice to say, I fell in love with it instantly. Mia enjoyed it as well, and I can see why. The Church was in one of the oddest settings I have encountered and wish that there were a few more settings like it. I hope that the other books return to The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder. I think that this is one of my favorite settings in a fantasy novel.

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The plot was very very very intriguing. There was a lot of backstabbing, betrayal (all things that I love in a fantasy novel), and dialogue to die for. The conversations between Mia and Mr. Kindly were glorious!!! There was a lot of fighting and planning and drama. The one thing that I didn’t like about this book was all of the girl/girl hate. I understood it, but I still didn’t like it. I loved how all of the characters seemed to be able to understand their challenges and what they were getting into. But, seeing Mr. Kindly come in and do whatever he had to do was defintly my favorite part of the book.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!!! I got the summasy from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren — November 17, 2018

Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren

downloadHigh school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar that Tanner’s best friend convinced him to take.

This book was pretty good. It wasn’t Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda good, but it wasn’t The Love Interest bad. I connected to the plot pretty well and I felt for Tanner. I just wanted to give him a hug. He needed it.

 

The writing style was like two different people with very different writing styles were writing this book. Which was exactly what happened. I didn’t know that this book was written by two people until I read the About the Author section. That meant that whenever the authors switched I knew. And I didn’t like it. One style was melodic and lyrical and the other style was sharp and to the point. It was bad.

The characters were so sweet and realistic and I loved them so much!!! I mean, sometimes I didn’t like some of them but in all they were amazing!! Tanner was so sweet and pure and I related so much to him (interpret that as you will). Sebastian also seemed super realistic, even though I wanted him to get his act together and accept himself for who he was. Autumn was an amazing best friend and I wouldn’t have put up with Tanner’s antics for so long. Everybody else was also great and I was so proud of everyone as they developed over the course of the book.

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The Mormons in the book were actually really interesting. They were this elite group with their own hierarchy and complicated rules. Especially concerning people questioning their sexual identity. All throughout the book, I wasn’t sure whether to hate them or just leave them alone (guess which I chose in the end). The Mormons in this book needed to lighten up and be more accepting. I am not saying this to offend Mormon viewers of my blog. I am talking about how the faith was represented in this book and not about the Mormon faith in real life (I don’t know very much about it). 

The plot was very character-based and there wasn’t a whole lot of action. I wanted the pacing to be a little bit slower but it wasn’t that much of a problem. I also wanted to see more of Tanner’s family and how they reacted to Sebastian. He was really sweet and I loved him so much (but not as much as Simon). The plot was also really predictable and I knew what was going to happen a chapter and a half before it actually happened. But I did love the Seminar and want to drive there to take the class.

I really enjoyed this book throughout all of it’s faults and even though I probably won’t pick up anything by these authors ever again I do admire them. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page.Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Miles Morlaes: Spiderman, by Jason Reynolds —

Miles Morlaes: Spiderman, by Jason Reynolds

download (1)Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity – and deal with a villainous teacher as the new Spiderman.

Today I’m going to try and do something new. I’m going to try and write a bullet point review. I used to do these, and I’m ready to try again. Once. Either way, I really liked Miles Morales: Spiderman but it wasn’t as entertaining as I wanted it to be. I couldn’t relate to Miles as much as I hoped that I would. I also couldn’t understand some of the lingo.

Pros:

  • The plot – I was engrossed in the plot and couldn’t wait for the next action scenes!!! Everything was very intense and I couldn’t wait to see what Miles would do next.
  • The family aspect – Miles was always talking to his parents and he considered them before acting. The Morales family had dinner every Sunday and seemed like a real family. That is always so much better than the absentee parent trope.
  • The villains – The villain(s) were so unique and I have never read anything like them. I loved their symbols the most though. I hope that there is a sequel so that I know what happened to the villain(s).
  • The humor – All of the humor in this book was very well-written and had me laughing a lot. Once, I laughed so hard that I fell out of my chair!!!!
  • Miles – I enjoyed reading this book from Miles’s perspective, even if I didn’t understand most of his dialect. Miles was a good kid and one that I think will change the world someday.
  • The friendships – The friendships in this book were so genuine and I loved that so so much!!! All of the friendships in this book touched my heart because of their actions.

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Cons 

  • The romance – Miles’s relationship with the love interest seemed too forced. I liked the love interest in her own, but when she was with Miles everything seemed fake.
  • The dialogue – Sometimes I couldn’t understand what Miles and his friends were saying. I don’t think that is a particularly bad thing, but it did irritate me. I haven’t been to Brooklyn, so I don’t understand their dialect at all.
  • The ending – The ending just seemed to clear cut to me. The usual superhero ending happened and it just. . . fell flat for me. I wanted to connect with it, but I just couldn’t.
  • The “Showtime” – Showtime just felt wrong to me. I understand why it happened and the boy’s situation. But I still couldn’t connect with it. There wasn’t enough description for me to really connect.
  • The tragic backstory – That was mostly left in the dark. Miles gave the bare minimum and nothing more. I get that it was an uncomfortable topic, but Jason still could have explained it better through a flashback.

This wasn’t my favorite Jason Reynolds book, but I did enjoy it. I highly recommend it to all Spiderman fans. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Mirage, by Somaiya Daud — November 15, 2018

Mirage, by Somaiya Daud

32768520._SY180_In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry; she dreams of having adventures, and traveling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and brought to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is to become a body double for the hated princess Maram.

This book was very well-written and I enjoyed reading about the characters and plot, just not as much as I’d hoped I would be.

The writing style was amazing and I loved it so much!!! Somaiya Daud’s style was very unique and I really like how Somaiya Daud described the world, but I didn’t really know what genre it was. There were droids, so I thought that it would be a sci-fi, but Mirage had a very fantasy aspect. It was sort of confusing, but I didn’t care that much. It was little things like this that dropped this book from my favorites list. Somaiya’s writing style was very nice and I liked it a lot. I hope that her other books will improve a little bit.

The characters were so realistic!!! Amani was very well-written and I loved reading about her. I also loved the way that she and Maram, the princess, conversed and talked about anything and everything. Their gradual transition from enemies to friends was one of the best female friendships that I’ve read this year. I loved the relationships in this book because they talked about real friendship and consensual relationships. I grew close to the everyone in the book, which made the ending harder than I thought it would be. If you read books for well-written characters than I suggest Mirage.

One of my favorite parts of Mirage was the aspect of religion. It was a good way to talk about Amani’s feelings and what she thought of different people. I really liked the way that everyone seemed to know the religion, but not everyone liked it. In fact, the king tried to ban it! But, that didn’t stop our hero, Amani from devoting herself wholly to it. I respected that, but I wish that sometimes it hadn’t been as big of a deal as it was. But, I did think that it was very interesting to read about.

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The plot was not my favorite. It was fairly original, but I didn’t connect with it the way that I wanted to. I understood what was happening, but I didn’t feel very concerned about what was happening. I was never worried about Amani’s safety, just because I knew that she wasn’t going to get seriously hurt. I think that Somaiya Daud will fix this in time, but it just got irritating. I really liked the originality of this book, but I don’t think that it was the best plot that I have ever read. I hope that this changes in time.

This book was not my favorite, but I still enjoyed it. I recommend it to fans of Veronica Roth and other writers like her. I got the summary from Amazon. Remember to fill out my survey. You can see my link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Not The Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi — November 13, 2018

Not The Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi

download (1)Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.
Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

 

This book was pretty good. I enjoyed it, although some of its aspects were lost on me. I wish that I had been able to understand this book a little bit more, but I think that it was a good book, all in all. The writing style, characters, and plot were all amazing and I can’t wait to read more from Aminah Mae Safi.

The writing style was very good. Not The Girls You’re Looking For was written in the third person, which was surprising, but I recovered almost instantly and started to enjoy the story. I think that sometimes Aminah Mae’s writing style could have improved, but this was her debut, so she was forgiven. Aminah Mae did a good job writing a sassy teenager who messed up a lot but had a good heart. As the book went on I found myself adjusting to the writing style and the third person, and growing to enjoy it. I wonder if Aminah Mae’s style will improve in the second book.

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The characters were probably my favorite part of the book. They were so funny and I loved most of them. Lulu was such a unique character and I really enjoyed reading about her. The side characters were a little bit flat, but I still enjoyed reading about them. Aminah Mae did have a good LGBTQ+ rep though. The friend group that Lulu was in shocked me though. The girls were there for each other but they were also at each other’s throats a lot. It was sort of confusing, but I got used to it after a while.

The diversity in this book was amazing!!!! I loved the representation and how realistic the reactions of the people were. Some of the reactions broke my heart, while others made my day. I really loved the way that all of the girls reacted to insults aimed at some of their friends. It made me hope that one day that would happen to me. I was in love with the way that the characters all respected each other’s traits and stood up for each other. I hope that my friends would do this for each other and me.

The plot was very well written and I was engrossed in it. I enjoyed the humor in Not The Girls You’re Looking For. I thought that the way that the girls dealt with sexual advances was very realistic and I was quite pleased with how Aminah Mae made it known that consent was the most important in a relationship. The plot was very interesting and I was engrossed in it. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to learn more about . . . basically, everything. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next book that Aminah Mae Safi writes.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. I got the summary from Goodreads. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely — November 11, 2018

All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

download (1)When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

This book was perfect!!! It is definitely life-changing, especially if you’re Caucasian. It opened my eyes to how police brutality affects everyone in the community, not just the cop and the victim. All of the characters were very realistic and they all were amazing. The plot really moved me and the writing style was amazing and showed what happens when to great authors work together.

The writing style was very striking. I was hooked on their writing from the very first page and I hope that Jason and Brendan keep working together so that I can read more of their writing. Their writing was very different from what Jason writes when he writes alone. I was surprised because I couldn’t tell who had written what chapter. I thought that it would be easy to tell that Jason wrote from Rashad’s perspective and that Brendan wrote from Quinn’s perspective. I had to read a little bit of the book to get used to the style, but I loved it by the end.

Rashad and Quinn were such great characters. They were two teenagers who had only passed each other in high school hallways and were suddenly thrown together during this horrific event. I loved how detailed Rashad, Quinn, and all of the side characters were. It made me more interested in the story and I couldn’t wait to learn more about the characters. I was very interested in the way that the school was divided about the incident. It seemed very real to me and I think that what happened at Rashad’s and Quinn’s high school could happen at any high school.

The police brutality and the aftereffects were very well written. I was enraptured in the scenes where they talked about it and how everyone was reacting. The reactions of the some of the people that were involved in the incident appalled me. I was heartbroken for Rashad and I hope that someday soon, African Americans will be able to walk safely in the streets. I was very glad about the ending. It was the perfect way to close All American Boys. I was very impressed with how Rashad and everyone else reacted to the police and it broke my heart. No one should have to go through that.

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The plot was very heartbreaking. I cried a lot during this book because of what characters were doing to Rashad and Quinn. I like to think that I would be like them. I hope that I would be. Even though most of Rashad’s perspective was spent in a hospital bed, I still felt the most moved by it. Quinn was more irritating to read through, but I understood where he was coming from. I hope that Brendan and Jason write more together.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it and anything by either of these two authors. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland — November 9, 2018

Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

download (1)Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania–derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities–and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

This book is about Jane McKeene, a teenager learning how to kill shamblers (zombies) and getting into quite a bit of trouble along the way. So, as you can probably guess, I loved it. I was engrossed in the story and can’t wait to read more of Justina Ireland’s writing.

Justina Ireland’s writing style was amazing!!! I was very impressed with her ability to describe everything and introduce us to so many things so quickly. I loved how Justina Ireland always wrote with sass, just like Jane. It was very interesting and I was engrossed in Dread Nation from beginning to end. I loved how Justina Ireland was able to describe the setting and the racialism and how bad it was through Jane’s eyes. Well, Justina Ireland’s writing style wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, it was still very pleasant to read to.

The characters were amazing and I can’t wait to read more from them. Jane was very sassy and it was so nice. I loved how funny everyone was and I can’t wait to see how the characters react after the events of the last book. Jane, Kate, and Jack were the epic trio and I loved them. I was very interested in the way that the characters reacted to racism, and most of the time, they did not disappoint. They reacted the way that I would have, given the circumstances. I did think that they should’ve protested a little bit more though.

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My favorite thing about this book was the zombies. It provided a very interesting setting for this book and also a good way to protest.  I loved the way that Jane and her friends talked about zombies and the advice that everyone gave on how to fight them. It will definitely come in handy when the zombie apocalypse shows up (because it will). I loved the way that the zombies were described. I loved the way that the characters (especially the Attendants – zombie killers). 

The plot was very intense. I didn’t want to move because I just wanted to sit there and read this amazing book. I can’t wait to read more of this book. I loved the way that the characters interacted with the problems that Justina created. The way that the problems were written made them seem insurmountable. Until Jane and her crew solved them, that is. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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