The WASPs were an amazing group of women and they deserve so much more recognition and it is criminal that it took so long for them to receive the military honors they deserved.
3/5 stars 🌟
This series just doesn‘t have the same charm as Percy Jackson and I am struggling to stay invested.
The premise of this book was interesting and the parts that actually involved the robots and the dream puzzles were very good but I quickly grew tired of all the references to social media. The "chosen one" trope is strong in this book and April May can be best described as Katniss Everdeen if Katniss had access to Twitter and cared only about her follower count. I might pick up the sequel when it comes out but it‘s not a “must-read” for me.
This book had a great premise but the plot was so slow and drawn out that the storytelling really suffered. The main character also doesn‘t have much personality and the Queen is so evil that I couldn‘t help but feel she was rather ridiculous. However, the story of the Sleeping Prince and his resurrection is very intriguing so I definitely want to continue this series to see what happens.
3.5 stars. This is a decent contemporary novel mixed with some fantastical elements. I liked that the main character‘s OCD and anxiety is at the forefront of the novel and that mental illness is not written as something shameful. The main character could get annoying and times with his whining about his love interest but it didn‘t make me dislike the story. The chapter titles are hilarious and are probably my favorite part of the book.
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Holly Black‘s older work is so much better than her Cruel Prince series. (Unpopular opinion maybe?) This book is about a teen who grows up in family of magic users, called Curseworkers, in a world where working magic is illegal. This book also features con artists and different crime families who use magic to control people and stay in power. It is dark, gritty and such a fun read!
(Too bad it suffers from an ugly, early 2000s, YA fantasy cover)
This was a fun read and great for fans of political intrigue. The dragons were adorable but I recommend getting the print version of this so you can reference the different types of dragons because it does get confusing. The book can be slow at times but I‘ve heard good things about this series so I definitely will continue.
Tonight marks the end of an era. It is bittersweet for me because I‘m not quite ready for the end of a series I have loved and cried over for almost 10 years. It is also hard to accept the final chapter when the story is still not complete in novel form. With little hope that the last two books will ever be published, this will be a hard goodbye.
Fact about me, I am a special education teacher who works with kids with autism. I picked up this book for a class I‘m taking & it was such an insightful read. It was really interesting to hear about life with autism from an autistic person. My book currently has many colorful tabs in it marking thoughtful passages & quotes. I plan to keep this book handy, especially when reflecting on tough days, to remind me to have patience and understanding.
This book had so much potential and such an interesting premise but it really missed the mark by the end. The characterizations were so over the top and the motivations behind the decisions the characters made during the game were so confusing and overly complicated that it all ended up feeling pointless.
Starting my “spring break” off with some required reading for my professional development course. This actually sounds like a great book and as a teacher who works with kiddos with ASD I‘m eager to hear from a kid‘s perspective.
This series just doesn‘t live up to the hype. The plot twists are completely predictable and the main characters are awful. The relationship between Cardan and Jude is so toxic it is painful to read about. Ugh. I doubt I will bother to actually finish the series.
I have heard so many good things about this series that I broke my book buying ban and picked it up from Barnes and Noble today. I couldn‘t resist the educator discount! 😅 I‘m excited to get to this one and see if it lives up to the hype! (Hopefully I can read it soon. )
I really loved the setting (pre-unification Italy inspired), the main characters and the magic system; the strega were so interesting! The ending felt very rushed and left me wanting more. Overall though I enjoyed the story and recommend it.
P.S. Cielo gave me a Wizard Howl vibe from Howl‘s Moving Castle and I loved it.
Finished my first book of 2019!
I‘m still new to the military fantasy/flintlock fantasy genres but this series continues to be enjoyable. It is definitely a slow-burn fantasy but it is jam packed with political intrigue, secret societies and a bad ass group of female street gang. The magical elements that do show up are so intriguing and I can‘t wait to dive into the next book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I don‘t normally read a lot of nonfiction but after watching a few short documentaries on Everest this month I picked up a copy of this book from my library last week and read it while on vacation. This book is haunting & the events described by Everest survivor, Krakauer, are terrifying. It is hard to give a rating to a book that is a true story/perspective piece of a mountaineering tragedy but I will say I enjoyed Krakauer‘s narrative & honesty.