Book Review: Snow and Rose

Snow & Rose
Written & Illustrated By Emily Winfield Martin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 205 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9780553538182

After the disappearance of their father, Snow, Rose and their mother are exiled from their lavish home to a small cabin in the woods. As they explore the deep woods around their new home, the girls encounter a small, bearded man, a boy who lives underground and a great bear who needs their help. They discover the strange forest contains more than meets the eye.

I’ve always been a fan of fairytale retellings and this middle-grade didn’t disappoint. I was briefly reminded of Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels, but only because the stores are loosely (very loosely) similar. Fortunately, this book doesn’t contain bizarre bear sex!

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Book Review: If Tomorrow Comes

If Tomorrow Comes
By Nancy Kress

My Edition:
Hardcover, 334 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9780765390325

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Ten years after the events of Tomorrow’s Kin, If Tomorrow Comes explores what happens when a group of Terrans sets off on a long-awaited expedition to their kindred on World. A group of scientists, including Marianne Jenner, military and diplomats set off in the ship built to the specifications left behind by the aliens. But when they reach World, also known as Kindred, nothing is as they expected.

This sequel didn’t disappoint. Kress kept it fresh with a new setting and some new characters, but a few familiar faces turn up.
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Book Review: Void Black Shadow

Void Black Shadow
By Corey J. White

My Edition:
Paperback, 217 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9780765396938

Mars and her crew, Squid, Trix, Ocho and newly adopted Pale, set off to a remote corner of the galaxy to save their friend Mookie from a prison planet. Once again, Mars finds herself facing off against the forces of MEPHISTO, the evil corporation that ruled her childhood and manipulated her until she became the powerful weapon she is now. Bent on vengeance, Mars will stop at nothing to save Mookie, especially since it’s her fault he’s been caught.

Not only was this a fantastic follow-up to Killing Gravity, but this book exceeded my expectations and the ending really threw me for a loop!

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Book Review: Emperor of Thorns

Emperor of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256541

King Jorg Ancrath is making his way towards Vyene to vote with the rest of The Hundred on who should be named Emperor. This time, Jorg cannot stand against an army with impossible odds; he must persuade his fellow kings to vote for him if he wants the title. When none have agreed in living memory, can Jorg succeed?

Blurbing a series is hard! I expect if you’re reading this, you’ve read the trilogy already, or at least the first two books. As usual, Lawrence has crafted an addicting read, though it did take me almost a whole month to finish thanks to the dreadful slump I was in.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Starlit Wood

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: Tomorrow’s Kin

Tomorrow’s Kin
By Nancy Kress

My Edition:
Hardcover, 349 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765390295

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Aliens have landed in New York and will speak only with the UN. The world doesn’t know what they look like, or why they’ve arrived – though the aliens say it is a peaceful mission. Dr. Marianne Jenner finds herself hauled out of a party by the FBI and brought to the Embassy, the strange, glowing ship that floats on the water in the New York Harbor. She finds out the truth behind the alien mission and the impact will ripple father than anyone could have predicted.

I figured I would enjoy this book (otherwise, what’s the point of requesting it?) but I didn’t think I’d be as absorbed as I was!

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Book Review: I Really Didn’t Think This Through

I Really Didn’t Think This Through: Tales From My So-Called Adult Life
By Beth Evans

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 169 pages
2018, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062796066

I won a copy from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

A mix of simple comics and heartfelt anecdotes, some humorous and some serious, Beth Evans tackles some of the tough subjects of adulthood like being jealous of your peers, the struggles of dating, expressing your feelings and asking for help.

This book was cute and at times, touching, but I don’t think it’s one I’ll go back to.

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