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Mini(bot) Reviews: The Chalk Man

I actually read something that wasn’t middle-grade, fantasy or sci-fi! I read a thriller!

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Book Review: The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown
By Robin McKinley

My Edition:
Paperback, 246 pages
2000, Puffin Books
ISBN: 0141309814

Aerin struggles to find her place in her father’s court. After digging through old tomes and finding what she believes is a recipe for a fireproof salve, Aerin decides to test her tincture in battle with a dragon. After her success, she begins to make a name for herself as a dragon slayer and proves valuable to the court. But when an ancient dragon wakes, Aerin finds herself in over her head. Dragon slaying leads her to a battle against and even greater evil, with the kingdom she knows and the lives of those she loves at stake.

Yo, where has this book been all my life? Oh, I know; on my shelves for at least 9 years! [x_x[] I waited far too long to read this book – though I suspect from the cracked spine and lipstick prints on the inside of the back cover (don’t ask, there’s no reasonable explanation) that Middle School Milliebot did read this book and Adult Millie has completely forgotten it. Regardless, it was fabulous!

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Book Review: The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture
By Melanie Benjamin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 422 pages
2018, Delacourt Press
ISBN: 9781101886809

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

From the book: A novel of the close friendship and fascinating creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends: screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford, who persevered through daunting challenges in an industry and an era dominated by men – and triumphed.

This book covers the lives and careers of Marion and Pickford from about 1914 to 1969. If you’re into historical fiction set in ‘Old Hollywood’, then this is the book for you.

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Mini(bot) Reviews: Authority & Acceptance

After watching Annihilation, I was finally inspired to read the series by Jeff Vandermeer and I regret letting it gather dust on my shelves for so long! Review for Annihilation here, if you missed it. I dove into the next two books and read them back to back – with mixed results.

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Book Review: Pride

Pride
By Ibi Zoboi

My Edition:
Hardcover, 289 pages
2018, Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062564047

Zuri Benitez loves her hood – the block parties, the corner stores, the way everyone knows and looks out for each other. When the rich Darcy family renovates an abandoned house across the street from her apartment and moves in, Zuri is immediately suspicious. She doesn’t need some rich family coming in and trying to change her neighborhood. But when her older sisters Janae starts hanging out with Ainsley Darcy, Zuri finds herself running into Ainsley’s younger brother, Darius. She doesn’t want to like or understand the polished, polite Darius, nor does she think he could ever understand her and her way of life. She might just find, though, that appearances aren’t always what they seem.

While YA romance is certainly not my genre of choice, no way was I passing up an own-voices, modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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