Book Review

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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Series Review: Heartstone & Dragonshadow

My friend Nicole gifted me these for Christmas – a Pride and Prejudice retelling spun into a fantasy series. These had the potential to be really good or really cheesy, but either way, I was interested to see how they were handled.

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Book Review: Smoke & Summons

Review originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Smoke & Summons
By Charlie N. Holmberg

My Edition:
Hardcover, 319 pages
2019, 47 North
ISBN: 9781503905436

Thank you to 47 North (via Geek Girl!) for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Sandis is a vessel – an ancient and powerful spirit can be summoned through her, transforming and using her body to wreak the havoc demanded by its master. Sandis can host more powerful beings than her fellow vessels and she finds she can do something else the others can’t – retain some memories and feelings from when she’s possessed. When she finds an opportunity to escape, she takes it and runs into a clever thief with a magical object that grants limited immortality. In over their heads, the two must learn to trust each other if they hope to escape their lives and save the ones they love.

I’ve read one of Holmberg’s books before, The Paper Magician, and it was a huge letdown for me. The YA genre and I don’t always get along, but I wanted to give this a shot, because I was intrigued by the premise.

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