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R.L. Stine Retrospective – Part 3: Superstitious

Here it is, guys, the piece de resistance, the third and final part of this suck-fest, the crown jewel of this shitstorm: R.L. Stine’s debut adult novel, Superstitious! Prepare yourself for adult language in this adult review of this totally for adults book.

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Mini(bot) Reviews: The Witch Boy & The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

Time for a couple more mini-reviews – a book I quite enjoyed and a book that turned out to be rather a huge disappointment.

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R.L Stine Retrospective – Part 1: The Sign of Fear

I love to revisit nostalgic reads I enjoyed as a kid and teen. Some, I continue to love throughout the years (Blood and Chocolate & The Witch of Blackbird Pond) and others don’t hold up so well (sorry, Artemis Foul Fowl). Recently, I embarked on a quest to re-read two childhood R.L. Stine favorites of mine (aside from basically the entire Goosebumps series) and try out his debut adult novel.

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Book Review: All the Ever Afters

All the Ever Afters
By Danielle Teller

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 373 pages
2018, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062846297

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

Before Cinderlla, there was her stepmother, Agnes. Born a peasant and forced at age 10 to work as a servant in the laundry room of her lord’s manner because her family couldn’t afford to keep her at home, Agnes works hard to build a life for herself. After bearing children, she builds a life for herself running an inn and brewery – until the death of lover leaves her penniless and seeking servitude once more. She finds herself back at the lord’s manner, playing nursemaid to little Ella and struggling to carve out a life for herself and her daughters.

I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, especially when they’re told from the point of view of the “villain” and extra especially (yep) when the view humanizes the characters and makes you see that the story isn’t simply a tale of good and evil.

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Mini(bot) Reviews: Empire of Sand & Aquicorn Cove

Sometimes I want to review a book, but I don’t have all that much to say. Rather than push myself to come up with a review that I didn’t enjoy writing (and likely you didn’t enjoy reading), or not mention the book at all, I’ll post a mini review.

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5 Things I Loved About Kim Reaper

Kim Reaper (vol 1)
By Sarah Graley

My Edition:
Paperback, 110 pages
2018, Oni Press
ISBN: 9781620104552

Kim, like most students, has a part-time job while she attends university. Only her job a little out of the ordinary – she’s a grim reaper! Newly hired and human, Kim is relegated to only reaping animal souls. When a classmate, Becka, follows Kim through a portal in order to ask her on a date, the two get up to more trouble than they can handle.

Comics can be tough to talk about without giving too much away, so I wanted to do something different this time. I’ve compiled a quick list of all the things I love about the comic (spoiler: it’s basically everything).

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Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker
By Jen Wang

My Edition:
Paperback, 283 pages
2018, First Second
ISBN: 9781626723634

Prince Sebastian has a secret – he enjoys wearing dresses and moonlighting as a fashion maven called Lady Crystallia. When he discovers talented seamstress, Frances, Lady Crystallia gains even more renown for her bold looks. But Frances yearns for her talent to be recognized and Sebastian’s parents are putting pressure on him to marry. Sebastian can’t hide his secret and his designer forever…

I received this as a Christmas present from Chelsea and I had to read it the same night it arrived. I’ve heard good things about this graphic novel and it didn’t disappoint! I love Wang’s art style and the story was both moving and funny!

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Book Review: Sawdust in His Shoes

Sawdust in His Shoes
By Eloise Jarvis McGraw

My Edition:
Paperback, 282 pages
2018, Plough Publishing
ISBN: 9780874868265

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

Joe Lang grew up in the circus, starring in bareback riding shows since he was a boy and gaining popularity by age fifteen. But when he’s orphaned after a terrible accident, Joe finds himself in a vocational school while he waits for a judge to decide his fate. Not one to sit around and wait, Joe escapes and ends up on the farm of the Dawson family. He intends only to stay a few days and reveals nothing about his past, but as time goes on, he starts to feel comfortable. Can he be truly happy away from the circus?

I didn’t know until after finishing this book that it was actually written in 1950; that explains the authenticity, but it doesn’t feel dry like some older texts have the tendency to do (at least for me).

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Book Review: Runtime

Runtime
By S.B. Divya

My Edition:
Paperback, 116 pages
2016, Tor
ISBN: 9780765389794

Marmeg has cobbled her racing gear together from scavenged parts, most of which were broken and she repaired. Despite her lack of sponsors and support team, she aims to race in the Minerva Sierra Challenge – a grueling outdoor race for thrill-seekers with augmented bodies, most of whom have top of the line gear. Marmeg’s gear might be outclassed, but she’s determined to place, as the funds she wins will be life-changing, and she’ll risk anything to get them.

Another awesome (but too short!) novella courtesy of Tor! I’m hoping to see some full-length fiction from Divya, especially more in Marmeg’s world.

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