Book Review

Book Review: Jolly Foul Play

Jolly Foul Play
By Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback, 347 pages
2018, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481489102

Daisy and Hazel are back at Deepdean for another term after their adventures on the Orient Express. But the year is shaping up to be unpleasant under the regime of the new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and her five Prefects. When Elizabeth is found dead after a fireworks display, Daisy and Hazel team up once more to solve the case. School staff believes Elizabeth’s death to be an accident, but the Wells & Wong Detective Society believe otherwise – plenty of girls had a motive to murder Elizabeth, and the girls mean to find out who did it.

The more of these books I read, the more I love this series. I know they’re hitting US shelves a few years behind the UK releases, but I hope this series continues for a long time!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Bloom

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

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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Book Review

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

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

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties
By Carmen Maria Machado

My Edition:
Paperback, 245 pages
2017, Graywolf Press
ISBN: 9781555977887

This collection of shorts focuses on women, the lives they lead and the experiences they have, simply because they are women. Many have a dash of supernatural, paranormal or horror elements, blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

After reading Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead (a short included in a PageHabit box), I enjoyed the way Machado blended a paranormal situation into our current reality and I was excited to discover more of her work. While I enjoy her tone and style, this collection as a whole underwhelmed me.

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Book Review

Book Review: Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld
By Nicholas Eames

My Edition:
Paperback, 494 pages
2016, Orbit
ISBN: 9780356509020

Clay Cooper is a retired mercenary who’d like to spend the rest of his days running a cozy little inn with his wife and daughter. When “Golden” Gabe, frontrunner of Clay’s old band, shows up on his doorstep, bedraggled and pleading for help, Clay is torn. Gabe wants to rescue his daughter who is trapped in a castle under siege by a hoard of thousands of monsters. To do so, he needs to reunite the band and cross the The Heartwyld – a massive forest full of creatures of unimaginable horror. It’s a suicidal mission, but if there’s any band to tackle it, it’s the Kings of the Wyld.

This book had me chuckling by page two. Literally. After that, I pretty much never stopped.

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Book Review

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

My Edition:
Paperback, 389 pages
2017, Washington Square Press
ISBN: 9781501161933

Film star and Hollywood highlight, Evelyn Hugo has survived seven husbands. In her old age, long since retired from acting, she decides she’s ready for her memoir to be written and she picks reporter Monique Grant for the job. Monique is puzzled, but ready to launch her career with the story of a lifetime. Evelyn’s story is more complex than Monique ever imagined and tied up with it is the celebrity’s reason for picking Monique to tell her story.

While I do enjoy the occasional Hollywood-based historical fictionesque books (see The Swans of Fifth Avenue) or ones that delve into the lives of the social elite (see also The Devil Wears Prada, Gossip Girl and maybe even The Nanny Diaries) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo wasn’t initially on my radar. Then people started talking. Then people with very similar reading tastes to my own started talking. I finally decided to give it a shot…

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Movie Review: Love, Simon

Anyone who’s read at least a handful of my posts knows I don’t have a great track record with YA. It’s definitely my least favorite age group, and while I keep trying, I seem to have very little success with the books I pick up.

Knowing that, you’ll probably be surprised to find that I went with a friend to go see Love, Simon, the new movie based off Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The friend I went with is possibly one of the only people I would ever go see a contemporary YA romance movie with. At best, I was expecting to fall asleep fifteen minutes into the movie.

The verdict?

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Tea Dragon Society

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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