Book Review

Book Review: Trail of Crumbs

Trail of Crumbs
By Lisa J. Lawrence

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 247 pages
2019, Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781459821217

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

Greta’s been keeping her head down at school until senior year when she meets Rachel, and through her, Dylan. Greta finds herself attending parties with her new friends – only after one such party, she wakes up in bed with Dylan, naked. Confused and ashamed, she avoids her old friends and hides the truth from herself and her twin brother, Ash. Meanwhile, at home, the twins are bullied by their stepmother and their father seems powerless to stand up for them. When the twins wake up to find their parents gone, they find themselves relying on the unexpected kindness of strangers.

For some reason, I thought this was a middle-grade read and while it’s not explicit, it is more suited for teen readers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I absolutely loved another YA book!

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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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Book Review: Bash Bash Revolution

Bash Bash Revolution
By Douglas Lain

My Edition:
Paperback, 293 pages
2018, Nightshade Books
ISBN: 9781597809160

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

Matthew Munson’s dad has been in and out of his life thanks to his work on a powerful AI system for the government. Matt has since dropped out of high school to spend his time playing his favorite game, Bash Bash Revolution, for money. When his dad shows up out of the blue, Matt learns the truth behind the project he’d been working on.

While I was wild about the concept of this book, it didn’t pay off and I made the decision to DNF this at the halfway point.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Obsidio

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: Plank’s Law

Plank’s Law
By Lesley Choyce

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 179 pages
2017, Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781459812499
Expected Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Trevor has known for a year that he has Huntington’s disease, but when he’s sixteen he finds out he might only have a year left to live. Wafting between apathy and depression, Trevor isn’t doing much with what could be his last days on earth, until he meets ninety-three year old, Plank. The old man gives Trevor some simple advice: just live. Trevor finally begins to make the most out of his time and starts by speaking to the beautiful cancer patient he’s often seen at the hospital, Sara.

I requested this book from the LibraryThing giveaway because even though the protagonist is sixteen, the book was giving me middle-grade vibes and also I thought it would be moving. Unfortunately, this book was a huge flop for me.

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Book Review: The Serpent King

The Serpent King
By Jeff Zentner

My Edition:
Paperback, 372 pages
Andersen Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781783443819

Dill’s snake-handling, priest father is in prison and he’s become a pariah at school, so he clings to the little moments he has with his two friends, Travis and Lydia. But their senior year of high school is starting and Lydia’s dreams of leaving their small town in Tennessee are making Dill realize how dark his life will become without her. Feeling trapped and left behind, the darkness from Dill’s past threatens to overwhelm him.

As part of my genre switch up challenge (I really need to come up with a more concise name for this damn thing – any suggestions?) I asked my friend Chels to recommend a YA contemporary  with NO LOVE TRIANGLES (I don’t have time for that shit, bro) and this is what she sent me for Christmas. If there’s anyone I trust to recommend YA based on my stipulations, it’s her. This book did not disappoint!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Prisoner of the Palace

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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