In lesser hands, a novel about a girl, Lara Jean, having her secret letters she wrote to each of her five crushes accidentally mailed out, would be a fun but slight high school romp of a story. But author Jenny Han delivers something even better with “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Sure, this is a romance but more than that, it’s a story about sisters, family and the subtle way grief lingers and shapes us. Relatively sheltered and an introvert, biracial Lara Jean is the middle child of “Song girls”. Left motherless due to a childhood tragedy the girls […]
3.5 stars From Goodreads, because I’m a month and a half behind on my reviews: After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own. Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one […]
Bingo Square (Round 2): Brain Candy After reading Pestilence, I was curious about what else the author had written, and stumbled upon this first novel in a series on Kindle Unlimited. It’s both interesting and slightly more generic – what is it with faeries and wings as erogenous zones? It seems like every time a novel has a bad boy fae ruler with wings, the wings are described as sensitive in a sexual manner. I didn’t realize this many women had a wing fetish. Since I love the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, I was very much up for another […]
Kiss Number 8 is a graphic novel that will not be coming out until March of next year, but really deserves a lot of press beforehand. Like Check, Please! Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (previously reviewed here and currently out) Colleen AF Venable does not shy away from some tough issues. However, unlike Ukazu there is less humor. Warning: to best show you this book there are a lot of spoilers below. Therefore, I will say here, this is a great book, but will not be for everyone. However, if you like very young adult stories or graphic novels, give this […]
This was such a mixed bag of a reading experience. Honestly, though, I figured it might be. I’ve read a couple of Shannon Hale’s adult novels before this, and neither of them worked for me. And the Goodreads average rating for this book is not great. But I was still hoping! Especially considering the premise. It wasn’t one of those ‘meh’ reads, either. One second I would be actively hating what was going on, irritated with the main character, the next, something adorable would happen and I would be happy again. I have three main complaints: 1) The main character, 2) the […]
I am sad to say that this book was not as good for me as the first one. I still loved the characters a lot, and there were still all these great, small moments peppered throughout the book. Lara Jean’s family continues to warm my heart. Peter continues to be a huge doofus. Lara Jean is a fashion icon. Some spoilers below, so be warned. I just thought this book was a little weak. Where the first book had at the center of it the whole hullabaloo of Lara Jean’s letters escaping into the world, forcing her to confront her weaknesses, […]
Ibi Zoboi’s Pride is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn. The best adaptations take a familiar story and use it to explore contemporary issues. Once we identify each new character with it’s P&P counterpart, we understand where they fit in the story and then we can move on to the meat of it. We know class is going to be a part of the conflict, and since this is a modernization, we know getting the 5 Benitez sisters married off isn’t a motivation.
1.5 stars #CBR10Bingo: Cover Art Spoiler warning! This review will discuss plot points from the book in detail, because it is impossible for me to list the many ways in which this book did not work for me without mentioning them. If you are unfamiliar with Scotland, Edinburgh and couldn’t care less about the British peerage, then maybe these things will not bother you. Nevertheless, be warned that you may get spoilers if you continue with my review after the link to my blog. New York socialite Portia Hobbs arrives in Edinburgh to complete an apprenticeship with a sword maker. Unfortunately, […]