So, I picked up this book based on narfna’s review. I was surprised when I went to the library to pick it up how long it was. I was thinking more of a picture book length, for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much of this there was to enjoy! The first thing I noticed was that there are pattern pieces on all of the chapter titles. I don’t actually know how to sew garments, but I’m wondering if there is a complete set of patterns, and if so what they would make. The story […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
This little book is not what I was expecting. I’m not sure *what* I was expecting, actually, but it took me a pretty long time to get into this. When I finally did, though, I was glad I pushed through. Not quite sure how to describe this. It’s set in an unnamed city in an unnamed country, where nobles live up on the Hill in the city, and poor people and criminals live in Riverside. Both places have complicated and very strict rules of conduct, social codes, and half of the book is the characters navigating those nuances to their […]
Cat Sebastian is now six for six. Not a stinker among her published books so far (though to be fair, I haven’t *loved* all of them (Unmasked by the Marquess was fun, but didn’t hit me in my swooners). A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, though saddled with a truly execrable cover*, features more of what I love about her books: two fully realized leads who have good chemistry, and who are kept apart not by asinine plot machinations and outside forces, but by character flaws and life circumstances and their own stubbornness. And any time there is a miscommunication between […]
#CBR10Bingo: Underrepresented Alice’s girlfriend dumps her because she can’t really handle the fact that Alice is asexual and while she’s perfectly willing to engage in sexual acts to please her girlfriend, she herself doesn’t really get much out of it. Dumped and heartbroken, Alice swears off dating entirely. She moves into the spare room at the apartment of her two best friends (who are a couple) and is determined to power through the summer enjoying good food, binge watching TV and working at the library. The only problem? There’s a new guy, Takumi, working at the library and he makes […]
This was so cute! I love Jen Wang’s art, and she’s apparently just as good at story as she is at bringing a world to life visually. The Prince and the Dressmaker is about Frances and Sebastian. Frances is a seamstress who accidentally catches the eye of the crown prince of Belgium, Sebastian. Sebastian has a secret. When no one is watching, he loves to wear beautiful dresses. He hires Frances to make some for him, but his plan to not show her his face falls through almost immediately, but to his surprise, she accepts him immediately and becomes inspired […]
As always with a Becky Albertalli book, I flew through it. I haven’t read an entire book in a night in quite a long time, but I felt compelled to keep going even though it got pretty late. And then I figured I might as well just finish it. No regrets here! A good time was had. I do think this is my least favorite of her three books, so far, though. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with Leah herself. Leah is a tough character to like for me. I bounced off her a little bit in Simon vs. the […]
The definition of meh for me. I should have known better, and I feel like my not enjoying this book is my fault. I am usually not into lit-fic, except on rare occasions. But this was recommended to me by one of those Book Riot quizzes where it was like, if you like this and this and this, then you should pick up ______. I read the synopsis and said, hmmm, that does sound like I would enjoy it! I was lured in with the promise of an exploration of NY in the 1980s, drag and ball culture, and explorations […]