Whew! Finally in the double digits for reviews! Last CBR I reviewed the first of the Artemis Fowl books, and I loved it so much I went hunting for the rest of the series. All of our favorite characters are back! Holly, Root, everyone’s favorite pre-teen mastermind, and excitingly, Mulch Diggums, who is my personal squee character. While this installment started out a little rocky, it finds its footing about a quarter of the way though and becomes the romping fun adventure we were all hoping for. In this book, Artemis has gotten some hits on where his presumed-dead father […]
This YA novel has turned into a bestseller and has generated a lot of positive buzz. Angie Thomas, with her first novel, boldly takes on racism and police shootings through the eyes of 16-year-old Starr Carter. Starr is an engaging narrator who straddles two different worlds that will collide, forcing her to make hard choices about who she is and what she ought to be doing. We meet Starr on the night “it” happens. It’s spring break and Starr is at a house party in her neighborhood, Garden Heights. There she runs into one of her oldest friends Khalil. They’ve […]
The Assassin’s Blade is a compilation of five interrelated novellas that take place about a year before the first book in this series, Throne of Glass. Each one can be read separately, but work best together, showing how the infamous assassin Celaena Sardothien went from being rich, spoiled and deadly, to being a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. These five novellas go a long way towards rectifying one of the main complaints I had with that first book, namely that we were shown almost no proof of Celaena’s supposed assassin talents. Maas kept telling us how badass and […]
Albertalli’s follow-up to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was just as good as the first book. The Upside of Unrequited focuses on Molly, cousin of Abby from the first book, as she deals with crushes and feelings of distance from her twin sister Cassie as Cassie starts her first real relationship. Molly decides that she needs to put herself out there in order to turn a crush into a boyfriend. Cassie pushes her towards hipster Will, but Molly can’t stop thinking about her co-worker, the nerdy, Tolkien loving Reid. It’s incredibly adorable and left me with a craving for […]
I recently read Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, and I realized that I have never posted a review of her previous book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Anyways, it’s super awesome and I feel bad that I put off reviewing it for so long. You can read my full, somewhat brief review here, and I am going to go back and remove the hyphens from the word “Homo Sapiens” because I just realized that they aren’t necessary.
I fell in love with the idea of this book, the pirate king’s daughter purposely gets herself kidnapped in order to steal a map from rival pirates, and it really did not disappoint. It is a fun romp kind of book, with some decent romance thrown in. The map is actually one-third of a map that will lead to an island where sirens have hidden an enormous treasure. Alosa’s father has asked her to get captured in order to search the ship of a rogue pirate crew that does not support the pirate king. Alosa is the captain of her […]
The ideas of humanizing monsters and monstrous humans seems to be a big theme with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. This would normally annoy me, except that she does it so well, and with variety each time. This is my third series of hers that I’ve started, and each one is different in terms of world and characters. I’m saving the conclusion of one series, A Conjuring of Light, until the end of the current semester in 3 weeks; if I don’t I’ll be buried by grading I’ll ignore in trying to finish the book, and from the sound of it, emotionally […]
This is funny, guys! And well-written! (At least to me it is.) We have R. F. Jackaby, an American Sherlock type who can see things that others can’t. Not just notice things others don’t, but things others physically cannot comprehend. There’s magic here, and Jackaby has a gift. And just like Sherlock, a lot of people thing Jackaby is crazy. Or on drugs. “All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with view behind the curtain.” (34) Abigail Rook is newly arrived from Europe and almost forces herself […]