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All Four Stars: Review

All Four Stars: Review

Warning! Do not read this book while hungry! You will just end up grumbly and resentful at all the delicious, delicious food inside! But perhaps not as sad as poor Gladys is after her parents ban her from the kitchen for one measly little accident with a blowtorch. Worst of all, they’re terrible cooks and only order super gross takeout from their town of East Dumpsford. Gladys is a food wizard and her parents are simply food Muggles. What’s a little foodie to do? A surprising amount, actually! Goodness but this book is charming. The writing is unbelievably cute. It has that faint irreality and sense of wacky adventure that is common in MG and employed here to great effect. You might think this entire scenario to ludicrously unrealistic but trust in this author. Each turn of the story was delightful and had me chuckling along. And there are so… Read more »

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Half a King: Review

Half a King: Review

So here is your standard “disgraced underdog hero goes on an epic journey of self discovery to reclaim what is his by rights” coming of age story. What elevates Half a King above the standard? This is not the black and white world of high fantasy. The whole book has an overwhelming gray feeling. Gray in atmosphere and gray in morality. It takes place in a Viking-like world with little magic. A politically minded fantasy, there are plots upon plots and layers of conspiracy to uncover. Betrayal after betrayal happen and the twists keep coming until the very last page. This is gritty and grim low fantasy, but it never feels hopeless. The characterization is superb. As the younger son of the king, considered “half a man” for having a half formed hand (thus unable to fight in the strong warrior culture), Yarvi is easily relatable. A strong gift for… Read more »

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Cuckoo Song: Review

Cuckoo Song: Review

Cuckoo Song is one of those books that I really struggled to find the words for. You know those books that have such an intense amount of complexity, beauty, and feeling? The kind of book that leaves you asking yourself, “How can I do this book justice?” Yes, this is one of those. I was expecting this story to be a creepy, horror-tinged, fantastical mystery. And it is those things. But I was not expecting it to also be a story about the devastating effects of war on both societal and personal levels and of how a family torn apart by grief can come back together again. It’s also somehow lovely. So, so lovely in the midst of such horror.. Imagine you woke up one morning with all memories fractured, able only to grasp at mere pieces of who you are. You went missing from your home last night, found… Read more »

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The Falconer: Review Discussion

The Falconer: Review Discussion

  Being the fantasy loving gals that we are, Kate and I both devoured this one last month. And now here we are to bring our thoughts to you! I’m not normally a huge fan of steampunk or faery stories, but Kate likes both. We ended up enjoying this one just the same, though. Intriguing! Do join us as we discuss the reasons why.     Kim: I rather enjoyed this one. I don’t often go for steampunk, and I really don’t care for faery stories so the fact that I liked this as much as I did should go to show for something. I mean, there are mechanical spiders that will stitch you up. That’s fucking awesome. Kate: I tend to like steampunk as a general rule–not, like, the cosplay or whatever, because it seems exhausting, but I love being able to read historically-set novels that can contain modern… Read more »

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Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Oh man, you guys, I am back from BEA and am here to regale with you my adventures! This has been such a crazy couple of weeks for me. My nephew was born the week before BEA so if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, BEA was sure to oblige! :p Luckily, I live in the Philly suburbs so it didn’t take too much time for me to hop on a train to NY Tuesday evening and make my way! Wednesday morning was the NOVL Bloggers Brunch at Hachette headquarters. It was too funny–when I stepped onto my subway train I just happened to be in the same car as Jamie and April. Serendipitous, I think! NOVL had a great brunch spread for us–including mimosas! I don’t know about you but I never say no to a mimosa. ;) We were treated to an awesome look at some very intriguing titles… Read more »

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Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I’m off being a very busy bee at BEA currently (Are you also here? Do say hello!). But I have an exciting international (!!!) giveaway today for one of the most hyped Spring 2014 releases! Let’s take a look at my thoughts: This book was such a surprisingly light read. I was expecting a dark, fantasy epic based on the cover and description, but this one reads much more like MG, and a very light MG at that. For instance, there were a fair amount of puns and lingo that I thought veered toward the very silly. Currency is “currensea” and  a girlfriend is a “merlfriend.” Candies are “bing-bangs” and “zee-zees.” I think your mileage on this book will definitely depend a good amount on your tolerance for this. Mine was not very high. I do appreciate the obvious thought and depth that Donnelly put into the worldbuilding, but it read… Read more »

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Guy in Real Life: Review

Guy in Real Life: Review

Wow. So I went into this book thinking I was going to read this charming little story about two gamer kids overcoming their differences and falling in love. And this is that book. Sort of. But it’s mostly so much more. It’s a complex, yet sweet and often humorous, examination of identities and gender roles. This is one of the most unique and affecting coming of age stories I’ve ever read. We have Lesh, a refreshingly normal, nondescript teenage boy. Lesh likes metal and his best friend Greg and…that’s about it. Then there’s Lana who is a force so wholly herself. Lana has a rich inner world which she cultivates through drawing, embroidery and fulfilling her duties as Dungeon Master. She has something else that Lesh so sadly lacks: a supportive circle of friends. I really appreciated the duality of Lana’s assured sense of self against Lesh’s insecurity and vulnerability…. Read more »

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