Review of Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - 10 Word Review: Dark and twisty Cinderella retelling told from ugly stepsister’s POV.
Spoiler Free Review: I have to say I was a little hesitant to read this book because I am not a Gregory Maguire fan. I hated Wicked, decided to give the sequel a shot, and I hated that too lol! I read it as part of a FB group I’m in and I’m so glad I did! It really goes to show you that you should not write an author off even if you haven’t liked some of their books before.
This was a very different retelling in that it was grounded so much in history and reality. There’s no magic here, just brutal honesty. This is no fairytale and if you’re expecting that going in, you will be disappointed! To me, it reads much more like historical fiction, and I really enjoyed that. There’s also always something nefarious simmering just below the surface, which builds throughout the book! If you like your Retellings dark and twisty, then definitely check it out!
Emoji Review: 👩🦳👱♀️👱♀️👨🎨👨🌷🔥😮
June TBR - So excited to get started on these this month!!
Good morning and happy Pride Month!🌈 Though I’m not part of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m a proud ally to everyone in it. It’s all love on this blog❤️
Ya girl *finally* reorganized her bookshelf after way too long, and wow I’m in love with it! I’m hoping to keep it this way all month long, but we’ll see what my ocd thinks😅
📚What are doing/will you be doing to celebrate Pride Month?
A reasonably tasty sci fi junk food snack that tries a bit too hard at times, but you’d grab another one if offered.
Current Read is The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar! I’m really enjoying the lyrical and descriptive writing in this book!
Another day of reading on my hammock means another day of complete happiness
So in regards to SJTR we’re just gonna ignore that the medium/ spiritual preacher was spot on in everything? Even though Jack craves your blood bit. And Audrey rose and Thomas don’t think about it ever again and continue their no such thing as ghosts/magic mindset?
It would be wild if the world of Stalking Jack the Ripper was the same as Kingdom of the Wicked. Like That single interaction would be the closest Audrey Rose and Thomas would get to the underbelly of the Wicked.
Like I know they’re decades apart but now I’m just picturing Audrey Rose, Thomas, Wrath, and Emilia having tea and coffee together. Cressworth recalling the medium with mirth about how ridiculous it was and Wrath and Emilia either sweating bullets or containing laughter just being like “Oh yeah Pftt. Crazy magic believers being crazy” *sips tea/coffee with shaking hands*
Picked this up today! Going to have to have a Hunger Games binge I think 😂
I just devoured this sweet summer child within roughly half an hour and I’m so love. These two bouncy baby boys are the sweetest and I just want to take care of them and make sure they’re eating well and using plenty of sun cream. Also 100,000 bonus points for it being British because I never understand American terminology in books, especially when it comes to the school system (freshman? senior? never heard of them wtf are they) so I felt very at home with the language and naturally related to it all (Brits init lad) 💕
Basically this whole book was adorable, from start to finish. I may have squealed a few times because !!!!!!!! and my cat is very concerned for my health
Am I about to buy the next 2 books right this second? Yes, I absolutely am. Just as long as I don’t look at my bank statement next week, I’ll be fine
FIVE STARS FOR MY GAY SONS
Review of Emily A. Duncan’s Ruthless Gods - 10 Word Review: Most Emo book I have ever read in my life!
Spoiler Free Review: Words cannot describe how much I love this series! I will say that I did like the first one a bit more, but I find that tends to happen with trilogies, as the second book is generally setup for the payoff in the third one. This book makes my emo heart so happy, and I’m seriously obsessed with this series!
It’s dark and twisted, and the relationships are so insanely complicated and wrong, but also so, so right! The writing is ridiculously atmospheric and you are immediately transported into this world! If you have ever painted your nails black and shopped at Hot Topic, then this is the book for you!!
Emoji Review: 🩸☠️ 📜😱💔🩸☠️
Shelf Sunday features the books I’m hoping to kick June off with!!
Current Read is The Absolute Sandman, Volume One! I don’t normally love graphic novels, but I am seriously loving the weirdness that is this book!
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” -Angie Thomas, ‘The Hate U Give’
Today is Super Stack Sunday 📚 This Super Stack is all about thought-provoking books. You know, the ones that make you think about life, about perspective, about justice. The ones that grip you and don’t let go. The ones that dig deep and open important conversations that need to be had. The ones that leave you broken hearted, inspired, and enlightened. The ones that can make a change✨
📚What are your favorite thought-provoking books?
Reading and spending time with my dog sounds like the best plan for me on a Sunday morning
Goodbye May & hello June!
May was leaps and bounds better than April. Much like the rest of the United States, we spent April in quarantine here in Ohio. In May, we started slowly reopening & got back some normalcy in our lives.
Let’s see what I read & blogged in May…
After being off work for 8 weeks, I returned to work this month. While my library is still not yet open to patrons, our staff has been offering curbside service. Since our building is currently only open to staff, I took advantage and cleaned out our storage room. This was LONG overdue and desperately needed. To give you some context, I was pulling things out that hadn’t been touched in 15 years… We also just got the green light to start working on virtual summer programming! I am looking forward to getting creative for virtual programming.
I’ve read a few of Applegate’s other books, but The Last definitely felt more mature. I’d consider this to be a crossover MG/YA fantasy.» The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
I was delighted at how entertaining this adult romance was. The Unhoneymooners is a perfect beach/vacation read.» Becoming by Michelle Obama
Despite the fact that this memoir is LONG, I was interested from start to finish. I adore Michelle Obama and find her so inspiring.» Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3) by Shannon Messenger
The 3rd installment in a fantastic MG fantasy series. I like how the content is maturing as the characters age. This book was definitely darker than the previous two installments.» Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Wishtree was selected for our community wide read along. I loved rereading this book with my children. This is a perfect book for a community read along.» The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck
This book was just okay. I didn’t realize this was “Christian fiction” when this was picked for one of my book clubs. The religious tones came out of nowhere at the end & were very heavy handed.» Crush (Berrybrook Middle School #3) by Svetlana Chmakova
I’ve adored each graphic novel in this series. Chmakova captures the essence of middle school perfectly. She also does a wonderful job giving us a diverse cast of characters, and tackling relevant topics.» Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eion Colfer
This is an excellent MG/YA crossover fantasy book. I’m a fan of anti-hero main characters, so I enjoyed reading about a 12-year-old “evil” genius. I found this book to be very witty and amusing. I’d recommend this book to fans of Terry Pratchett.» The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi
I enjoyed this second installment even more than the first! The art style is absolutely stunning and I really enjoyed the story line. I can really see this as a TV series or movie.» El Deafo by Cece Bell
This graphic novel about a young girl with a hearing impairment is based off the author’s own life experiences. While I loved reading from the prospective of a character with a hearing impairment, I had a few issues with the plot. I was also not a big fan of the art style.» Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Another 5-star read from Elizabeth Acevedo! Clap When You Land is a heart-wrenching book in verse about loss, betrayal, and forgiveness.» Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Harbor Me was a beautiful MG contemporary novel about 6 kids, all with different backgrounds, that come together every Friday afternoon to share their experiences. This felt like a diverse middle grade version of The Breakfast Club» Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1) by Louis Sachar
I fondly remember this series from my elementary school days, so I bought it to read with my 6-year-old. While I love the story, some of the content & language have not held up. This isn’t exactly surprising since it was first published in 1978. My daughter did love it though.» The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) by Kazu Kibuishi
I’m loving this graphic novel series!
Goodreads Challenge Update: 60 books!
April 2020 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up + Book Haul
Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 1
Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 2
Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 3
Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 4
ARC eBooks:» The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay
» The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about a new families, a magical old house and a mysterious cat … When Tom and Polly marry, blending their single parent families together, their children find it hard to relinquish their old lives. Max realizes his birth dad will never come home now, while Abi suddenly finds herself a middle child, expected to share far too much – especially with grubby little Louis. The family start over together, stretching their finances to the limit and renting an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them. But when the children are alone there, strange things start to happen. Worried, Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives – is it a cat, or an owl, or something else? Abi reads alone, tumbling deep into books. Max loses his best friend and falls in love. Meanwhile, Louis’ secret visitor is becoming much too real. And when Max and Abi too start to see the great spotted cat-thing that arrives in the night, it becomes a problem the three of them must find a way to solve – together. But where has the creature come from, and how will he get back?
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Much to my surprise, I was approved for an ARC of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue via NetGalley! This is my #1 most anticipated book of 2020!
Comment below & let me know 🙂