I had heard so many good things about this series from people who I really trust, so my expectations were pretty high going in. This, as it turns out, was a mistake. I was promised rich politics, morally grey characters, blindsiding betrayal, and fascinating magic. I expected strong worldbuilding and intriguing characters. I got none of the above.
This book was super hit and miss for me. There were parts that I really enjoyed and appreciated, but there were just as many parts that made me uncomfortable. The overall reading experience was mediocre at best.
Starfall is filled with just as much action, crime, and lawlessness as Starflight. It reads like an episode of Firefly (which if you haven't watched Firefly, you should definitely go find it on Netflix).
I know that everyone was so worried that I had stopped making those videos where I recap my feelings upon re-reading the Harry Potter series. Fear not! I have continued - with The Order of the Phoenix.
If you like Lady Macbeth - ambitious, ruthless, brutal, violent - you'll love Lada. It was...I don't want to use the word fun because murder and brutality isn't fun. But it was an exciting change of pace to have a female protagonist who is so unapologetically ruthless and brutal and violent.
Andie's a planner. And she's got this summer on lockdown. She's been accepted into a pre-pre-med summer program at Johns Hopkins, which will be a welcome escape from the media attention surrounding her father's political scandal. But then the scandal causes Andie's acceptance to be revoked. Now she's got to figure out what to do with her summer at home - with her father.
In all honesty, the verdict is still out on this book. I'd be really interested to hear the perspective of Puerto Rican readers, and/or readers with more experience with Latinx stories. I wish my thoughts were more coherent - but I'm just really conflicted.
OK, I get that it's terrible that a) I've never read an Agatha Christie novel before this point and b) I really didn't enjoy my experience reading Agatha Christie.
This book was hands-down hilarious. Ben is a highly entertaining narrator, who views the world with a wonderfully dry and absurd sense of humour.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Div 4 and up Received: Library Publication Date: June 21, 2016 Publisher: Knopf Canada 3.5 out of 5 stars The Blurb: In this retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kate Battista is a preschool teacher's assistant, who lives at home with her scientist father and high school aged sister, Bunny. …