I have been following Dodie's Youtube channel for about two years now, and I've loved witnessing the way that her creativity has manifested and changed over the last couple of years. Secrets for the Mad is no exception.
This book was ridiculous. It was delightfully silly. It was incredibly dumb. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Illuminae Group has finally completed a dossier with all of the documents, transcripts, and security footage relevant to the BeiTech attack on Kerenxa in 2075, as well as the events that occured on the ships that took in refugees in the months following.
This book was beautifully written. It's written like a collection of poetry, with different poems from different character's perspectives, and I loved how that made the reader focus more on the characters' emotional & mental state, rather than trying to line up what part of the story we were at.
This was a happy-making book - it was so adorable. It felt like a feel-good Meg Ryan rom-com. I kept on catching myself smiling while I was reading - and I also found myself researching Bollywood films to put on my list of films to watch.
This book makes you think, and it makes you feel. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book.
Natasha's getting deported tonight. Daniel's pretty sure that fate has brought them together. Natasha doesn't believe in anything as flimsy as fate. Daniel's not in love, but he's definitely getting there.
I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn, so when I heard that Renee Ahdieh was writing a retelling loosely based on Mulan I was very excited. And I was not disappointed. I think it was Roshani Chokshi who described Renee Ahdieh's writing as "butter", and I cannot think of a more accurate description. It is rich, and smooth, and velvety, and makes you wonder how you managed without it before.
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.