Review: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

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Published: 28 February 2017

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Romance/New Adult/Contemporary

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

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Rating:  3.5 Stars

An emotionally intense novel, the story of a graphic novel artist and an ex-con, their interaction, and the past encroaching on the present made for a somewhat sad, definitely tense New Adult novel.

The pacing was a bit slow for my liking, though I don’t think it would put off a lot of people. Fans of slow burn romances might even find a favorite book in this. As it was my first of this author’s books, I can’t verify whether the rest would be as nice as this one, but The Butterfly Project would have me entertaining the thought of reading more of her work.

If I had to choose which of the main characters I preferred, I would say Beckett. While Zelda had her graphic novel artistry going for her, something I admire because manga and comic books have been a big part of my life for a long time, Beckett’s voice and his perspective chapters felt more real to me. I looked forward to the camera lens coming from his eyes, even when it was something as simple as looking at his neighborhood in Brooklyn, his walk-up apartment, the other people in his building.

Roy, Beckett’s parole officer, was an awesome character that really warmed my heart. Usually in books I wouldn’t have seen his character as someone to like, but Emma Scott crafted a caring individual who trusts and does his job in an effective manner.

The location of this story was something I liked in The Butterfly Project. I live close enough to NYC to visit a few times a year and while I’m not intimately familiar with all of its landscape, the way Emma Scott described it made it feel like I was right there on the street with Zelda and Beckett. It was easy to picture the hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant where they first meet, the streets they walked to get Zelda back to her hostel early on in the book. It wasn’t a sanitized version of the city and I liked the atmosphere that was created.

The relationships formed, the ones that were broken and offered to the reader as insight into Zelda and Beckett’s character, these all came together and formed an interesting story that had dips and turns, pain and attachment, as in life. New Adult needs more books at the forefront and this could be one of them.

 

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: In Her Skin by Kim Savage

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we highlight a title we’re looking forward to reading. You can find their website here.

 

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In Her Skin by Kim Savage

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Published: 27 March 2018

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Category: Contemporary/Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

Con artist stories are really fun to watch on television (hello Leverage fans!) and to read about. Jo, the main character in this book, is trying to con a wealthy family into believing she’s their long lost daughter. Of course there are shenanigans afoot in the family, which would make it interesting enough, but the family is named Lovecraft. I have to wonder if that will mean some kind of supernatural element to the story, like a call back to one of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories or something.

I never get tired of trying to figure out how characters like this pull off their cons, either. Are the people they’re working on really that simple or are they really that good at lying? How do they even do that so convincingly? I have a hard time lying because I can’t keep a straight face, never mind that a con is a high pressure situation. I’d have a tell, I’m sure.

I can’t wait to see what secrets Jo uncovers next March. (No Little Women pun intended there. *lol*)

 

 

 

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Review: Odd & True by Cat Winters

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Published: 12 September 2017

Publisher: Amulet Books

Category: Historical/Young Adult/Fantasy

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Rating: 4 Stars

Cat Winters has a way with words and in Odd & Tru she uses her skill to weave a story of loyalty, protection, and what the truth is depending upon the person telling the story.

The book is told in alternating chapters and time periods. The current day ones are told by Tru, the more reserved and younger of two sisters.

Tru was a brilliant character. While she started out a little dull, I think a lot of that had to do with her Aunt Vik trying to stuff as much “reality” and mundanity into her as possible as a methof protection against what Vik saw as familial madness. There was also the matter of Tru’s disability and chronic pain: her right leg is two inches shorter than the left, causing constant pain and rendering her paralyzed for many years before allowing for limited mobility. For a long time she saw herself as a cripple, a word here she used to describe herself, but a word she begins to move beyond with the encouragement of her sister Od.

The other point of view is told from the past in voice of the elder sister, Od.

Od was fascinating and mysterious, easily that cool aunt type character that I’d have looked forward to seeing as a child with her wild stories. She’s fearless and she doesn’t let anyone or anything, especially the expectations of society and her Aunt Vik, get in the way of following the path she sees as the right one. Her determined selfworth is matched only by the enormous amount of energy she puts into making sure Tru doesn’t languish away on a family in Oregon, similar to how their mother suffered for years on their father’s California estate.

Of the two, I preferred the stories in Od’s chapters, but I really liked seeing them come through in Tru’s current life, such as when she begs for the story of her birth, which we hear in the present only to later hear a tidbit which reveals the truth about where Od got the information to weave the tale.

For the longest time it’s difficult to say who is telling the truth and who is not lying, exactly, but perhaps coloring the truth rather more than one might expect in the every day. Are the monsters real as Od and the girls’ Uncle Magnus say? Or are there members of this German immigrant family that dabble in debauchery far too often and are on their own, as Aunt Vik vehemently states when Od shows up at the Oregon farm?

To reveal the answer would be to ruin the journey and the adventures that Od & Tru have. Suffice it to say that I think you may find yourself questioning more than one person before the end. The answers come slowly, but worth the experience of the slow burn read.

 

 

 

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DNF Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

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Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Hogarth Press

Category: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives.

Rating: 1 Star

It was difficult to like this book because I had a hard time connecting or even liking the characters. Elise and Jamey were next to dull and I think their position was made worse by a writing style I didn’t care for. It felt overburdened with details, every movement or embellishment explained in detail, not to mention the telling feel of the story. While I got a lot of details, it felt like these were being thrown at me in a lecture rather than discovering them in a good book.

The way the narrative was split up also made it difficult for me to sink into the story. A single chapter would have dozens of cuts between action, like in a movie where the camera bounces back and forth between two or more people too fast to keep track. There wasn’t time to enjoy anything; this style highlighted what I already didn’t like and saved nothing.

Why did I keep reading this? I’m not sure, but I think I was hoping it would get better, that someone would do something or a new character would make an appearance that would give me a reason to care, to look behind the butchered mini-chapters.

As you can tell because this was a DNF, there came a point when it wasn’t worth it anymore. I don’t think White Fur has anything to offer in the way of entertainment or a thoughtful reading experience, so at 29% I finally gave it up as a bad job and moved on.

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga #3) by Elise Kova

Elise Kova is a wonderful writer who has quite the literary publishing history. Not only is her Air Awakens series a highly popular indie series, but all five books were released in less than a year. That’s an amazing treat for readers and an incredible feat for an author, due to all the hard work put into such an endeavor.

The Loom Saga, whose first book The Alchemists of Loom released in January of this year, is (sadly) wrapping up this December. You’ve still got two months to catch up with the first book and its sequel, The Dragons of Nova, but in the mean time…

 

…today is the cover reveal for the final book! YAH!! Artist Nick D. Grey has done a fantastic job at bringing another visually stunning piece of work to the Loom Saga.

Ready for it?

 

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Title: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Series: The Loom Saga (Book Three) – Final book!

Release Date: December 5, 2017

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A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

Books in the Loom Saga:

  1. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM
  2. THE DRAGONS OF NOVA
  3. THE REBELS OF GOLD

Have you read any of the Loom Saga books so far? What are you most looking forward to seeing resolved in The Rebels of Gold? Let’s discuss in the comment section below. 🙂

 

 

 

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Review: Outcast by Lauren Hillman

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Published: 19 July 2017

Publisher: Self Published

Category: Fantasy/Middle Grade

Merissa is a faerie with no magic, no memory… and no friends. Until a hummingbird arrives with an ominous message: The Queen wants her dead.

With the help of the hummingbird Chippen, Merissa sets out on a dangerous journey searching for the one faerie who may know the truth about her past. Instead she finds more questions when they meet Griff, a gypsy boy with pale grey eyes and one heart-melting dimple and Merissa discovers they have a strange connection. Soon her past will endanger them all.

But she is a faerie. And faeries are protectors. So if anything will help Merissa regain her lost powers it will be to save her friends.

Rating:  3 Stars

Faeries were one of my favorite things to read about when I was in the middle grade age group. While I still read quite a bit of fantasy and there are faeries in those books, there’s something special about the ones that inhabit the books of children. Going back to that kind of story in Outcast was immersive and fun.

Merissa is introduced right away as a faerie that doesn’t know what kind of Faerie she is. That’s a problem in a society that separates the faeries into what they can do: Earth Faeries nurture the earth, Frost Faeries bring the frost, etc. It’s self descriptive and when a faerie is born, they’re meant to know who they are. Merissa, our main character, cannot recall her beginning and despite her best efforts cannot summon magic of any kind. Now an Outcast, she goes about her life with a niggling thought as to what she might be, something not talked about in Faerie society and forbidden: a changeling, a human that was altered to become Fae. Is this why the Queen wants her dead? It’s that thought and that threat of death that sends her on a quest to discover who she is.

The venom that came from her fellow faeries in Reya, their town/village, was deep cutting and very harsh. I was feeling horrible for Merissa as well as anger at her “friends” for betraying her and turning their backs when she had questions. Rather than be supportive, they succumbed to fear and cast her out as much as they could. While this was hinted at in the summary, plus the obvious title, I was shocked to see how it was conveyed in a few simple actions and words.

Merissa’s journey, once she leaves the little clearing and tiny home she’s known for as long as she can remember, is an enormous one. Not just because she is a faerie that can hide beneath a daisy, but because she has to learn to trust after being shown a lot of unkindness over the course of two years. She learns truths, such as what she is exactly and the identity of the ‘people’ she comes across (Zara, for example); some of these I didn’t even consider during my reading!

I was slightly disappointed in where the story ended because it felt a little abrupt, but overall I think it did make sense. There’s still quite a lot of danger for Merissa and her party. There’s more adventure to come as they search for a safe place, one that may very well lay outside of Faerieland.

I think that the book could have used another once over before publication because I found a couple of examples of errors in printing, things like words missing or extra words that were spelled correctly and so would be missed by a spell check. Also, some of the language was a bit clumsy when in conversation, giving me a bit of a struggle on occasion.

I don’t know how long this series is going to be, but I am anticipating the next book because I need to know what happens. Will the Queen find and carry out what she promised at the end of the book? How will Merissa stay true to her Faerie identity when those she is supposed to protect are not always good?  There’s a lot of find out when Lauren Hillman’s next book comes out.

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I DNF’d or Were Hard to Get Through

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find the prompts here.

There are some books that, no matter how good they sounded or how much others might love them, just weren’t for me. I mean no disrespect to the people that like the books I’m about the list, but there was something about them that I didn’t care for or couldn’t get through (hence a DNF).

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

Detention Land by Susan Orion

Perfect Ten by L. Philips

All of these were DNF books. In the case of Fly by Night, I had hoped I’d be able to finish it because I’ve loved the author’s work in the past, but this one felt like one genre book trying too hard to be another and that got annoying quickly.

Detention Land and Perfect Ten were both terribly boring due to the writing style and the characters. I didn’t feel anything for them other than a strong urge to shake them.

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

These books I finished but they were painful. Other Breakable Things had stupid characters that made foolish choices. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was okay until about halfway through and then it felt like the action plummeted. It is one of the few instances where I have to say that the movie is better than the book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the worst of the bunch because NOTHING HAPPENS!

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Movie Game by Michael Ebner

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Sherman

You Were Here (DNF) was all about the imbalance between alternative points of few. Some were okay, others were bad in the tone of voice used. Each was told differently (verse, graphic novel style, etc.) and it got dreary.

Call Me, Maybe (DNF) I hated because the characters were so dense and couldn’t make a good decision to save their lives.

Movie Game (DNF) = muddled plot, poor writing, again with idiotic characters. :/

Legacy of Kings (DNF) sounded like a great book, but I started out with the audiobook and couldn’t stand it. I tried a physical copy…nope, same result. I think it was because the writing came across as stilted and there was one character’s point of view that I couldn’t stand. Dreading a good chunk of the book doesn’t speak well for an overall good experience.


What books have you not finished? What’s one thing that puts you off a book? Let me know in the comments down below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson

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Published: 26 December 2014

Publisher: Serano Press

Category: Fantasy/Middle Grade/Adventure

When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons – good and bad – and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie – for that is what she prefers to be called – finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius. Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog – stones of enormous power – and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly. Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.

Rating: 4 Stars

If a book is about dragons, particularly one with such a lovely cover and in which the dragons are not constantly being hunted, then I’m going to pick it up!

What I liked about Jorie and the Magic Stones is that it reminded me a little bit of The Chronicles of Narnia. Jorie is sent to live with an aunt and while there discovers a pathway to magic and adventure, much like the Pevensies when they stumbled through the back of a wardrobe.

Jorie and Rufus, her new friend that lives next door to her aunt, must find the bravery within themselves to complete their mission. When they become a part of the world beneath the Tarn, a fantastical place with dragons of goodness and wickedness, they discover that Jorie must find three powerful stones in order to save the good guys (*cough*DRAGONS!*cough*).

Dragons are fun to read about, no doubt from this corner, and I appreciated how they weren’t all the bad guys in this story. When they’re all being slain, I get sad because dragons are amazing creatures and I for one would like more stories about them. A.H. Richardson wrote their story, combined with that of a little girl from another world, in an entertaining manner that made the book a good one for bedtime stories. A chapter or two a night and both my son and I were wanting to know what would happen to Jorie, to Rufus, and to the Three Stones.

Jorie and Rufus learn quite a bit in their journey, both what the world is capable of holding and what they themselves are capable of. Nine-year-olds being asked to save dragons sounds insane, but they follow their adventure with more intensity than I’d imagine possible for someone that’s only a few years older than my son.

This book was, as I said, a good one for bedtime stories in my house, but I think that middle grade kids could read this on their own as well as anyone that enjoys middle grade stories. There’s a touch of innocence and fantasy that appeals to the child in everyone, whether or not they’re in Jorie’s age group or not.

 

 

 

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Review: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days (The Tale of Bryant Adams #1) by Megan O’Russell

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Published: 15 August 2017

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Category: Fantasy/Magic

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

Rating: 2.75 Stars

When I was sent this summary to decide whether or not to review it, I thought I’d go ahead because based on the description alone it sounds like the kind of book a fan of the Percy Jackson series would enjoy. It promises a lot of crazy accidents, fantastical elements in a modern setting, and characters that are just this side of unbelievable.

I like the collection of characters that were presented in the book, with a slight exception for the main one. Bryant’s self-deprecation might have been a quirky character trait at first, but it wore down quickly and became too much. Constantly throwing out sarcastic references to how ugly his hair was or how unlucky he was to be uncool compared to his friend Devon…there’s only so much I read before I started rolling my eyes.

Devon had a couple of funny lines, my favorite of which was after he and Bryant tried to destroy the magic phone:

“It’s the Rasputin of phones,” Devon murmured. “It can never die.”

There was something that I thought was a bit off about the characters, though it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everyone from Bryant to Devon to Elizabeth, the people that were supposed to be 17 or 18, read younger than that and it made imagining them dealing with the events of the story…sticky. If Bryant’s age hadn’t been explicitly stated, I would have pegged him for 13 or 14. It doesn’t sound like a lot of difference, but it made the narrative feel a bit weird, reading a character as way younger than they’re supposed to be.

The family relationship between Bryant and his mom felt very real. I think his mother may be the most normal mom I’ve read in a fantasy book. What I didn’t get was some of her decisions, like the apparent family agreement that’s 30 pages long and has Article 17:

“Article seventeen states that in a true emergency no questions will be asked and no punishment given if the son approaches the mother with a genuine fear.”

While in theory this article sounds like something that might occur in a family, a trust exercise if you will, what does it say that there’s a written out “contract” with something like this and who knows what else? Bryant explains it to Elizabeth that he had his mom sit down and hash it out after the first time he was grounded. To be honest, I don’t get the sense that he’s the kind of kid that think of that sort of thing either now or in the past when he was grounded.

The romance between Bryant and Elizabeth took up a lot of page time, which I suppose would’ve been alright if it didn’t feel so forced. It doesn’t have to do with my reading these kids as younger than stated, but the fact that their interactions felt stale.

Pace wise things moved along decently, something I was grateful for after having been stuck in a slump of slow books. The way the story moved and how the characters were presented to the reader made it a little hard to get invested overall; I’d liken it to watching an action movie: two hours of people and places and fights flying by and you enjoy the moment, even if you can’t fully grasp what the individual motions are.

Overall, I would say that the book was okay for me, though I can see how it would appeal to a wider audience.

I’d recommend this book for fans of fantasy novels like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare’s Magisterium series, and Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. books.

 

 

 

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The #BooksBindUs Giveaway

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Welcome to the #BooksBindUs Giveaway. The brain child of Sarah K. Vetter from @SKVetterWrites, this is a celebration of the books that bring us together. Across blogs and Twitter accounts, following the hashtag #BooksBindUS, you’ll be able to find people representing books that they have loved, that mean something special to them, and that they want to share with the rest of us.

On The Hermit Librarian, I decided to highlight four books: Mask of Shadows, The Tiger’s Watch, Symptoms of Being Human, and Brooklyn Burning.

Each of these books features a gender fluid character, something that has become more important to me lately. Trying to find who I am, coming to realize that it’s okay to figure that out even though I’m older, has been really hard. With more books featuring transgender and gender fluid characters, I’ve been finding people that express feelings that are more similar to what I’ve been figuring out is who I am. Sal, Tashi, Riley, and Kid are just four of the many characters out there that I’ve found through reading and I’m grateful to Sarah for sponsoring this giveaway so that I can share one of these titles with a lucky winner!

In order to enter, I’ll be setting up a simple Twitter giveaway and linking it below. In order to enter, follow me at @hermitlibrarian and Sarah at @SKVetterWrites. The giveaway is for one of the titles mentioned/pictured above, is open Internationally, and will end 9/15. All prizes will ship in the beginning on October. No giveaway accounts (I will check!).

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