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Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset“I try to carry books with me wherever I go. Their weight has become like ballast against the churning sea of modern life, where so many real things are vanishing, and so many beautiful things are being made invisible …”

Celebrated in more than 100 countries, World Book Day is, you guessed it, a worldwide event devoted to our universal love of authors, books, illustrators, and reading. Across the globe, World Book Day occurs on April 23, which just happens to be the day historians believe Shakespeare was born (coincidentally, it was also the date of his death). The purpose of the holiday is to encourage young people to read and help provide them the means to do so.

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Book Review:: RoseBlood – AG Howard

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetDate started: March 13, 2017

Date ended: April 20, 2017 

Stars: ★★★

I had such high hopes for this novel, simply because I loved AG Howard’s Splintered series which was another retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Well, with one of my favorite classics down, I figured her inspired retelling of The Phantom of the Opera would be a knock out as well. I have to admit, I didn’t love this story. Sure, I liked it but it wasn’t the wow I was anticipating.

There were certain aspects that were great, like it being set in Paris. How cool would it be to attend high school in Paris? The writing style set the right atmosphere for story. It was ominous when called for but ancient and classic as well. It gelled with the plot wonderfully.

The characters were alright, very stereotypical though. You had the heroine with a secretive past who is sent away to escape. Her new friends: a quirky girl sidekick, the handsome boy next door, and a wary girl who warms up to her eventually. Then you had the mean girls who bullies the new girl and we can’t forget the mysterious angsty love interest.

The one thing I can say that I was happy with is there wasn’t a love triangle. There almost was but it never came to fruition. That was a plus, with all the stereotypical characters I almost assumed it was coming but plot twist it didn’t!

The last thing that niggled me was the pacing of the novel. I kid you not I had to read almost 100 pages before stuff started happening. It was a lot of background and foreshadowing but I was about to give up on the book. But when the plot started rolling, it took off. There were a few plot twists that made the story interesting and made me want to know more but they were very abrupt and left me confused. Since there was a lot of foreshadowing, I think I wished that Howard had spent more time on one of the plot twists, I’ll call it the main one, but it was very sudden and I had to reread the chapter over to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Just wished the pacing was sped up and that the plot and twists flowed better.

Overall, I liked Roseblood, it was a fun read and it made me feel like I was on spring break in Paris, so I appreciated that. I look forward to more from Howard, but I’d really like to see some original work instead of another retelling. Though maybe I should take a break from retellings because they’re either good, bad, or ugly.

Book Review:: Wayfarer – Alexandra Bracken

Date started: February 19, 2017

Date ended: March 13, 2017

Stars: ★★★★★

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“But we are, all of us, also wayfarers on a greater journey, this one without end, each of us searching for the answers to the unspoken questions of our heart. Take comfort, as I have, in knowing that, while we must travel it alone, this journey rewards goodness, and will prove that the things which are denied to us in life will never create cages for our souls”

Have you ever read a book that knocked you on your ass and you can’t get over the book hangover for a week or more? Well, that’s what Wayfarer was for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked Passenger but this second installment just blew it out of the water, there was really no comparison. The first novel was kind of slow and bogged down with descriptions. I was happy to see there was none of that in Wayfarer. From the start, the plot goes from 0-100 MPH and it does not stop!

While Passenger was like a stroll through time, Wayfarer is more dire. It’s a matter of life and death, of time as we know it. The plot was fast paced and more sinister. The plot was a roller coaster of emotions, I lost my shit more than a couple times with all the deceit, backstabbing, and plot twists. It’s hard to write a review about how good this story was without revealing any spoilers so I’ll leave it at that.

The writing of course, was stunning and whimsical with a dash of desperation. As a reader, I felt as I was in Etta’s shoes running out of time through time. We were introduced to new amazing characters and places, even the original characters had some really great development. There was something old and something new. I absolutely love that  the characters (both old and new) created deep discussions of race / sexuality / gender, it was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre.

One of my favorite character developments was Sophia Ironwood. In Passenger, I would’ve gladly sold her to Satan free if charge. I had to admire her strength but the way she went about things was completely deplorable. In this novel, we get to know her more as she softens and opens up. There’s a great love interest that develops with her that will simply melt your heart.

While this series was complete and I’m very content with it, I STILL WANT MORE! I cannot wait to see what other magical worlds and stories Alexandra Bracken will come up with in the future.