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Today’s review is for D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Porin D’Aulaire.

I wish I had read this book before reading Percy Jackson.  After reading this, I have a much deeper appreciation for the myths of Ancient Greece.  This book is a masterpiece and should be read by anyone interested in Greek Mythology.  I think this book is a great springboard to do further research into some of the stories, and then reading the classics from which some of the myths are drawn, like the story of Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece which is a classic myth written by Apollonius of Rhodes.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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Today’s review is for Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle ClaytonShiny Broken Pieces is the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things.

*CW: Racism, Bullying, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Drug Use

This was a great ending to the duology. I loved seeing how much the characters had changed between Tiny Pretty Things and this book, especially GiGi. I also loved how much Bette was invested in figuring out what really happened to GiGi and who really did it. The ending wasn’t rushed, and each character’s arc along with the whole story was wrapped up very nicely.

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This is the first time I’m doing a review like this but I thought it would be interesting. My first book review of the year was for the book Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and you can read that here. The main reason why I read it is that I wanted to watch the Netflix series, and also because I love ballet. I took dance classes when I was younger before switching to gymnastics, and I took a ballet class in college. I’m the type of person who likes to read the book before watching the adaptation. There have been very few cases where I’ve watched the adaptation before reading the book. I’ve probably done it less than five times. Now on to the review which, I will try to keep as non-spoiler as possible.

The show did switch the names of a few of the characters but kept the personalities the same. I was able to match the show characters to their book characters. The show also changes what happened to Cassie and the ballet that the students perform. The show kept June’s complicated relationship with her mother, which I appreciated. If you’ve read the book, you know there’s a lot of drama, and the show did not skimp on that.

If you’re wondering what I enjoyed better, I enjoyed them both equally. The show is binge-worthy and entertaining. I hope there’s a season two which follows the events of Shiny Broken Things

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Today’s book review is for Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

CW: bullying, eating disorders, drug use, alcoholism

This book is filled with drama and it was entertaining. It was also dark and gritty, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I loved how diverse the cast of characters are in this book. This book was so different than anything that I have ever read and I enjoyed it.

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Today’s book review will be for The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen.  This review can also be found on Goodreads.

This is the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve ever read and I absolutely loved it. It’s the perfect book for summer. I loved the story, and I especially love how Emma Saylor wanted to learn more about her mother. I also really loved how this book was family-centered, and I loved all the relationships. Another thing that I loved about this book is how Emma grew as a person. This was a book that I really enjoyed reading.

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Today’s review is for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.  This review can also be found on Goodreads.

CW: Death, sexual assault, stalking

I absolutely loved this book and how it was written in verse, I also loved the diversity. This book was heartbreaking but hopeful. There are some powerful quotes in Clap When You Land, one of my favorite quotes is “…a queen is both: deadly & graceful. Poised & ruthless. Quiet & cunning.” Another one of my favorites is “A queen offers her hand to be kissed, & can form it into a fish while smiling the whole damn time.” This book is a book that needs to be read, it’s emotional, important, and while I am not represented in this book I felt the authenticity.

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Today’s review is for The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry.  This review can also be found on Goodreads.

This book was confusing as all hell, but I loved it. I loved how Natalie wanted to know where she was from and how she wanted to learn more about her culture. There were some very relatable things in this book, like feeling you don’t fit in and don’t belong. I also loved Natalie and Beau’s relationship and thought it was well developed. What was confusing was the time travel aspect of the book, it was definitely unique but could have been developed in a way that wasn’t so confusing. Overall, I did enjoy this book.

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Today’s review is for Stealing Home by Becky Wallace.  This review can also be found on Goodreads.

This book was so cute, and I loved it. What I loved about this book was that it was more focused on the business side of baseball rather than the game itself, don’t get me wrong, I love the game but I love seeing the business side of things too. I thought Ryan and Sawyer’s relationship was really sweet and I love how it developed. I also love how passionate Ryan was about baseball, and how she had her own dreams of owning the team. Ryan kind of reminded me of myself, and it’s great when you can see yourself in a character. One thing that I did wish is that Ryan and Sawyer got together sooner rather than later.

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Review

If you want to see part 1 of this review click here.

There may be grammatical errors in this review as I am writing it how I originally wrote it in fourth grade.

 

In this next part of the story, Mary told Martha about finding Colin.  She asked Mary what was wrong with him.  Mary told her that nobody really knew.  When he was born and his mother died, his father went crazy.  He wouldn’t even look at the baby.  He was too afraid that Colin would end up being a hunchback just like him.  Everyone always just kept the baby lying down.  They wouldn’t even let him walk when he got older.

Martha was upset that Mary found Colin.  She was afraid that someone would find out and she would get fired, and then she wouldn’t be able to help her mother.

Martha had to go and take care of Colin for a while so that his nurse could go and rest.  After a few minutes she came and told Mary that she must have bewitched Colin.  When Martha got to his room, he wasn’t lying in bed.  He was sitting up on the couch, wearing a velvet robe and reading his books.  He told Martha that he wanted to see his cousin Mary.

It was the first time that Mary had seen Colin’s room in the daylight.  There were bright pictures, colorful rugs, and beautiful wall hangings.  Mary and Colin told each other that they had been thinking about each other all day.  They were very happy to see each other.  Mary told Colin that he reminded her of a prince she had met in India.  One reason was because of all the silks and jewels, and the other reason was because of the way he told everyone what to do.  When he spoke, people obeyed, or they died!

I think it must have been very exciting to see Colin get out of bed and do things.  It must have made Mary feel very happy to know that her cousin liked meeting her so much that he didn’t just want to lay in bed all the time anymore.  Mary and Colin were becoming very good friends, and I think that is very nice, but I also think that Colin should stop being so bossy and ordering people like Martha and his nurse around all the time.  He should start acting more like a child his own age.