Title:A Thousand Ships Author:Natalie Haynes Age Group/sub-genre/genre: Adult historical fiction Source: Library # of pages: 368
Review: I adored A Thousand Ships,which tells the story of the women from both sides of The Trojan War from the points of view of the women, this is their untold story. I loved reading all the stories but my favorite was by far the story of Penelope. The way that Penelope’s story was written was unique as it was letters addressed to Odysseus, her husband. The stories are heartbreaking but beautifully written. A Thousand Ships is a great take on The Trojan War. If you want to read a different story about the war, I highly recommend this book.
Today I bring you an eARC review of What Beauty There Is by Corey Anderson.
This book was out of my comfort zone. I normally don’t read books like What Beauty There Isbecause I don’t usually read mystery/thriller. I’m so glad that I read this book. What Beauty There Iskept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. There are a lot of things that happen in this book, but they’re easy to keep track of. The things and events that occur are all interconnected. There are quite a few characters in this book, and the new characters were introduced perfectly. While there are questions that were unanswered in this book, I’m very excited to read the sequel to see what happens next.
Today’s review is for Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease.
This book was just beautiful and magical. I loved seeing the growth of the characters, especially Camille. I also loved seeing Camille and Lazare’s relationship develop and Sophie come into her own with her dress shop. Everything That Burns takes place during the French Revolution where magic is persecuted. Speaking of magic, Camille, who no longer wants to do magic, uses it unintentionally when printing pamphlets using her father’s old printing press to tell the stories of a group of girls that she meets called The Lost Girls. The Lost Girls were an intriguing group of characters, each with their own special talent. I loved reading about The Lost Girls and their stories. I loved how the story ended, it wasn’t rushed and everything came together nicely. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Today’s review is for Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire.
Yet another masterpiece in the Wayward Children Series. McGuire created such a unique world with this book with Centaurs, Unicorns, Kelpies, and other mythical creatures. As for the characters, I loved Regan and the Centaur herd that found her when she went through the door. Regan’s friendship with Chicory, one of the Centaurs was so pure and heartwarming. While reading, I found myself being able to relate to Regan just wanting to belong with a group of friends. I also found that I could relate to Heather too, feeling unaccepted because she liked different things than the other girls. Across the Green Grass Fields is very much a unique character-driven story, and I loved it. I can’t wait to read Where the Drowned Girls Go.
Today’s review is for Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho.
If you haven’t watched Emmanuel’s video series of the same name as the book, I highly suggest you do. Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man is a book that you need to take your time reading, so you can fully digest the information. While a lot is unpacked, the book is very readable and accessible, meaning that young adults could read this book. There is a lot of important history that I never knew. Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man touches on the importance of language, context, and origins. The book also discusses enslavement, how racism is a virus, white privilege, implicit bias, and how reverse racism doesn’t exist. I learned so much from reading Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, it’s such an important book that needs to be read.
Today’s book review is for The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman. It is the seventh book in The Invisible Library Series.
I was very happy when I found out that the eighth book of this series is in the works because the epilogue of this book left me wicked confused. Other than the confusing epilogue, I enjoyed this book. I loved seeing Irene and Kai’s relationship develop more, and I loved seeing how the dynamic of Catherine as Irene’s apprentice played out. Speaking of Catherine, I loved her as a character, and how flawed she is, I also loved how she knew exactly what she wanted, and as the story went on how she matured and developed. I can’t wait to read more from this series, which has become one of my favorites.
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.
Today’s review is for Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Shiny 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.
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.
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.