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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.

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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.