Mantras

These are quotes that I slowly accumulate that reflect the nature of this review blog as well as govern my life.

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Are You Who You Were Even Back When?

I spent the whole novel siding with Lillian, the main character of this novel, and when I got to the following moment, I didn't just side with Lillian, I identified with a core part of her. "All my life, I have longed for my son to embrace me like this, to call me Mama and…

Rip My Heart Out, Why Don’t You

Book Review #25: Heartless by Marissa Meyers Would Recommend: Wholeheartedly, yes Warning: This is a villain origin story. A villain origin story. How a villain got to be...villainous. And because it's a good story, it makes you empathize with the protagonist--the soon to be villain, who in this case is the Queen of Hearts from…

Anti-Climatic, Cinematic

Book Review #24: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy Would Recommend: Okay, why not I enjoyed this book, but not enough to keep it during my next book donation. They made this into a movie on Netflix and I can see why. There's a cinematic quality to it, and not in the Disney TV movie kind of way. I…

Real Imaginary Characters Do Exist

Book Review #23: The Pigman by Paul Zindel Would Recommend: Yes This book was written in 1978. This was when young adult literature became really popular for reflecting "real" teens, not role models The era that this book was written in explains the main characters. Zindel explains in the author's note at the end of…

Thank You, Balog, for the Reminder

Book Review #22: Sleepless by Cyn Balog Would recommend: Yes Just as with any profession, and any human being, there are good days and bad days. There are good ideas and bad ideas. For Cyn Balog, Starstruck was the latter in both those sentences and Sleepless, the former. First off, the premise of this novel is…

I Forgot This Wasn’t Real

Book Review #20: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Would recommend: YES READ IT. Every once in a while, a reader will come across a good story. I don't usually rely on bold and italics beyond their conventions to convey my meaning, but this novel is the epitome of a good story.…