The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

693208★★★★

This book was wonderfully hilarious yet at the same time sad but hopeful. It’s a story of resilience: of facing a gray world with spots of color, laughing amidst sadness, being hopeful in a situation of bleakness. By telling the story in an unflinchingly upbeat manner, Alexie juxtaposes the tone with the setting and highlights the downright shitty circumstance our narrator is in. Read More »

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The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans

25814229★★★★

A wonderful book. I don’t read much realistic fiction, so my judgement may be skewed, but I loved this book. The complexity of the main character, themes of love vs. success, and beautiful prose kept me thinking about this book for days. If anything, this book left its mark on me…

We are taken through the life of Charlie James, a very rich man who has done some bad things to become who he is. Encounters with his old mentor he betrayed and a father accusing James of causing his son to commit suicide plagues him with stress and guilt. And despite how successful he is, he’s not happy. So when the airplane James was supposed to board crashes and burns, he makes a monumental choice of walking away from his life and starting over. Read More »

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

23264671★★★★

Woooowwww. I’m still reeling from this. So about a year ago, I read Nevernight, the first installment of the series and I thought it was a bloody, murderous book. Here, Kristoff ups the game with even more brutality, which I didn’t even think was possible. I’m slightly stunned, but I think in a good way.

Mia is now a full-fledged assassin of the Red Church, and she’s ready to kill some people. Specifically, Counsul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, the two bastards who took her family away from her. But the Church won’t allow her to, so Mia decides to go rogue and handle this on her own terms. There’s a chance at a clean kill for both of them at the end of the Grand Games, a form of mass entertainment that showcases the Republic’s finest gladiators fighting to the death. Only by killing off all her competition can Mia become the victor of the games, but the price she must pay may be too steep for the reward.Read More »

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

30312855★★★★

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I’m not a big fan of time travel (I find the rules confusing and the setting too fluid), so I picked this up with little expectation apart from a light and entertaining read. And it was just that, but I also really liked it.

Most of the book takes place in the early 1900s, Manhattan. Esta, our heroine, transports herself here with a mission: steal the Magician’s book, which can break the barrier entrapping the supernatural on the island. Problem is, the book is in possession of the Order, a powerful organization intent on keeping people like Esta subdued. So Esta joins Dolph’s crew, in the hopes of impressing him enough to add her to their upcoming heist for the book, and steal it for herself. But as she delves deeper into the city’s heart, Esta finds herself starting to care for its inhabitants, and the line between truth and lie keeps on blurring.Read More »

13 Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson

5108fmavs-l-_sy344_bo1204203200_The book follows a girl named Ginny who has recently lost her beloved aunt on her “quest” around Europe. Ginny is guided only by some little blue envelopes that she was sent in the mail along with $1,000 on a debit card. Each envelope has a different task to do in each city she visits, to help Ginny become less shy and more confident.

I was excited to read this book, it was pretty highly recommended and the plot seemed interesting. Unfortunately I was severely disappointed, I couldn’t connect to the main character at all and the book felt rushed. Anyone who has travelled at all can see how fake or superficial this book really is. The girl flies to Europe without any prep, plan or proper clothing and goes to incredible cities only to spend most of her time there moping around in her hotel room. I know that this is a work of fiction but these things really bothered me and I couldn’t get passed them in order to enjoy the story. I would have liked more detailed descriptions of what she did each day and for her to actually do things in the cities, even if they are touristy. I also didn’t like the fact that it was third person, the book would have been much improved if it were in first person so ginny wasn’t so detached from the story. (Almost done here, I promise :)) Another thing that bugged me was the complete lack of parents, this is a 17 year old kid traveling around Europe completely alone, with very little money, no cell phone (she’s also told not to contact anyone from the US) and sleeping at random strangers’ houses. And you’re going to tell me that her parents just waved goodbye and never checked in, even though they have no idea where their only child is, when she’s coming back and don’t have any way of contacting her, yeah I didn’t think so. If you can get passed these things, then you may enjoy the book but if you’re like me and can’t, then I do not recommend this book at all.

 

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

51c7igsoyhl-_sx329_bo1204203200_I am a huge fan of Greek, Roman and Egyptian Myths and have a lot of books of myths at home. But for some reason I have never been able to get into Norse Myths until I got this book. I found this book fascinating to read because I could see the similarities between all the different kinds of myths. But even without the background this book is great and definitely worth buying if you ever want to go back and read some parts again.

I’m not really sure how to summarize the book, it’s mostly just a collection of different Norse Myths

Neil Gaiman did an amazing job of compiling many different versions of the myths into one concise version. The book works in two ways, one is just reading it cover to cover and the other is picking and choosing what myths you want to read.