Review: “Graceling” by Kristen Cashore

You know, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this book once I started listening to it on audio. It has such a high rating, and I didn’t want to go into it expecting amazing things only to be disappointed… Well, I wasn’t! *cheers*

I absolutely adored this audiobook. I wasn’t sure I would but truthfully, when I started listening to audiobooks, I thought all of them would read (listen?) like this one: a narrator and a varying cast of voice actors for each character. Nope. Most books only have one narrator, doing the voices for all of the characters. Graceling stood out from the beginning in that aspect.

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ARC Review: “A Crown of Wishes” by Roshani Chokshi

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Griffin for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review! (And thanks to Brittany at Brittany’s Book Rambles for sending me a physical copy during the #BBTC Twitter chat!)

Well, I’m sad to say I did not enjoy this book as much as I did The Star-Touched Queen, which really disappoints me. The only thing that brought this book from a 2-star to a 3-star rating was the ending.

*hides from all the torches and pitchforks*

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Mini Review: “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m not sure what to say about this small book outside that I think everyone should read it. Many of my sentiments about We Should All Be Feminists can also be expressed here, though this book is definitely more personal for Adichie, as she addresses this book to a friend who asked the question, “How can I raise my daughter feminist?”

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North Texas Teen Book Festival 2017

This is the second year a row that I’ve had the change to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, TX, which is a small suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I enjoy the DFW area every time I visit. The past two years I’ve managed to find a hotel mere minutes away from where the convention is actually held, which makes me happy. 🙂

This year, the festival had over 80 (!!!) MG and YA authors, and I was overjoyed to see that many authors I admired would be there! Another great thing about the festival this year is that they had publishing houses there, so that means Epic Reads, Fierce Reads, and Penguin’s First in Line was also there. It was such a fun experience, and I felt like a true book blogger because I managed to snag some ARCs from the tables. 🙂

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Mini Review: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s not widely known that Adichie is one of my favorite non-YA writers. I read Purple Hibiscus when I was an undergrad and fell in love. As I grew older, I devoured her other books like Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. All these books touch on subjects and explore cultures I know very little about, so when I read Adichie’s books, it’s a learning experience as well. We Should All Be Feminists is not an exception.

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ARC Review: “Firebrand” by Kristen Britain

Thank you, NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group/DAW Books for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

THIS is the Green Rider book I hoped for after the last one. Thank you, Kristen! I could not have been more excited to have this book in my hands (well, my Kindle Fire in my hands since I received it as an eARC), and I absolutely could not stop reading this book! After the disappointment that was Mirror Sight, I was eager to get my hands on Firebrand in hopes that everything that disappointed me in Mirror Sight would be remedied, and let me tell you it was. Even if you don’t feel the same way I do about the previous book, you will be thrilled to read this book!

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Review: “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor

Well, I did not like this book as much as I adored the first one, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I continued to listen to it via audiobook because the narrator did such an amazing job with the first one. The second one didn’t disappoint in those terms. I wouldn’t say this suffered from “second book syndrome,” but there were lulls and not much happened in terms of action (yes, there was action). I’ve noticed that a lot that between books in series focus a lot more on world-building and character development; I don’t mind that.

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