Book Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis / ★★★★★

Summary: Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

Because there are others like him still. Tonight they used words they know, words that don’t bother people anymore. They said bitch. They told another girl they would put their dicks in her mouth. No one protested because this is our language now. But then I used my words, strung in phrases that cut deep, and people paid attention; people gasped. People didn’t know what to think.

My language is shocking.

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Book Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Social Creature

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton / ★★★★☆

Summary: Louise is a broke writer trying to survive in New York City when she meets the wealthy, vivacious, larger-than-life Lavinia. Louise wants to be Lavinia’s best friend, she wants to have what she has, and she wants to be her, and the two strike up a friendship, which evolves into something all-encompassing, intoxicating, and tragic.

It didn’t matter if you weren’t special, she’d say, or even if you weren’t pretty, not even by the standards of Devonshire, New Hampshire, as long as you wanted it badly enough. The city would swoop you up and carry you skyward to all your vaulted aspirations; every single party on every single night in that whole, glistening, glaring city would make you feel like you were the only person in the world, and also the most special, and also the most loved. 

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100 Truths Tag

Guys!! I’ve been in such a book/blog slump recently, please forgive me. So I’m coming at you with this 100 Truths tag, even though some of the questions have been lost. I saw it on Sahi’s blog, and thought it looked fun 🙂

THE BASICS
1 What’s your name?
Steph!
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
My rapper name in college was Rivahs. Let’s not talk about this.
3 Your gender?
Female
4 Your star sign?
Aquarius
5 How old are you?
26

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Hardest Game of “Would You Rather” for Book Nerds

I saw this on Kristin Kraves Books and thought it looked fun! It’s created by Thrice Reads, who found these questions in a Buzzfeed article.

Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?

This is an  unexpectedly hard question…both of these options pain me…but I’m going with the dog-eared one. Better than losing my dear books I’ve paid good money for.

Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

Love a book everyone hates! Even if I have no one to talk about it with, I’d rather have fun reading.

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Book Review: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer & Stephen Gilpin

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Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer & Stephen Gilpin (Wires and Nerve, Volume 2) / ★★★★☆

Summary: Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.


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Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer & Douglas Holgate

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate (Wires and Nerve, Volume 1) / ★★★★☆

Summary: When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.

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April Wrap Up

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To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of books to wrap up this month because APRIL KICKED MY BUTT. That is to say that this month flew by and I hardly remember half of it, and also that it was very busy with…some good things, some bad things.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★

Movie star Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the story of her life, of her rise to fame and fortune, and of her seven marriages. She chooses unknown journalist Monique Grant to do the job, and no one is more surprised than Monique herself. As Evelyn’s story unravels, however, the connection between them begins to unravel, in a story of tragedy and love.

Movie stars are movie stars are movie stars. Sure, we all fade after a while. We are human, full of flaws like anyone else. But we are the chosen ones because we are extraordinary.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Won’t be Finishing

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So I’m pretty sure it’s been 23948329 years since I’ve done a Top 5 Tuesday. But I’m BACK AT IT. And I love this topic.

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the rest of her Top 5 Tuesday May Topics!

When it comes down to it, I think the biggest reason for me not to continue a series is the characters. I can suffer through the most mundane, nonsensical of plots if I like the characters and care about where they go (i.e. why I read all 13 books of the Series of Unfortunate Events). That said, all of the following series had characters that just did not enter my heart for one reason or another. I didn’t even find all of these books bad. It’s just that sometimes, the only thing that follows book one is a Wikipedia summary of book two.

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Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (Creekwood #2) / ★★★★☆

Leah Burke is in her senior year of high school, and she’s not very good with goodbyes, with interpreting the intentions of others, and dealing with her own problems most of the time. So when her friend group starts to rupture with fighting, breakups, and college decisions, Leah’s anxiety runs high. Especially when she realizes she might be in love with one of them.

It’s strange, because good-byes are a thing that I can understand intellectually, but they almost never feel real. Which makes it hard to brace for impact. I don’t know how to miss people when they’re standing right in front of me. 

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