Book Review: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) / ★★★★★

Summary: Magnus, his best friends Samirah and Alex, and the rest of his crew, must sale across the Atlantic to prevent Loki from sailing his own ship and setting the end of the world into motion.

No matter how magical Kvasir’s Mead was, how could it possible help me beat Loki at his own game?

No pressure, of course. If I lost I’d just be reduced to a shadow of myself and imprisoned in Helheim while all my friends died and Ragnorok destroyed the Nine Worlds. 

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Book Review: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)/ ★★★★☆

Summary: Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer, and the treaty that brings peace to the Fallen Isles, her home, is named after her, and she’s spent her whole life serving it. When Mira discovers a secret that gets her sent to prison by the very people she’s spent her life serving, she’s put to the test by a guard who will do anything to find out what it is she knows.

I was in control of me. No matter how much others insisted, they did not direct my arms and legs. They did not determine what words came out of my mouth. The only reason they’d succeeded for so long was because I’d let them. 

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Book Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne / ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, pregnant sixteen year old Catherine Goggin is thrown out of her tiny Irish town and goes to Dublin, where she gives up her baby. Her son, Cyril, is adopted by the Averys, who constantly remind that he’s “not a real Avery,” and he falls in love with his childhood best friend Julian, a love that goes on to pervade his life, which is full of coincidence, tragedy, wonder, and fate.

It was a difficult time to be Irish, a difficult time to be twenty-one years of age and a difficult time to be a man who was attracted to other men. To be all three simultaneously required a level of subterfuge and guile that felt contrary to my nature.

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Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng / ★★★★☆

Summary: The Richardson family live in Shaker Heights, where everything is neat and orderly and planned. When the artistic, nomadic mother and daughter, Mia and Pearl, move into Elena Richardson’s tenant house, the two families become irreversibly intertwined. When a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby breaks out between friends of the Richardsons and a friend of Mia’s, Elena and Mia find themselves on opposing sides. Looking for an advantage, Elena decides to uncover the secrets to Mia’s mysterious past.

Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn’t, you might burn the world to the ground.

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Book Review: A Fugitive in Grass Valley by I.M. Flippy

35388948.jpgA Fugitive in Grass Valley by I.M. Flippy / ★★★★☆

Summary: Lev lives a vaguely content life in Grass Valley, working as a barista and part-time art teacher and getting over a bad break up. Ernie shows up with a shady military past and a memory full of tragedies.

He pointed at the angry gray and red stuff. “So…emotional state during an average day. That’s most of the time.” Then he point at the upper left: the brighter colors, the sense of calm in the dabs of light blues, cut by bursts of happier yellows. It looked sort of like a peaceful rain with sun shining though it. 

“That’s when I’m…”

“When you’re what?” I was a bit on the edge of my seat. 

“That’s when I’m near you.” 

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Book Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

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Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant ★★★ 1/2

Summary: Eva Walker is a math tutor with a strange gift. When she touches someone, or something, she can read that person’s feelings, their secrets, their insecurities. When she tutors Zenn Bennett and accidentally touches his coat, she nearly passes out from how dark her reading of him is. But when she touches his skin- nothing.

Fractals usually creep up slowly, like a migraine, and then spread like when your hand had fallen asleep and starts to regain feeling one tingly bit as a time. But this one, it does not creep. It does not tingle. It hits me like a cement truck of inky-black lighting bolts, a crimson hurricane, and I am on my knees on the linoleum floor before I even realize what caused it. 

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Book Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones ★★★☆☆

Summary: In a world in which body parts are exchanged to demons for wishes, Dee finds herself unable to pay for school and desperate not to return home. When she asks a demon for money, he asks her for her heart – and to take part in a mission.

She had walked willingly into a fairy tale, into a world where she could trade her heart for her freedom. She may as well have donned a red cloak and strode into a darkened forest. 

She had always known there would be wolves. 

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Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera /★★★★☆

Summary: After a family tragedy, Aaron Soto befriends Thomas, who helps him remember what it’s like to feel real happiness again. As things between them deepen, Aaron starts to feel things that his friends – and his girlfriend – don’t like. As things become painful again, Aaron considers turning to Leteo, a memory suppression procedure, to straighten himself out.

I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. 

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Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★☆

Summary: Elle loves Starfield, a sci-fi TV show with a huge following and the strongest connection she has to her dead father, who founded the biggest Starfield convention, ExcelsiCon. When heartthrob Darien Freeman is chosen to play the lead role in the reboot film, she’s less than pleased. However, when Darien acquires her number in an attempt to get in touch with the convention, in which he’s scheduled to make an appearance, an unlikely relationship begins to form.

I am half of my father. Half of my hero. And I am half of my mother. Half soft sighs and half sharp edges. And if they can be Carmindor and Amara – then somewhere in my blood and bones I can be too.

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