Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ★★★ 1/2

Summary: Eliza is LadyConstellation, the author of an incredibly popular webcomic, Monstrous Sea, but in her real life she is a strange, shy, completely anonymous teenager, and she likes it that way. Then the biggest Monstrous Sea fanfiction writer, Wallace, transfers to her school.

I didn’t make Monstrous Sea to be a phenomenon – I made it because it was the story I wanted. I make it now because there’s something inside of me, crushed around my heart, that says I must do it. This is what I was put on Earth to create, for me and for my fans. This story. This is mine, and it is my duty to bring it into the world. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Male Leads

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week!

Upon completion of this list I realized I like my male characters to be the edgiest of the edgy and the softest of the soft. But mainly I like them to be borderline genius, have terrible parental figures at some point in life, and have a whole lot of sadness to get through. As my dear Richard Gansey III, who unfortunately does not appear on this list, once said, “Crushed and broken, just the way women like ’em.” Sorry, my guys. I loved putting this list together.

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Book Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe ★★★★☆

Summary:  Adam, a cheerful high school senior always on the move because of his ADHD, and Julian, a kindhearted freshman with social and learning disabilities, were foster brothers after Julian’s parents died until Julian’s uncle took him away. Five years later, the two of them are reunited and both are delighted, but slowly Adam begins to realize there are things Julian isn’t saying.

It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered. 

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Book Review: Proxy by Alex London

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Proxy by Alex London (Proxy #1) / ★★☆☆☆

Summary: As a proxy, Syd must pay for someone else’s crimes, so when his patron, Knox, crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is sentenced to pay a terrible price. Faced with no other choice but to attempt to beat the system, Syd flees – but not without Knox’s help.

He was not unredeemable and he was not a terrorist and he was not just a body they could discard and replace to teach some patron a lesson. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Female Leads

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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 on the fun, check out the Top 5 Tuesday July topics! And check out her top 5 female leads!

This post was really fun to write, I love talking about my favorite female characters. It wasn’t hard for me to choose them, though there are many others I could keep the list going on with! So let’s get to it-

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Book Review: Silence by Shūsaku Endō

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Silence by Shūsaku Endō / ★★★★☆

Summary: Seventeenth century Portuguese priest Sebastian Rodrigues sets sail for Japan, where Christians are being brutally prosecuted, in the hopes of spreading his mission and finding his old teacher, who is rumored to have renounced his faith in the face of torture. When Rodrigues finds himself faced with the realities of prosecution himself, the decisions he must make are worse than he could have imagined.

Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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It’s tag Friday! I was nominated for this award by both Read by Chris and Bridget & Books like 4000 years ago, so I thought I’d answer both of their questions in one post! They are both lovely and have fantastic and insightful blogs, so please check them out!

RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara / ★★★★★

Summary: Former college roommates Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm traverse life in the decades after college. Friendships shift, careers are made, lives change as the future unfolds, but the past haunts Jude, who suffered unspeakable childhood traumas, and who holds them together more than anything, for better or for worse.

They all hold their positions, and it reminds him of a set, in which every scene can be redone, every mistake can be corrected, every sorrow reshot. And in that moment, they are on one edge of the frame, and Jude is on the other, but they are all smiling at one another, and the world seems to hold nothing but sweetness.

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