Everyone go read A Monster Calls. Like right now. It only took me an hour to read, granted I am a quick reader, but you could probably finish it within 3 hours, 4 hours if you like to take your time. It may be short (only 206 pages) but it is beautiful and so, so meaningful. Also, it was inspired by the final idea of an author named Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer before she could finish writing it herself, so that adds an extra heartbreaking detail to the already beautifully, painful story.
A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness, inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, is about a young boy named Conor coming to terms with his mother’s serious illness. One night a monster appears at his window, Continue reading “Book Review – A Monster Calls”→
I haven’t been this stressed out while reading a book since Gone Girl. Somehow I managed not to get the ending spoiled for me even though now I can kind of sort of see how it was in the comedy category at the Oscars. But still not really. I really do want to see the movie now though. But I digress, I’m here to talk about the book.
My first read and my first review of 2017! Hope you enjoy.
To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey is wonderful; absolutely delightful to read. I think it was even more special to me because I am from Alaska. I’ve lived here all my life and even though I haven’t been to the places the story travels through, I still have an understanding of the wilds of Alaska. This probably made the journey through Alaska even more interesting to me.
Dorothy Must Die! I love retellings of fairy tales and this one by Danielle Paige totally captured my interest when I saw it at Barnes & Noble. I read the blurb on the back cover and was instantly intrigued. A version of The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is evil? Sign me up.
So the gist of the story is that Amy, a teenage girl from Kansas, is sucked up in a tornado and deposited in… you guessed it, Oz. Sound familiar? Good, because the parallels don’t end there. The parallels are fantastic, partly because the balance of good and evil (or wicked in this case) has been tipped. The characters and creatures you think are wicked are actually good, but technically still wicked. There isn’t a whole lot of “good” happening in Oz at the time that Amy gets thrown into the mix. Even those who are trying to better the situation are, by definition, wicked witches. But when Dorothy the supposed “good girl” from Kansas is now the evil overlord, anything can happen. I consider that to be one of the perks of this book – because all of the characters being twisted into new shapes, it is hard to figure out who to trust and almost impossible to tell what will happen next. Continue reading “Book Review – Dorothy Must Die”→
When I first saw the title Station Eleven I thought it was going to be about a train station. I was so, so wrong. Like, embarrassingly wrong.
Even after I read the description on the back cover, I still wasn’t expecting the right thing. The story definitely took me by surprise. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, follows a group of people as they navigate a world after a flu epidemic that had a mortality rate of 99%, obliterating the world’s population. Continue reading “Station Eleven Review”→
“When a young person dies, much of the tragedy lies in her promises: what she would have done. But Marina left what she had already done: an entire body of writing, far more than could fit between these covers.” – Anne Fadiman
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories is a compilation of fiction and non-fiction short stories written by Marina Keegan, a brilliant Yale student who died in a car crash, five days after graduation. I began reading The Opposite of Loneliness with my heart ready to break. And it did not disappoint. I only got through the introduction and had to pause because I was so overwhelmed by Marina’s story. Her life was cut so short and it broke my heart. I am amazed by everything she accomplished, even though it makes me feel very unaccomplished myself. Continue reading “The Opposite of Loneliness Review”→