I enjoyed how this novel progressed w/the character development & romance. Instead of Miss Tonks meeting the perfect someone, she learns a bit of confidence in herself while also caring for her niece. The romance is actually between spunky Cassandra, and likable Lord Eston. My one issue was that the plot seemed to JUST KEEP GOING. Each time I thought the book was over, I realized that they hadn't married yet. I still enjoyed it though.
This began as a potentially interesting twist on the YA love triangle: Courtney is hopelessly in love with best friend Jupiter, who is a lesbian, who is falling for Rae the new girl, who is straight... or is she? If this were a comedy, it would likely be fairly Shakespearean. As the story was more dramatic though, I was often frustrated by three often manipulative and hypocritical teens who lied to each other on a pretty consistent basis.🤷🏻♀️
A sneaky book! I began annoyed with Justyce, who was just too nice. But the way that scene unfolded just captivated me. From then on, the struggles w/subtle & overt racism gripped me harder & harder. Every time, my heart hurt a little more. At the climax of the book, I actually felt gut-punched & had to put the book down for a while. A couple of times, I found myself crying. Some parts felt a little unrealistic but I was still completely into it.
I love twists on superheroes. The twist in this case is our protagonist is actually a villain, spying on superhero headquarters. It's nothing bizarre as far as plotlines go, but Nova's not an evil villain. She's a teen girl whose world was torn apart too young. It sounds fun, and mostly is. I found it difficult to immerse myself within the world. I did like the characters, though none were standouts. I still will be picking up the second one soon!
Last week, #TheChild in me lost her mind at Awesome Con, seeing the Star Trek TNG cast, actors from The Princess Bride, and meeting the voice actor from Jem! I had to buy a Pop from her, and followed it up with buying a Jem comic book this week. 😊😊😊
Free Comic Book Day, part 2! After I left the gals, I stopped by two more of the shops I like, so here is my final #BookHaul. Yes, I realize Uprooted isn't a comic book, but one of my faves is a used book store as well and I have been wanting this since I read it. Also, it looks like I'll finally be reading Raina Telgemeier! All in all, it was a nice day!
I have to brag a little... this is the best reading year I can remember. I don't know what's working, but it's been so fun!
I didn't PLAN to take new books out of the school library. I just happened to notice they had Alex London's new book, which he talked about in his recent interview with @EclecticReaders and then the school librarians convinced me that it was okay to check out more than one. Their fault for being so nice and knowing me so well, really. 😂 #libraryhaul
Sorry so late, friends! Blame Jason Reynolds. I was finishing up Lu! Here's my #AprilWrapUp! Anything strike your fancy?
Despite my fondness for retellings, not crazy about this. Xifeng starts the book already growing power-hungry & appearance-obsessed. While she has pangs of conscience, they don't stop her using Wei to jumpstart her journey. From there, she only grows less likable. I could've coped if there'd been something else to enjoy, but the politics & backstabbing were exhausting. The world-building is very interesting, but I was left feeling neutral overall.
Yup, holding my books hostage until after my workout again! 3 I really want to dig into, but I have to do 30 minutes first.
Waiting for the invention that turns pages read into calories burned. 😧
I'd expected a memoir, but it turned out to be more a series of essays. Higashida answered questions about life w/autism in general & his perceptions specifically. I wouldn't want to generalize to all people with autism from this book, but much of this made me think hard about my students, past & present, and how they might see the world. Many of his descriptions are really beautiful too. I would definitely recommend.
As always, my poetry disclaimer stands: I'm not an avid reader of verse, so my reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. In this case, I thought Plath had a lovely way with words, but I just didn't like most of the poems. I found them interesting, but they felt too dark for my taste. My favorites were those about the bees. I don't know what it was about them I enjoyed so much, but I'd probably revisit those before any of the others.
Day 5 of #EclecticSpringBreak! Dhonielle Clayton conversed with us about how hard adulting is, female relationships, and beauty as we discussed the Belles series!
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Some of the essays really resonated w/me, and others not so much. A lot of the art made even more of an impression, especially Gemna Correll's. I might recommend it more for older teens or college aged adults, based on the essays. Reading this did help my perspective on certain mental health issues in my life, so I do think there are interesting topics here for most, if not all. And it's always worth having conversations about mental health.