Book Review: The Belles

Well-written, beautiful (if not a tad overdone) descriptors, and an interesting fantasy world that felt a bit like Moulin Rouge meets a beauty pageant. It's been a few weeks since I read it, but I think I can offer a unique perspective on what sticks with the reader long after you pay your library late fee. Clayton's debut novel is unique, but the plot is simple and somewhat predictable. I love the sisterhood of the Belles, but I still had major issues. Read on to see my thoughts on Book 1 of The Belles!

***CAUTION: LITE SPOILERS AHEAD***

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Book Review: Everless

Yes, it borrows from the adage "time is money." Yes, it seems a lot like that weird movie with Justin Timberlake, In Time. No, it is not just like that movie.

I do a weird thing where I look up bestsellers and read a few 5-star reviews. Then I read the 1-star reviews just to remind myself you can't please everyone as a writer. The 1-star reviews for this book were brutal! Don't listen to them. This book borrowed an idea that is commonplace in our culture and turned it into a gorgeous YA fantasy. It definitely surprised me in the best way.

***CAUTION: LITE SPOILERS AHEAD***

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Book Review: Everything Happens For A Reason. And Other Lies I've Loved

Oof, I don't think I've ever actually reviewed non-fiction, so this will be interesting. I heard about this book on my local NPR station and was transfixed with the premise: a prosperity-gospel believer who receives news of a cancer diagnosis, and how she balances her beliefs with her reality. 

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The Things You Hear

I'm a white woman and walk through life having to check my privilege now and again. Yesterday, I was shopping at Kroger, and overheard a mother talking to her daughter who couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 years old. I'm casually perusing the grown-up Lunchables (you know what I'm talking about- they're freakin delicious and socially acceptable). And they happen to be walking by.

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Book 1)

I really went into this expecting the worst, so call me pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as bad as everyone warned me it would be. The biggest downside is I have no idea how anyone's name is spelled BUT I know exactly how to pronounce it ;) Perhaps listening to this on Audible was a bad idea because the narrator made everything seem SO dramatic. I usually listen to books at 1.25x speed, but I literally couldn't because the narrator was stressing me out. Everything was fast and hard and way over dramatized, so by the end (even at 1x), I was rolling my eyes, desensitized to the oohs and ahhs of Celaena's journey. I think I would've picked up on the little bits of humor better if I'd been reading it from the page. Regardless! Still a fun story overall.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices Book 1)

I've seen a lot of reviewers on Goodreads who seem personally offended that Cassandra Clare has written another book. She writes books, y'all. And if I spent that much time and effort building a unique world, you better believe I'd keep writing in that universe because no one else can. Regardless of whether you're in the "she stole the idea" camp or not, an idea is not a book. I repeat: an idea is not a book. Ideas alone don't sell your book. She's a good writer.

THAT SAID, this was not my favorite book of hers. I fell in love with The Mortal Instruments, but The Infernal Devices was what really drew me to historical fantasy. It's now my favorite genre. So obviously, I was pumped about this book. It was decent, but didn't blow me away. The romantic aspects were on FIRE, but everything else felt a little forced. Still a solid book though. 

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Book Review: Looking For Alaska

I LOVED the back 1/3 of this book. And I might've stopped reading around pg. 70 if I wasn't weirdly loyal to the books I pick up. Seriously, I feel like I have to finish even if it's killing me. I'm weird. 

BUT magic happens around the 65% mark. Worth sticking around for. I wished I hadn't borrowed this from the library because there were entire passages I wanted to underline because they were just so freakin' beautiful. John Greene does it again (or maybe for the first time since this was his debut novel).

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