Jul 30 2015
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Group Review: Silver in the Blood

Group Review: Silver in the Blood

One of my favorite things about blogging is reviewing books as a team. Jessie at Ageless Pages Review joins me today for the review of Silver in the Blood. We have some very conflicting feelings regarding the novel. If nothing else, the book allowed us to discuss our reflection of the book.

 

Jessie: You ready to talk Silver in the Blood, lady??

Lyn: Yes, ma’am!

Alright, so, did you feel like this was more MG than YA at times?

Jessie: Yes! A lot of the journal entries and letters especially felt younger to me

They just read very basic and unsubtle

Lyn: That was pretty much the entire feel for me. Very basic. At times, the book pulled through and got interesting, but then it fizzled …

Jul 29 2015
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Imaginative Discussions: So Someone Didn’t Like the Book You Love

Imaginative Discussions: So Someone Didn’t Like the Book You Love

I love you all. I have written many times on how the book community has actually helped mold me into a better person. I’m a lot more mature and open to different views. I no longer believe a disagreement is a personal insult. I am more aware and sensitive to social injustice. The blogging community gets a lot of heat, but there are a TON of good things that outweigh the bad things.

I have become so comfortable with the mature* –

*so mature

-atmosphere, that I often forget that there are others that are, let’s say, less bookishly evolved than us. Sadly, Goodreads and the internet still have its fair share of readers that are of the old mindset. I’ve …

Jul 28 2015
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Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights

Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights

I went into this one, not knowing what to expect. There wasn’t a lot of buzz on this one, but the cover was so beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, I was expecting a comic when I downloaded this one. The book does have quite a few graphics, but it is not a graphic novel.

Bright Light, Dark Nights is beautiful and heartbreaking, and there is going to be a lot of table smashing and wall kicking with this one, because despite the cute cover and the sweet description, this book hits hard with some very controversial themes.

When I discuss a novel, I usually start with the characters, since it is my main focus in a novel. However, the …

Jul 27 2015
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Book Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead

Book Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead

When I was a teenager I used to read a lot of thrillers. I’m 34, so young adult as an age category was still growing and there wasn’t a lot out there for me to choose from–not like there is now anyway. I still read what was there, but I read a lot of the adult books my parents were reading at the time, and so I read lots of thrillers and adventure fiction–good and bad. I think I would HATE a lot of what I read then now because I am so much pickier. Some of the writing was terrible, the twists predictable. But I was reading, and I was enjoying myself, and that’s all that matters. Nowadays, though, …

Jul 24 2015
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Book Review: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book Review: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

I picked up this novel because of the hundreds (okay, 20 or so) of reviews that kept popping up in various feeds. Some of my most trusted blogging friends gave this one high marks, and not just for the content. Hype can kill a novel for me, but when you see reviews from practically every source screaming to read it, then that hype can become a vehicle for promotion instead of crippling anxiety. I believe my initial reaction during shelving was: “Everyone who gave this book a glowing review: please pat yourself on the backs. I bought this because of you.”

If nothing else, it was a good time to pick it up due to the recent court ruling here in …

Jul 23 2015
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Book Review: Challenger Deep

Book Review: Challenger Deep

I hadn’t really planned on reviewing this title, tbh, because I didn’t enjoy it. There just wasn’t much to say for the book in any real good or bad sense, so this review will be short and simple. To basically sum it up, I was bored beyond belief while reading the entire time. Which in many ways, disappointed me quite a bit when it came to WHO wrote the book, as well as what I’d expected after reading the synopsis. I’d never read anything by Shusterman, but this author was always highly recommended to me from several of my reader friends.

The hardest part of me disliking this book was knowing what exactly it was about, the underlying message, and how well …