Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Mini Reviews: ‘Piecing Me Together,’ ‘Seven Deadlies,’ and ‘Beijing Doll’

It’s time for another set of mini reviews. I’m reviewing three realistic fiction novels today: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie, and Beijing Doll by Chun Sue. I hope these reviews will help you find an interesting book to read. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson Publisher: Bloomsbury… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Piecing Me Together,’ ‘Seven Deadlies,’ and ‘Beijing Doll’

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Happy early birthday, Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse’s birthday is on the 18th, so this week’s Book Traveling Thursdays asks us to pick our favorite fairy tale retelling. One problem for me is that I do not remember all that I have read that are technically retellings. Another problem is that the one I wanted to… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Classics

Do you think Satan from Paradise Lost is at all a sympathetic character?

This is an old topic from Pages Unbound Reviews’ Classic Remarks. Because I spent this whole Summer semester reading and discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton, I can finally answer the question. Let me preface this with that I was mad that the epic didn’t end with Satan. I think the story is more about him… Continue reading Do you think Satan from Paradise Lost is at all a sympathetic character?

Graphic Novel · Review

Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori

Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at a rich kids’ school who has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club to repay the debt she owes for breaking a priceless vase. On top of that, she has to keep it secret now that she is a girl. But now it’s time for physical exams. How is the club supposed to keep the doctors and their customers from finding out Haruhi is a girl? As the official start of a series plot, the second volume of Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori, throws new issues at the Host Club to develop characters who did not get as much page-time in the previous book.

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The Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable. Thank you for the nomination, Brittany. The Mystery Blogger Award was started by Okoto Enigma as a way to discover new blogs. I cannot explain it as well as she does, so I will quote her: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing… Continue reading The Mystery Blogger Award

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Six Degrees of Separation from Less Than Zero to Prince of Shadows

It’s Saturday, so it’s time for another Six Degrees of Separation. This took a pretty wondrous turn. In case you don’t know, 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest, is where we connect the book Kate gives us to six other books. You can follow the activity on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees.… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Less Than Zero to Prince of Shadows

Classics · Review

Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

I’m posting another set of mini-reviews. This time I am using the theme of American Realism, which was the class that I read Rebecca Harding Davis’ Life in the Iron Mills and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson in. There were other stories, novels, essays and nonfiction books we read in the class, but I am using these two books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

One day in a programming class in Flagstaff, Arizona, a guest speaker visits to get the girls in the class to play as female characters in Coarsegold Online. Anda Bridge decides to play the game and quickly levels up in her guild by killing gold farmers for money. She meets a gold farmer, a person who illegally collects rare items and sells them to other players, from China and learns that life isn’t easy for everyone. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by Jen Wang, examines a culture clash, workers’ rights, and a black market.

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The Fault in Our Rainbow Bookshelves

When I go to the library to find a new novel to read, I expect the books to be alphabetical by author then by title. I don’t like this system only because it breaks up the order of a series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes before Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Twilight… Continue reading The Fault in Our Rainbow Bookshelves