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Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins

Hello, reader friends! Today I bring you the great and wonderful product of my Procrastination Problem™: the “mini review”! “What on earth is a mini review, Natalie?” I’m glad you asked!

This post is where I will share my thoughts about books I have read, but don’t have enough to say about them to write a full review. It seemed like a nice way to share the thoughts I did have without pulling the old English-major trick of saying the same thing over and over in different ways just to reach a word count. Continue reading “Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins”

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Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.83 / 5 stars

Things I Should Have Known was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was unpredictable in the most laid-back of ways, and very heartwarming. I loved the narrator, Chloe, because she was written in a way that sounded very natural and realistic, and also because she was amusing and easy to follow without being just another fluffy, easy read. I picked up this book as a result of watching JesseTheReader videos on YouTube. A few of his suggestions have been disappointments to me, but we had a hit with Things I Should Have Known. (Sidenote: If you have any suggestions for other BookTubers I should follow, I’d be happy to hear about them in the comment section below!) Let’s delve into a quick synopsis. Continue reading “Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik”

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 4 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

Writing a review about The Fault in Our Stars — especially now, years after it became so wildly popular and still ranks pretty high in the lists — feels a little like…well, I have no comparison. It’s intimidating. Just plain intimidating. Continue reading “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 stars

Delirium is a dystopian novel set in a future USA where love is regarded as a disease. All citizens are “cured” once they reach maturity through a medical procedure that prevents them from feeling love, or any other extreme emotion, for the rest of their lives. After all, love is dangerous. Love breeds unhappiness, discontentment, jealousy, even hatred. It is safer to live without it. Continue reading “Delirium by Lauren Oliver”

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.94/5 stars

I had a hard time settling into Aveyard’s world in her first novel, Red Queen, but I was completely entranced once I arrived. It took me about fifty pages or so. As the second book in the series, Glass Sword is no less well-crafted or exciting than the first–in fact, there may be more get-up-and-go action in this second novel than there was in the first–but unfortunately, my original hardships immersing myself in Aveyard’s fantasy world struck again.

It was worth the wait. Continue reading “Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard”

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.37/5 stars

I began reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians when I was about sixteen when I had run out of my own books to read and had to raid my brother’s stash.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the series. Riordan is an incredibly creative writer, and I can honestly (and gratefully) say that everything I know about Greek mythology–which turns out to be quite a lot–I know because of his novels. They are definitely some of my favorites.

The Magnus Chase books, dare I say it, are even better. Continue reading “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan”