Review: A Blindfellows Chronicle | There Goes Another Amazing Read

Title: A Blindfellows Chronicle

Author: Auriel Roe

Publisher: Unbound

Publication Date: July 20, 2017

Genre: General Adult Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

I was recently sent A Blindfellows Chronicle by the author, Auriel Roe in exchange for an honest review.

Dear fellow Babblers,

This is a novel, collection of short stories, sensual expression of intimate thoughts. I was left feeling satisfied and ready for more from the author. It’s not a book I would ever generally pick up, but upon meeting the author and chatting with her I became intrigued. What could such a quirky and kind person write? Despite the somewhat dense and scattered events and writing style of A Blindfellows Chronicle this book is the kind that takes you into the author’s imagination and confuses your perception between fiction and reality. In a narrative period of thirty years Roe visits many characters, personalities, and worlds, all which seem incongruent but naturally seem to fuse together with a twist of heartfelt emotion by the last page. Continue reading “Review: A Blindfellows Chronicle | There Goes Another Amazing Read”

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean | I Hate Goodbyes

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Trilogy

Rating: 4 Stars


Dear fellow Babblers,

The trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a very unnecessary, extremely typically romance about boy meets girl – long story short: boy and girl fall in love – happily ever after So whats up with Delphine’s high rating? Umm… no one who has not read any of the books of the series will understand.

This trilogy is everything a girl, guy, teenager, fangirl/boy, bibliophile could ever ask for in a coming-of-age romance! Humor, drama, romance carry the reader through Lara Jean’s most transformative years of high school. Jenny Hann brings a delicately light end to the series, leaving smiles, heartaches, and ooos and ahhs just as she did in the two that preceded this one.  Continue reading “Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean | I Hate Goodbyes”

Review: P.S. I Still Love You | P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean!

Title: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Series

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

Dear fellow Babblers,

I love this series. Okay. There. I’ve said it, happy? Any reader out there who has a heart, soul, and ability to cry agrees with me, it has to be a given. I’ve never been a fan of reading series because I always feel compelled to continue through them even if I don’t like the way it’s going. But this? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a magnificent series and I wasn’t expecting the second to be so charming. It wasn’t as humorous and downright adorable as the first, but it was nonetheless a delight to read and therefore, despite it being released over two years ago, I will still review it. I just really have to commend all the characters, humorous happenings, and fun dialogue that goes on in this book. Everyone needs to know that it is worth the hype and the corny compliments.  Continue reading “Review: P.S. I Still Love You | P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean!”

Review: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before | *Heart Still Swooning*

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1)

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Penerbit Spring

Publication Date: March 20, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

“I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over a boy. I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

More than half way through the year and I have finally started a series. Or, well, trilogy. Talk about a late bloomer, huh? I’m usually intimidated and anxious about going into series because what happens if I read the first and then not like it? I can’t just stop there. Even if I don’t like a series, I feel obliged to stick it out through each and every book. Spoiler alert: that did not happen with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m writing a review on the first, though let me warn you that I read all three this week alone! I simply could not put this book down. It was not thrilling in any stretch of the imagination but had me smiling, laughing, reminiscing on my own high school relationships the whole way through. I’m officially a Jenny Han fangirl and after reading my review I hope my readers will be too.  Continue reading “Review: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before | *Heart Still Swooning*”

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters | Eliza’s Monsters or Our’s?

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness

Rating: 5 Stars

 

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt. The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and it lets it run wild. Even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

I wasn’t planning on writing a review of Eliza and Her Monsters, given that it’s been done already like over and over and over again. However, I hope my opinion and thoughts are at least a little interesting. Like everyone whom I talked to about this book, I love loved LOVED it. I read this a little over a week ago and my heart is still filled with all the feelings and thoughts I got when reading. That’s really how much it affected me. It’s changed my perceptions of love, mental illness, and even family relationships. I’m blown away by how a books, especially Young Adult, seem to have this invisible pixie dust sprinkled on them, giving them capability of entering our hearts and cause it to burst with emotion – not even real life has that affect on me so the fact that this book did just stands as proof to how enchanting books really are. This book is a planetarium of themes, plot twists, relatable characters and evocative words. Everything about this book is crisp, original and touching. Read on if you wish but be aware that this review, based on what you consider a spoiler, just may contain them.  Continue reading “Review: Eliza and Her Monsters | Eliza’s Monsters or Our’s?”

Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story

Title: Painting Sage

Author: Rachael K. Hannah

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: May 22, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness

Rating: 2 Stars

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was recently sent Painting Sage by the author, Rachel K. Hannah in exchange for an honest review. What happens when a writer expects too much from their story? What happens when literary techniques prevail the construction of a narrative? What is the consequence of style over structure? What’s to become of a story embedded in an enumeration of supporting conflicts? A story of a story of a non story. This is the primary problem I had with Painting Sage. I was expecting a nuanced narrative reminiscent of The Bell Jar and Thirteen Reasons Why. What I read instead was a perplexing, and altogether inaccurate, potentially offensive illustration of a child’s mental illness alongside her family, already on the brink of falling apart.  Continue reading “Review: Painting Sage | Story of a Story of a Non Story”

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

“But the rip in her blouse was large, her hunger vast, and her patience negligible even under better circumstances.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

The Bear and the Nightingale tells the story of a fairy tale come true. So we expect a beautiful maiden riding out to her castle in the sunset with her prince charming – happily ever after, right? Not in the least bit correct. This novel cradles the dangers that lurk behind old time Russian fairytales. This book is at once suspenseful and surreal. I was carried away by Arden’s lyrical prose from the very first page. Arden shows us the dark hidden secrets behind the folktales we grow up with through a young girls fight both for the peace and harmony of her people, and against the fierce winds of evil lurking around it at midwinter.  Continue reading “Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale”

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why | 13 Moments Leading Up to One Timely Suicide

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

Rating: 4 Stars


” For the longest time, from almost day one at this school, it seemed that I was the only one who cared about me.

Put all of your heart into getting that first kiss…only to have it thrown back in your face.
Have the only two people you truly trust turn against you. Have one of them use you to get back at the other, and then be accused of betrayal.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

Tell me: is it possible that a single stack of pages onto which patterns of letters, forming fluid and meaningful sentences, could be capable of touching my heart in a way that not even a person has ever managed to accomplish before? This is exactly how I feel upon finishing 13 Reasons Why. From beginning to end of this raw, perhaps romanticized, novel about a victimized girl, Hannah Baker, recounting the 13 individuals who, in one way or another, served as catalyst for her fatal decision, my throat was in knots and tears were on the verge of flooding my eyes. And let me tell you why…  Continue reading “Review: Thirteen Reasons Why | 13 Moments Leading Up to One Timely Suicide”