Under-Developed Characters Left me Wanting More

 

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Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 352
Published By: Sourcebooks
Pub Date: August 29, 2017
Format: e-book
Source: A digital copy of this book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★⭑☆☆ (I was torn between 2 and 3 stars…)

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The short version: As much as I wanted to love this book, it fell a short of my expectations. But I still plan on finishing the duology.Read More »

ARC Review- The Road Between

The Road Between
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Title: The Road Between
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Type: Poetry
Length: 288 pages (pretty long for a poetry book)
Published by: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Pub date: August 29th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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When I read the synopsis for Courtney Peppernell’s The Road Between, I couldn’t wait to start reading it (plus I love that cover!!). A collection broken into eight parts (the cave, the closet, the sky, the sea, the roads, the mountains, the fields, the home), I expected a book of self-discovery and love through small moments in life. I expected something subtle and nuanced, as self-discovery so often is. I expected to love and connect with this collection of poetry.Read More »

A Great Premise That Didn’t Deliver

The Suffering Tree
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Title: The Suffering Tree
Author: Elle Cosimano
Type: Fiction
Genre: Paranormal (with some Historical Fiction Flashbacks)
Length: 368 pgs
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Pub date: June 13, 2017
Format: Digital
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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The short version: While I liked the story itself, I had a lot of issues with this book. The synopsis seemed interesting, but did very little to prepare me for the majority of the book.Read More »

ARC Review- Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

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Title: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
Author: M. T. Anderson
Illustrator: Andrea Offermann
Type: Graphic Novel
Genre: Fantasy and/or Historical Fistion
Length: 144 pgs
Published by: Candlewick Press
Pub date: March 14th, 2017
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: I won this ARC via a raffle at Rochester Teen Book Fest

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: This was a fun, easy read. If you’re looking to break into graphic novels or Arthurian Tales for the first time, this is a great place to start.Read More »

A Great Read for Those in Love With Poetry

The Hour Wasp
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Title: The Hour Wasp
Author: Jay Sheets
Type: Poetry
Length: 88 pages
Published by: April Gloaming Publishing
Pub date: May 28th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This was a beautiful collection of art and poetry. While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, I think people familiar with the genre will love this book.Read More »

A Worthy Prize-Winning Collection

Tremulous Hinge
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Title: Tremulous Hinge
Author: Adam Giannelli
Type: Poetry
Length: 90 pages
Published by: University of Iowa Press
Pub date: April 15th, 2017
Format: PDF
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My Rating★★★★★

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The short version: This was an amazing collection of poetry! While there was a poem or two that kind of threw me off, it’s no surprise that Giannelli’s collection won the Iowa Poetry Prize.Read More »

Mixed Feeling About This Historical Gender-Bend

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Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: Goodreads has it listed as a YA Fantasy, but it seems more like a gender-swapped Historical Fiction
Length: 475 pgs
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pub date: June 28th, 2016
Format: Hard cover
Source: I purchased this book from Amazon.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: For the most part, I enjoyed Kiersten White’s book. A sort of gender swap historical fiction, And I Darken kept me wanting more from beginning to end.Read More »