REVIEW: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

 TITLE: Without MeritImage result for without merit
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Merit lives in one of the most dysfunctional households in her small Texas town until she has an escape plan, but when the plan fails, she has to face the consequences of her actions.
GENRE: Fiction | Contemporary | New Adult
RATING: 4.8/5
NOTE: It has some mild explicit scenes.
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Let’s start by saying that this book has a very different feel than Hoover’s other books. It’s weirdly dark and funny at the same time, and it reads like a dramedy. The story is not what I was expecting and I loved it.  Continue reading

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Mini Reviews: The Lover’s Dictionary and Nat Turner

TITLE: The Lover’s Dictionary Image result for the lover's dictionary
AUTHOR: David Levithan
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: The lives of a couple is told in snippets in the form of a dictionary.
GENRE: Romance | Fiction | Contemporary
RATING: 4/5
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If I could describe this book in three words I’d say: cute, fast, and creative. We don’t ever get an in depth look at this romance, we don’t even get their names, but it was still very good. We only ever get snippets of this couple, or various couples, but that’s exactly how it is in real life if you think about it. When we see people in public, we don’t get the whole story, we only get that moment.

Part of what drew me into this book was the dictionary concept because I love it when authors are get creative with the format of their storytelling. I especially loved the way Levithan played with the words he was defining. I can tell he had fun writing this.

I know Levithan usually writes YA, but the feel of this book seems to be directed at a slightly older audience like people in their 20s or 30s.

 

TITLE: Nat Turner Related image
AUTHOR: Kyle Baker
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 is told through drawings.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Nonfiction | History
RATING: 5/5
NOTE: It has violent and graphic scenes.
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I’ve read my share of biographies in graphic novel format, and this one has been my favorite by far. Why? Because unlike most graphic novels of this genre, this one is not wordy like the others. Instead, this novel tells Nat Turner’s story through pictures alone. You won’t find a single sentence in the first chapter of the book, only pictures.

It’s not that I’m being a lazy reader, but when I read graphic novels I shouldn’t need words to make sense of the story. If I did, I would have just read a normal non-fiction book.

The only part of this book I didn’t like was how Baker incorporated the Thomas R. Gray’s The Confessions of Nat Turner. For those who don’t know, The Confessions of Nat Turner is this sort of transcription of what Turner told Gray about the rebellion. This semester I’ve spent plenty of time with this part of American history, to know that Gray’s publication is not reliable. It’s Turner’s story seen through a skewed perspective from white southern lawyer. We never see the true Nat Turner and what the rebellion meant to him.

On the other hand, Baker is taking ownership of Gray’s confessions by displaying it alongside his version of the events. So, I guess it’s this part is not all that horrible.

But by all means please, please, please, read this novel if you ever get the chance or if you want to know more about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion.

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Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A 22 year old university students wants to lose her virginity and date her professor.
GENRE: Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
RATING: 2.5 / 5
NOTE: This is the first book in a series and it has explicit content. In other words, not for youngins.
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Mini Reviews: Love & Misadventures and The Creeps

TITLE: Love & Misadventure Related image
AUTHOR: Lang Leav
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Poetry about love sprinkled with the author’s artwork.
GENRE: Poetry
RATING: 2/5
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I did not like this book. I thought I would, but halfway through the book I couldn’t stop cringing. Overall, the poetry is pretty bad, there’s nothing special about. They’re super short poems in case you have a short attention span and like to waste paper. The poems are generic love poems without much substance so it feels like you can relate, however, and maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing some vulnerability and intimacy in poetry. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say a fourteen year old girl who has fallen in love for the first time wrote this. I have nothing against teenage girls because I was one, but because I was one (with her own poetry phase) I know how bad poetry writing can be.

TITLE: The Creeps: A Dark Deep Collection 
AUTHOR: Fran Krause
ILLUSTRATOR: Fran Krause
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A collection of comic strips and stories about fears.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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I decided to get this book because I wanted a collection of scary stories to get ready for Halloween next October, but I’m not sure this is what I was looking for.

I was expecting truly creepy and scary stories, and while they were all valid fears, it’s not what I was looking for. I would say that these were odd fears people have, but because they were so specific, I couldn’t relate to all them, and therefore not as scary as I was hoping for.

So, these are not the ghost stories I was looking forward to, but they’re fun nonetheless. The illustrations were also more on the fun side than the creepy side, but it was good. It’s a quick read and fun, but not that creepy.

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Review: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

TITLE: I Hate Everyone But YouImage result for i hate everyone but you book
AUTHORS: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Ava and Gen are best friends going off to their first semester in college, but stay in touch with emails and texts, discussing roommates, significant others, among other serious issues.
GENRE: LGBT+| New Adult | Young Adult | Contemporary | Fiction | Mental Illness
RATING: 3/5
WARNING: Lots of sex and trigger warnings for mental illness
NOTE: I received an ARC from Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest opinion. The authors are the stars of the YouTube channel, Just Between Us.
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

TITLE: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Image result for to all the boys i've loved before
AUTHOR: Jenny Han
SUMMARY: Lara Jean’s old love letters are sent out to all the boys she as ever loved, including her neighbor, Josh.
GENRE: Romance | Young Adult | Contemporary
RATING: 4.5 / 5
NOTES: This is the first book in a trilogy
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Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

TITLE: Dreamology Image result for dreamology
AUTHOR: Lucy Keating
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alice literally meets the boy of her dreams but things get worse when reality and dreaming start to bleed into each other.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Contemporary | Young Adult | Romance
RATING: 4/5
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