BOOK REVIEW: Kindred by Octavia Butler

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AUTHOR: Octavia Butler
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dana is a black woman living in the 1970s happily married to Kevin (who’s white), when she’s suddenly transported to the antebellum south in Maryland.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Historical Fiction | Neo-Slave Narrative
RATING: 4.5/5
NOTE: Not for younger readers because it had several scenes depicting violence, mention of rape, and frequent use of the N word.

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BOOK REVIEW: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When Sydney finds out her boyfriend and best friend are backstabbing bitches, she moves out and gets to know her guitar playing neighbor.
GENRE: New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
NOTE: There are two sequels to this story; Maybe Not and Maybe Now. One is a novella and the other is a full length sequel that can be read on Wattpad.


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BOOK REVIEW: Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ILLUSTRATOR: Simini Blocker
GENRE: Contemporary | Romance | Young Adult
NOTE: This is a short story collection comprising of “Midnights” and “Kindred Spirits”.

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Why I’m Giving Up on Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

Image result for swear on this lifeAbout a year and a half ago I read When We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino and I loved it. It’s one of my favorite books (even if I don’t mention it as much), so when I recently fell into a massive reading slump I thought I would read one of her other novels. I picked up Swear On This Life, and now I can’t seem to get past the second chapter.

The concept and premise is great, the execution is awful. The story is about a struggling writer reading a bestselling novel with rave reviews, and she quickly finds out its really about her tough childhood in rural Ohio, and to make matters worse it was written by her ex-boyfriend. The book is written from Emiline’s perspective and has excerpts from the book she’s reading.

See, intriguing premise right? So where did it all go wrong? The writing.

The novel in the book and Emiline’s point of view are not as different as I’d like them to be. If the book is coming from someone completely different and it’s being considered a masterpiece, it shouldn’t sound as if it could have been written by the protagonist of the main story. Writing different points of view is hard enough as it is, but describing something as a literary work of art is a tough call and even tougher to achieve. In other words, the book didn’t deliver the way I hoped it would.

Obviously, I haven’t finished the book and I’m missing out  whole lot, and while I am interested to see how the story develops, I just can’t get through with it. When a book begins to feel like a chore, that’s when I start giving up on it.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Offred is a handmaid in the country of Gilead where the totalitarian regime’s solution to the declining birth rate is to forcibly impregnate handmaids with the bible as an excuse.
GENRE: Dystopian | Speculative Fiction
RATING: 4.5/5
NOTE: Not for youngins.

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