Rule Number 32

Enjoy the little things. ~Zombieland

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven review

Everyone Brave Is ForgivenEveryone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(2.5 stars)

While the characters and plot were interesting enough, this was simply too drawn out and a bit too aimless to be entirely captivating. The events of the war made for a compelling plot, but if felt quite disjointed. A few of the main characters acted quite selfishly and annoyed me on multiple occasions. Mary’s second romance felt too flat and I just didn’t see it… I really enjoyed the parts with Zachary (when Mary was being a truly decent person). Towards the end it got really jumbled, but I guess that’s how the war left people… I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did.

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Theme Thursday: The adaption is better

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Like a River Glorious review

Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #2)Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My main states of existence throughout this were as follows: AHHHH and oh no oh no oh no and squeeee! It wasn’t quite as good as the first book, but it was still such a fun read and it was an emotional ping pong match. It’s more complex both in terms of plot and characters, which was used for scenes of depressing darkness and lighthearted fun. The mix of these emotions was tied to the fates of the main characters, who I still adore so very much.

Lee continues to be a badass who is not here for men’s shit, but her situation in this book doesn’t let her shine like she could. Her circumstances led to new characters being introduced and letting others occupy a bit of the spotlight. Jefferson is still an adorably perfect love interest and added so much to this book. So many of the other characters, both old and new, are too numerous to all praise, so I will just say that I continue to hate Hiram and Frank very strongly.

One of my favourite lines from Lee: That’s right, you no-good snake. I’m just a hysterical female.

The many issues of the historical period were even more important in this book, and also even more maddening. There was so much injustice packed in here, and the viewpoints of the time were really well written – even Lee has some awful thoughts and painfully realizes this on multiple occasions. I have no idea where the third book will take these amazing characters, but I’m sure these heavy themes will be a big part of it.

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Colouring: Birds

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Buttoned Bobby Pins

Hot glue + buttons/beads + bobby pins = cute hair accessories

Seven Ways We Lie review

Seven Ways We LieSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The different POVs were really neat and made this intriguing. The seven main characters interact with each other to certain degrees throughout the book and all come more together near the end when the big secret is revealed (with some smaller ones along the way). And there is self-discovery, fights, introspection, and all that good high school stuff. The dialogue was really great. Olivia seems to be featured as the main main character because she is sort of central among the others, but all seven POVs were important to add insight and details that added up to a more complete story. I liked that the characters don’t each perfectly match up with a deadly sin (that would have been so lame), but rather mostly fall into a few categories throughout the course of the novel.

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Heartless review

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(2.5 stars)

Hmmm… so I enjoyed the actual process of reading this (mostly), but it made me pretty mad. Cath made so many stupid choices that sealed her fate right from the beginning and had me rolling my eyes. I kept hoping for some major plot twists just so I could be surprised about literally anything that happened in this book. Jest stole my heart and refused to give it back and he. deserved. better. He was definitely the best thing about this book.

Cath was an idiot who couldn’t stand up for herself about anything. She played with Jest’s feelings for her, walked willingly into a future she didn’t want just because her mother told her to, and did everything she could to please the king. All it would have taken was being like, “Nah, dude, not interested. Here’s some tuna tart, inspired by Cheshire.” (I’m still pretty mad at Cath apparently.)

The intersection between humans and the other creatures of Wonderland felt a bit off, in a wrinkle-your-nose-and-squint kind of way. There was some weird stuff, but it really should have been weirder. (Maybe I would have thought less about how stupid Cath was being…)

The supporting characters were okay, but they seemed to have such limited emotions and were often there just for plot rather than actual substance. The plot was a bit slow and disjointed sometimes. So overall, this could have been shorter, weirder, and way less predictable.

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