Gleaning, Parallel Universes and Politics, OH MY! [ Mini Reviews ]

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I just haven’t been in the reviewing mood lately. I was talking to Katie @ Never Not Reading about how many books we read now that we are fully engulfed in the book community, and how we remember (or don’t) the books we are reading differently than when we only read like 20 a year. I am finding that I just don’t feel up to writing full reviews anymore because I am so eager to move on to the next book and I can’t do that unless I have written and posted a new review of the one I just finished. And that’s silly. So instead of just not posting any reviews, here are a few of my thoughts on some of my most recent reads.

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)

by Neal Shusterman (2018)

504 pages, YA, Dystopian

I will admit it. I was intimidated by the size of this book. I enjoyed Scythe but I was almost reluctant to jump back into this heavily political dystopian world. However, when I did finally crack it open, I couldn’t stop reading. It FLEW by, much faster than Scythe was. Shusterman really took his time explaining the world and it’s mechanics in the first book, but this one was able to just be. We had added perspectives in this second novel, a  man named Greyson Tolliver, as well as entries from the Thunderhead. It was so interesting to finally get a glimpse of Thunderhead in all it’s glory, though we still lack a perspective that deals directly with it at this time. This book still follows the two MCs from the last one, Citra (now Scythe Anastasia) and Rowan (known as Scythe Lucifer). Rowan is on a moral mission to glean the corrupt Scythes. He has donned the forbidden black robes, and even though he technically wasn’t accepted by the Scythedom, he is still lethal. Citra on the other hand was accepted by the Scythedom, and is paving her way into quite the leader. All the junior Scythes look up to her, but not without ruffling a few feathers among the masses. A lot happens in this book and now I simply cannot wait for the last one to come out later this year. I still might do an entire series review after the Toll comes out, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Maybe in Another Life

by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2015)23492661

336 pages, Adult fiction

Hannah has no idea what she wants. She has spent the majority of her twenties moving around the country, working odd jobs just to try and find someplace that feels like “home.” This time around she is moving back to Los Angeles, where she grew up with her best friend in the world, Gabby. She is hoping to find some comfort in Gabby, and maybe even rekindle a romance with her high school boyfriend Ethan. The story splits when Hannah goes out to a bar to meet up with old friends. Ethan shows up, and asks Hannah to stay and hang out with him, but Gabby is going home. The rest of the book explores parallel universes, fate and soul mates. What happens if she says yes? What happens if she says no? Which outcome is the true one? Are they both valid in their own universe? Certain events happen in both story lines, allowing you to believe in soul mates and/or fate. But other key events happen differently in their respective universes. This puts questions and doubt into your head where the other events made you believe. I found myself switching my opinion constantly throughout the book. Reid is a master of her craft, writing these really complex and relatable stories you just can’t put down. They make you think about it long after you close the book. I loved Gabby and Hannah’s relationship throughout both story lines. It was such a refreshingly strong and loving female friendship, and I am here for it. It wasn’t my favorite book but it was a solid 4-star read.

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Red White and Royal Blue 41150487

by Casey McQuiston (2019)

423 pages, Adult/New Adult, Queer, Romance

I WAS NOT READY. I wasn’t ready for how steamy this book got. But I still really enjoyed it. First Son Alex Claremonte-Diez is American royalty. He is in his senior year at Georgetown University with sights on a successful political career, and a sworn enemy across the pond. Prince Henry of Wales is actual British royalty and an unsuspecting victim of Alex’s pre-judgement. After a devastating encounter at Prince Phillip’s wedding that threatens to destroy international relations, the boys are forced into a “best friends” story by their respective political aides. What they weren’t prepared for was falling madly in love and hiding their relationship from the entire world. Smut, Scandal and Politics. Isn’t that always the way? This modern romance with a political twist is the stuff of fairy tale.  It was beautifully written, adorable, sweet and a bit dirty! I love the added element of emails and texts between the two, it really makes this romance feel modern and real. All the characters were well fleshed out and enjoyable too. The hype is real guys. This was super cute and fun, and really well written. I will certainly be looking out for more from this author in the future. I am still debating writing a full review for this but we’ll see what happens.

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To Night Owl from Dogfish

by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer (2019)

304 pages, Middle Grade, LGBTQ+, Contemporary

This book is told almost entirely in email exchanges between two 12 year old girls named Bett and Avery. They live on opposite coasts, and have never met, but as it turns out, these girls have something big in common. They both are daughters of single, gay dads and as it turns out, both dads meet (cute) at a convention and insta-love is born. They are so convinced of their love that they have decided to send their daughters to summer camp so that they can get to know each other while the dads spend some much needed time together on an adventure in China. The girls are not on board and try their best to find ways to destroy this plan. Now that I am stepping away from this story, a lot of it is a bit of a stretch. The girls find out about each other and their father’s plan because they are so involved in their dad’s lives that they were able to access their emails. Instead of the parent invading the privacy of their kids, it is the other way around? And let’s just talk about the insta-love of these grown ass men for a second. Uh no. I think the girls were on to something when they felt like it was too much too fast. Other than some hard to believe elements, this was a surprisingly cute book! I enjoyed reading the girls emails and watching their friendship blossom. The ending was a twist, but I really actually enjoyed it a lot. Much better than I thought the ending was heading towards. All in all, it was a pretty solid read. Great for summer as a bunch of it takes place at summer camp.

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Alright, now I am feeling a bit better about my un-reviewed books. I was falling pretty deeply behind but at least I am caught up on my novels. I am hoping to have a graphic novel mini review post go up soon (fingers crossed).

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