The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye *Book Review

Warning: Racial remarks fair to time frame.

That being said, I still didn’t like the word being used. That is the only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars.

I’m not sure how to break down what I liked. The ending was not what I expected and I didn’t see it coming at all.

I listened to the audiobook version. And I like how the narrator voiced the Characters and the way she read it.

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars.

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The rules of magic by Alice Hoffman *Book review

Personally, I haven’t read very many books on witchcraft. This book has a feeling like”The craft” and “Hocus pocus”.

I went into this book blind. Randomly picking audiobooks from the E-Library. I want to read but I can’t really figure out what I want to read. And I don’t really think its “reading slump” kind of thing. I pushed play and listened to it in pretty much one sitting.

I’ve been in the mood to play Spyro Reignited so this is how I can do both *lol*

I’d give this book a 3.5/5 stars.

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Life Underwater by Matther J. Metzger *Blog-a-long/review* SPOILERS

*trigger warning* anxiety

I appreciate and respect the usage of pronouns for the trans character. I can’t say it does or doesnt have proper representation. The problem I have with the main character is absolutely a personality thing. They both kinda do, but Ashraf more.
Another thing I struggle with is the whole “teacher/student” situation and the excuse that its okay because they are not HIS student, or a student of HIS teachings so it can’t be a power thing. The age gap, I was a little confused on it if its a seven year difference or twelve.

I think this book has a lot of potential and I am going to do my best to get through it but I am not enjoying this read at all yet.

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So I understand that it can come a cross like she has issues with their sexuality, and maybe I misread it, but the complaint was about the relationship between a student and a teacher. Not their sexuality, not the age, gender, etc.

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The little girls pronoun for uncle/aunt being Ankle is truely adorable.

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Jamie being able to help Ashraf with the hydrophobia was pretty awesome. I do like the two of them together and though there is still some things that bug me, it wasn’t a bad read.

I would give this about a 3/5 stars..

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone *Blog-a-Long* SPOILERS

  • *Contemporary A Thon * Feb 11-17, 2019

I have the audio-book checked out from the library and want to get it done first. So for that reason, I am starting this a little earlier. I am going to be writing my thoughts down periodically as I listen to it.

6 pm 2/10:
Ch.1:
Justice was trying to help a friend who was drunk, and making sure she didn’t drive. I don’t recall her name specifically but that she is an ex girlfriend. It might have looked sketchy but the officer was out of line for how he treated Justice. I was happy to hear they let him go.

“How different would it have been if I wasn’t A black guy”

Ch. 2:
I don’t really understand why Justice decided to go back to his ex girlfriend. The same one who got him arrested for helping her not drink and drive. Manny has a seriously relative and legit reaction.
I was shocked to heat that the cop who gave Justice a hard time, was shot and killed by Mannys’ cousin.
I like how they are discussing the equality rights in class via open dialogue. It does have a tendency to get out of hand if not handled right.

4am 2/11/19
I have plowed through this and its such an important story. In my opinion, as powerful and important as The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (which speaking of, I can’t wait to read her new release)

4.5/5 stars. Highly recommended.

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Contemporary-A-thon wrap- up February 2019

This readathon was okay for what I picked out with my reading buddy. whom, I have no Idea how to tag.

My buddy for this readathon picked two books and I read them both. He has suggested other books that I am looking forward to trying.

His first pick was ” Dear Martin” by Nic Stone.

I felt that this book was in the same ballpark of importance as THUG by Angie Thomas. I posted a review with some thoughts.

The next pick was “Life Underwater” by Matthew J. Metzger.

I was a little mixed on how I felt through this book. I can’t speak for the representation, so I will leave that to someone who it represents better to state. I have a review with some of my thoughts on it also.

I was looking forward to the two picks of mine. However, I’m not sure what happen. I started to read ” From twinkle with Love”, and I think i had good potpotential. It was A cute storyline. And I understand that it’s YA, however, I felt Twinkle was petty, and juvenile.

I read when Dimple met Rishi” and I liked it enough. But I felt this fell short from that. For mepersonally. My younger self would have liked this so much more.

The second book that I was eager to get to was the new Kasie West release. Fame, Fate, And the First kiss. I realy enjoy her books. They are simple, and predictable. They are usually what Itun to when I am in a bit of a reading slump. This time I just happen to have a Mood switch in the middle of this readathon. Joys!

The last book I was able to fit in was the graphic novel. I posted a review for this one also.

The month is Still young and I do have other books to read /finish, so let’s see how that goes.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang *Book review SPOILERS*

I picked this Graphic Novel up cause it seemed a little more contemporary then some of them. And a challenge for the contemporary readathon is to read a graphic novel.

Its a really cute story in my opinion and I don’t know all the terminology for the LGBTQ community. But the prince dresses up in dresses. And I was thinking he was Gay because he didn’t like the girls and that was okay. Maybe another character will swoon him. The illustrations were beautiful, the ending was beautiful. And I liked it and recommend it.

4.5/5 stars

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Picture this: The Hag at the Cemetary *Book Review

This is was supposed to be a short story, according to what its shown as on amazon. I have no idea when I even inquired this book, though most likely it was in an email with deals for that day.

It turned out to be more of a long poem then a short story, It depends on how the reader sees it I suppose. If the age group it is intended for is young, like 5-9, then this is a nice spooky short story for Halloween

That being said, I would give this short story, a 3/5 stars.

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