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All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders | A Book Review

HELLO EVERYONE! its book review time!

“Patricia is a witch who can communicate with animals. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards oneScreen Shot 2016-01-25 at 21.21.21 another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird, but their lives take different paths.

When they meet again as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius trying to save the world – and live up to his reputation – in near future San Fransisco. Meanwhile, Patricia is a graduate of 
Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, working hard to prove herself to her fellow magicians and secretly repair the earths ever growing ailments.

As they attempt to save our future, Laurence and Patricia’s shared past pulls them back together. And though they come from different worlds, when they collide, the witch and the scientist will discover that maybe they understand each other better than anyone.”

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The 5th Wave Book Review!

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The Fifth Wave.jpgSynopsis:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult

My Thoughts:

“To hold on, you have to find something you’re willing to die for.”

~No spoilers section~

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Book Review: The Builders, by Daniel Polansky

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When I was a kid, I read entirely too many Brian Jacques novels.

At the time, it was enough to read simple, straightforward adventures about mice with swords- but all these years later, the books really, really don’t hold up that well.

The Builders, by Daniel Polansky, isn’t a direct continuation of the Redwall novels, or even written in the spirit of them. I suppose you could argue the book’s a postmodern response to the Redwall books, similar to how A Song of Ice & Fire is written as the flipside of traditional epic fantasy. Really though, there’s the biggest similarity is due to the cast of anthropomorphic animals.

daniel2bpolansky2b-2bthe2bbuilders Really, that mouse should be toting a shotgun, not a sword. Covers lie!

Using animal-characters is a fun bit of narrative shorthand that Polansky puts to good use. I mean, when a character is literally a toad, or a shrew…

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Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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13611052The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Publication Date: September 13th, 2011

Publisher: Vintage Books, Random House

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance

Series Status: Stand alone

Pages: 490

Format and Source: Paperback, Owned

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite…

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The Laundry Room

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The Laundry Room

Whitney Carter

2016-01-19 09.31.43She thudded ungracefully down the basement stairs, the laundry basket clasped against one hip, bumping against the wall with each step. The fifth step down gave a familiar squeak as she gathered scattered pieces of cat litter between her toes. Double checking the bottom step – months ago, she hadn’t been paying attention and stepped out for the concrete below too soon – she chastised herself for not taking a moment to put on a pair of socks.

She turned almost 360 degrees and all but tossed the basket onto the dryer. It was simply too early to be awake, despite the fact that she knew if she went back to her warm covers and neglected these early morning tasks, it would catch up with her in the afternoon. Absently, she pulled the little string on the naked light bulb, illuminating the little room with…

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Book Review: “A Penny Down the Well” by J.A. Crook

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A Penny Down the Well

A Short Story Collection of Horrifying Events

by J. A. Crook

pennyA Penny Down the Well is a collection of 5 horrifying short stories “focused on turning events that we experience in our everyday lives into something dramatically more twisted and profound.” (Crook Loc 46).

Since this anthology has a manageable number of segments I will be bringing you the synopsis for each story followed by my thoughts and then I will bring you my impression of the collection as a whole at the end.

Down the Drain

Jared is a new renter moving into a slum-like apartment complex  in New York City. Soon after his arrival he ends up having to…

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[Book Review] The Girl On The Train

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This has been compared again and again to Gone Girl, a book which, in my opinion, is cheesy as hell, but about as thrilling as it gets.

It is, however, no Gone Girl. The Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins, 2015, 325 pages, Riverhead Books) starts with the same premise: nothing is what it seems, people are deceiving, a crime that gets weirder and weirder. Unlike Gone Girl, though, there isn’t a single charismatic bone in any of the character’s bodies: everyone is about as unlikable as it gets, including the main narrator, Rachel. People don’t even act like normal people, doing things just for the sake of the plot, making it difficult for the reader to truly immerse themselves into the story.

It also alternates chapters between characters, which is a great way to keep a thriller’s pacing frenetic, as we’ve been shown again and again by Dan Brown…

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Book Review: On The Primitive Way

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On The Primitive Way: Two Texan Brothers Journey to Santiago de Compostela
by Landon Roussel

On The Primitive Way, by Landon RousselAs a Camino enthusiast, I have read a few books about the historic pilgrimage, but this one was different. Not only does Dr. Roussel show what the less-traveled Camino Primitivo route is like, but he also tells a personal story of his brother who had a lifelong struggle with addiction. After his brother had been released from prison, the two of them walked the Camino together. The narrative shifts between two timelines—the present experience on the Camino, and memories of his brother, some of which were painful. Dr. Roussel is a skilled storyteller, so he manages to pull it off without the reader getting lost in the two worlds. The transitions were easy to follow and it succeeded in being a real page-turner!

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Book Review: The Colony by A.J. Colucci

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Book Review:Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue

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So very recently I finished “Dog Crazy” by Meg Donohue. My mother bought it for me for christmas because it is about dogs, and I love dogs, and the main character’s name is Maggie (*cough cough* that’s me). It is about a therapist who has recently moved out to San Fransisco to start up a pet bereavement counseling program. Unfortunately she recently had to put down her own dog, who was her whole world. Now her life is in shambles and she is literally falling apart. However, a young woman comes to her for help and this allows Maggie to try and pick herself up and attempt to move on, but this also introduces a big mystery into the story as well, and that is all I will tell you about it. The whole book focuses on how important pets are in our lives and how hard it…

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