Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn

2/5 stars

Recommended for: people who want to consider a new point of view, philosophy fans, people who like alternative books

Review:

Interesting points, but I did not like the way they were presented, and I did noit agree with the thesis of the book.
Plus the gorilla was super pompous and the narrator (who we didn’t receive nearly enough information on) seemed like a whiny character straight out of a bad fan fiction. The ending didn’t really work out for him, which is sad, but his life was more sad.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

pride and prejudice

4/5 stars

Recommended for: lovers of romance, classics, and the frivolous antics of the upper class

Review:

I picked this up because I came into possession of a board game that required knowledge of this novel to play, and I am glad I read this. It is a classic for a reason. After adjusting to the difficult language and wording, you’ll not be disappointed with the wit and romance that this novel possesses. I feel like I took this book exactly like everyone else. I found Mrs. Bennett ridiculous, I longed for Jane to be happy, and I shipped Mr. Darcy (who has the unfortunate first name ‘Fitzwilliam’) and Elizabeth with the best of them, and Lydia made me appropriately angry with her antics. It’s weird to think that these girls are not that different age-wise from me, but I suppose it was another time. Overall, I’d highly reccomend this for a timeless love story and comedy of manners.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1), by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen songbird

5/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of French culture, Tolkien-esque creatures, and political maneuvering

Review:

This was so good. Sooo good. I had been seeking a fairytale retelling when I found this, and it has been on my to read shelf forever. I finally got to it, because it was available right away, and I was surprisingly pleased with the story. Cécile is a surprisingly realistic narrator for such fantasy, and she defies most cliches. She definitely has major butt-kicking moments, like when Lessa is being beaten, but she’s not exactly your average, kick-butt heroine. She’s also by no means wimpy, but she has realistic moments when she throws tantrums. Like when Luc kidnaps her. It’s understandable that that would bother her. I found the troll politics fascinating, the way the full-bloods interacted with each other and how they were stuck in each other’s webs. There was never a dull moment in this book, whether it be parties, rebellions, politics, prophecies, eavesdropping, maniacal younger brothers, or the ominous Sluag (man-eating beasts that live in the labyrinth. There’s even a labyrinth! How cool is that?!) This book accurately portrayed the complexities of every decision you make, especially when the characters have to make decisions regarding the half-bloods, or breaking the curse. You’re never sure which decision is actually the wisest, and sometimes there isn’t a wise decision to make.

There was one major downside of this book, though

The love interest was named Tristan.

That’s one of my least favorite names used in YA.

Otherwise, this was a great read and I highly recommend it.

My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

My true love gave to me

5/5 stars

Recommended for: people who are in the holiday mood, people who do not get too invested in characters, or general YA fans

Review:

It’s like Christmas in July came early for me, and I’m loving my holiday vibes

“Your Temporary Santa”, David Levithan
A very cute story of how a guy tries his hardest to be helpful for his boyfriend. For some reason, the narrator made me uncomfortable like “I have to go wake up my boyfriend in the middle of the night just to have him hold me,” but he was very cute with Lana

“What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?”, Gayle Forman
This was a great story. I loved that there was a Jewish character to represent some diversity, and Sophie and Roth’s relationship seemed genuine. Except the lines at the end, those were cliché

“Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus”, Myra McEntire
This story was amazing. I loved the characters, especially Gracie and Vaughn. Gracie and Shelby’s relationship was very entertaining and so was Shelby himself once the secrets began coming out. Bonus points for the Billy Idol reference

“Welcome to Christmas, CA.”, Kiersten White
Ben is such a cutie. I’m a sucker for food and the Spanish language, so for me, this story had everything. The ending was a cute twist, and I felt so bad for Candy

“Star of Bethlehem”, Ally Carter
This story seemed rushed and felt vaguely contrived. Like it took itself too seriously. I don’t have much to say here, but the ending was a surprise

“Angels in the Snow”, Matt de la Peña
This story made feel like de la Peña was just using generalizations to describe the Hispanics. I found Haley’s interactions with Shy, and how she dealt with his prides issues very interesting

“Midnights”, Rainbow Rowell
This story supports the “all Natalies throw themselves at all boys” stereotype, which brings me great unhappiness.Otherwise, it’s a lovely, if someone dragged out, story of two lovers that take a little while to find each other

“Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me”, Jenny Han
Shorter and much more juvenile compared to the other stories. This was sweet, but better suited for my 10-year-old sister

“It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown”, Stephanie Perkins
One of my favorites in the collections, I loved the hippie vibe and the fact that they’re organizing through the whole the story excites me in that way that only putting books on shelves can

“Krampuslauf”, Holly Black
Another one of my favorites, this tells a more gritty tale of teenage life, where the narrator tries to throw a classy New Years party in a bona fide trailer. I want that trailer though, because the real magic in this book is a trailer existing full of vintage clothing

“The Lady and the Fox”, Kelly Link
One of the more supernatural stories in the collection, and I’m dying to have more background on Fenny. This left me desiring more, and not in the best way

“The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer”, Laini Taylor
I saved the best for last. This one was so cool, I could see this being the equivalent of a Grimm Brothers’ story. I would read the anthology just for this story, it’s a beautiful new fairy tale to add to my LARGE collection. So awesome

Collection Review: an amazing collection for anyone feeling in the holiday spirit or living in the holiday season