One Line Book Reviews: July, August, September, October

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Mini Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
This was the only one of the Shopaholic books I hadn’t read. It was cute. Now there’s new one.

Austenland – Shannon Hale
I loved, loved, loved the movie, so I thought I’d give the book a go, and it’s a cute, fun read. Love the movie more.

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
Even better than The Cuckoo is Calling, which I enjoyed very much.

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Want to cry forever? Read this.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Süskind
So good, so dark, makes you want to shower.

Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
This  made me want to die because it’s just SO. AWFUL. I have a blog post about just how much I wanted to die queued for when the movie comes out.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt
It’s a good thing I enjoy reading about fucked up people so much because so many people hate reading books with unlikable characters.

Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
Can she write books that are less adorable? Let’s hope not.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Pretty sure I got dehydrated from crying about this book.

The Giver – Lois Lowry
Never read this in school, but wanted to read it incase I got around to seeing the movie. I think I might be over the dystopian thing for a while.

Landline – Rainbow Rowell
Nope, she’s incapable to writing things that are not adorable.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
The references to weight are witty and funny, the internalized racism and rape references are not.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
The end was so disappointing it ruined what was only an okay book.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Very good, tight mystery. Glad I went into it spoiler free.

Frog Music – Emma Donoghue
I actually didn’t like this until I found out it was loosely based on real people.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
I read it because almost everyone I know loves it, but I didn’t. Not that it was bad, but it’s not the Gaiman I enjoy reading.

The Girls From Corona del Mar – Rufi Thorpe
It started out beautifully, and then… it got bogged down in convolution. An interesting look at female friendships.

Beloved – Toni Morrison
Beautiful and haunting and difficult to read.

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One Line Book Reviews: May & June

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Persuasion – Jane Austen
Why there aren’t more romantic comedies based on this, I’ll never know.

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
I found myself really annoyed with Esther during a good portion of the book, but only because she was so easy to relate to.

Etiquette & Espionage/Curtsies & Conspiracies – The Finishing School Series – Gail Carriger
I am annoyed with myself for starting this series before Carriger has finished writing it because I want to binge-read the entire thing the way I did with the Soulless series. I thought the first book was a bit slow and clunky with setting up a new series, but it picked up pace with the second book and now I can’t wait for the third! I am always here for ladies kicking butt and looking fabulous. And having tea afterwards.

A Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The only reason I read this was because it was the only book Nieceling #2 read and I promised her I’d take her to see the movie. I read it on the plane back from Ottawa and I don’t really get all the hype. I mean, sure, even I, with my dead emotions and black heart, can feel something for kids with cancer, but it was kind of like every character in the book was a slight variation on a Manic Pixie Dream Human. Blah, blah, blah, it’s a metaphor. *eye roll*

Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo
I waited over a year for this book and it did not let me down! Of all the YA trilogies I’ve read lately, the Grisha series is one of my favourites. And, honestly, it’s so nice to get an ending that doesn’t rip out your heart for once (no matter how black that heart may be.) I just want to read all three books over again and cry a little about the fact that Nikolai Lantsov isn’t my boyfriend a real person.

And with that I’m still 14 books behind on my goodreads goal for the year (of 100 books) so I better get off the internet and pick up my latest book.

 

One Line Book Reviews: April

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 Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me: The Shatter Me Trilogy – Tahereh Mafi
It was an interesting premise. Has a bit of an X-Men vibe, but I thought there was too much emphasis on the love triangle and all of Adam’s tantrums over Juliette and Aaron got tiring very quickly.

Ms. Marvel 1-3 – G Willow Wilson
This is the series with the Pakistani Ms. Marvel and it’s pretty damn fantastic. Go read them now. So good!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy – Laini Taylor
I’ve been reading a lot of YA trilogies lately, and I don’t think any of them have come so close to consistently excellent as this series. It’s so beautiful in concept and execution and I can’t wait to get physical copies of the books (I read it on my Kobo) just so I can enjoy the beautiful cover art on my already over-burdened bookshelves. There is just so much love and beauty in the language; the imagery is so rich which makes Eretz seems so vivid. And despite the heaviness of the story itself, there is a lightness in the language of the characters that makes forget how terrible things are for a little while at least. I really took my time with the last book because I didn’t want it to end and I have been missing since I did finish it. I don’t think it will be long before I reread this series again.

 

One Line Book Reviews: March

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March was spent trying to catch up with my book goal for the year and making up for the time I lost reading in February.

Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless – The Parasol Protectorate Series – Gail Carriger
I started the series in February with Soulless, but I finished off the series in March and I LOVED IT. The entire series is just fun and hilarious. The last book in the series was a little slower for me, but over all I love this series. It’s full of sass and snark, strong lady characters, strong gay and bisexual characters, immaculate dresses and crazy hats. So perfect! #teamAkeldama

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
I found I liked this more once I had a few days of separation from it, and that’s not to say I didn’t like it after I put it down; I just liked it much more afterwards. It’s really beautifully written, in that classic Gaiman way; a wonderful telling of American folklore.

Cinder, Scarlet & Cress – The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
Having been brought up reading fairy tales, I am a sucker for retellings and I absolutely LOVE this series. It has so far introduced us to Meyer’s version of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, respectively. I mean, I love so many elements of this series: the POC characters, the futuristic setting, and a lead character who is a cyborg with a prosthetic hand that can shoot tranquilizer darts. Who the hell wouldn’t love that? My only complaint is that I started it thinking it was a trilogy, when, in fact, the last book in the series (titled Winter, based on Snow White) won’t be released until next year. It’s the Grisha series all over again.

Divergent: Movie Review

So, last night I went to an advanced screening of Divergent with my friend Pascale (of Dogshaming fame–yes I’m name dropping). And by last night I mean Wednesday, March 19th, but I stuck this in my drafts and haven’t been able to get back to it until now.

So, last night I saw Divergent. You’d be safe to assume there are spoilers below if you haven’t already read the books.

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It was so much better than I assumed it was going to be after I saw the trailers. This wasn’t a movie I was looking forward to seeing (unlike Muppets Most Wanted and Winter Soldier) but I knew I’d get around to seeing it eventually because I read the books and all that nonsense. Anyhoo, I’m really glad I saw it because it was surprisingly good.

For the most part it held pretty true to the book, even visually to how I pictured things. I did imagine Dauntless to be darker and grittier than it was, I pictured the pit differently, and the fence surrounding Chicago, but otherwise, it very so close to my own imagination.

The things I didn’t like were things like Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Will’s (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) relationship (if I hadn’t read the book I wouldn’t even know they’re supposed to be a couple, and perhaps they cut out their relationship altogether to keep the focus on Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), but that would just cut out a huge part of Christina’s story, so who knows how big a role she’ll in the next 2 films) and little things that signaled to Tris’ character. I wish they’d shown us more of Tris’ friendship with Christina, Will and Al (Christian Madsen) so that we could connect to her more when Al betrays her and she’s forced to kill Will.

Probably the biggest problem I had with the movie was how they portrayed Peter (Miles Teller). Peter is an absolute fucking douche in the books (and I’m being nice with that description) and in the movie he’s just an annoying jerk. We don’t get shown that Tris knows it’s Peter who orchestrated her attack at the pit, we don’t get much sense of how threatened he is by the “Stiff” improving during their lessons or how desperate he is to make sure he maintains a spot in Dauntless (so there is no fork-in-the-eye scene, you can decide how you feel about that being left out). I loathed Book Peter and I just merely dislike Movie Peter.

There are other things, small things when it comes to translating a book to the big screen, that I’d have liked to see, but such is the nature of the beast, and don’t get me wrong, I’m just being nitpicky about a movie based on a book I enjoyed (that’s my nature) I did enjoy the movie.

Not being a particular fan of Shailene Woodley (sue me, I think she’s kinda boring) she was great as Tris as was Theo James, who was not who I pictured as Four (ahem, Jesse Williams–who will always be my perfect Finnick too). Kate Winslet, as always, was fabulous as the sinister ice queen and head of Erudite,  Jeanine Matthews, but imo, there’s very little Kate Winslet could do wrong.

Overall, I think if you liked the books, you’ll be fairly happy with how they translated the book into a movie and if you haven’t read the books then you just spoiled yourself for stuff and I can’t be held responsible because I warned you.

One Line Book Reviews: February 2014

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So, February was an exceptionally slow reading month for me because I spent most of my reading time being sick, helping with my cousin’s wedding and battling with books that I couldn’t finish.

NW-Zadie Smith
I read this on my e-reader, but I think it would be much better read in actual book format. I think I’d have liked this more if I read it in book form because it was frustrating not being able to go back when I wanted to.

Wedding Night-Sophie Kinsella
This is the first Kinsella book I did not enjoy; it was not fun and the characters weren’t very likeable.

Soulless-Gail Carriger
LOVE. This was so fun and hilarious. I wish the audiobooks were narrated by Emma Thompson because it was her voice I heard while I was reading this. I’m currently reading Changeless, the second book in the series.

I started reading Wicked, but I could not, for the life of me, get into it. The premise was interesting and all of my goodreads friends gave it 4 or 5 stars, so I was initially excited to start it, but I found it cumbersome and boring, frankly. I did find out that I was not alone in that assessment, and a lot of my friends (the ones who happen to not be on goodreads, natch) hated it as much as I did.

Anyway, that’s it for this round of One Line Book Reviews. This blog has been more book blog than what it’s supposed to be (a blog about things that are fabulous) so my next post is going to be about one of my favourite things: lipstick!

One Line Book Reviews: January 2014

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So, this post is a bit late, but I have a good excuse! The tl;dr version is my cousin got married and it took up all my time and that’s why I haven’t posted in longer than I care to admit. But, without further ado, here are my book reviews for January 2014.

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town – Holly Black
A refreshing and unique vampire story that’s free of sparkle brooding.

The Divergent Series – Veronica Roth
Hunger Games 2: Faction Boogaloo. The surprise/controversial ending was just kinda meh for me, but I like the series over all.

The Fire & Thorn Series – Rae Carson
Oh, this is good! Probably due to my undying love for The Paper Bag Princess, I will always love stories where the heroine is the one to save the day.

Carrie – Stephen King
This was a long over-due reread for me and I liked it just as much as I did the last time I read it in grade 9.

Life After Love – Kate Atkinson
Heartbreaking, frustrating, really quietly beautiful.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
I finished this two weeks ago and I’m still sad that it’s over.