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March 2016 Wrap Up

Happy Sunday all! I’m finally here with my March wrap up. At this rate, my April wrap up will be up in June or something. Time moves so fast; I get to the end of the month and then I realize I haven’t done a wrap up yet..But anyways, here are all the books I read in March.

So the first thing I read this month was..

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4/5

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Mini review here along with other nonfiction books

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson-I think it’s actually forbidden to give a Brandon Sanderson book anything less than a 3 stars. It’s like a rule of the BS Fight Club..if he had

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2/5

one. But this book was soooo weak. David’s humor that was endearing before just turned too campy and awkward in this one. I did not give one shit about the secondary characters who are all just caricatures and not in an I-can-excuse-it type way either. It tries way too hard to subvert espionage comedy tropes and ends up succumbing to this tropes. And lastly, why does everything in a Brandon Sanderson book have to have an otherworldly explanation, like some fiery ball in the sky created the world?? The ending was so bad; it’s like Sanderson wanted to add an interesting plot twist but it ends up falling flat because it was out of no where and actually pulls back the whole message of the series. Ugh. So disappointed.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl-On the other end of the

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3.75/5

spectrum, I really liked Night Film. I’m not a murder mystery fan at all but this one was an exception. This book is known for its pictures of articles, blog entries and case files interspersed throughout which I think is brilliant considering this is a murder mystery. Pessl does an amazing job of building up the mystery surrounding the victim, Ashley Cordova and her mysterious, reclusive father, and she kept the dark and eerie atmosphere all the way throughout the book. Full review coming soon

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Excerpt from Night Film

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler-I want Anne Tyler to write my family saga because

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3.5/5

she is so talented at writing family dynamics and interactions. With only one subtle conversation (a page and a half) between the husband (Red) and wife (Abby), I could already tell about their relationship to one another, their beliefs and values, their quirks and irritations all the while reminding me of my aunt, my mom, my dad, and my uncle all wrapped into one humorous conversation. How do you that???! She follows 3 generations of the Whitshanks including Red’s parents, Red and Abby’s teenage years and the present where their children must deal with their parents growing old and things like that. And unlike a lot of literary family sagas I’ve read, this one was so humorous and charming and not very dense.  I feel like she could have explored more with this family but whatever..

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury- I may read a variety of

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4/5

books but YA fantasy with a touch of romance will always have a special place in my heart although  I admit there’s been kind of a drought with YA fantasy I want to read lately. I’ll leave my Goodreads rant about this book:

Here’s the deal:

I’m not gonna lie; this book was predictable af. In terms of the romance and plot at least and I honestly think this book is first and foremost, a romance.

Characters: Our heroine, Zahra, is omigosh, a blushing heroine and of course, of course, our hero has been with all the girls before he met our heroine and of course, she is the only one for him.

It’s one of those books where the main characters are infiltrating a castle and there’s angst, angst, angst, oh wait I got this one little piece of information that’s important to the plot, angst, oh, um let’s have the main bad guy almost sexually assault the heroine and then have the hero swoop in and save her (cause you know, you HAVE to have that scene), angst, angst, another piece of information!, angst, a dance scene!, angst, Oh wait, there’s not enough pages left, let’s solve the problem in the most convenient manner possible, confessions of undying love, climax, happily ever after, end of book.

This book is marketed as a forbidden romance but to be honest, I don’t really see the forbidden part of it? Like the only reason I can think of is that it’s because Zahra is a jinn and Aladdin is a human..I never, once, thought that was ever an issue because it’s kind of obvious Zahra is not going to be a jinn by the end of the book so she can be with Aladdin and that kind of makes all their angst kind of irrelevant.
But, I mean, whatever, this book was so engaging and fun and the worldbuilding was really impressive for a standalone fantasy. The writing is very lush and magical. Hence, the four stars. Such a captivating read.

Graphic Novels

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3/5

Fables Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham– I read this volume after playing the game inspired from it. I enjoyed both and I have a full review of both here. It’s for those who want a little grit and less magic to their fairy tale retellings.

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4/5

Captain Marvel Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick– Omigosh Girl Crush Alert. Captain Marvel is one awesome, funny superhero with a cat and her story in this volume was so epic and more space opera-y than I expected which is a bonus. I love the artwork as well. It just keeps you on your toes with its depiction of movement and fast action.

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3/5

Gotham Academy Vol. 1 by  Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher-Gotham Academy is shooo cute..It’s about a bunch of kids who attend Gotham Academy and it’s very Harry Potteresque what with the magic school and the episodic plot. The plot is kind of random most of the time and the it’s confusing for half of it because the author withholds way too much information about Olive’s past (or maybe I wasn’t paying attention?). The artwork for the characters is very reminiscient of manga art so if you like that type of art, this one’s for you.

Short Story

Midnight Hour by Mary Robinette Kowal- A king is only lucid at night and insane for the rest of the time. And his wife, the queen, is nameless. There is also a curse. How are these connected? Read the story here to find out. Solid writing and a very interesting premise.

Let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of these books or if you have any of these on your TBR! =) Also, I’m really in a suspense thriller mood so if you’ve read any good ones, I would love any suggestions! ALSO, should I read Lady Midnight??? I think I’m kind of over Cassandra Clare’s books but I mean I have read all her books?? I was kinda meh about the first Shadowhunter series. But I enjoyed The Infernal Devices (although they’re not really favorites of mine) especially Clockwork Prince.

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11 thoughts on “March 2016 Wrap Up

  1. Haha, Carolyn you so sassy when it comes to rehashed tropes and weak writing. I get it. I’m loving the idea of a female Captain Marvel, loving it, and the artwork is so pleasing. I don’t read many graphic novels/comic books, but I might just have to pick this one up.

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      1. Okay, so I ran right out and got Marvel Now’s Captain Marvel #1. It was a blast to read, and you weren’t kidding about girl crush. The writing and characterizations were surprisingly good. and the artwork was perfect. I saw a couple of other female Captain Marvel editions, but the artwork was different and didn’t appeal to me as much. Anyway, thanks for another great recommendation. Do you have other graphic novels you’d recommend?

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      2. I’m so glad you liked it!! =) Yeah I think this was a reboot of the ’80’s Captain Marvel and I didn’t really like the artwork for that so..
        And I actually wrote a blog post a while ago about graphic novel recommendations
        https://ahundredthousandstories.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/recommendations-graphic-novels/
        I haven’t read too many that’s stuck with me since this post but these are def my favorites. I hope you find something else you like 🙂

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  2. So everyone has been loving The Forbidden Wish so far and after the huge letdown with A Whole New World I’m pretty hesistant with reading anything Aladdin related. But I may read it someday! And great reading month, Carolyn! I read a lot of books in March as well, surprisingly. But, my gosh, I don’t know about White Cat… I’m either not really in the mood for it… or something because I’m still like on page 100-something. XD

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    1. Lol I only read the sample of A Whole New World and it was real bad but I promise The Forbidden Wish is leagues better! Trust me!
      Yeah, I think I’ve finally got my reading groove back on again hehe
      And I KNOW. I haven’t picked it back up since I last goodreads messaged you :/ I don’t think I’m in the mood either or it’s not gripping me..

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  3. For rating the Forbidden Wish a four, it seems like you didn’t seem to like it based on your short review. Do you think it’s worth reading?
    As for Calamity, that’s so disappointing that you didn’t like it cause now I’m not going to read it because of your 2 star rating. I didn’t really like Steelheart but for Sanderson to pick it up with Firefight, I was really excited on where the story was going and I even had a tiny tiny glimpse on why everyone liked Brandon Sanderson but CALAMITY, why you ruin?
    Have fun reading more Captain Marvel. Help me pls. o;
    Btw was the library Night Film copy the same cover as the one you posted in your post? It seems different?
    Nice reviews.

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    1. I liked it in spite of it because it was executed in a fun way.
      Yeah..I’m really disappointed too but I feel like Steelheart is his weakest series. I even liked The Rithmatist way better! Maybe Sanderson just has to work on writing YA lol..
      And I think it is..
      Thanks! 🙂

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  4. Night Film, I think, was the first murder-mystery book I’ve ever read. It ended up being a favorite and got me very into the genre ever since. I really enjoyed the format of it, the way they threw in pages of the website and police files, etc. I was so interested in it that I read it in one day. I think I’m gonna check out Gotham Academy! It sounds great, and I’m just finishing the Harry Potter series, more than half way through the last book which I don’t want to leave that world so it’d be nice to read something that reminds me of it. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I’m so much more interested in murder mysteries. I think I like them if there’s something different about them than the standard criminal-minds, svu type format. Let Mr know if you enjoy GA! And I seriously need to reread HP, I watched the fantastic beasts trailer the other day and it brought so many HP vibes and memories for me :’) I’m so excited for it, I think the trailer was especially good even if I wasn’t HP biased lol

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