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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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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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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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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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