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review 2019-06-25 03:40
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
The Girl in Red - Christina Henry

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book a lot! I really had no idea that this book would be a post-apocalyptic story but I couldn't have been happier about that fact once I started reading. I see now that little fact would have been obvious if I had read the book's summary before diving in but I like to go into books as blinding as I can so I can be surprised. It worked well in this case. Once I started reading, I was completely taken with Red as she fought to survive in a terrifying world. I really had a fantastic time with this book!

There is a virus, known as the Cough, that is wiping out much of the population. Red's family is safe but they don't know how much longer things will stay that way. They decide that the best course of action is to travel by foot to Grandma's house since she is pretty isolated. Red is prepared and ready for the challenge. Her parents and brother are not nearly as eager to start the journey.

Red is an amazing character. She lost her leg in an accident when she was younger and now uses a prosthetic leg. Others often see her as disabled or crippled but Red knows she is very capable. She is also very aware of how things are different for her. I really liked the way that we got a glimpse into what life would be like with a prosthesis. The way that maintaining balance, dealing with difficult terrain, and fatigue were worked into the story was expertly handled. I also really liked the fact that Red is biracial. Racism does play a part in this story and I hated what Red and her family had to deal with.

I really thought that this book was exciting. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, things would happen that made me doubt everything. This book did such a great job of keeping me guessing. I think that the way that the story was laid out worked well. We see things from Red's perspective at the beginning of the crisis and also much later on. I thought that by alternating these two points in time they both seemed just a bit more powerful. 

I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a thrilling story with an incredibly tough and intelligent heroine. There were lots of twists and turns that kept the pages turning through Red's tragedies and triumphs. I can't wait to read more from Christina Henry!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.

Initial Thoughts
This was really pretty awesome! I really had no idea what this story would be about but I did not expect an apocalyptic story but I was excited once I realized that was what it was. I loved Red. She was such a determined and capable character. I thought it was great the way that she had a plan for everything. There were a lot of surprises in this book and I really just had a great time with it.

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review 2019-06-19 00:42
Review: Wrong Kind of Girl by Francine Pascal, Kate William
Wrong Kind of Girl (Sweet Valley High #10) - Francine Pascal

Title: Wrong Kind of Girl
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High, 10
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: She’s the wrong kind of girl…

Jessica Wakefield knows that “Easy Annie” is bad for the Sweet Valley High cheering squad. Annie Whitman may have the looks, talent, and spirit to be a cheerleader, but she also has the worst reputation in school. She goes out with a different boy every night, and Jessica isn’t about to sully her squad’s image by letting Annie on the team.

But Elizabeth, Jessica’s twin, knows that there is more to Annie than just her reputation. But can she change her sister’s mind before Jessica shatters Annie’s dreams?


Favourite character: Ricky
Least favourite character: Jessica


Mini-review: And yet again Jessica Wakefield proves what a terrible human being (fictional character) she is. I felt so bad for both Annie and Helen in their own ways throughout this book.

I wish, though, that Elizabeth would stop defending Jessica. She's a complete doormat when it concerns her twin. It's annoying.


Fan Cast:

Elizabeth Wakefield/Jessica Wakefield - Lili Reinhart

Annie Whitman - Bailee Madison

Ricky Capaldo - Tony Revolori

Cara Walker - Sofia Carson

Helen Bradley - Reign Edwards

Robin Wilson - Ariel Winter

Jean West - Ana Golja

Maria Santelli - Francesca Reale

Sandra Bacon - McKaley Miller

Mr. Collins - Armie Hammer

Todd Wilkins - Blake Michael

Enid Rollins - Joey King

Mona Whitman - Abigail Spencer

Bruce Patman - Gregg Sulkin

Steven Wakefield - Timothée Chalamet

Alice Wakefield - Laura Dern

Ned Wakefield - Patrick Warburton

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text 2019-06-16 16:29
Fat Angie By e.E. Charlton-Trujillo $1.99!!
Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution - E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Her sister was captured in Iraq, she’s the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?


Angie is broken — by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of “crazy mad cow!”) away. Having failed to kill herself — in front of a gym full of kids — she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn’t always match what’s inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.

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review 2019-06-08 08:34
Glimmerglass Girl: Spread Those Broken Wings
Glimmerglass Girl - Holly Walrath

I got to be honest. In the past, I have read poetry and love reading it but i have never reviewed a piece or a poetry book, for that matter. This is actually my first time reviewing poetry with this book so here goes.


Glimmerglass Girl is a short collection of poems that talks about experiences of Holly Lyn Walrath through beautiful and exquisite poetry. It tackles topics such as life, love, marriage, abuse, self-harm, the body, death, and alcoholism, which people, and not just females, can relate to.


There were a few poems I liked and these poems include: In Rejoice of Kindred Grief; She Learns How to Disappear, Morning Song; Two Hundred Fifty-Seven; The Art of Loneliness; and White Matter. The book had a couple of art which I appreciated.


Although some poems seemed cryptic and confusing, they also held a pang of wonder and mystery to me which I liked. The author’s excellent use of representation and metaphors was what got me. In my opinion, using metaphors is good, especially in poetry. I just love it when writers use them because they make words (or poems, for this instance) seem more special. This book had a decent amount of metaphors inside it so that's great.


Truth be told, I just read Glimmerglass Girl because I wanted a short and quick read and that's what I got. In the end, I wanted to read more, to get more. The book is something that made me feel more half-full than half-empty. Nevertheless, i enjoyed it as a whole and am happy with the decision that I read it because I seriously missed reading poetry and this exactly did the trick.


Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy and to Holly Lyn Walrath for writing such powerful words and inspiring me as a person and young lady.

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