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review 2019-10-13 03:03
Lovely War
Lovely War - Julie Berry

I love Julie Berry. She's quietly breaking boundaries in young-adult literature, and doing it with hard work and beautiful prose, and good on her for that.


This one is exceptionally researched, as always. The framing device--having the stories of these four human characters told through the eyes of the Greek gods who are watching and influencing their lives--is a brave one. However, it asks us to be invested in the gods' story, too (Hephaestus's jealousy over Aphrodite's affair with his brother, Ares, god of war), and...I wasn't, terribly...invested, I mean. I was amused, though, and that's probably enough.  


Another trouble I had with the novel was a slight lack of depth of all the characters. They all had definite personalities, and we know what we're meant to feel about them, but they remain a bit distant and perfect. Aubrey felt the most rich to me, despite having less page time than others. The gods were a bit inscrutable--which maybe gods should be.  


Just keep at it, Julie. You're doing wonderful things.

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People say depression lies . Anxiety is stupid . Its unable to tell the difference between things that are actually scary .
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review 2019-10-12 02:16
A must-read
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

This book is so good and so painful and so inspiring. I definitely cried at least twice reading it. An important perspective and an important book.



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text 2019-10-11 20:46
Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 456 pages.
Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson


I'm in a bit of a reading slump, but I started this one yesterday.  I'm not enjoying it quite as much as her first book, but it's still pretty good.


I'm especially fond of the library full of cranky grimoires that must be chained down or caged.  



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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-10-11 05:00
Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 432 pages.
Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson

Who is David?

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