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review 2014-11-11 22:16
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand

I can't really wrap my head or words around what I'd say in a review for this book. Louis Zamperini's story, as written by Laura Hillenbrand of Seabiscuit fame, is quite simply remarkable, shattering, wonderful, horrifying, tragic, terrifying, unbelievable, devastating. It shows both the best and the worst of humanity. It is, quite frankly, stunning.


Read it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-01 15:31
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough

This was quite a surprise, truly. In some ways it reminded me of the Witching Savannah books, The Line - J.D. Horn, but I liked the MC more here and the mythology around the family.


The Good:

  • Tamsin- she's a great main character, not perfect, but not too stupid to live either.
  • Girl on Girl Friendship- Agatha exists throughout the book and not just as a foil to Tam or just as bait for a bad guy.
  • Lurve- There's a little bit of romance, and the romantic interest is charming. No instalove. No stalking. No maudlin "I cannot live without yoooooou" draaaama
  • Magic- (I guess I should say Talent instead of magic.) I really enjoyed the way MacCullough constructed the magic in the story. There were rules and she followed them.


The Not as Good:

  • Big Bad- I felt like the first book barely scratched the surface of who and why. While I know there's a sequel (which I'll be getting soon) and you don't want to give everything away right at the start, I didn't feel like we had any real idea of the Big Bad's goal. I mean,
    I know sort of generally that he wants his mag-oops, sorry, Talent back, but we don't have any real idea of what happened.
    (spoiler show)
    It felt more like a set up, like the two books were split into two and this one wasn't the full story.
  • POV- This was told from Tamsin's point of view, which works for me, but it leaves the reader at a disadvantage as she doesn't know the what's of things either. Normally this is an opportunity for the reader to find out as the MC is discovering information, but the matter at hand is so encompassing (as it should be) that there's little time for Tamsin (and so the reader) to really learn about the full mythology and history. 


All in all though, as I mentioned in my update yesterday, this is a fun read that I flew through. If you're looking for something fun and witchy this is a great choice, highly recommend. Now, off to buy the sequel Always a Witch


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text 2014-07-31 14:38
Reading progress update: I've read 73%.
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough

After finishing up We Were Liars, I was looking for something fun. I mean, not that WWL wasn't fun, it kinda was, but it kinda wasn't and I can't say any more or I'll be f--

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review 2014-05-20 21:59
Late to the party...
The Giver - Lois Lowry

So, I was a little late to the party on this book, but it's one of those that's been on my TBR pile for a loooooong time. Last weekend (you know, I need to "name" my husband so I'm not writing husband, hubby, hubs, light-of-my-life, ball, chain, that guy, whoozywhatzit. I hereby dub him Steve*) Steve and I went to see Godzilla (mini review within a review-solid monster movie, very much liked that they used the original Godzilla look that I remember, story...eh, but whatever Godzilla

electric-fire barfs down the other monster's throat

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...awesome!) and one of the previews was for The Giver. Now, there was no way I was going to let a Lois Lowery book get made into a movie without me reading it first, so I promptly picked it up on Sunday night and finished it yesterday afternoon. I was familiar with the concept a little, I had an idea of what the book might be, but it still really surprised me-in a good way. It felt more like a parable rather than a novel, which I think is the point, and while that might normally bother me, or at least inspire some serious eye-rolling, it worked here. 


I'm not sold on any of the "sequels" at this point, however. I think there's something really beautiful in just letting this book stand on its own, but I'd be interested if any of y'all have opinions on whether or not I should continue with the quartet, so let me know BLers!


*not his real name

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review 2014-05-08 23:03
Beware of Goose
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

So, so, so funny.


Seriously, reading in bed, late one night, trying to control my laughter so as to not wake the husband...I think I might have sprained something.


Worth it.



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