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review 2018-08-05 14:57
All the fucking stars
The Ordinary Princess - M.M. Kaye

The story was endlessly amusing, the stabs at fairy tales conventions were perfect, the romance was cute and lovely, and the illustrations were gorgeous.

 

I only took this long to read it because I did not want it to end, and I sooo want a hard-copy, even though it doesn't seem like there exist a Spanish edition. I'd be willing to translate it for free to make it available, that's how much I loved it.

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review 2018-08-04 09:08
Cute and within kids' reach
The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau

There is nothing exactly new here, just par with the genre, but I quite liked it for being a lot less bloodthirsty than usual.

 

It was cute, and hopeful. There is much about life finding a way (the pea and the worm where beautiful, illustrative allegories), about greed, and how having and hoarding, and the pleasure of it harms, about the contrast between enjoying life and being serious about things, and how both are important, and how two people claiming each of these seemingly opposite characteristics can be true friends and team up successfully, about curiosity, and dreaming and trying to find new answers to old problems.

 

What I liked the most I think, was the positive influence of most adults present. Hell, even the antagonists give Lina a self-awareness eureka moment or two, but beyond that, most adults are caring, have good advice, are trying. It's very refreshing in a children book, where adults must be either absent, unfit or uncaring for the kids to have adventures.

 

I really liked it, will recommend it to mom's library's kids, and will try to get to the rest of the saga at some point.

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review 2018-07-30 03:33
A year through the eyes of a long ago girl
Little House in the Big Woods - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Two things about this cute classic:

 

It makes you incredibly hungry almost every chapter. Which is fitting for a people struggling daily to get, prepare and store enough of it according to the season.

 

Building from the point above, beyond the morality bits, it is quite the how-to manual on survival without tech. If the apocalypse comes, THIS ONE is the book you want.

 

No, wait, three: The illustrations are lovely.

 

https://78.media.tumblr.com/9e24c37c336186c05e5886534ffdd5cd/tumblr_pcnqahkAJT1tx162yo3_500.jpg

 

 

They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

 

 

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review 2018-07-24 21:25
The Reader- Review
The Reader - Traci Chee

So many aspects of this book were fantastic! The world-building was beautifully done. Everything was easily visualized and the different islands felt distinct without being over-simplified. The characterization was masterfully developed. Each character felt real and all could have been real people. The main plot was also amazing, but I found many of the side-plot things very confusing. I enjoyed the Captain Reed stories, but sometimes it got confusing as to when they were older stories and when they were affecting the main plot. I was also very confused about the two apprentices because there was no reference point (until what feels like a throw-away line at the very end that I completely missed until I started to write this review) telling you when their stories are happening in relation to the main plot. But, ultimately, this was a wonderful book and a great adventure to keep my mind occupied on a couple of flights.

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review 2018-07-21 20:38
Cute fable style book
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

I would fail at the lesson this book is trying to impart, but it was a charming story.

 

I think the part I loved most was the way it was written, with the heat descriptions, and the little asides that made the setting.

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