When My Heart Joins The Thousand by A. J. Steiger (Spoiler Free)

When My Heart Joins The Thousand by A. J. Steiger

Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
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RATING: 5 Stars

 

THOUGHTS:

This is one of those books that upon finishing it, I hugged it tightly to my chest. And I know that it is undoubtably one of the best books of 2018 and I wish more people were talking about it! The author had me fall in love with her characters, care greatly for their journey and put me through every emotion possible. It was both movingly beautiful and painfully heartbreaking. If you read When My Heart Joins The Thousand, and let me be clear I recommend it to everyone, you will know what I mean.

The main character, Alvie is a foster child who lives independently while pursuing emancipation. Her fear is that she will be placed in a group home if the judge decides her Aspergers means she is incapable of being a functioning member of society. I can’t speak for the rep in this book, and there’s a lot, (mental health, abuse, disability, autism) but I think it was done well and handled respectfully. Like I said, this book makes you feel the whole rainbow of emotions. I felt love and admiration for Alvie because she never gives up despite all she’s been through. I was angry for her, at the broken system that failed her and must fail people in real life. I was disgusted actually, that society expected her to “get better” and be “normal”. But I also felt a lot of happy, especially every time Alvie did something outside her comfort zone, she is a truly inspiring character.

People with Aspergers tend to be blunt and so was the writing, in a way I think more YA should be. Teens don’t only need flowery stories of happy ever after, they need real stories that reflect the lives they live every day. Alvie doesn’t always understand sarcasm or societies way of constantly putting on a show. For example, when she has to attend court she can’t understand why a suit, instead of jeans and a t-shirt, helps prove her ability to be independent. And she’s right. I could relate to that. The characters are also very frank and honest about sex – this is so important for YA! Communication was clear, consent was there. Thank you, A J Steiger, for writing about two teens who handled sex in a very healthy way. This is what I would want my teenager to read.

Let it be known, the writing and pacing and all that important jazz were good. But I won’t talk about that in detail because more importantly, this book moved me. It is rare that a book makes me feel all the feels I did with this one AND I still think about it almost daily. I can’t tell you the last time a book impacted me like this.

I gave this book all the stars.

Go read it.

Thank you for reading my review of When My Heart Joins The Thousand by A. J. Steiger, and also to Harper Collins for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (Spoiler Free)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:  Tor Teen
Source: eARC

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RATING: 5 Stars

 

THOUGHTS:

Sightwitch is a companion novella set two years before Truthwitch. It follows Ryber as she unravels the mystery that left her the last remaining Sightwitch. On her journey, she meets Kullen and together they discover more about their pasts than they could ever have imagined.

The story is told with Rybers journal entries, sketches, snippets of song, notes, and excerpts from texts. I was concerned that this method of storytelling would be disconnecting, but the past/present, patchwork of sources, only lends to the atmosphere of mystery. The whole time I was reading I knew I was being given new pieces to the puzzle that I had yet to see how to fit together.

With only 233 pages the pacing never lags and once the action starts it doesn’t stop. It left me all nervous and excited and “ah ha!” for Bloodwitch – I can’t wait!

What I liked:

I loved getting to know more about Ryber, Sightwitchs and Kullens backstory. Susan reveals a little bit more of the Witchlands with each new book and I just can’t get enough. You can tell that she knows this world and the people in it well beyond what she reveals on the pages.

The Witchlands series gives me the same feelings I had when I read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson for the first time. They both have worlds that blow me away and become richer with every page. The characters are flawed, complex, and the kind you can’t help growing attached to. But best of all is the puzzle you constantly feel right on the edge of solving and the twists that you never see coming. I am so excited to be reading books that give me the same feelings I had when reading one of my all-time favorite series.

 

What I Disliked:

That I have to wait till 2019 for more!

Thank you for reading my review of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard, and also to the publisher for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

TTT: I Ship These OTPs

I Ship These OTPs

These are all the OTPs I have discovered in the last 12 months!
Happy Valentines ❤

  1. Iseult and Aeduan from Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  2. Attia and Xanthus from Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyck
  3. Claude and Gideon from Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  4. Alucard and Rhy from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  5. Max and Jillian from Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
  6. Shahrzad and Khlaid from The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  7. Anise and Lincoln from Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
  8. Maguire and Jordy from Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
  9. Dimple and Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  10. Alvie and Stanley from When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger
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January Wrap-Up

 

January Wrap-Up

My reading year is off to a great start! I’m on track to hit 100 books this year and I read some really good ones this month. Make sure to click on the highlighted titles to read a full review.


Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (ARC) ★★★★★ 
If you enjoy reality TV, hijinks and snarky main characters this one’s for you. It had me in stitches and I related to Jane’s struggled with depression more than any character I’ve ever ‘met’. 

Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyck (ARC) – ★★★★
This Spartacus retelling was action packed and Attia is a total warrior badass. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

Giant Days Vol 2 by John Allison (Library) – ★★★
This was a little mediocre compared to the first volume but I still enjoyed all the shenanigans. There was an artist change halfway through and that probably contributed to the low rating.

Giant Days Vol 3 by John Allison (Library) –  ★★★★
I really enjoyed Esther’s story but I was completely bored by Susan’s. I would love more focus on Daisy so I’m hoping for that in Volume 4.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Audiobook) – ★★★★
I read this so long ago but it was one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. It was a book beyond my reading level at the time but I wouldn’t give up. So, I was curious to see how I would feel re-reading it, and I’m happy to say it still holds a special place in my heart.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Audiobook) – ★★★★★
A really powerful story that I suggest listening to as an audiobook because Randy Pausch reads it himself. It’s full of fascinating stories and valuable lessons I want to apply to my life. 

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger (ARC) – ★★★★★
If you read any book because of my recommendation please let it be this one. It’s an incredibly eye-opening story about a girl with Aspergers but it isn’t focused on her disorder. Instead, it follows her work at a local zoo, an unexpected friendship with a boy at the park and her trial for emancipation. This book broke me and woke me up. I cried and laughed and it was just so perfect. Read it. Go now. 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Own) – ★★★.5
Every one of the beautifully illustrated stories contains Bardugos mystery and magic. My favorite was ‘Ayama And The Thorn Wood’ which felt like a mash-up retelling of Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. I did feel that a couple of the stories could have ended stronger, but I have always been hard on short stories. 

 

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce 

I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this! The first book I read by Tamora Pierce was Alanna and I must have been about 12 years old. Since then I have read everything she’s written in the world of Tortall and I have waited so long for Numair’s story!

 


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TTT: Books Collecting Dust On My TBR

Books Collecting Dust On My TBR

These are all the books that have been sitting on my shelf the longest. Which is silly because some of them I was incredibly excited to read! If you’ve read any of these, I would love to know your thoughts.

What are some of your goals this year?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.