Sadie by Courtney Summers – (Spoiler Free) Review

Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date
: September 4th
Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 311
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books

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THOUGHTS:

As readers, we’re always looking for that book we just can’t put down. Even though it was dark and haunting I found it hard to stop turning the pages of Sadie. The world building was so thorough; Summers described locations like she had a feel for the heartbeat of each one. And due to the incredible dual timeline storytelling, I quickly became invested in the mystery. Each character pieced the story together at a different pace and order and it added a whole new intriguing element.

Honestly, there wasn’t much I didn’t like. The ending was a little more ambiguous than I prefer but in this case, I understand why the author chose it.

If you enjoy emotional rollercoasters that don’t hold punches this is the book for you. Sadie certainly had a big emotional impact on me. I have never read a book that evoked such an intense and diverse range of feelings. – Curious. Angry. Afraid. Disgusted. Short of breath. Heart pounding. Horrified. – I think it’s a testament to Summers writing, and I will definitely be picking up more of her books.

This review is from the perspective of someone who doesn’t read thrillers or mysteries. Has Sadie changed my mind? To be honest it took me a while to recover from this book but ultimately the answer is yes.

*Trigger warning – this is a book for mature YA audiences only*

Thank you for reading my review of Sadie by Courtney Summers, and also to Raincoast Books 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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TTT: Books By My Favorite Authors

Books By My Favorite Authors I HAVENT Read Yet

There are really no excuses for the following list. I love the author, I love the series, I love the concept… so why haven’t I read it yet? No one knows. I’m not the only one like this though, I know that for a fact!

Authors Listed Above:

Jay Kristoff, Emma Mills, Sabaa Tahir, Tamora PierceGarth Nix
Emily Skrutskie, Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Jenny Lawson
& N. K. Jemisin

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

 

Black Wings Beating by Alex London – (Spoiler Free) Review

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

 

Rating: 3 Stars
Publication Date
: September 25th 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 432
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books

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THOUGHTS:

I gave Black Wings Beating, three stars and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy unique magic systems. I have never read anything that focused on avian familiars and spoken magic quite like this. The highlights for me were the atmosphere and plot but the problems for me were greater, being the world-building, characters and intrigue.

The atmosphere in Black Wings Beating felt dark and heavy and was greatly enhanced by the writers choice of words. Every scene and description built on the atmosphere so that I could imagine the mental and emotional experience each character had. The atmosphere is really important to me because it’s the element that transports me into the story and makes me want to stay there aka. keep me reading past my bedtime.

The plot was another positive in my opinion, It kept a steady pace and had a natural rise, climax, and resolution. This is a series, however, so the ending was left open for the sequel, this isn’t a book that could stand alone.

The pitfalls and the reason why it lost two stars were:

  • World building: while it was unique and interesting there wasn’t enough history or explanation for it to feel grounded
  • Intrigue: the journey the characters went on was supposed to be pretty epic, no one has come back alive after all. That being said I expected a lot more suspense but rarely did I have a hard time putting the book down. A story with so much risk should really have had my heart pounding.
  • Characters: perhaps the weakest point for me. I need some connection with my characters, I need to like them, relate to them or want to root for them. Some kind of emotional connection. I didn’t experience that at all, I think the character I enjoyed the most was Jowyn and he was only present in the second half. There were also short chapters from other random people involved, some who died right away, and they didn’t add to the story. In fact, I found them to be confusing and I think the story would have been intact without them.

Black Wings Beating is Alex Londons second young adult novel and the first of his work that I have read. If I was to continue with the series I would read some reviews after its release to determine if I would enjoy it more than the first.

Thank you for reading my review of Black Wings Beating by Alex London, and also to Raincoast Books for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

Goodnight Anne by Kallie George – Review

Goodnight Anne by Kallie George

 

Rating: 3 Stars
Publication Date
: September 25th 2018
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: ARC from Netgalley

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THOUGHTS: 

I read Anne for the first time a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with her. When I saw that there was going to be a children’s picture book based on it I knew I wanted to review it for you all. (I know a lot of you are Anne fans too)

The illustrations are beautiful, calming and serene which is perfect for bedtime and somehow they feel like something Anne herself would draw. Inside rather than a story there are passages from the original paired with each illustration. I was really hoping for a proper story so this left me a little disappointed. I felt that the passages made it less accessible for children because they would have to have read the novel in order to fully appreciate them.

My son didn’t enjoy this as much as I did, he enjoys sillier stories with bolder graphics. However, I think any lover of Green Gables, young or old, would adore this addition to their book shelves.

Thank you for reading my review of Goodnight Anne by Kallie George, and also to Netgalley for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow – Review

Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publication Date
: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Source: ARC from Netgalley

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Summary: The story is about a boy named Duncan who loves everything about going to sleep, except the sleeping part. He asks his mom for everything he can think of, including a glass of water, so that he can avoid going to sleep. One day his mom tells him to count sheep. When he tries every sheep kindly leaps over his bed as he counts them, except one. Sheep #68 needs a glass of water, a trip to the bathroom, he even suggests that sheep #69 go first. Will Duncan ever get #68 to jump over the bed so that he can go to sleep?

This is an incredibly cute and funny picture book that kids will ask you to read again and again. My son laughed at the silly sheep and I loved the illustration details. I highly recommend this to all children who enjoy bedtime stories because it is a tale that children and parents alike can relate to and enjoy.

I’m not a huge fan of the cover, which is an important feature when you’re trying to attract very young readers, but what was inside was golden.

Thank you for reading my review of Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow, and also to Netgalley for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.