Horror

Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Me before reading this book: There was a musical version of The Scarlet Pimpernel? (Although, why wouldn’t there be?)

Me after reading the book: Where have this musical (and this book) been my whole life?

Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. Like Evil Librarian, the first book of this trilogy, I did not think that Revenge of the Evil Librarian was the sort of book I’d like. I was looking forward to reading it, because Evil Librarian proved me wrong, but I was still a bit apprehensive, because it may not live up to the first book. I have to admit that there are bits that disappointed me just a little, but they’re balanced out by the bits that made this book so much better. Continue reading “Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen”

Horror

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

“Musical theater can save you, even if only for two or three hours at a time.” – Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

This book is perfection. It’s strange, because I had originally dismissed it as “not my cup of tea.” After all, it’s horror of the demon-hunting variety, and it’s campy, and it’s compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer which I LOVE but do not necessarily want to read. I agreed to read it for work, and I am so very glad I did. Why did I think that I wouldn’t want to read Buffy-esque book? I don’t even know now, after reading this. Continue reading “Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen”

Contemporary

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

“When you think of yourself as so different, you become so different. All you’ll be able to think about are the ways that you’re an outcast.” – Everything Must Go, Jenny Fran Davis

I started this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, other than the fact that it’s YA, it’s contemporary/mimetic fiction, and that I love the cover. One of the things I didn’t know was that it’s an epistolary novel. The whole story is told in a series of letters, emails, blogs and journal entries.

Another thing I didn’t know was this story is about Flora Goldwasser, a rich kid who loves vintage clothes, who falls in love with up-and-coming artist Elijah Huck. Elijah told Flora about Quare Academy, a Quaker school where he would be teaching, causing her to change schools to be closer to him.

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Romance · Science Fiction

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

I was very eager to start on The Last Beginning, which is a companion novel to, rather than a sequel of The Next Together. While the first book was a reincarnation/romance SF story, this one focuses on time travel, which I am more into. The main character is Clove Sutcliffe, someone from a future where The Next Together‘s “present-time” Katherine and Matthew had long ago vanished without a trace.

A relation of theirs, Clove was determined to find Katherine and Matthew, especially when she discovered that they had been reincarnated at key moments in history. As her scientist parents’ experiments in building a working time machine was pending for approval for human trials, Clove decided to sneak away to become the first time traveler, and find out what really happened to Katherine and Matthew. Continue reading “The Last Beginning by Lauren James”

Romance · Science Fiction

The Next Together by Lauren James

“I don’t think there are any true heroes. Just people who ignore their survival instincts long enough to do something incredibly foolhardy.” – The Next Together, Lauren James

This is a book that my friend Rainbow, who happens to be one of the sales reps I work with, asked me to read. I read the synopsis and didn’t feel like reading more – I did have a phase in which I enjoyed stories about reincarnation, but I just wasn’t sold on the whole “reincarnating lovers who are meant to be together in every lifetime” thing. The words on the cover put me off – “how many times can you lose the one you love?” and “a powerful and epic debut about the timelessness of first love.” I wrote this off as a romance and didn’t think much about it until I finally picked it up to read. Oh, how wrong I was.

It was powerful, all right. And epic. And very romantic. But it’s not really about that, or just that.  Continue reading “The Next Together by Lauren James”

Contemporary · Fantasy

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

 

I don’t know how to write about this, or any of the previous Adam Silvera books. I just realised this as I have gotten over my reading slump but still can’t start on writing this post, and when I went to check what I wrote about his previous books… it turned out that I skipped them.

When More Happy Than Not was released, it was on my must-read list because it was queer YA speculative fiction, which is still SO VERY RARE. I never saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, nor will I ever see it (I don’t think I can take something that depressing), especially after reading More Happy Than Not. It was good, really good, but also made me cry buckets – at one point I had to put the book away for a day or so, because it triggered a panic attack. Then I read History Is All You Left Me, which is almost better, and even more depressing, especially in the wake of my sister’s death. And now, a book with a pretty cute cover saying They Both Die at the End. Continue reading “They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

Contemporary

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

“The bookstore is a building, but it’s not only the building. It is the books inside. People are not only their bodies. And if there is no hope of saving the things we love in their original form, we must save them however we can.” – Words In Deep Blue, Cath Crowley

Truth: I wanted to read this book because it was blue, it had books on the cover, and the characters work in a bookshop. All those times getting inquiries from customers looking for some mysterious blue book had that effect on me.

On the surface, this book sounded like a decent YA romance: Rachel have had a crush on Henry Jones for a long time. Before moving away, she left him a love letter, and waited, but he never came. Years later, Rachel returned to work at the bookshop owned by Henry’s family, even though she would rather not see him again. And that’s where it becomes more than a contemporary romance – rather than chasing after a lost love, Rachel was looking for a distraction. Her brother had died, and she kind of withdrew from everything and everyone.

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