[Book Review] The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Format: Hardback, 355 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 30, 2018

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Originally I had given The Hazel Wood 5 stars, but after thinking about it for a few days I have to downgrade it to a 3.5.

It’s a super quick read, but I will tell you there are a few bits that were a slog to get through. The Hazel Wood is Melissa Albert’s début novel and is being billed as book 1 of a series. If this is the case her first foray is quite good.

What Popped: There were lots of plot twists, which kept me on my toes. Continue reading

[Book Review] Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Format: Hardcover, 342 pages
ISBN-13: 9781-101-90422-0
Publisher: Crown
Release Date: July 26th, 2016

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Disclaimer: I checked Dark Matter by Blake Crouch out from my local library because it was a regional title the bookstore I work at was promoting. This review reflects my unbiased opinion and as a result I am not able to promise a wholly positive review. My apologies in advance.

I decided to do something different with this review. Because I have so many thoughts about Dark Matter running around in my head. I decided to rein them in by answering a few of the Reader’s Guide questions. You can find all of them HERE. Continue reading

[Book Review] Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Title: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie
Format: Paperback, 184 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-72220-9
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: First published 2000

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie has been on my TBR list for about a year and I was fortunate to find a copy at my local library’s used book sale.

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[ARC Review] Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Title: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
Author: Booki Vivat
Format: Paperback, 219 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062398796
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 2016

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Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review.

I actually received this last year and forgot I had it – life happened. I found it the other day and decided to read it as an interim break from William Faulkner’s A Fable. It’s a super quick read. I read it Continue reading

Book Review & The Friday 56 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s byTruman Capote

Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
Format: Paperback, 87 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0679745655
Publisher: Vintage International
Release Date: First published 1958

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This year I’m participating in several reading challenges, and this week’s Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is part of my Mount TBR Challenge. This year I’m making a conscious effort to tackle some of the books in my ever-growing TBR pile piles.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote has been on my TBR list for some time now, so it only makes sense to include it in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge I’m participating in this year.

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