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Monday, September 18, 2017

American War by Omar El Akkad review


I feel like I've been on a 4 star kick lately, but that's because I've had amazing luck of the draw and found fabulous books that I wouldn't even have thought to read based only on their summaries. This is not as I first suspected it would be (a post-apocalyptic type world at war, although the war does play a huge role); it's moreso a story about one family, even moreso one girl who changes this world forever and gives us an insight as to the why through her eyes.

I'm not usually a fan of war books, but Sarat's story touched me. All she wants is to protect her family, sometimes making terrible choices in the process, but then that's just the way of life. Sometimes you want to protect something so much you end up hurting it/them in the process, and this helped me relate to her on a deep personal level and I think a lot of other people will too.

It's not a beach read by any means, there is a lot of depth to this story and you can sometimes get so caught up in this depressing world that you'll need to come back to reality for a while before you dive back in, but that is a great testament to the author's world building. From what I've seen this is a debut novel from him, so if his first is this captivating I can't wait to see where he goes from here. Highly recommend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon review


Okay, so this would have definitely been 5 stars if some things that happened weren't a little too "romance comedy movie", but it was still a VERY enjoyable book with a super sweet ending.  I haven't read a book that fast in a long time, so if I absolutely DEVOUR one like that I know it has to be pretty captivating.  If you are a fan of books like "The Fault in our Stars", "The Probability of Miracles", and anything teen romance I know you would definitely love this.  Heck, I loved it and I'm a 32 year old woman so maybe it's good for adults too!

4 out of 5 stars