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La Belle Sauvage

I would love this book even if it was terrible--I'm a little biased when it comes to my favorite author. Okay, a LOT biased. I seriously question my friendships with people who haven't read Pullman, or don't like what they have read. His writing is just so damn good.I thought this book was wonderful, though.… Continue reading La Belle Sauvage

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The Apprentice

I’m pretty biased, since Alex and I have known each other since the first semester of undergrad. I’ll just say that I enjoyed this story and I’m excited to read the next book. 🙂

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The Thousandth Floor

Man, that opening. What a hook. I thought it was going to be cliche. I thought I was going to have this shining example to hold up to say “Never try to hook your reader with this sort of thing…” And then I read this WHOLE BOOK trying to figure out that hook, because it… Continue reading The Thousandth Floor

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Angels & Demons

I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it. I liked the fast pace, the all-or-nothing drama of the mystery that needs to be solved. Scholars saving the day is always a fun trope—Indiana Jones is awesome, after all, and I LOVE The Librarian movies. Now that I’m older, I got pretty annoyed… Continue reading Angels & Demons

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Reading plays is always a bit strange for me, especially when I can clearly see the gaps where a really good actor would fill in all the empathetic parts and bring everything to life. If you’re looking for another Harry Potter novel, you should just go read all the Harry Potters. If you’re looking to… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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A Torch Against the Night

Second books in a trilogy are sometimes lackluster. NOT SO WITH THIS BOOK. It doesn’t feel like a bridge between books one and three at all. This feels like an action-packed amazing continuation and escalation of the original story. Elias and Laia and Helene—they are such beautifully-wrought characters. I can’t get enough of Elias and… Continue reading A Torch Against the Night

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An Ember in the Ashes

OMG this book is frickin good. Wow. I LOVED it. I’d heard a lot of good things, so I was excited about reading it, and I am SO GLAD I finally did. Laia is the daughter of the leaders of the Resistance, put in a difficult position, fighting her personal demons even as she tries… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes

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The Da Vinci Code

There are a lot of people out there that love this series, and there’s something to be said for the pacing, the way the puzzles fit into each other, the subject matter that is accessible but complex enough to make readers feel smart as they follow along. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this… Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

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Fearless

I always enjoy Cornelia Funke stories. Reckless was great, and the English translation quality was excellent, as per usual. Given how much I liked Reckless, I was surprised when I read Fearless and loved it SO MUCH MORE. There’s an absolute beauty to the interactions between Jacob and Fox. There’s history there, and emotions, and… Continue reading Fearless

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The Return of Tarzan

It was fairly surprising to me, when I read Tarzan of the Apes for the first time, that Tarzan doesn’t pair up with Jane by the end of the book. Tarzan and Jane are just…always together, in all the adaptations and re-tellings. Edgar Rice Burroughs, however, keeps his readers guessing, and takes two books to… Continue reading The Return of Tarzan