Genre: Magical Realism

I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Posted September 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 15 Comments
I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I think I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read! I’m not even sure what category this would really fall into, it’s definitely contemporary, it has great friendships, a crazy family, a sweet sibling bond, a super adorable slow build romance, it deals with mental illness (which was done really well) but it also has some quirkiness, some mythology (maybe?), and a bit of silliness all the while hitting you with some hardcore feels here and there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and it was such a refreshing story, nothing like what I was expecting! Esther and her twin brother Eugene have grown up on stories of when their grandfather met Death. Since then, it seems her family is cursed. Cursed with their one great fear that will eventually lead to their death. Esther’s mother is obsessed with bad signs that pretty much make her useless. She refuses to pick up her daughter from work because she saw […]

Lovely In Some Areas But Also Overhyped: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Posted January 19, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 45 Comments
Lovely In Some Areas But Also Overhyped: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Usually, I try to stay away from books that are as hyped as Caraval, but since this book had magical performances at the center, I just could not resist. While I understand where so many of the 5-stars reviews for this book are coming from, sadly for me, Caraval wasn’t all that. I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t the level of epic I was hoping it would be. At the center of Caraval are two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who live with an abusive father. Any time a book has a strong siblings relationship, I’m all for it. I definitely found the strong bond that I was looking for between Scarlett and Tella. These two loved each other fiercely and were ready to do anything for the other. However, it did lack a certain depth and I would have liked to see more scenes showing the real depth of their relationship, perhaps through flashbacks. Ultimately, that stemmed from the characters not being all that impressive. In fact, to me, they […]

A Quaint Yet Delightful Story About Family & Love Potions: The Secret of A Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Posted November 21, 2016 by Nick in ARC, review / 43 Comments
A Quaint Yet Delightful Story About Family & Love Potions: The Secret of A Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee has fast become one of my favorite YA authors. She pens stories that are real, raw and hopeful, the kind of stories that anyone can relate to no matter what cultural background they come from. Every time I pick up a book by her, I know I’m in for a treat. The Secret of A Heart Note is a veering from her past historical novels, but it was just as beautiful of a story as Under A Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon were. Like with Lee’s other stories, there are prevalent themes throughout The Secret of a Heart Note, one of them being family, as you can tell from the title of this post. She excels at developing relationships and at showing all the nuances and complexities there are to relationships. Here, we are privy to the complicated, yet heartfelt relationship between a mother and a daughter. Mim and her mother come from a long line of aromateurs – they can smell heart notes and figure out people’s personalities […]

Eye-Opening Yet Confusing: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Posted October 10, 2016 by Nick in ARC, review / 31 Comments
Eye-Opening Yet Confusing: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel, The Weight of Feathers, was absolutely majestic. It was poetic, romantic and had a strong focus on family and diversity. Given how much I loved her debut, I was rather impatient to read When the Moon Was Ours. While for me personally it didn’t hit as strong a note as The Weight of Feathers did, this is a book that is going to remain in my thoughts for a very long time. Anna-Marie McLemore is a huge advocate for diversity and her stories show that. In When the Moon Was Ours, she gives us a Pakistani-American transgender protagonist, as well as a Latina one. I’m openly going to admit that this was my very first book with a transgender character at the front and center. So in a way this book was a very unique experience for me. I also found the book to be enlightening and very thought-provoking. It’s heavily character-driven story and I loved how much of a focus there was on the characters’ […]

Audiobook Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Posted December 10, 2015 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 24 Comments
Audiobook Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I’ll fully admit to not really knowing what this book was about before reading it.  I mean, I read the summary when the cover was released months ago.  But a) it was months ago, b) I was probably distracted by the gorgeous cover.  By the time I got a review copy, I assumed that this was a Fantasy book .  I’m not really into Westerns, but after reading and loving Vengeance Road I wanted to give it a shot.  One of my favorite things about this book was the similarities between this and The Oregon Trail game I used to play when I was little.  Oh man, that was probably my first computer game and I used to play for it for hours and only now after describing it to Nick did I realize how freaking depressing the game really was.  My other favorite thing was Lee.  Even before she pretends to be a boy and sets out for California on her own, the strength and courage she showed was […]

Audiobook Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Posted September 17, 2015 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 13 Comments
Audiobook Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I will admit that I have no idea why I even ended up deciding to read/listen to this book.  This is not my usual kind of book, and while I had seen a lot of buzz around it, I hadn’t read a review for it so I really had no idea what it was about.  When it was offered in the monthly audiobook email, it somehow caught my eye.  I got it as one of those ‘one of these days’ kind of books (we all have those).  Last month, I had no idea what I was in the mood to listen to, and I ended up starting this one and quickly became intrigued by the story. Every October, Cara and her family prepare themselves as best as they can for The Accident Season.  It’s basically as it sounds, a month in which all sorts of crazy accidents happen that have even cost the lives of members of their family in past years.  They have tried staying home, staying locked up […]