Review: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle


A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition

Title: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: 1962

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 256

Source: The Country Bookshop

Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (one of the most popular boys in school) journey through time and space in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. What’s a tesseract? It’s a wrinkle in time–but to say any more about the subject would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Madeleine L’Engle’s unusual and enchanting book.

4 out of 5 stars


Middle grade!

Almost every single time I read a middle grade book it makes me question why I don’t read them more often. I love the innocence and fun that happen in books written for younger readers, and this was the PERFECT book to read after ACOWAR.

This book follows Meg Murry who has a family that is a little different than most. She isn’t very academically inclined, her younger brother is too smart for his own good, her twin brothers are kind of rude, her mother is a scientist, and her father has been gone on a government trip for more than 4 years. Meg’s mother starts to explain about tesseracts to her after she finds out about them. Why are they so important, and why is her little brother friends with three old women?

This book was very cute, but I gave this 4/5 stars because there wasn’t very much description. I don’t know if this is just because L’Engle didn’t want to explain too much about the world or if it is just normal for middle grade books to not have much description because kids are more imaginative, but I found it to be the bare minimum of description sometimes. I found it quite annoying because I just wanted to know what everything was like.

I look forward to seeing how the relationship between Calvin and Meg grows, and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE.

There are so many great actors in this movie, and I love that it’s a mixed race family. I think we need more of that in movies and books. I liked that they didn’t really mention race in this book because it allowed you to imagine who you wanted.

This had many more Christian ideals that I thought would be in it. I didn’t even know this was a Christian book, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The fact that the Mrs. Ws were the guardian angels was a nice addition to the story.

Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

December Wrapup + January TBR


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I READ 100 BOOKS IN 2017 :)

Read:

  1. The Lifespan of a Fact – John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
  2. Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age – Bill Kovarik
  3. Yes Please – Amy Poehler *review*
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  5. Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld *review*
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  7. James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra – Colm McElwain *review*
  8. Pretties (Uglies #2) – Scott Westerfeld *review*
  9. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall #1) – Patricia MacLachlan *review*
  10. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene *review*
  11. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition – Newt Scamander, J. K. Rowling and Olivia Lomenech Gill *review*
  12. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3, #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas *review*

TBR:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas
  2. River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt
  3. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Review: Yes Please – Amy Poehler


Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Title: Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Dey Street Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 329

Source: Book Club Pick

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

2 out of 5 stars


I feel like you really have to love Amy Poehler to love this book. I’ve never watched anything with her other than a few SNL skits, so I don’t know her as an actress or comedian. I feel like a hard-core Parks and Recreation fan would LOVE this.

I listened to 3/4 of this on audiobook, and it was definitely a lot easier to get through than just reading it on your own. I think her voice was nice to listen to, but one thing I really didn’t like was the fact that the audiobook and the paperback were different.

Not wildly different with completely different pages or even paragraphs, but some words were different and some facts did not match up. Why did this happen? Doesn’t an audiobook come out close to publication of the physical book? Because they should be the same. I don’t know if this is something petty to be complaining about but what can you do.

I think Amy was trying wayyyyy too hard through a lot of this. Just some of the wording she uses made me actually cringe. Again, I don’t know if this is how she talks normally in skits and her TV show, but I was not here for it. It’s just not my kind of humor. I don’t like sex jokes and I don’t find them funny. There were a lot of sex references in this book that seemed too out of it.

I didn’t hate this book, and I thought some parts were okay, but I just don’t think I’m a huge fan. I read this book for book club because we picked a memoir, and people didn’t want anything really substantial, so this came up. I was not looking forward to it just because I didn’t know ANYTHING about Amy Poehler.

I think she is a perfectly nice woman and she’s done some amazing and beautiful things, but I’m just not on board for everything. I feel weird giving someone’s life story a 2/5 stars, but it was mostly just for writing style. Again, I actually cringed when I heard her reading parts of this…

Review: The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) – Renee Ahdieh


The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) – Renee Ahdieh

The Mirror & the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1.5)

Title: The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 11

Source: Nook

The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m sad that I’m done with this series now because I really enjoyed it. I’m so glad that I read the whole series in a matter of a couple months, and it’s inspired me to do the same with other series, so stay tuned for all of the series reviews coming up :)

This was a good short story, but I wanted more from it. It was so short, so I don’t even know why Renee Ahdieh wrote it, tbh. There wasn’t much you wouldn’t have known. That’s my least favorite thing about these novellas is that it’s exactly what you would have thought had happened. Give me a little extra content.

This novella followed Khalid during the whole shebang that happened right at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn when he found out that Shahrzad left the palace. He was devastated but knew that it was the right thing.

That’s literally it and it fell so flat for me. I ship Shahrzad and Khalid so much and have since the very beginning of the first book, so of course I wanted a novella about them. This was not the novella that I wanted because nothing new happened. He was sad. Of course he was. Idk, it wasn’t a bad story, just not what I wanted.

I was pretty meh about this if I’m being completely honest. I want the feelings that I had while reading The Rose and the Dagger again, though. I’ll have to re-read the duology sometime in the future because it was so guud. YAY FOR COMPLETING A SERIES!

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5)

Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

On the Merits of Unnaturalness (The Bone Season)

Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

Release Date: November 2002

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

Source: TBR Shelf

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, “Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud.”

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

2 out of 5 stars


This does not have any of the magic I remember it having when I was younger. I used to love Shel Silverstein’s books and poems because they were cute and funny, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t really see one poem that I liked from this book. I’m positive because I outgrew it, but it is very strange because I have so many fond memories of his books from when I was younger.

I don’t think that I will read any more of Silverstein’s books. Runny Babbit was my favorite poem/book, so maybe I’ll consider that one again.

I gave this two stars because I think it is a readable book. I didn’t hate it, but I was VERY underwhelmed. A lot of the poems didn’t even make any sense and didn’t rhyme like his usually do. I don’t know. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to keep reading.