The third book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is named after Crescent Moon Damel, who goes by Cress. Cress is a shell who has been told her whole life that her parents gave her up as soon as it became clear she had no Lunar gift – that they didn’t want her. She spent much of her childhood with a bunch of other kids like her until one day Thaumaturge Sybil Mira decided she could be useful and put her on a satellite orbiting Luna and put her to work.MORE +
This is the last book I got to talk about with my mom. In this book we meet Carswell Thorne. I remember telling my mom how much I loved him and she told me he gets even better in the third book, and I didn’t see how that was possible. I wish I’d had the chance to talk about the third book with her.
Carswell Thorne is another prisoner of the Eastern Commonwealth being held in a prison cell not far from Cinder’s cell. Cinder breaks into his cell and, when he proves uncooperative, uses her newly discovered gift to coerce him into helping her break out of prison. The two of them escape together and Thorne helps steal a spaceship for them to make their escape. Cinder manages to install Iko’s personality chip into the ship and Iko is not pleased when she realizes “I’m huge!” She can’t see anything going on in the ship, but she can hear everything and she can talk through the ship’s speakers.MORE +
I was initially planning to review this series by Marissa Meyer in one post, but I haven’t had time to read lately, so I no longer have the massive backlog of posts scheduled and ready to go. Also I feel like each book has enough to discuss that it warrants its own post, so here goes:MORE +
I read The Hate U Give a couple years ago when it first came out and it was one of the best books I read that year, so when I saw that Angie Thomas was coming out with a new book, I got in line (but not literally because I’m not made of money and can’t afford to buy every book I want, so I got this one from the library).MORE +
I requested the audio version of this book by Toni Morrison from my library. When it came in, I was thinking about what it would be like to listen to it and then I remembered the other essay collections I’ve listened to and the fact that they haven’t been narrated by their authors and I was super bummed. But when I did start listening to this one, I immediately recognized Bahni Turpin’s voice and I was all, “Nevermind! Carry on!” If you haven’t seen me gush about her before on this blog, Turpin is one of the best audiobook narrators out there. I would listen to her narrate the phone book.MORE +
Well, I was hoping this adorable YA novel by Julie Murphy would be a nice comfort read after my mom’s death. As it turns out, not so much.MORE +
I was really looking forward to reading this classic by Daphne Du Maurer, but I was sadly disappointed.
The narrator (whose name we never learn) is young, yes, but she’s still a grown-ass woman and I really wish she had acted like it.MORE +
This is a four-part series by Jason Reynolds and I actually already wrote my review of the first book in the series, but they all turned out to be so short, and so interconnected, that I decided to write a review of all four books in one go.
It starts out with Ghost, whose name is actually Castle, but everyone calls him Ghost. He discovers a local high school track team after school one day, decides he can run faster than anyone else there, and almost does. The coach of the team (whom everyone simply calls “Coach”) convinces Ghost to join the team, even though Ghost doesn’t think his mom will ever go for it. Coach convinces his mom to let Ghost join the team on the condition that he get his grades up.MORE +
I requested this book by Joanna Russ from my library because one of the hosts of my favorite podcast kept raving about it. Unfortunately, my library bought copies of the ebook right after my mother’s death when I was looking for comfort reads and there is nothing comforting about this book. But I knew if I didn’t read it right away, I would forget about it. That, and since my mom made me the feminist I am, reading this book seemed an appropriate way to honor her and I think she would have approved. Besides, the book is short, so it didn’t take me long to get through.
This book was fascinating. It covers a variety of ways society suppresses women’s writing and how even female writers who make it over one or two hurdles are faced with other hurdles.MORE +