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Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

I really enjoyed Hotel Magnifique. There came a point where I hated to put it down. I had to know what was going on and how everything would be wrapped up (answer: amazingly well). The only problem I had with the book was like half the book being all “I’ll tell you what you need to know soon, I just don’t have time right now” over and over. I just wanted to scream at Bel to just tell her already. The descriptions of the hotel and the magic were really vivid and exciting. I recommend this book to teens and up who enjoy magic and fantasy.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 54
Pages Read in 2022: 19,563
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: Owlcrate, Reason: We Be Book'N, Young Adult

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

The first about 50 pages of Let Me Hear a Rhyme were very slow, introducing characters and explaining background. Once it got past that point, it picked up quite a bit. The chapters are told from three alternating viewpoints plus some inserted chapters that explain some things that happened before. Two of the main characters are hiding things, including from the reader, that are necessary to understand completely what happened to their friend and brother. There is quite a bit of slang, some defined at the end, some not, and also some language some may find offensive. The book has a really nice rhythm. I recommend it to teens and up, especially those who enjoy hip hop and rap.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 44
Pages Read in 2022: 16,184
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Historical Fiction, Reason: Literati, Reason: We Be Book'N, Young Adult

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Donald Miller learned a lot about making your story the story you want it to be while working on adapting his memoir into a movie and decided to share those lessons in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. In the process of intentionally choosing his own story, he lived a full life. In addition to his own experiences, there are lots of anecdotes from others who intentionally created their own story with their lives. It’s a quick read and a good reminder to really live your life rather than letting life pass you by. I recommend it to all adults.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 37
Pages Read in 2022: 13,181
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Memoir, Reason: Book Club, Self-Help/Motivation

Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie

There’s a lot of running in Crossed. There’s also a lot of finding. Compared to the first and third books in the trilogy, this one moves a lot slower. The alternating Ky/Cassia points of view works very well. There are many questions, but few answers, the biggest being is Ky right? Should they go to the Rising? Is it any better than the Society? There comes a point when things start moving a lot quicker and some chapters are less than a page which is very effective particularly when combined with the alternating POVs. This book sets up the next one very well while still having a satisfactory ended. I highly recommend it (the whole trilogy) to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 31
Pages Read in 2022: 11,232
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Dystopian, Reason: Bedtime Story for the Boys, Young Adult

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Even though Tiger Lily is told from Tinker Bell’s point of view in first person, because she can read minds and zip around and watch things happen from tiny hiding places it feels more like third person omniscient. In Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is a minor character, but this puts her at the center and changes her relationship with Peter quite a bit. The bits of foreshadowing are obvious, but very well done at the same time. Even though the book is pretty light and easy, it has heavy parts as it delves a bit into being yourself (Tiger Lily’s father, the tribe’s shaman, is non-binary) and how trying to force yourself to be how others want you to be can have devastating consequences, how the English tried to change Natives, and rape. I recommend this book to teens and up, especially those who love the story of Peter Pan.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 29
Pages Read in 2022: 10,027
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N, Young Adult

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Hollywood Homicide is a fun cozy mystery. Day gets the murderer wrong so many times it’s just hilarious. There’s a lot of humor and a side story I want to know how it turns out that clearly will continue in the subsequent books in the series. It’s a quick read and a great little mind vacation. I recommend it to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 22
Pages Read in 2022: 7864
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The first book of the Trials of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle is filled with the humor we expect from Rick Riordan’s books. He masterfully weaves mythology into the present day. There was an awful twist in there I totally didn’t see coming, but it all worked out in the end, mostly. I recommend this book to middle schoolers and up who like mythology.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 20
Pages Read in 2022: 7278
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Middle Grades, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N

Night Without End by DP Fitzsimons

Night Without End by DP Fitzsimons

I read the first book in this series a few years ago so it was a bit hard to get up to speed reading this second one. The author didn’t really go over what happened previously much at all (mostly just hints through dialogue) so until about a quarter or so through I was struggling to remember and a little bit lost. The fact the “trick” happened basically the same way twice to both ships was kind of annoying, but then I guess if it worked once they figured it would work again. There was a bit too much graphic violence for my tastes. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book (even if the cover really freaks me out). I cared deeply about the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out whether they get infected or eaten or not and whether any of them would survive to get to New Earth (I guess since there are more books in the series I assumed some would but I wanted to know which ones it would be). I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult sci-fi or dystopian.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 16
Pages Read in 2022: 6090

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Filed under Dystopian, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate is the second book in the Broken Earth series and, like the first book, I spent the majority of this one completely confused about what was going on. It would seem that that would make the book not very enjoyable, but it’s actually pretty great. Hoa is continuing to tell the story to “you” (the book is written to Essun, the main character, which is a very interesting and effective writing style choice). In this book you get to know Essun’s daughter Nassun better and it turns out she’s pretty awesome (and powerful) and it is quite interesting watching her come into and start to understand what she can do. I hope I am less confused by the third book, but even if I’m not I am sure it will be a good book, too. I recommend The Obelisk Gate to people who enjoyed the first book in the series.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 8
Pages Read in 2022: 2784

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Filed under Dystopian, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: Mind Voyages, Reason: We Be Book'N, Science Fiction

Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski

Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell

The beginning of the book, where Mona is explaining she just decided three years ago not to leave her house anymore because of her extremely high weight, is pretty heartbreaking, especially since there are people out there in her very situation. The development of her relationship with Moises and then with Hallie is fun and unique, particularly due to the wide age gap between them. While the book did address some of the mental health and self-esteem issues Mona experienced, I don’t think it went into them enough as it seemed like Mona had her breakthrough and healing way too easily. Pointing out that she knew the “rules” of eating healthy already and knew that she was morbidly obese because she disregarded those rules is pretty spot on, however. I liked the conversational (and sometimes a little bit combative which seemed just right for the character) tone. The book is written by Mona to the reader. I recommend this book to people who enjoy women’s fiction, especially those who have struggled with their weight.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 2
Pages Read in 2022: 493

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Filed under Realistic Fiction, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N