All posts tagged: 3 stars

Book Review: The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait

Two things drew me to this book: 1) the GORGEOUS cover! and 2) the fact that it was written by Alice Liddell’s (the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) great-granddaughter! Exciting! I expected this to be a rich, dark, whimsical tale with some magical realism about the writing of my favourite children’s book. The cover also seemed to hint at this sort of story, but that if definitely not what this story is about. At all. What’s it about:This is the story of the friendship between Lewis Carroll and young Alice Liddell, told through the eyes of the family’s governess, Mary. Mary is a fiercely ambitious woman who is strangely not fond of children at all, especially Alice, of whom she in intensely jealous. This is a book about the uptight standards of manners and propriety of the time and those things make people kind of insane. “If society was made up of people speaking the truth, civilization might come to an end. We need manners.” What I thought: Firstly, I was a bit disappointed that this …

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

So, as I’m sure you all know, the movie for this book will soon be upon us. So I decided I should probably get a move on and read this book that I’ve had on my Kobo forever. What’s it about? After being friends as children, the sensible ‘boring’ Quentin and the wild ‘not boring’ Margo drift apart, and Quentin can therefore only admire her from afar. Until one night, Margo climbs in his window and takes him on a nighttime adventure of revenge and various youthful misdemeanors. But then the next morning, Margo is nowhere to be found and it seems she has left a list of clues for Quentin to decipher if he wants to track her down. “Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” What did I think? It was alright. The book is composed of three parts. I thoroughly enjoyed part one and quite enjoyed part three, but part two seemed to just …

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” Now, I’m probably the only person in the world who read this book without comparing it to Throne of Glass, because I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read the first book, but I was a bit underwhelmed. But A Court of Thorns and Roses was wonderful! What’s it about: First and foremost this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre (Fay-ruh apparently. Why authors insist on using non-straightforward names is beyond me!) lives in a poor village near The Wall, the magical barrier that divides the human and faerie worlds. One day while she’s out hunting and trying not to die, and have her whole family starve to death in the process, she kills a wolf. Who can blame her? But it turns out the wolf is a faerie and then a giant beast comes to claim her life in payment for killing his buddy, and whisks …