Review: The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

  • Title: The Dead and the Dark
  • Author: Courtney Gould
  • Genre: mystery/thriller
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday books
  • Pub date: August 3rd, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: homophobia, slurs, funeral, drowning, murder, child death, claustrophobia (buried alive), blood, violence, police
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Speed Reviewing

As evidenced by the lack of reviews on my blog lately, I have had neither the time nor the inspiration lately to write reviews. My main issue is inspiration: I just haven’t felt like I have had opinions to produce full-on reviews. So instead I tried to do something I have dubbed speed reviewing! It’s like speed dating, only I’m reviewing books (you get it, right?). I am going to choose a book to review, set myself a 3 minute timer, and write out a quick review. Full disclosure: I will probably edit a little bit for coherency. But other than that, it’s just a speedy 3 minute review. So let’s go!

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Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

  • Title: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
  • Author: Sheena Boekweg
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Feiwel Friends
  • Pub date: June 1, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: fire, death, death of a child, fatphobia
  • Representation: fat mc, asexual side character, trans side character
  • Rating: 1.5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Title: Station Eleven
  • Author: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Genre: post-apocalyptic, literary fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: audiobook
  • Narrator: Kirsten Potter
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Pub date: September 9, 2014
  • Trigger warnings: pandemic, death, cult, mentions of suicide, mentions of rape, guns, pedophilia, domestic abuse, violence
  • Rating: 4/5 stars (leaning upwards)
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Review: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

  • Title: The Rose Code
  • Author: Kate Quinn
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Intended Audience: Adult
  • Format: Audiobook ARC
  • Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • Trigger Warnings: grief, death, depictions of bombs, parental abuse, patient abuse, vomiting, straightjacket, mentions of rape, sexual assault
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

I was provided with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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