Friday, January 12, 2018

wonder // a book review


Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

500,000,000,000,000,000,000 STARS

This. 


This was preciousness and purity and aching beauty. Seriously, how have I not read this until now? 


WHAT IS MY LIFE. 

The MC, August or Auggie, was born with a facial abnormality that leaves him looking like Quasimodo's cousin. Even after 20ish surgeries, his face still leaves people gasping and horrified. For Auggie, this has become normal and he's learned that because of this he will never live an ordinary life; ordinary kids don't give people nightmares. 

Through this entire novel, Palacio incorporates so many WONDERFUL characters. Auggie, of course, is just a PRECIOUS, AMAZING, INSPIRING, and SILLY boy. His brokenness literally shattered my heart. His entire family was so affectionate and just... they were so cool. His parents were just awesome. I don't think I've read a book with cooler parents. And then Via. SHE WAS RELATABLE to me, as an older sister, I can totally understand how she felt; how things changed for her when Auggie was born. Overall, I just think the entire Pullman family was on point. They had realistic affection and banter and stress... and they were hilarious at times *thumbs up*


I love how the author portrayed Auggie's condition. Her approach was skillful and so so affectionate. There was one part in the beginning when Auggie's mother is talking about when he was first born, how all the nurses and the doctors were all shocked and scared, but when she finally got to look at him, all she could see was how beautiful his eyes were. LIKE FEELS, Y'ALL. Literally, his family made me cry so much, it's not okay (but totally okay). Just. Auggie is so loving and lovable and it hurts me so much when kids like him feel unloved. I LOVE YOU OKAY?!?! 

Also, the other kids in the book were amazing. They all had such distinct personalities and ways they perceived Auggie, it was wonderful how the author told the story from all their point of views. I didn't get confused at all, which isn't easy but Palacio did an awesome job at each of their voices and perceptions. I LOVE LOVE LOVED these parts because it wasn't just centered around Auggie, the entire book was built off of multiple characters and their opinions and actions and... seriously, the book was so well rounded, and you guys just trust me and everybody else who has read this book and just READ IT. 

OVERALL:

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. This was BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Literally, Auggie has changed my life. I love books and movies with the message of embracing who you are and peer pressure and just real friends vs fake friends and YOU ARE AMAZING AND PERFECT EVEN IF YOU'RE DIFFERENT, OKAY?? JUST TRUST ME ON THIS. This book was so insightful and relatable it gave me chillsssss. Literal physical chillssssss. Because when I see characters overcome, it makes me want to overcome, and that mental push is all I need to accomplish anything. Auggie will always inspire me as he has inspired so many other people, young and old. 

A WONDERFUL (ach I just noticed how many times I used that word in this review.. no pun intended lol) UNFORGETTABLE story about a boy trying to fit in a world that pretends to not have room for people like him. *huggies for Auggie* Everyone MUST read this novel... EVERYONE. EVEN YOU *points directly at you* YEAH YOU. GO READ IT NOW.

Monday, January 8, 2018

the weight of feathers // a book review


For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees. 
my review // 2.5 STARS

This was a fairytale of sorts, a retelling one of Shakespeare's most famous manuscripts. Through vivid descriptions and many secrets and family drama, McLemore created this spiraling romance fit for those who enjoy love stories, magical realism, and pretty words. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

vanishing point // a book review

It took me long enough. I was supposed to have this review up a few months ago, but that didn't happen apparently... OOPS. Good news is I'm posting it now so that counts for something or other, right? RIGHT???

Nope.

Oh well. Still gonna post it hah.

During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.
The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies--number six--Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him--or Jordan.
my review // 3 stars