I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.
This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class.
Author: Jeanine Cummins Publish Date: January 21, 2020 Pages: 400 Genres: Hispanic American Literature, Thriller, Psychological Thriller Themes: On the run, family bonds, trust, money as the root of all evil My Rating:★★☆☆☆
You may know about this book because it’s being widespread as we speak, or because of it’s heavy criticism that it’s been receiving. In this book review, I’m going to address all the goods and bads about the book.
Now, I hardly ever read new releases. I usually wait a few weeks until a book has been reviewed and then I usually pick it up. This time around, I will say that I was well aware of this book hitting the shelves when I was researching books being published in 2020 and I immediately wanted to read it. I was interested in the book of because of how it was marketed. The promo had Stephen King blurbed saying it was, “An extraordinary piece of work, a perfect balancing act with terror on one side and love on the other.” Also, Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street said, “This book is not simply the great American novel; It’s the great novel of Las Amricas.” After reading those two comments, I was hooked. The marketing did it’s job of being interesting to read about. As a Mexican American citizen, these stories of migrants crossing to America is all my family and I talk about. But then I read this book and realized, this book relies heavily on stereotypes and does not, whatsoever reflect today’s migrant story.
Table of contents: Page 1: Spoil free book review Page 2: Spoiled, detailed book review Page 3: Addressing the controversy
Author: Sarah J. Maas Originally Published: August 15, 2013 Series: Throne of Glass #2 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Adventure My Rating: ★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.45★’s Length: 420 Pages Themes: Young love, friendship, good vs. evil, dealing with loss.
Assassin Celaena Saradothein is told by the King for which she serves to, that she must kill a man. But what the king doesn’t know is that even though she’s a hired assassin, she does things her way. In this sequel we follow one mission that ends up threatening her and the lives around her.
In short: Imagine Game of Thrones, but the young adult version.
Synopsis from the publisher:
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…
Spoilers Without Context:
Do I recommend this book?
Hell yes! This book had everything that I wanted: love scenes, adventure, magic.
Although the first book was not Sarah J. Maas best, this book made up for that. I can see why the first book was set up in that way and that was to set up the plot for the second book.
Before you read this book know:
This is the second book to the series so before you read this, make sure you read the first one, Throne of Glass.
This book is better than her first book in the series, and that’s a fact.
Expect loss. People will die.
There are love scenes. Not fifty shades of grey explicit, but enough for the imagination.
“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”
“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”
“To escape death, she’d become death.”
I’m keeping this non-spoiler review as dry as possible because I don’t want anything to be spoiled, it’s that good.
Read down below for a more detailed review, with spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or have already read this book: read below in the next page.