Jenn's Books

I'm a librarian in sunny Florida. Most of the books I read are from the YA shelves, but I do read a lot of paperback romances as well.
""Just because something isn't practical doesn't mean it's not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic is enough.""
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

""Survive today. Figure out crayon drawing of destiny later.""
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) - Rick Riordan

Wise words from Rick Riordan.

""I think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we're imagining it. Because it's the most painful kind of hope there is. It can be ripped away so easily. By indifference. By death. By...the need for a political marriage. Or maybe that last one is just me.""
The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson

-Elisa, The Bitter Kingdom

 

WILD CARDS - Simone Elkeles

This book is so good! I'm loving it :) Ashtyn and Derek are great protags.

Woohoo!

WILD CARDS - Simone Elkeles

I'm really excited about starting this book! I have a slight thing for sports books. I really love books where girls play sports (especially if they are on a boys team). I blame the fact that we watched Quarterback Princess a lot when I was younger. I really hope this book lives up to my excitement.

Geography Club - Brent Hartinger

So they made a movie out of Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. It's been a while since I read it, but it seems different from the book. I'm still hopeful that it's good portrayal of the book.

"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.
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Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

-Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

 

The audiobook narrator is phenomenal. Zuzana's voice is my favorite. 

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So, in my real life, I'm a trial lawyer. I prosecute people who rape children and commit murder, and engage that sort of anti-social criminal behavior. Because of that, I'm pretty familiar (actually, extremely familiar) with the rules of evidence.

 

This post is for the purpose of talking about the rule against hearsay. I don't want to get all boring and legalish and stuff, but basically, the rule of hearsay provides that stuff that is said outside of court (i.e., to a witness who wants to repeat it in court) is sufficiently unreliable that it won't be allowed in court in front of the finder of fact (i.e., jury) unless it fits into an exception that gives it something that we call indicia of reliability. For our purposes, I'm just going to talk about regular old hearsay.

 

So, hearsay is what happens when some disgruntled author calls someone a troll on an outside website without having any actual evidence to back up that statement. And then, asking other people who haven't seen the evidence and who really don't know anything about what has actually transpired, to rely on their opinion that the person is a troll. Or a bully. Or whatever. That's relying on hearsay to make decisions about someone. It's certainly permissible (after all, life is not a courtroom, and the rules of evidence don't apply in the universe).

 

But.

 

It's unreliable. Think of a game of telephone for a moment. That's what this is. It's one big, long game of telephone, but unlike in the big, long game of telephone, the person who is passing the secret message on to the next person is not a disinterested party. They have an interest in twisting the words and in obscuring the facts.

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"Can you imagine his reaction if he finds out not only that we're together, but that we got arrested for having sex in a parking lot in Pinellas Park? "

from Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

 

Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein Rose Under Fire is a brilliant book. The writing is beautiful. The research is so impeccable. I think that Code Name Verity was a more interesting reading experience because we as readers had to sort out was was true. That isn't to say that Rose Under Fire wasn't a good book. It was well-written but it was much more straightforward. Rose's story is a collection of so many other stories that she witnessed. She survived and is getting out the message about how horrific the concentration camps truly were. What struck me most about this book was how the girls came together at the concentration camp. They still found ways to help each other and care for each other despite the horrors they were witnessing. There were many stories that aren't usually told that were delved into in this book. I cried through most of the end. I hope that this book and Code Name Verity both find themselves in classrooms for both their historical narrative and for being so beautifully written.
All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill I loved this book! Terrill does a great job of foreshadowing and letting the reader discover things a little bit before they read them. The love triangle between Mariana/Em, Finn, and James was brilliant. It was so original and heartrending. The time travel rules for this book were explained well. I liked that ending wasn't spelled out exactly. It made me want to find other people who had finished the book so we could talk about our theories for book 2. Speaking of, I'm really not sure how there could be a book 2, but I will definitely read it.
The Woken Gods - Gwenda Bond This book was so much fun. The world was so intriguing. I really liked how the gods were integrated into the story (and that they weren't the usual ones we see). I liked Kyra as a character. Her relationships with her friends were well done. I know that there are no sequel plans, but I would love a companion novel of one of the other cities under the gods' rule.
It Takes Two to Tangle - Theresa Romain I received a copy of this book from Netgalley to review.

I loved Theresa Romain's previous book (A Season for Surrender) so I had pretty high hopes for this book. I ended up liking it a lot. It's a bit more angsty than most historical romance novels, which works for the novel. Henry was wounded in the war. He is trying to find his place back in society. Unfortunately he finds that difficult. He decides that the best course of action is to find a wife who everyone in the ton likes. What made this book work was the fact that Henry doesn't necessarily like Caroline, he just thinks that being with her will make his life easier. This makes it easier to root for his attraction to Frances. Frances is writing letters that Henry thinks are from Caroline. Henry finds himself wanting to spend more and more time with Frances and just be with her. She is a widow and their relationship helps her come to terms with some of her own issues. I loved the romance because they helped each other and saw how special the other person was. Also, all of the painting and color descriptions were great.

I already have obtained a copy of Romain's next book (A Season for Scandal) which I'm sure will be just as great.
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle I received this book from Netgalley for review.

I'm having trouble writing a coherent review so this is pretty much going to consist of bullet points.

Things I liked: Charlie's relationship with his foster family, believable portrayal of teens and sex, believable (though super awkward) first fight, attitude that you can do worthwhile things post high school that aren't college, Wren didn't give up her dreams just to stay with her boyfriend.

Things I didn't like: Starrla. It felt forced whenever she was a problem for Wren and Charlie. Their last encounter with her was especially awkward.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson Loved it! The fantasy world Carson created has Spanish influences which was awesome. Elisa is a great protagonist. She's smart, resourceful, and easy to root for. I can't wait to see where the story goes next.
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

This series is definitely one of my favorites to recommend. It's got great pacing, writing, plot, action, characters, heart, etc. Celaena is a wonderful protagonist. She the right balance of strong and vulnerable. She's smart and awesome, but she still has faults. Even when she makes decisions that you don't agree with, Sarah J. Maas has made it obvious why she's doing things the way she's doing them. Plus, she likes chocolate cake and libraries. Her BFF Nehemia is equally as awesome for different reasons. She's out to do whatever she has to do in order to help her people. Her conversations with Celaena are great because they talk about how to make the world a better place. Their devotion and loyalty to each other are astounding and Maas makes you feel it. Chaol, the love interest, is delightful and dreamy. I love how they are equals and help each other. There's a particularly great passage where Celaena explains Chaol based on his bookshelf and how they are different. It's charming.

There is a big thing that happens about halfway through that I was VERY upset by, but I get why it happened. It's necessary for the plot to move forward the way it does. I did have to run around so I could compose myself.

There wasn't much to improve upon from the first book, but there were two minor quibbles I had that were fixed in this book. The first was that for an assassin, Celaena doesn't kill a whole lot of people in the first book. This changes in this book. She goes on several tears and is deadly and absolutely fantastic. The other problem was the king and his backstory. It's weird that he just took over and kicked out magic and WON against pretty much everyone. He is fleshed out more and how he amassed his kingdom is explained. Once you have that information things make a lot more sense.

Basically, do yourself a favor and get this book ASAP.

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