Super Powers are Not for Everyone!

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Vicious

By: V.E. Schwab

Grade: A

No, Victor and Eli should definitely not be anything to each other forever- but they will probably torture each other for that long. And I love them for it! Love them…

I have a thing with V.E. (Victoria) Schwab like I like her stuff but I always feel like I should like it more and I’m missing something. Well, hello to Vicious which not only finally was a huge winner- this is probably her most hyped book so it had that to stand up to.

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The Witch that Could Have Been…

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The Witch of Willow Hall

By: Hester Fox

Grade: C

Available: October 2nd

After thinking about this book for a while it’s most like an origin story for a witch when said witch is the least interesting character. Also a love story. Also not that interesting.

*Netgalley kindly provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

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My Weird (Possibly Deadly) Dinner Party List

The Dinner List

The Dinner List

By: Rebecca Serle

Grade: C

I picked up The Dinner List from Book of the Month. The story is about a girl whose birthday dinner actually becomes a living answer to that whole make a list of the 5 People You’d Most Want to Dine with. Audrey Hepburn included.

Honestly, the book was okay. Pretty meh. It’s got a love story and says some nice things about life and loss by the end. But I was just hoping for so much more. It does however give me a perfect excuse to the The Dinner Party Tag! Which I naturally couldn’t keep just literary.

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Wizards vs. Witches in Equal Rites

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Equal Rites

By: Terry Pratchett

Grade: A

A dying wizard passes along his magic staff to the chosen eighth son of an eighth son. Only whoops- someone really should have checked on that first cause the son number eight happens to be a daughter and well, girls can’t become wizards!

Which after reading about the (not so) braintrusts of the wizarding world in the first two books you’d think gender shouldn’t be an issue.

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8 Retelling Recommendations to Try

retelling recommendations

I am in a very list making mood these days. I did one for people who want to try Science-Fiction and then was working on movies got to Clueless (which is of course a timeless Emma retelling) and thought… Retellings. The Best Ones I’d Recommend for People who want to give them a go!

FYI while this is about books I’d still totally recommend Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You (a Taming of the Shrew retelling.) Both classics of my youth!

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Do You Hear the Ticking?

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

Directed By: Eli Roth

Grade: B+

I’m going to be completely honest here. I literally could have watched two hours of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett snarking at each other and I would have enjoyed it. The actual movie is about a young orphan Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his Uncle in a wild house full of secrets. Blanchett plays Mrs. Zimmerman Uncle Jonathan’s friend and neighbor.

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Ravenous Youth & a Universal Character

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Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

By: Xiaolu Guo

Grade: A

Xiaolu Guo was on my My Author Goals List this year list and I’m so glad I picked this book up. Though it’s a bit of a strange one perhaps. Fenfang has left her small village to make her way in Beijing and we see, well, 20 fragments of that life.

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