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Book Review: The Invention of Wings – 5 of 5

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You got to figure out which end of the needle you’re gon be, the one that’s fastened to the thread or the end that pierces the cloth.”

Reading The Secret Life of Bees just meant I had a favorite book. Reading The Invention of Wings means I have a favorite author. Sun Monk Kidd is tremendous, folks.

This book pulls at your heartstrings in a way that isn’t cheesy. It’s authentic without being boring, it’s about slavery without chastising, and it’s about abolition without pride (well, at least the bad kind of pride). It gives the bad guys of the story hearts while it keeps the good guys with their feet on the earth. Sun Monk Kidd weaves in so much symbolism you can see it without the help of your English teacher. Instead of feeling overdone, though, the nuances of water and wings and sewing makes the story so full-bodied you feel like you’ll burst.

There’s a lot I love about this story but probably my favorite part is how this novel, at first glance, is about slavery and it’s impact on two women – Hetty and Sarah. When you actually read it though, I think each reader will pick out something else that’s important to him/her. For me, I adored how much this book was about women. Men play very minor roles. The men in this story do little more than hinder the women along the way. Each step for these women are taken on their own – and it’s beautiful.

To sum it all up?

GUSH!

(Also – the audio version of this is excellent!)

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Book Review: Songs from the Phenomenal Nothing by Steven Luna – 5 of 5

Songs from the Phenomenal Nothing by Steven Luna

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I sat down to read a chapter or two, just for a bit, and now I’m done. Devoured. That’s what happened with this book. Five, five, five stars.

This one had me from the get-go. Within about thirty seconds of reading you know Tyler Mills. He’s a teenage kid pissed off about something and is blaming it on his Dad for being a different person than him. At first you want to say “boo-hoo, kid” and kick off, but in the next thirty seconds you realize his Mom, his true connection, his source of inspiration, is dead. And then you feel bad about judging him for being all emo – and then you’re hooked.

What is it about Tyler that worked so well? It’s hard to pin-point. Maybe because he acted like a total teenager but his mind recognized how stupid he was being. Maybe because he was obviously smart and wanted to make good decisions but his fear and sadness was getting the best of him. If that isn’t a good representation of the young adult mind, I don’t know what is. The story was predictable but it moved quickly. The further it gets, in fact, the more cliché, but that didn’t detract at all. I loved it. I loved how I knew what was going to happen, I loved that Tyler did what I ultimately wanted him to do, and I love how it ended. Maybe I like clichés. I’m a firm believer that there are really only so many plotlines in the world, but there are never two personalities that are the same. It’s up to the writer to see an old situation from new eyes, and Luna nails it.

Love Perks of Being a Wallflower?  Love angst? Love teenagers figuring out their shizz? How about if you just love good books? I don’t really care what you love – you’ll love this one.

This book was provided to me as part of the Author Alliance.

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YA Book Review: Siege and Storm – 4 out of 5

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hold onto your hats, folks, because I’m about to blow your mind. Are you ready for this? I just finished book two and it was better than the first.

Seriously, that never happens. At least not when it comes to young adult books lately – especially young adult trilogies (I’m assuming this is a trilogy… I could be wrong, but pretty sure I’m not.)

Honestly, I really liked this one. It was reckless and interesting and the plot moved forward at a really good pace. The danger stepped up from the first one and the stakes got so much higher. But that’s not what made it better. No, it was the characters. I don’t know how Bardugo did it but the fact is I don’t trust anyone. No one. Not Mal, not Tamar, not Tolya, not Genya, not Baghra, not Zoya, not Sturmhond, not the Darkling (duh), and especially not Alina.

Say whaaat – how do you not trust the main character? The main character of a book written in first person? I don’t and that’s why this book is marvelous.

As always, I had my moments of scoffing (I mean, come on, the un-healable injury in the shoulder that hurts when the enemy is near? No one thought that was just a little too Frodo Baggins?) but overall I really like this story.

In my review of Shadow and Bone I ended it by saying that I was rooting for you Bardugo. And you pulled through! For that, I say thank you.

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