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Life of the Party: Poems by Olivia Gatwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984801906
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 20th, 2019

These poems took me back to middle and high school - not always in the best way. They are blunt and uncomfortable, yet familiar and relieving. They are the kinds of bad stories you share with your girl friends and laugh, because those terrible days happened to you all, but are past and gone. Aren't they? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tordotcom - September 10th, 2019

Oh, the sass! How I missed a snarky heroine! The cover art says it all - from the skull facepaint (badassery), sword in hand (well-researched swordplay and dueling with varying weapons), smashing through skeletons (creepy necrotic fantasy) and - and - THE AVIATOR SHADES. Gideon is my hero and I want to be her when I grow up and when you finish this book you will make all your friends read it so you can have EMOTIONS about it together. UGH. FEELS. YASS. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 7th, 2019

I adored Acevedo's debut novel-in-verse, The Poet X, and eagerly snatched up her next novel. It might seem scandalous to read about a young teen mom, but Emoni pushes against the unfair stereotypes and villainizing of those girls. Like the protagonist, this story is both strong and vulnerable, and a positive narrative about women making their own choices and their own way in the world. Like The Poet X, this book has a high page count but short and quick chapters. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

This is one of those books where I never minded the page count, because I didn't want the story to end. Akin to later Harry Potters in length, darkness, and quality, this story follows twinned characters from their early childhood through their intertwined destiny. You will be drawn in as inevitably and fiercely as they are. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Firestorm: A Burnt Skies Novella by Andrew Hookway - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781449557355
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 31st, 2012

Nose: Battlestar Galactica, focus of Commander Adamo
Palate: military-naval engagement tactics, with hints of greater worldbuilding and Firefly
Finish: No spoilers ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language by Daniel Tammet - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316353076
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - October 16th, 2018

Tammet is known as the world's smartest living person. He is a tenfold polyglot and endlessly fascinated by the intricacy of language itself. His essays explore linguistic questions like the creation and culture of Esperanto, the lessons of biblical translation, and how on earth a native Englishman made it on the exclusive Académie française. If you are a language nerd you will love this; if you're not you will become one. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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