NTTBF Review Mash-up

I don’t always have a good excuse for not posting, but since my massive NTBF library haul I have been reading like a crazy person! The Burning Sky, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Geography of You and Me & Better Off Friends, Imaginary Girls… and because I was so busy reading, I didn’t have any time to write any reviews… I just kinda devoured books.     (list of all authors from the festival) So now I’m going to try to do a mash-up of post-binge-reading reviews 🙂

First off are three similar books. Similarities: female protagonist with a great destiny and magic within her, marvelous worlds, handsome fellas, physical and emotional trials, and delightfully complex villains. Now, I’m not saying these books are alike. However, I probably shouldn’t have read them one after the other and without taking notes… I will be reading the sequels to these soon and I can’t wait to see to stories and characters develop!

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The Burning Sky (Sherry Thomas)

Magic & Mystery

Ever gone to the last resort to fix your mistake, or done something to make things happen as you think they should? Probably didn’t involve calling down a lightening bolt or result in traveling between realms with a dashing companion to go undercover at an elite British boy’s boarding school.  A delightful adventure full of cunning, deception, humor, shape-shifting, sparkly-potion making, and dedication to cause and honor.

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)

You have within yourself an unwanted power and you are secretly married off to a king to ensure peace among the powers. Cue kidnapping, followed by adventure and self-discovery, followed by courage and inner strength.  Carson has crafted a Tolkien-esque world where people, and powers, are not what they seem.

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Shadow and Bone  (Leigh Bardugo) The Grisha #1

They had been friends since being taken in together as orphan children, with nothing to set them apart like the hungry darkness that divides the kingdom.  When an ungraspable terror threatens to destroy all she’s ever known, everything goes white….  In a moment she unintentionally sets herself on a course that will challenge the existence of the, but for good or evil? Who can be trusted and who has dark intentions?

You know when you can almost understand the villain, and it drives you crazy…

*lovely map printed on the endpapers!*

And a few “real life” books, even if we can’t get stuck in an elevator with a cutie…

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Rules for Disappearing (Ashley Elston)

Being a part of the witness protection program means more towns a map, more false identities than an international spy, more problems than a mathbook, and is more serious than she realized.  After being plucked from yet another temporary life, she decided this time, she isn’t investing in friends. But he has other plans. And after supressed memories start crashing back into place, soon she does too.  They take off on a caution to the wind, anything-for-you, roadtrip to fix what she started, but will it work?  And how much of her life of lies is actually truth?

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The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith)

Love in the elevator.

So delightfully darling! Really sweet characters. I love that the guy actively cares about his dad, and I enjoyed seeing that relationship develop. They meet in an elevator during a city-wide black out and spend the night dreaming about life’s possibilities.  As life sends them apart, together becomes a wish. Sometimes the simple words can carry the most weight. Sometimes you can only find the light in the dark.

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Better Off Friends (Elizbeth Eulberg)

Warning, unless your heard is made of moon rock you WILL get THE FEELS!!!!!!

You don’t always know what you didn’t know you already knew… (full review to come!)

… and then one day she realized they were best friends.   …and then one day he realized that he wanted to be better than friends.

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Imaginary Girls (Nova Ren Suma)

This story was a bit unusual. The first-person voice felt more “commentary” than typical first-person, where you sort of witness it through their eyes. It had a dream-like, hallucinatory, feel, as though it wasn’t actually happening. Even though it starts off fairly steady, soon the things get a little sketchy.  Like the surface of the reservoir that is the center of the story, what you see is liquid, uncertain. What you know is rippled, a reflection of the truth, that shatters when touched.  You can take a breath and change over for under, dry for wet, real for imaginary.

I often questioned the mental stability of multiple characters.

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52 Reasons to Hate My Father (Jessica Brody)

Forget “working class” this gal is “working sass”!

Do you know how hard it is to keep a job, save your dad’s job, protect your image, salvage your social life, and NOT GO CRAZY (manicure chipped long ago)?!?!  Even though the lock picking part isn’t *quite* believable, it’s a well crafted story! You start off kinda hating her, and then you kinda get why she’s like that, and then she surprises you with her clever brains!  And it has a table of Contents!  …for some reason I was rather excited about that.    Also, it doesn’t have tons of swearing like I thought it would!

So that wraps up the post!!

 Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  Something catch your fancy?


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