Review: Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno

I received an ARC copy of this book from Harper Teen Canada in exchange for my honest opinion.

5/5 stars

This book was incredible! I was hoping to enjoy this book when I requested it but I know that I don’t typically like contemporary. Rules for Being a Girl was a really wonderful surprise. The premise is important and hard hitting; I never stopped rooting for the main character.

Feminism is really important in our society. It can be written really well, or sometimes it isn’t handled well at all. Sometimes it’s preachy, catty, or non-inclusive.

Do remember being a kid? One time someone fed you vegetables, and suddenly it tasted really good, and you realized that it was prepared right? That’s the best way I can explain this book. Feminism, prepared just right.

The writing was easy to read and flowed well. You couldn’t even tell that it was two different authors.

I would recommend this book to everyone.

Review: Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

I received an ARC of this from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

5 stars
Absolutely fantastic!

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold was a beautiful and important book. And written in a way where you go “holy sh*t” right as you finish it. It is, in my opinion a metaphor for rape culture and victim blaming. But written in the guise of a modern day Red Riding Hood story. This is a story of the ingrained power of the feminine. And regaining power as a female.

There are a couple of triggers in this book.
1. Mentions of Rape/abuse.

2. Victim blaming. (Not from the POV of the author.)

3. Mention of abortion (this does trigger some people so I wanted to include it here.)

Review: The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

I received an ARC of The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for my honest review.

I’m rating this as a 3.5 stars.

It was a good read, with a very interesting concept.

But there was quite a bit that I didn’t necessarily enjoy about it. There were a couple of parts that I think could have actually been taken out. I understand that suspense novels have dead ends sometimes. But there was a lot of instances in the book where we were leading up to something that would be a dead end. Some  didn’t even make sense. I think if we would have taken at least one of these out it would have helped the pacing of the book.

Also I wasn’t sure that the plot twist at the end made much sense. It felt weird and detached from the rest of the story and it the characters.

However it was easy to read and I like the speculative twist that was the main part of the story. It was a fun read! 

October Update

Hello, I hope everyone is having a good fall! Or whatever other weather you are having! I haven’t given a proper update in a long time. For one it’s hard to update you on writing. That’s because it can be hard to see progress until a project is complete. What I can tell you is that I have completed my first readthrough of my manuscript. And I’ve started my first round of plot edits. 

In october I had my first book signing. It made me nervous but was a great experience.

Since my last update I up-ed my reading goal to 40 instead of 30. So far I have read 36 books for the year. Nearly there!

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt: 1 star

DNF… I buddy read this one with my mom. It was terrible. The writing style seemed similar to Emma Donoghue’s in Kissing the Witch. Which is a style that I tend to like. It sounds poetic and seems to flow well. But in this story it didn’t work. We often didn’t know what was happening. 

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer: 4 stars

Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I loved it a lot. Almost all of the poems were relatable in some way or another. I read them all, and I never found myself wanting to skip one. The art inside is also beautiful. Ultimately I think it’s a really well-done poetry collection. 

Year One, and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts: 4 stars

It’s pretty rare that I will pick up a book by Nora Roberts, because I tend to think that she writes only romance or mysteries. I actually picked up this series because of the controversy that happens between her and Tomi Adeyemi, the author of Children of Blood and Bone. I wanted to see what the fuss was about on Tomi’s end. Quite honestly I found the whole debacle hilarious, as the books are not similar at all. Anyway yes, these books definitely do have romance in them. But that’s not the main point. Originally I thought this was a duology, but then I found out that the third one should be out around December. This is a great series. 

The Weight of a Soul By Tammy Elizabeth: 1 star

DNF… Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I stopped reading the book at 20%. I just didn’t gel with it. I found that there was a lot of info dumping right at the beginning, that didn’t really need to be there. 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix: 3.5 stars. 

I buddy read this one as well with my mom. It was good, though the first third was slow. But it was necessary to the rest of the book. If you have a weak stomach though, maybe check out some spoiler reviews to prepare yourself.

Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy edited by Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn: 3 stars

 I received an e-arc of this from netgalley. The beginning of it was interesting enough, but then around 60% through the book I noticed that I didn’t enjoy the stories as often. To the point that there was a number of them that I skipped. It’s an interesting premise to write an anthology about, and some of the stories were executed well. However I don’t think all of them necessarily lived up to it. In my opinion, only about half of them interested me.

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: 5 stars

SO GOOD! Review done.

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao: 3 stars

Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/17/review-song-of-the-crimson-flower-by-julie-c-dao/

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall: 5 stars

Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/30/review-rules-for-vanishing-by-kate-alice-marshall/

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: 5 stars

This was weird and so good! And kinda gross, but still really good. I don’t really get why people are saying that it’s like Lord of the Flies… 

Currently reading: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Well that’s pretty much all I have to update you with. 
Happy reading and writing!