Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland: Book Review

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Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Books)

My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

“Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included. Sometimes it dies with a person, sometimes it dies on its own. The greatest love story ever told doesn’t have to be about two people who spent their whole lives together. It might be about a love that lasted two weeks or two months or two years, but burned brighter and hotter and more brilliantly than any other love before or after. Don’t mourn a failed love; there is no such thing. All love is equal in the brain.”

It’s Henry Page’s senior year of high school, and he is in love… with the idea of being in love. Although he hasn’t yet experienced his first love, he, like most writers, considers himself a hopeless romantic. When he is chosen to co-edit his school’s paper, along with the new student, Grace Town, Henry instantly feels a pull towards the strange girl with her cane, over-sized boy clothes, poor personal hygiene, and generally withdrawn, pessimistic attitude. He quickly falls head over heels for the mysterious girl, but how does she feel about him?

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Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence: Book Review

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Title: Rodent

Author: Lisa J. Lawrence

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Contemporary is usually such a hard genre for me to get into, so I wasn’t expecting too much going into Rodent–especially with that title, yikes–but this book was a pleasant surprise! It was exaaactly what I needed.

I happened upon it on Goodreads and after reading the description followed by a few wonderful reviews, I ordered a copy. Never did I expect to love it so much–especially for an author’s debut. It was one of those books that I planned to only read a few chapters of before bed, but then ended up staying up in order to finish it–love when that happens!

 

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: Book Review

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Title: Daughter of the Forest

Author: Juliet Marillier

Series: Sevenwaters

Publisher: Tor Books

My Rating: 5/5 stars

**Sidenote: This is actually the first review I ever wrote, but I somehow forgot to post it on my other shared blog, so it seems only fitting that it be my first on here. It’s rare that I give out five-star ratings anymore, as it is only my absolute favorites that get full stars, but this rating still stands. 🙂


Daughter of the Forest is the first of six in Juliet Marillier’s historical fantasy series Sevenwaters. With a Celtic medieval setting, this first installment is based on both the German fairy tale “The Six Swans” and the Irish “Children of Lir” legend.

If you are familiar with those tales, you have an idea of where the story is going. It involves, of course, an evil stepmother, a wicked curse, a charming love interest, and an impossible task that must be completed. Okay, maybe you just need basic knowledge of how fairy tales work.

“You will find the way, daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.”

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Here you will find all things related to books, books, and books–from regular book reviews and hauls, monthly TBRs and wrap-ups, to popular book tags and even book recommendations.

The name of this blog comes from a quote found in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass:

“Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”

For some reason, this quote really stuck with me, and I think about it almost daily, so it seemed an appropriate title. (It also reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, which I adore.)

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