Ballroom Blitz

I’ve been pretty busy these last few mon–years. Things have gotten out of control and I’m only JUST starting to patch things together to make them workable.

One of those things being writing “reviews”, which at this point they are more or less just blurbs on like “Read it if you feel like it” and “HOLY HELL THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING”. Either way, things have gotten pretty laissez-faire around here. Which was my whole life until I realized that I needed to pull myself together because I’m reviewing books from last summer and I have no clue what to write about them.

Which is why I labelled this segment: Ballroom Blitz.

Because I’m going to throw a bunch of tentatively labelled “reviews” at you.

Bunheads–Sophie Flack

‘Bunheads’ was on my summer reading list last year it was a nice beach book for sure.

Not intense in content, but still a decent story and plot. It’s about ballerinas, one in particular, and you follow their story of competitiveness, heartbreak, life, and their need to dance.

It was really well written (unlike these reviews), and I look forward to finding something else of hers in the future.

Definitely take this on a trip with you.

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The Invisible Ones–Stef Penney

This book was pretty decent given that I didn’t know what I was walking into. The plot centres around gypsies and their lifestyle, but only because one of them goes missing and a cop is trying to suss out what happened.

It was well written and I look forward to reading some of the authors others books.

I liked reading about gypsies, and I enjoyed the characters and the plot twists.

Definitely a good mystery for anyone looking for one.

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The Night We Said Yes–Lauren Gibaldi 

This book was sent in one of my OwlCrate boxes, I was interested in reading it since it was all about how these people spent a night (you guessed it) saying ‘Yes’ to everything.

It was a silly story and definitely more for teens than even Young Adults. I’m neither, but still, it should’ve had a little more juice to it. It barely had any meat on its bones, and it was the first book from OwlCrate that I was really really disappointed in.

Handed it off to head to a thrift store. Hopefully some tween will enjoy it more than I did.

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Next week will focus solely on Roald Dahl’s works.

Constant vigilance!

 

Shadow Spell–Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell is from the perspectives of Meara and Connor, Branna’s childhood friend and brother, as they go through the trials of fighting the ancient evil (still don’t remember his name haha) that has plagued the O’Dwyer family for centuries.

I definitely like this one better, I found this pair more realistic than the forced romance of Iona and Boyle.

Meara is a bit of a wild card and Connor isn’t exactly the worlds most consistent person, I just found their friendship and then romance more interesting than the last books.

And the actual plot was carried along nicely and didn’t feel like she was in a rush to give out all the information. Probably because she was in the last one so she could get to the good stuff.

This series definitely grew on me.

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Swiss Family Robinson–Johann David Wyss

Kindle read time! I’m not 100% sure what compelled me to read this other than that I had just read a book that didn’t make my top one hundred favourites. Plus I figure if I read a classic every four or five books then I’ll get through the greats in my lifetime.

            Too bad I have to suffer through some really terrible books before I get to the greats.

Question: If you had to bring one thing with you on a desert island, what would it be?

My answer: This book. Not because it’s my favourite book or anything, it’s well written, I enjoyed the hell out of it, but because of the well of information it is.

            It tells you how to make things in order to survive, gives you great tips on what to look for when you are searching for food, and the added bonus that it has adventure and a family that loves each other.

            At first I thought that my little cousin (who is eight) would really love this because he likes to make things and maybe could spend a summer playing Swiss Family Robinson in their backyard. Then as I got further on I realized, maybe I should wait until he’s ten to give him a copy. It would be a bit of a heavy read for a kid. (There’s some racial stuff in the beginning, just a little blip, but kids ask questions.) But even as an adult I really liked this book. And I know he’ll appreciate it later on.

            Sure, it dragged in some parts, but most classics do at some point. But about six pages from where it’s dragging he snaps you awake with something.

            My biggest problem with reading on my Kindle is that I miss flipping pages and being able to go back to a part that I didn’t know I would need later on without a bunch of button pressing.

            Either way, if you want to live on a deserted island, you should probably invest in this book. It’ll save your life.

(I also remember seeing the movie from the 60’s when I was a kid and dreaming that that would happen to me. Then I watched Lost and I decided I’m better off here. For the record, I’m only 26, I didn’t see this movie in the 60s. It was the 90s and I was at my Nonna’s house.)

Constant vigilance.