Fire Song: By Adam Garnet Jones: Book Review

I have just complete my second book of the Comtemporaryathon! This will probably be my last book, and I think the readathon went pretty well. I wanted to read more, but life has gotten in the way, so what are you gonna do. Haha.

This is about a teenage boy struggling after his sister submitted suicide while trying to decipher his sexuality as an aboriginal youth living on a rez (Goodreads).

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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This had some major insight for someone living on a rez in Canada. There was numerous of moments mentioning the relationship between the aboriginal people and the Canadian government. It was fascinating book and beautifully written. It was just lacking something that I’m not quite sure it is. I can say I don’t like when people are mean to each other, especially if they know others are suffering, but they are just relentless.

My heart went out to the main character, Shane the whole book. Grief is such a hard topic and everyone deals with differently. I think that was nicely captured through Shane and Jackie, his mom, and their relationship.

I would definitely recommend this as a LGBT book, as well as an aboriginal (own voices) represented book.

As Always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Kiss Quotient By Helen Hoang: Book Reivew

Happy Contemporaryathon everyone! The Kiss Quotient is my first book completed for the readathon! This book can for fill three challenges, I like to double up, being a diverse read, new to me author, and 5 star prediction. Stella Lane is a brilliant main character with Asperger’s or high functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although she is wizard at work, she’s lacking in the relationship and sex departments. So she decides to get professional help (Goodreads).

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My rating: 5 out of 5 star

The relationship between Michael and Stella is so wonderful. I never thought at any point they were cheesy or forced. I loved both of them; there were so many heartwarming moments. As individual characters, they were just about perfect. I felt like they were real people, very well rounded. I was fascinated while reading and learning more about Asperger’s because even though I have known a couple of people with it throughout my life, I didn’t know them very well. I loved Michael; he was so kind, thoughtful and family focus which was refreshing.

There were so many great themes in this! To start, the conversation of consent. It was so important for Stella and her growth to be asked before being touched. I think that’s a very significant conversation for everyone. Let alone the crucial aspect of communication in relationships. Second, the importance of family. Michael’s family was a joy to read. I loved the dynamic between the siblings. Even though Stella was uncomfortable at first, it was so rewarding to see her learn about families that are different from hers and getting a taste of Vietnamese culture.

As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Drums Of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: Book Review

I DID IT!!! I finished this massive book! I am feeling quite accomplished! *claps self on back* I started this book a few months ago but focused still on other, smaller books. It didn’t help that each book of this series takes a few hundred or so pages to get into it. This is the fourth book in the Outlander series Goodreads. I tried to have no spoilers, but it’s a sequel soooo….

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I have it in me to give any of Gabaldon’s books anything lower than a 5 star. I just love her writing so much and these characters. Each character goes through so much struggle, change, and growth, what a joy to read and indulge myself on such wonderful characters.

I’m so torn about the change in setting. I mean I miss Scotland, but I’m enjoying a more diverse cast of side characters. I’m kind of thankful for the the change in Brianna’s story. She was not my favourite person during Voyager. I actually thought she was very whiny in that book. But this one she was more grounded as a person and had more of a storyline that was tragic at times, however, more enriched and entertaining. Roger, oh man, poor Roger. He was just trying to be a good person and protect the one he loves, he pays for it dearly.

There was a new conversation about rape that was very hard, but rewarding in the end in regards of victim blaming and how rape was handled during that time. In case you’re not sure, it was real shitty.

What a happy note to end on, right? As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Having a Disability and The Human Experience

No review today, but before we get into it I thought I would give an update on my reading. I’m currently reading Drums of Autumn, which is the 4th Outlander book. It took a while (like usual) to get into, but I’m finally itching to pick it up and find out what happens next; I’m on page 516 out of 880. I’m also rereading Nevernight as a read along hosted by BookTubers Piera Forde and Little Book Owl. The first read through I just used tabs; this time I’m using new tabs and a pen! Currently, I’m on page 130!

Now for the Having a Disability and The Human Experience…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what the human experience means to me vs. other people. My life doesn’t align with other people’s and so they don’t understand what’s it like to have chronic pain, to be a ginger, education in film and photography, live in Southern Ontario, Canada, etc. These are different pillars that make me, me. But the same to be said that I don’t understand what’s it like to be someone else with different experiences, for example, I don’t know what it’s like to grow up with only one parent. When you don’t match this assumption strangers and sometimes friends or family have they push back. What I mean is I’m too young to be sick so therefore when I say I am it’s like people get offended that I don’t fit in this box they created.

Everyone sorts information into boxes to help the brain understand that information better. Make sense when you’re talking about food recipes or books. But they can be hurtful when it comes to people. Everyone makes assumptions of others and sometimes those assumptions are sexist or racist. For example, assuming a woman can’t drive well.

I hate these boxes that we put each other in. They hurt and affect relationships. Don’t assume you understand, but politely ask. Creating a dialogue with others, creates a better understanding of the world.

A quote I came across recently, “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” -Henry Winkler

That’s also why I love books! They give me a window into someone else’s experiences fictional or not. I can get a small insight of what’s it like to be a race minority or what’s it like to live in another part of the world. I, also, can see myself in books with main characters who are women or live in Canada or have chronic pain or have a disability. I wish very badly for more books with disability represented. If you have any recommendations for books with disability, please me let know!

This post, I guess, is more for me than anyone else, but I think that’s okay. I just wish I could tell everyone I talk to politely ask why I have a cane, to not touch my cane, and offer help. In general, when you come across a disabled person ask for permission and offer help. Lastly, not every disability is visible, please remember that.

As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The King of Bourbon Street By Thea de Salle: Book Review

Yesterday, I spent the morning finishing this before the sun even came up. (#painsomnia)  I have been really enjoying having my e-reader for when I go for my IV treatments every Thursday. With an IV in my arm it’s hard to hold a book, let a lone flip the page so the e-reader has been so much easier to use.

This right here is a smutty book, and I got no shame in admitting I like reading sex. This is about two very rich people getting together. I’ll admit it’s not very relatable with people who are as rich as Sol or Rain, but they were good together. Rain goes to New Orleans for a little vacation after finishing school and to get away from her mother. Sol, the hotel owner, of course takes notice of her right away, and goes from there [insert eggplant emoji], haha. Goodreads

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m usually very picky with with my smutty books. Recently, I’ve only been picking up ones recommended by Chelsea from chelseadolling reads and Julie from Pages and Pens, they have a smutty book club each month. I usually wait until after they finish the book to see if I’ll pick it up too.

My favourite part was that our main lady was curvy and Sol liked it. More often than not, smutty books have skinny females and so it was nice to read  about a girl with a little extra to love like myself, and a partner to loved it.

I find it very hard to review a smutty book because it’s mostly sex with a hint of a plot. Sorry, not sorry. Haha.

Did you see my last review? I reviewed Sky In The Deep! It was such a fun read! Full review here.

As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young: Book Review

I just ate this book right up. I have to admit it took 30-50 pages to get into it, but then I ate it right up. This was a complete mood read. I was craving a strong female character, like when I am not, haha and Eelyn fit the bill. Eeyln is a young Viking where tradition, war, and hate for the enemy has been ingrained into her. One day, in the middle of a battlefield she sees her dead brother and the story takes off from there (Goodreads).

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This was just such a fun read! It had quite a few tropes, but I appreciated them instead of hating them because they were done so well. For example, the chosen one trope, didn’t mind it at all. Eelyn had to endure a lot to get it. She had so much internal struggle that I felt was so genuine. Eelyn was a total badass in battle; I loved reading the battle scenes from the beginning to the end, but especially when she was protecting Halvard.

A major aspect to the book is religion, faith in the god they are told to worship. I thought it was interesting as an element of otherness between the two clans. I believe it was used well to help Eelyn realized new truths about her lifelong enemies after spending time with them. Also, family was a huge theme to the book that was so lovely. I especially loved Fiske, he was so kind and open to love. I’m excited to see what becomes of Fiske and Eelyn the second book.

I do wish I got more out of other characters. The love interest storyline was all that I needed it to be, but there wasn’t a lot of diversity. I can understand the argument as to why the clans weren’t diverse in race, but why not any LGBT characters? I thought for sure the best friend was queer in some way, but I was wrong. I’m hoping in the second book we uncover more of everyone’s character and more diversity.

As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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August Wrap Up!!

I can’t believe August is over. I know a lot of people are saying that, but it’s true! This month I have read four books in total. I’m at a total of 46 for the year now. For ratings, I gave out 3 four stars and 1 five star. My list will go from what I first read to my most recent. Enjoy!

First up!

Happily By Chauncey Rogers

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This image was provided to me by Chauncey Rogers.

This was so kindly given to me by the author, and I enjoyed it more than expected! I do, as a general rule, go into books with low expectations, but still excited. The synopsis got me excited, like who doesn’t like a good retelling? I liked that the main character was described as grumpy, which is very different from the original story of Cinderella. I gave this a four star rating, and you can read my full review here.

Next!

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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My favourite parts of this book are the main character Enne, and the tension throughout the book. I thought the magic system with the blood talents, etc. was very cool. For this book, I did a buddy read that worked out to my favourite yet. We were able to connect everyday about the pages we read and we both enjoyed the book. We both didn’t love the ending as much as the rest of the book, which is unfortunate. It was a good book and still would recommend it. I gave it a four star rating as well, and you can read my full review here.

Third up!

Vicious by v. E. Schwab

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Schwab is now one of my favourite authors. I’ve read now three out her books and I can’t say enough nice things about each book. I picked this up because the sequel, Vengeful is coming out September 25th and because I’m extra I preordered a special edition before reading the first book. So now that I’ve read this I’m all set to read the sequel as soon as I get it! Anyway, I loved this book. I was over the moon with this concept of there being no good and evil, just bad choices; where the villain of the story isn’t as obvious as you think. I rated this bad boy a fat, beautiful 5 stars, and you want, my full review is here.

And lastly..

Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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Now, this is a third book in the Wayward Children series, but is the direct sequel from the first book. The second book was more of a prequel, so it was nice to see what happened to the characters from the first book after it’s events. Beneath the Sugar Sky wasn’t as dark as the other two, but I felt it was a refreshing change. It was a little predictable, but I still enjoyed the book as a whole. McGuire’s writing is so captivating that it’s worth the read. I gave it a four star, and for my full review, click here.

Well, that’s it for now! As always thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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