33 Best Book Deals for 5/28/20: Grant, Infinity Son, The Poet X, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

Less than $2

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

True Grit by Charles Portis

Less than $3

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Twin by Natasha Preston

Rebel by Marie Lu

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo

The Lady of Sing Sing by Idanna Pucci

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Moment of Truth by Kasie West

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness


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19 Best Book Deals for 8/21/19: Milk and Honey, Not Even Bones, Watch Us Rise, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

End of Days by Susan Ee

Less than $2

Sabriel by Garth Nix

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

Less than $3

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan


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21 Best Book Deals for 8/9/19: Sabriel, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Renegades, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Less than $2

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Sabriel by Garth Nix

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

China Dolls by Lisa See

Less than $3

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

The Sisters of the Winter Woods by Rena Rossner

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah


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March Mini-Review Madness

Did anyone else do a bracket for March Madness this year? My husband’s family is super into sports so we do a family competition every year. This year, I really didn’t put much thought into it and ended up barely beating my nephew (who is 4). I know games are still being played, but at this point I don’t have any of the top 4 so…I’m out. But on to the reviews!

mini-reviews

A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’d been meaning to read this series for forever and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up! I love the covers and am looking forward to one day having the whole series on my shelf. I thought the initial world explanation all happened really smoothly. Schwab also did a great job of making Kell (and Lila) super likable right from the start. She’s obviously put a ton of thought into this world with the magic system and languages. I appreciate that she doesn’t shy away from hard decisions (i.e. killing characters, no spoilers). Where I was most amazed, though, was how she managed to create a sympathetic character out of Holland (at least, for me). I get the sense that he isn’t as evil as he portrays himself. Don’t get me wrong, he did some truly evil things in this book, but I still sympathize with him for some reason? And she doesn’t even tell us that much about him! That’s what’s truly amazing. 4.5/5

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VoicesVoices by David Elliott [ARC]

I’ll premise this review by saying I know almost nothing about Joan of Arc. I wasn’t going to pick up this book, but then I read an excerpt and found it really compelling. I’ll also say real quick that I know pretty much nothing about poetry and what makes good poetry. So take my comments with a grain of salt, I guess. With that being said, I thought the poems were interesting and beautiful at times. I really liked the perspectives from the different objects and I found the fire to be especially impactful for some reason (though I do feel like the fire’s last poem was missing, but maybe that was just because I had an ARC?). I also really liked the short sections that were quotes from her actual trial. In the end, I used to know nothing about Joan of Arc, and now I feel like I know a little bit about her. 4/5

Note: An ARC of this book was provided to the library where I work.

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The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Trigger warning: Intended infanticide

Ever since having a baby myself, I’ve found mentions of babies dying to be really hard. So the beginning of this book was difficult for me. But then we get into it and Xan is amazing and I love her for saving all the babies. I really enjoyed all of the (good) characters in this book and the found family aspect was really fun to see. Luna, in particular, was a great character though I wish we’d gotten to know her and her personality a little bit better. I thought the ending was fantastic and tender and so much more than I had even realized I wanted it to be. The only thing about this book is that I question its middle grade-ness. I feel like if I was middle grade age, so much of this book would just go straight over my head. Only as an adult do I feel like I can even scratch the surface of what this book is about. 5/5

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The Other EinsteinThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

This book was not my cup of tea. First of all, it’s never clear throughout the whole book which parts are completely fictionalized and which parts are true or partially true. I think I needed an author’s note in the beginning or something because I felt pretty confused throughout most of the book. I didn’t like any of the characters and found most relationships between characters to be stifling. I felt like Mileva was an extremely weak character and I just wanted her to stand up for herself. I also came out of this book completely hating Einstein which is kind of a weird feeling… 2.5/5

14 Best Book Deals for 1/26/19 – TWO FREE BOOKS, Notorious RBG, The Belles, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and more

There are some great deals this week!

Free

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice

How can you turn down free books? Both of these are ones I’ve downloaded and I’m excited to get to them!

Less than $1

Truth or Dare by Madeleine Labitan – This is actually a novella and it sounds like a great love to hate story!

A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Cellier – I absolutely adore retellings (especially Beauty and the Beast). This one looks great!

Less than $2

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Again, with the retellings! I seriously can’t get enough.

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell – I loved this book so much! I don’t read many books written in verse, but as part of an interracial couple, this was a must-read for me. It tells this true story in such a delicate and beautiful way. I was literally moved to tears multiple times. (my review)

A Year with C.S. Lewis edited by Patricia S. Klein – This seems like it would be a great way to start every day–with a little bit of C.S. Lewis.

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby – I just heard about this book and it sounds really interesting! I haven’t read a book with contemporary homeless representation before and I grew up near Seattle so it especially hits close to home for me.

Less than $3

A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt – This is the first book in the Bookish Boyfriends series and it sounds so cute! Who hasn’t fantasized about their bookish crush coming to life?

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee – I have heard so many good things about this book! And I love a strong Asian American protag. Represent!

Less than $4

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon – With the RBG movie coming out, this could be a good book to familiarize yourself with her story.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – This book was hyped SO MUCH last year. If you haven’t read it yet, then where have you been?

About $5

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner – This sounds like a great book with serious fairy tale vibes and (hopefully) a strong sister relationship.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – I really loved this book which features two characters falling in love via letters (swoon). Highly recommend! (my review)

 

HW Assignment: Book Blog Entry 2 – Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell [ARC]

Loving vs. VirginiaTitle: Loving vs. Virginia
Author: Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Shadra Strickland
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2017
Age Range: 14-18

Loving vs. Viriginia was the hallmark case that overturned years of laws that made interracial marriage illegal. The story of Milly Jeter and Richard Loving is told in verse from alternating perspectives and readers will be inspired by the courage and love shown by both narrators. Milly and Richard didn’t mean to change any laws, they just wanted to live as a married couple near their families in Virginia. Unfortunately, Milly was black and Richard was white and interracial marriages were illegal in the state of Virginia. They were forced to start their young family while living in D.C., but both were miserable there. Luckily, a young lawyer believed in their case and ended up taking it all the way to the Supreme Court where they won.

This book details a case from our not too distant history as Americans. Laws banning interracial marriage existed as late as 2000 in some places. While both Milly and Richard had passed away before the author had the chance to interview them, Powell was able to speak with several people who knew them personally. She takes their stories and creates beautiful poems out of them. At the same time, Powell also incorporates documents and quotes from the time scattered throughout the book that help the reader to establish where the Lovings fit in with the overall Civil Rights Movement. While readers may pick this book up because of the underlying “love story”, they may find themselves interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation in general. While this book deals with some heavier themes, the free verse narrative is accessible to younger readers as well.

As a reader, I really loved this book. I loved the way the author made such an impactful topic accessible and interesting to younger readers. My husband and I are a third generation interracial couple in my family. After reading this book, I found out that my grandparents (a white man and a Hispanic woman with dark skin) got married in the 60s and actually lived in the Virginia/D.C. area at the same time that the Lovings did (before the ban on interracial marriage was overturned). I’m grateful that this book prompted me to learn a little more about my own family history and I believe that it might make other readers, teens especially, interested in learning more as well.

This book is especially timely with the new movie Loving coming out on November 4th. Teens who watch the movie may be interested in learning more about the people and the case of Loving vs. Virginia specifically. This book would be perfect for those who aren’t especially strong readers or who simply want to read a little bit more about the case without getting in too deep.

Mini-Reviews: Fits of Tranquility & Afternoon by Robert Lampros

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For the most part, Fits of Tanquility is a short book of poetry about God, Christ, and nature. I’m definitely not an expert on analyzing poetry, but I do enjoy it every once in a while. I honestly couldn’t tell you technically what is good or bad poetry, but I can tell you how it makes me feel. This book made me feel overwhelmingly good. As a religious person myself, I felt like there were some lines that really resonated in me. Even if you’re not religious, a lot of the poems deal with nature and the spiritual experiences that being outside can bring. Overall, I definitely recommend! 4/5


Afternoon is a young adult novella centered around one boy 26056109and some of his decisions involving friends, family, and religion. I liked the tone and the overall writing quite a bit. Since it’s a novella, the reader is thrown into “the middle” of the story. There’s some history that we don’t know or understand right away and this can make things a little confusing. The other thing that I had trouble with was keeping characters straight. Again, I think this was due to the length of the book, there wasn’t really a good time in the story to introduce any of the characters and give the reader information to remember them by so they’re kind of just names on the page. The overall story was great, though. I thought the main character dealt with some really real questions and he felt authentic to me. I think the main critique I have about this novella is that it needed to be a little longer to include some more backstory and character introductions. 3/5

Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.