I cried reading this. There was a poignancy to the story I wasn't expecting, and a sisterhood of friends that I loved and envied.
Ahlan wa sahlan! Thank you for joining in with us in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge (YMERC). As promised, I will begin each month with: A book or two by a Middle Eastern authorA graphic novel by a Middle Eastern author and/or Middle Eastern illustratorA new Arabic song to listen to throughout … Continue reading #YMERC2020 April Part 1
So far the books have been good or great, and I haven't regretted reading them and haven't DNFed any.
It's been a good first quarter 2020 in terms of getting through PopSugar reading challenge books, and a few others books I wanted to read this year. Of course, there's never enough time, and I will always have more books on my TBR list than on my "read" list. Read select book reviews here: Twenties … Continue reading 2020 Quarterly Wrapup
The book is more character study than anything else, and though I don't always enjoys those sorts of books, I did this one. READ IF YOU… Enjoy character-driven booksLike South American settingsEnjoy coming-of-age storiesAre in the mood for a spy story, with more story than spy Title: Who is Vera Kelly? | Author: Rosalie Knecht | Rating: 3/5 New York City, … Continue reading Coming-of-age Spy Story: Who is Vera Kelly?
Six high school students, some of them friends, some former friends, are locked in a hotel dinner hall with a syringe, a bomb, and one hour to escape. But to escape, they have to kill one of them, or they all die.
I forced myself to go through the book, hoping it would improve. But the writing was too much. Too many metaphors that pulled me out the scene, things like "my jaw was hanging by a shoelace." Poor writing overall, which is surprising for Mafi. Her other books were superb.
Her Royal Spyness is the first book in the Royal Spyness series. Georgie is 34th in line to the English throne, and penniless. Her half brother and his wife have "economized" and stopped her allowance, so Georgie goes to London to find a job.
There, she meets with the queen, who gives her a job: spy.
There's something about a visceral book cover with human body parts. It doesn't have to be gore: it could be a beautiful rendition of what makes us human - underneath the skin.
If you want people to like you, make them feel good about themselves.