ARC Review: The Museum of Us

Title: The Museum of Us

Author: Tara Wilson Redd

Publisher: Random House/Wendy Lamb Books

Expected Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Genre: YA, Mental Illness

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I received an ARC copy of The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as Random House/Wendy Lamb Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on June 26, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Sometimes, well, often I find myself sitting at my kitchen table, walking down the street, laying in bed, riding in an airplane without really being “there.” I slip away from reality for moments on end, dreaming about far off places, worlds, and possibilities. I get a sort of idea in my head and just like that become obsessed with dreaming it to life. A lot of my time is spent in these fantasies that it is very easy for me to lose my grasp of reality. That being said, The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd is a book that instantly speaks to dreamers like me. It is a spell binding story of the dangers of becoming so absorbed in the world of fiction that life outside of it appears almost meaningless by comparison.  Continue reading “ARC Review: The Museum of Us”

ARC Review: The Beauty that Remains | Everything About this Beauty is B-E-A-Utiful

Title: The Beauty that Remains

Author: Ashley Woodfolk

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Expected Publication Date: March 06, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Mental Illness

Rating: 4 Stars

I received an ARC copy of The Beauty that Remains in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the Delacorte Press for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on March 06, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

The Beauty that Remains is Ashley Woodfolk‘s debut novel, believe it or not. It is sure to be one of the greatest books of 2018 and that’s saying a lot given that we’ve barely walked into February. This is all that a contemporary reader looks for – LGBT awareness, suicide, depression, diversity. I’m still in awe over how deep this book has got to me. The expression and heartbreaking grief of this novel is breathtaking, as ironic as that may sound. Pain, love and struggle after loss spreads the lives of a group of teenagers who, initially seem only similarly by age and loss of a loved one, but it’s this love and loss that bring them together at the end. That, and of course, some good ‘ole rock and roll…  Continue reading “ARC Review: The Beauty that Remains | Everything About this Beauty is B-E-A-Utiful”

ARC Review: The Book of Pearl | The Masterpiece of a Thousand Headaches


Title: The Book of Pearl

Author: Timothée de Fombelle, translated by Sarah Ardizzone  & Sam Gordon

Publisher: Candlewich Press

Expected Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 2.5 Stars

I received an ARC copy of The Book of Pearl in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the translators of this edition, Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on February 06, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

The NetGalley copy I read is actually a translation of Timothee de Fombelle’s original French, Le Livre de Perle, a well known book of fairytale and magic, being published back in 2014 by Gallimard Jeunesse.

The Book of Pearl is exactly as the title of this post suggest: a masterpiece of a thousand headaches. I really can’t describe this book in another, more precise way. So much happened that it does not cease to amaze me how the author was able to keep up with the overlapping times, characters and even worlds, and then somehow blur the initially disjointed stories together. Even turning the last page I’m at once amazed an in need of an excedrin. I’m just at a loss on how all the characters, events, and worlds, I repeat WORLDS, even happened all in different times but then by the end all became one. I’m not sure if this makes me a lazy reader or if anyone else who has dared read all 300 pages of this feels the same as bimbo Delphine over here.  Continue reading “ARC Review: The Book of Pearl | The Masterpiece of a Thousand Headaches”

ARC Review: Alone | Bizarrely, Dreadfully Illusive

Title: Alone

Author: Cyn Balog

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense

Rating: 4 Stars

I received an ARC copy of Alone in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Sourcebooks Fire Books for this advanced copy which was recently released on November 7, 2017. Also, my apologies to NetGalley, the publisher and the author, Cyn Balog for the late posting of my review.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake no. The characters are disastrous and unknowingly on their way to their fate. The feelings provoked are doubt, sympathy hatred for things unseen. This chilling tale starts with the disturbing infatuation of a mother who inherits and old mansion, affecting her children’s contact with the outside world, especially her teenage daughter, Seda. Through Seda’s eyes we are trapped within the creaking rooms and dusty exterior of this place she fears she must now call home. All is sad, but quaintly uneventful until a group of friends lose their direction on their way to a winter resort. When these teens enter the mansion seeking safety, it is without pause that they enter a faraway, yet so close universe where fun is mixed with fear, and life becomes death.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Alone | Bizarrely, Dreadfully Illusive”

Guest Post: Molly Ringle, Author of ‘The Goblins of Bellwater

Molly Ringle, Photo Credit: Central Avenue Publishing

Dear fellow Babblers,

As several of you well know by now I am a Young Adult Fantasy Fangirl (wow, talk about a mouthful, huh!?). I recently had the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater (full review here). With a rating of a 4.5 stars I was left wanting more from this author. I was curious how Ringle fused fantasy with realism so fluidly in her novel. What amazed me about this read was not the plot and dialogue, both of which were wonderful in there own right, but not what I’m getting at. The dramatically vivid illustration of the fantasy world where goblins lurk and control the human conscious, and conversely, the human world where everyday young adults fall in love and siblings look after one another, is really what caught me reading this book. In my experience as a book blogger and reviewer, and avid YA fangirl, I have rarely come across a work of literature that is realistic and enchanting, managing to be both in less than three hundred pages.

I often weigh writing style and the author’s ability to represent their story world over the story itself. I remain faithful to this logic when I make the claim that The Goblins of Bellwater is a masterfully produced book. Reading this book, I found myself at times in a dream and other times pushed back into reality. This is a tricky task as fantasy and reality contradict each other and usually will not overlap. This book shows the possibility of the merging of worlds which, in essence, what we, as readers do all the time – read to enter a fictional universe.
I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with the author herself (my heart is still swooning over the fact that I really got to contact her!!!) about the inspiration alive behind her writing. I write “alive” because, if her writing really does come to life in this book from the erotic relations between Skye and Grady to the mind blowing power the goblins have over Skye’s mind. Ringle has graciously provided me, and all of us, who really value writing, with what renders fantasy for her, realistic…

Read on for this beautiful guest post provided by the author of the stunning new Young Adult book, The Goblins of Bellwater, to be published by Central Avenue Publishing October 1, 2017. Many thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater, and giving me the opportunity to read and review it.

Many thanks to Molly Ringle for this phenomenal guest post and providing us with this stunning book, by far, the most realistic fantasy I’ve read all year.

Yours Truly,

Continue reading “Guest Post: Molly Ringle, Author of ‘The Goblins of Bellwater”

ARC Review: The Goblins of Bellwater | A Nuanced Portrayal of Reality and Fantasy

Title: The Goblins of Bellwater

Author: Molly Ringle

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Expected Publication Date: October 1, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

I received an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Central Avenue Publishing for this advanced copy which is expected to be released October 1, 2017.

Dear fellow Babblers,

I’m giving The Goblins of Bellwater by author, Molly Ringle 4.5 stars. But wanna know a fun fact? About 35% through the book I was contemplating putting it down and walking away! But then I said to myself, “well I haven’t written a negative review in quite a while, so I’ll just read on and pick and choose why I don’t like this book and discuss it. But here I am telling y’all that I am rating it 4.5 stars. I am so glad I followed through a finished because this has been one of the greatest realistic fantasy (contradiction? Absolutely not!) titles I have read yet this year! This book is a fusion of realism and fantasy with a twist of romance and mental illness. This book is raw, real and somehow brings to the surface all the spirits and monsters that could be living in our very own world, but we will never be sure of it. Confused? Read on.  Continue reading “ARC Review: The Goblins of Bellwater | A Nuanced Portrayal of Reality and Fantasy”

ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?

Title: Rosie Colored Glasses

Author: Brianna Wolfson

Publisher: Harlequin (Mira) Books

Expected Publication Date: February 20, 2018

Genre: Contemporary (Adult) Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

I received an ARC copy of Rosie Colored Glasses in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Harlequin Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released February 20, 2018.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Rosie Colored Glasses from author, Brianna Wolfson is, straight to the point an evocative, heart-wrenching, heart-breaking read. I was not expecting to be so incredibly moved by this book. I’ve been reading a lot of books pertaining to touchy themes such as depression and suicide given the bleak mood I’ve been in lately and of all that I’ve read so far, including 13 Reasons Why, this book took me so far over the edge that I fear that I just may break down again just writing this review.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?”

ARC Review: Mr. 60% | A 60% Read

Title: Mr. 60%

Author: Clete Barrett Smith

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Expected Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Rating: 2.5 Stars

 

I received an ARC copy of Mr. 60% in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Crown Books for Young Readers for this advanced copy which is expected to be released August 22 2017.

Dear fellow Babblers,

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith is exactly as the title states – sixty percent. This is an average book with nothing unique, outstanding or memorable about it. There is nothing to critique, rant about, acclaim. Everything that happens in this book is typical, ordinary and all together bland. I was not effected by the storyline in any way shape or form. It is only 192 pages so I was able to finish it in one sitting, but that is not to say that it was a page turner. It seems as though this book was just spit out over night. It was written hurriedly and with as little imagination as possible.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Mr. 60% | A 60% Read”