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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Ever AfterFelix Ever After by Kacen Callender
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was glorious. It gave me all the feels. I’m so happy that this book exists. It is really well-written with complex characters and so much love and joy, even amidst the really heavy issues and topics that weave their way throughout.

I just fell in love with this book. It’s such a good story about giving yourself the space to figure yourself out, and how it’s okay to not be sure or to change your mind. This was a journey worth taking.

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Origin Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, this is just fantastic. I was so happy to be back in this world. It was an excellent read. Great characters. Good world building. It’s held my attention from start to finish. I can’t wait to pick up Book 2.


The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m enjoying this series. Book 2 feels like it does a lot of strategic setup for book 3. I’m to get some answers to some of my biggest questions now. I keep trying to predict what comes next but am usually wrong.


The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Damnit! I thought this was a trilogy. It’s not. I don’t know if I’m absolutely delighted or really upset because now I’m stuck wondering what happens until the next book comes out. These are hard times, people.

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Relentless by Karen Lynch

Relentless (Relentless, #1)Relentless by Karen Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such an excellent series! I adore it. I am so happy to be rereading this. The plot is interesting. The world building is spot on. The characters are fascinating! I’ve been listening to the Audible books, and the narration is good. I’m totally in love with this world, and these characters, all over again.

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
This was fantastic, and the cover does it no justice. In fact, I refrained from reading it, not even knowing what it was about, as I wasn’t sure it was going to be good…just another book with sword and faces on the cover. That is so overdone, even though the cover is nice, that it put me off.

But wow, I was wrong. This is the first series to have really caught my full attention this past few months, and it grabbed me right from the start. I pretty much don’t want to do anything but listen to this series, and as soon as I hit stop on book one, I started book 2. I’m even annoyed that work exists, because it is getting in the way of this world and all of its mysteries.

World building= A

Characters = A+ (especially the non-human characters)

Action & Excitement = A

Drama = A (Not overly dramatic, but plenty of real, solid drama that is not just silly nonsense)

Lack of characters named Becky = C-

Variety of paranormal creatures = A+

Ratio of male to female characters = B- (almost every character is male, except the MC–that’s not bad, and I get it. I had far more guy friends in high school than girls, and there is a reason for the gender difference. But still. I hope book 2 turns out some more believable female side characters)

Hell Hounds = A+++++ (Please can I have some of my own? Pretty please?)

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Say It Out Loud by Allison Varnes

Say It Out LoudSay It Out Loud by Allison Varnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is stunning. I am infatuated with this book. It sent me on an emotional journey back 29 years to middle school, with all the anxiety, insecurity, and defining moments that go with it. While I read this, I felt 11 all over again. Sometime that was fun, and sometimes, it was awful. I experienced so many moments of crying, followed by laughing, and then crying again. If anyone had watched me read this book, they would have been convinced I had come unhinged, which would have been correct, because that’s what happens when you read a book that is so achingly raw and honest. It takes you to all these real and sometimes difficult places, and let’s you have a look back on who you’ve been and consider who you still want to be.

This novel addresses the bystander effect in a real way, a way that so many people are going to relate to on all different sides. It also provides us with the most lovable character ever in Charlotte. She’s sweet. She’s funny, and she’s afraid of a lot of things, particular that who she is as a person won’t be good enough or will be mocked by others. It’s the kind of fear that eats her up from the inside out and impacts how she reacts in intense or emotional situations. Charlotte struggles to be the best version of herself, but when she panics, she sometimes makes poor choices that hurt herself and others.

Charlotte stutters, and is very self conscious about it. This plays a major role in the story. I have read a lot of middle grade novels, but I have never read one that addressed stuttering in such an interesting and through away. It’s a way that helped me really understand what it must feel like to stutter and all the challenges, stereotypes, and disrespect that can come along with that. Since the author also stutters,

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