Starlight Book Reviews

Book reviews from my main blog @ starlightbookreviews.com. Mostly YA with lots of high fantasy for good measure.

Book Chat: What’s “My” Non-Fiction?

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A couple of weeks ago, Hannah @ So Obsessed Withposted this absolutely fantastic post about non-fiction and finding what works for you. I’ll admit, non-fiction has never interested me much until recently. As Hannah so keenly points out, reading something you don’t care about (or in my case, having to read it for school) can ruin you on the genre, and the key is finding something you ARE…

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I want the woooorld, give it to me now! Also, these books. Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read (But Don’t Own Yet)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a magical time when we list our top ten bookish things. On Tuesdays. Bet you didn’t see THAT ONE coming.

Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read … but Don’t Own Yet

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  1. Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) – Ilona Andrews: part of me is ready for this series to be over, because it’s just more “someone is trying to take over the whatever and only Curran and Kate are BA enough to deal with…

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5 stars and a HOLY WHOA award. Review: “Isla and the Happily Ever After” by @naturallysteph

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My Review of “Isla and the Happily Ever After”:

Holy.

Whoa.

For perhaps the first time in three or four years, a book so thoroughly blew me away that I sat down to read it and immediately reread it cover to cover. Not skimmed for review notes. No. A complete and total reread. I read this book twice in 2 days because it is THAT FRICKING GOOD and even typing this review has me wanting…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books People Have Been Pushing

TTT-SBRTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top 10 Tuesday: Books People Have Been Pushing

1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell: I’ll admit – I’m REALLY nervous about this one. It’s a favorite among many, including my good friend Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bakebut I’m afraid that I won’t be able to relate to the heroine and that I’ll get frustrated. I mean, she’s too shy to go to the…

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Review: “The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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My Review of “The House of the Four Winds”:

“The House of the Four Winds” had a lot going for it. I mean for starters, oogle that cover for a minute. Look at that fierce lady pirate! She’s got a sword and a pirate hat and she’s smirking/scowling like she means business.

The book had a lot going for it, but it never managed to get past “pretty okay” to “great, amazing, WOW!”

What worked:

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Meh. Review: “Capstone” (Cornerstone #3) by Misty Provencher

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My Review of Capstone:

I hate saying this, but whereas Cornerstone, book 1 in the series, started off so strongly, the rest of the series has declined.

One of the things I hated the most was how Provencher handled the relationship between Nalena and Garrett. When they infiltrated the Fury’s headquarters in Jamb, Garrett had to act like he was dating another girl because she thought he…

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Last year, one of the biggest challenges I completed was TBR Madness – a self-inflicted combination of book ban, TBR whittling, and an appraisal of my bookish spending.

Keeping a Tidy TBR

Since then, one of my goals has been to keep my TBR pile under 20. That’s gone pretty well, and it’s really changed my reading experience. I don’t have the TBR guiltbecause I’m not accepting review copies that…

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I definitely did tear up, okay? Re-Read Round Up: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Re-Read Round Up is an original feature wherein I talk about books I’m rereading and may have already reviewed, or that I just want to talk about in a non-review format.

For some reason, while Goblet-of-Fire-the-book never stood out to me in the series overall, Goblet-the-movie has always been my favorite. Goblet-the-movie (heretofore referred to as “the movie”) was the first of the longer books…

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Review: “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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I AM IN LOVE WITH THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET.

Did you watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Because they’re totally and completely amazing and YOU SHOULD. Like every LBD fan, I was super excited about the book, but not sure exactly how it would be different from the web series.

The Book as a Multimedia Experience

As always, I got the Kindle version, and I have to say I was so…

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Different shades of evil never read so well! 4 stars - Review: “Vicious” by @veschwab

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My Review of “Vicious”:

“Life – the way it really is – is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse. – Joseph Brodsky”

College roommates Victor and Eli are brilliant – the kind of brilliant that paired with an ambitious, cutting personality means they’re one lab accident away from super villain status. Both must come up with a suitable senior thesis, and Eli’s…

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