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Book Review: Sparrow by L.J. Shen

Self Published March 8, 2016 302 Pages
Self Published
March 8, 2016
302 Pages

Sparrow is taken against her will by Troy Brennan, the well known son of a mobster, who runs Boston. Forced to marry this dangerous man, Sparrow feels like a caged bird and although she is desperate to escape pissing off Troy is death wish. 

Ever read a book that you hate the fact that you really enjoyed it? Well this one is that book for me and it has nothing against the writer.

This was a well written book. Seriously, it was written very well. Predictable in the sense? Yes.  Because certain things happened very obviously and other things did not. The pace in this novel was great; things moved in real time and there wasn’t much of nothing going on; something even emotionally was happening.

Sparrow was. . . how do I put it . . . typical. I was so upset at her for what happened. I literally wanted to pull my hair out. How can she even remotely . . . UGHH! I liked Sparrow but I think that she may be a bit of an idiot. In regards to Troy, he was a great character for what he was. I didn’t expect anything more from him (This isn’t a bad thing). I liked how he was written. My only issue would be the lack of character development with him. He grew a heart but he was a take it or leave it type of guy. And I didn’t know how I felt about that when I finished the book.

What I didn’t like about this book was the cliche of it all. Although I loved it, it is still very cliche and it made me feel some type of way as a woman. Why? I can’t tell you because it will probably make you not want to read the book and I actually want you to read this book.

I loved the details and the flow within each chapter and I loved loved the excitement and rush I felt reading this.

Overall, although this is my hate to love book,

4 Pickles

Book Review: Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Greenwillow Books Published Sept. 23, 2014 114 Pages
Greenwillow Books
Published Sept. 23, 2014
114 Pages

50 poems that are designed for the anguish modern teenage. From humorous to dark and then extremely dark, these poems are deigned to move you.

These poems were very dark and nothing remotely what I was expecting. This is a modern spin on fairy tales . . . to a certain extent. So you cannot go in there expecting some of the obvious themes of a fairy tale.

But back to the darkness. What makes this dark is how blunt and realistic everything is. The author focuses on anorexia a lot which makes me believe that either she experienced it hands on or experienced it with someone she knows.

This is an important book just like “Thirteen Reasons Why” because it is a raw. Just pure emotions and I can’t be mad at that.

However, I believe this would have been better as short stories instead of poems. I felt that the way it is worded it and the way each poem ended it should have been a short story. It left a lot to the imagination, which isn’t too bad of a thing. But the poems seemed lacking because they do not feel like poems. This book does not feel like a book of poetry.

Another issue I have is once realizing that this book wasn’t fairy tale-ish and was a modern viewpoint of teenage girls, I was disappointed in the fact that every other poem was the same issue. I felt that there are other issues or if this as the only issue to talk about then a disclaimer would have been nice.

Overall I enjoyed reading this. The book makes you think and pulls your emotionally.

3 Pickles.