Category: Reviews

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell | Review

August 30, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell | Review

So, before I get into this review, let’s talk about reading habits, because you’ll need some context of why it took me soooo freaking long to read this book. If you look at my Goodreads progress for this book, you’ll notice that it literally took me 363 days to read it. This is not at all a reflection on the quality of the book itself, but rather an indication of my bizarre reading habits. I’m a terrible reader, I have book attention span problems. I almost always end up reading multiple books at once because I’m such a mood reader. I can start a book and really enjoy it, but if I’m suddenly in the mood to pick up another book, I will. This really just means that I start a bunch of books, make a some progress with each one, and then eventually just end up focusing on one. And the cycle repeats itself..  I basically have magpie syndrome when […]

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers | Review

July 5, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers | Review

I actually love this book so, so much. I heard a lot of people talk about this on booktube, and I really thought it reminded me of Fireflly. After reading, I can say that it does, and it doesn’t, in the best way possible. It reminds me of Firefly in that it features a cast of adorable and lovable characters who happen to live in space. It isn’t really a space-cowboy space romp at all. There’s more depth to it, in my opinion. Also, I must say that for a debut novel, this is absolutely amazing. She packed so much into a book that isn’t very long. It feels like you’re reading a lot more than what should be able to fit in 400 pages. Now, let’s get on to discussing this beauty. We first meet a woman named Rosemary, who is the newest member of the crew aboard the Wayfarer, a tunneling ship. Their job is to basically punch […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Review

June 2, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Review

I’d had this book sitting on my TBR pile for over a year, and the arrival of the television show motivated me to get off my butt and read it. I’d heard so many good things about this book from other people, and so many good things about Margaret Atwood in general, that I figured this needed to happen. I really enjoyed this book. Now, this is definitely not the kind of book that will make you happy while reading it, it wasn’t that kind of enjoyment. This book is supposed to make you uncomfortable; the point is to show people what humans are capable of. This is a dystopia that feels like it could actually happen in the future. We are never told what the year is, which is why it’s so terrifying. We are told about bits of Offred’s life before she became a Handmaid, and it doesn’t seem that far off from where the world is today, […]

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The Unseen World by Liz Moore | Review

May 15, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Unseen World by Liz Moore | Review

I heard about this book on booktube from Mercedes. Her review made me instantly want to read this book, so I quickly rushed to the Chapters website and ordered it. It was one of those books that I had a good feeling about, and was so anxious to read. I’m so glad I picked this book up, because it’s safe to say that this book is my favourite book of 2017 so far. I read this back in January, and I had a serious book hangover for about a month. This book is absolutely amazing. Plot wise, it’s not a thriller, but it is a bit of a mystery.  This book isn’t fast-paced, it is very much character driven. We first meet our main character, Ada Sibelius, who is 12 years old and her father, David Sibelius. David is a genius who home-schools Ada at his lab, the Bit, in Boston. He is a single father, though his colleagues are […]

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Review

May 12, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Review

This book was so addicting that I read most of it in one sitting. We follow a man named Jason Dessen. He is a professor at a local college, where he teaches quantum physics. His life could have taken a very different path than it did 20 years ago. He chose to have a family with the woman he loved, instead of pursuing his career.  Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had made a different choice? You should read this book.  This book starts out with Jason going to a bar where his old college friend is celebrating winning a prestigious award for his work in science.  On his way home from the bar, Jason is followed by a mysterious man who forces him to drive to an abandoned warehouse. Jason is drugged, and when he wakes up, he is in a world that isn’t his own. In this world, Jason is not married […]

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Shelter by Jung Yun | Review

May 8, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Shelter by Jung Yun | Review

This book starts off with the Cho family: Kyung — a 36 year old Korean man, Gillian — a Caucasian woman of Irish decent, and their son Ethan in their home, preparing for a visit from a real estate agent. Kyung is a 36 year old biology professor who can’t afford the house they are currently living in. His parents, Mae and Jin, reside in the wealthier neighbourhood near Kyung and Gillian, but from the outset, realize that the relationship between them is complicated and strained. This book was a really honest and raw account of the struggles of the Cho family. It was beautifully written. I wouldn’t say it was enjoyable, it deals with really difficult subject matter, but it’s really enthralling. It’s a sort of mystery/thriller. Kyung sees his mother bruised and bloody walking through his backyard looking for his help. From there, the mysteries unfold. These characters aren’t really likeable, but that’s the point of them. We as […]

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Eleanor by Jason Gurley | Review

May 1, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   3 Comments
Eleanor by Jason Gurley | Review

In this book we follow the three generations of women in this novel. The novel opens in 1962, which is where we first meet a woman named Eleanor. Eleanor, her husband Hob, and their daughter Anges seem like a happy family, until you read a little farther. We then notice that Eleanor is often off in her own thoughts, and she often has to find a place to be alone, a place where she can cry. It is clear that she is suffering from depression, though it’s not really a subject that people seem to know about. She finds solace in diving, and she does her diving off the cliffs at Huffnaggle Island. One day in 1963, Eleanor walks into the sea, and never returns. Reading about Eleanor and her struggles was so moving, it just made me feel so strongly attached to her character. Gurley was able to do this in such a short amount of space within the book, […]

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Divergent by Veronica Roth | Review

April 28, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Divergent by Veronica Roth | Review

So, it’s been a while since I read this book, but I’m going to try my best to remember my thoughts about this book. The Divergent series is one of my friend’s favourite series, and I always wanted to give it a go but I put off reading it. The more I put off reading it, the more I thought I really wouldn’t enjoy it. I hadn’t read YA in a while when I finally decided to pick this one up, and the ending had already been spoiled for me but I picked it up anyway, and ended up reading it really quickly. I gave this book 3 stars because I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, but I didn’t absolutely love it. I was actually quite surprised how hooked I was. We follow the main character, Beatrice Prior, a 16 year old girl who is a member of the Abnegation faction. The members of Abnegation live a […]

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Review

September 5, 2016     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Review

I’m sure most people have heard of this book; it’s considered a classic and it’s probably taught in schools. This kind of made me shy away from reading at first. I thought it was going to be a difficult read because it was a classic. It was also compared to Brave New World, which I read in high school and didn’t really enjoy (it may be time to give that one another read, though). Eventually, I saw this book on booktube, and I finally looked up what it was about, to refresh my memory, and it sounded completely amazing. So, I gave it a try. At first, I found Bradbury’s writing style a little bit difficult to get into. He describes things in kind of an odd way. In some sections, it wasn’t entirely clear what was going on. Once I kept reading, I got used to his writing. It was eerie reading it in 2016, and thinking about how […]

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