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[Review] The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz (+ Excerpt)

Book Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author:     Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Number of pages:  464

Synopsis:

the-inexplicable-logic-of-my-life-benjamin-alire-saenz-book-coverSal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

(re: Goodreads @ The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Bnjaamin Alire Sáenz)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Adopted protagonist in a Mexican family who brings so much life to the page; themes of nature versus nurture
– Inexplicable lacks plot; is wholly character/dialogue driven
– Vicente is the best father figure in YA fiction you haven’t met
– Friendship/family driven; no romance plotline (love for love’s sake is more appropriate)
– Is extremely quotable

Initial Thoughts

Guess who thought this book was Aristotle and Dante book #2? This guy.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life from Raincoast Books.


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[Review] Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Andersen

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Book Title: Adulthood is a Myth
Author:     Sarah Andersen
Number of pages:  109

Synopsis:

adulthood-is-a-myth-sarah-andersen-book-coverThis book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

(re: Goodreads @ Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– A comic for the awkwardness in all of us…or if you just want a laugh
– While wholly relatable; some may be geared more to females
– See the sample images in review for a taste of comics

Initial Thoughts

I don’t know how I found myself to be reviewing this book but here we are.


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[Review] Windwitch – Susan Dennard

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Book Title: Windwitch
Author:     Susan Dennard
Number of pages:  384

Synopsis:

windwitch-susan-dennardAfter an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed…

(re: Goodreads @ Windwitch by Susan Dennard)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Windwitch reads like a second “filler” book; the action scenes remain explosive and vivid in delivery
– More: POVs, pacing problems, issues on being invested in all the stories
– Conveniently plotted at times re: too many “get out of jail free cards”
– Further world building could have supported the magic system
– Merik revenge plot; Safi survival plot; Iseult/Aeduan babymaking plot (no but seriously)

Initial Thoughts

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Truthwitch but even I will admit that this [Windwitch] felt like a step back.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Windwitch from Raincoast Books.


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