Some Pretty Problematic Books

So I really haven’t posting a lot lately because I’m just starting college and kind of just getting used to this new weird life and living away from home so posts will probably be pretty infrequent for quite awhile. Anyway I’m super behind on review copies, so I decided to kill three birds with one stone and just write three little mini reviews. I think it’s really important for me to post about these books because in my personal opinion I found them to be hella problematic. Just because I got these books for free  doesn’t mean I’m going to write a nice review that wouldn’t be right.

  1. My FairyGodmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson

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I think that this really had the potential to be quite a good book but the way it was handled was really weird and not good in the least bit. The main two things that bothered me was the way the author handled the drag queen character so poorly and  how the mc said some really offensive things  about them and it was like never really corrected or discussed. This book could have had some really important nuanced discussion but it just had to resort to offensive jokes which is just not cool in this day and age. The other thing that really bothered me was the whole sneaking around/cheating storyline which is never okay no matter the circumstances. Even ignoring the bad stereotyping and cheating,the romance was poorly developed, and the plot wasn’t very well developed. Really not a big fan of this one.

2. Maybe in Paris by Rebbeca Christainsen

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Going to Paris is like my ultimate goal so I thought that this book would be great but unfortunately it was just really annoying and problematic. The only kind of good part were the descriptions of Paris but everything was so bad that it didn’t really matter. The autism was autrocious and like I know very little about autism but it was very apparent even to me. The Mc’s brother is diagnosed with bipolar disorder,schizophrenia  and autism but like the doctors think it’s okay for his sister to take him to paris???????? also  none of those diagnoses are really ever discusssed or even portrayed accurately or respectfully. And like apparently this is supposed to be a touching story about siblings or something but like the mc doesn’t even care about the brother and is trying to find a way to love him despite his autism and doesn’t see that there’s anything wrong with that.This book is one big shit show and so disrespectful.  This review describes a lot better than I did.

 

3. The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt

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This is a more complicated one because I’ll admit that I didn’t really see the problematic elements when reading this book. Though I am half-jewish, there’s still a lot of things that I don’t understand about anti-semetism and the likes so I was really glad to read some reviews that enlightened me.  I’m just going to link this review by Katherine Locke and I’d reccommend giving it a read, it’s very long but it’s totally worth it. Basically this book had a lot of nice Nazis and the Mc is very detached from her Judaism  and on multiple occasions, admire things that Nazis do.

 

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Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My rating:4/5 stars
Plot

This is one of those books that relies heavily on fanfic tropes and while it may not be for everyone, I do find these types of books to be highly amusing.Its  similar to Follow Me Back in the sense that they both have the trope of a musician kind of paying attention to a normal girl. It’s a very unrealistic plot point but I mean fiction doesn’t always have to be plausible even when it’s contemporary

As I said ,when reading books like these it’s important to not be too critical of what’s happening because then you’re bound to hate it. These type of books are not meant to be the best  in their genre or anything like that  but they’re pretty darn good. Tone Deaf was an addicting read that kept me turning the pages in anticipation of how everything would turn out. This book didn’t shy away from heavy topics and I thought it tackled the topic of abuse quite well though I do find that the ending was a little too idealistic. Then again, sometimes happy endings do actually happen! I can’t speak for the deaf rep in this book but from what I saw it seemed pretty accurate though obviously my word means nothing in matters like this 

Characters

I thought that the characters were very well developed and interesting.I really like seeing Ali dealing with being deaf and how that affected her every day life. I also thought seeing her troubled. past was also very interesting and it would’ve been kind of cool if we saw a little more about her child- prodigy days.

The musician love interest,Jace, was kind of hard to like at first though I definitely grew to enjoy his backstory and personality. It is hard to completely warm to a character, especially when they’re a douchebag from page one. While his being a jerk was explained, and I find that the reason that they gave was sad and heartbreaking but it doesn’t justify him being a shithead. I really liked him though and thought that his development was very interesting but I’m just tired of seeing the trope of ” asshole guy is actually really nice but he has just a troubled past that makes him an arse.”

The side characters were A+. I loved Ali’s best friend and how good of a friend she was. Learning sign language in order to communicate more easily. I also thought that the band members were really great, and I loved seeing the chemistry between all of them and I really wish that we saw more if them because I loved what I saw.

Some really good books that I’ve read lately.

For the past month or so I’ve been trying to catch up on reviews for review copies and have been failing miserably and am still tremendously behind. Because of that, I’ll probably not be able to do reviews for some really good books I’ve read lately, so I’d thought I’d make a post talking about those books!

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  1. The Wrong Side of  Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

I picked this up at chapters because it was like three dollars,the cover was pretty and it seemed vaguely familiar. I had 0 expectations going in but I came out  really impressed. It’s not a favorite or anything like that and I think I rated it like 4.5/5 stars but it was so well done.  It basically follows this girl who finds out that her father is one of the men running for president and she’s kind of thrust into the world of politics as she tags along for the campaign.The characters were stellar, I loved the family dynamic, the plot was so interesting and the romance was A+ very good. It also handled some really important topics which brought me close to tears a few times. All in all, it was a really good book and I would really recommend it.

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2.Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

I had previously read her “The Husband’s Secret.” and while it was good, it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. I was a little wary to pick this up but boy am I glad I did. It was so gripping and exhilarating and I practically flew through it.  The characters were so good and every page had me guessing and then second-guessing. I loved seeing the petiness of school moms because I basically live for petiness.Anyway this was amazing and the plot twist had me reeling. I really can’t wait to watch the t.v show, tho i’m not sure how I feel about the casting.

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3. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Ever since this book has been relased, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. I’ve been wanting to read it for so long but was never able to so I finally picked it up this month and absolutely fell in love with it. I love simon so so much and just all th the characters are so great and I’m really excited to read the Leah spinoff. It was just such a feel good book and it was just so godamn adorable. I low key can’t wait for the movie,i think it’s going to be so good.


4. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

The minute I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it and plus I had to support this amazing author who was getting harassed by neo-nazis. It was sooo good. I loved the focus on family, the setting and just everything about it was freaking perfect.plus the love interest was super swoon worthy. Such a great summer contemporary,highly recommend

Have you read any of these books? What are some books that you like?

TimeKeeper by Tara Sim Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

The Timekeeper  is set in this fascinating world where these clocks control time.It’s such an unique premise and I really loved reading about this alternate Victorian society that is so fragile due to the fact that their existence is pretty much depending on these clocks. It’s such a fascinating idea and I found the mythology that explained how these clocks came to be was so interesting and i loved the snippets we got but kind of wish we got more. It’d be really interesting if this mythology played a bigger role in the other books because I honestly find it so fascinating.

While I did really enjoy the book, personally I found the plot to be kind of boring and not exactly what I would want from a book like this. It was very much a book where not a lot was going on and I usually don’t mind but there was just something about it that didn’t quite captivate me as much as I would have liked to it. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it because I really did, it’s just why  I didn’t rate it a five stars because other than that it was really wonderful and I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

Characters

Well I loved the setting and the concept of the novel, my favorite part was definitely the characters which is usually the case for me.They were all precious cinnamon rolls and while I did like the development I saw, I’m excited to see some of the more minor characters get some page-time in the upcoming books.

I thought Daniel was such a complex character and I loved seeing his relationship with the other characters and I really liked seeing his PTSD play out. I also thought the subject of his sexuality was handled extremely well and I thought the author portrayed the discrimination he faced very well while also kind of changing that part of history to make people accept him a little more. I also really loved the relationship he had with his mom and how complicated it was.

Colton was also a really great character, and just a really interesting one from the get go considering he is a clockspirt. I loved how curious he was and really liked seeing the relationship blossom between him and Daniel, and it was just really adorable and I can’t wait for more in the next books. I did find it was a little insta-lovey which is kind of to be understood but I do think that the romance could’ve been developed a tad bit more.

Lastly I really loved the two side characters:Daphne and Cassie. They were both such interesting side characters and I loved seeing the friendship between Daniel and Cassie, and thought that cassie was just such a great friend who would do anything for Cassie. I also really liked Daphne’s character, and really liked what we saw of her but I really hope that she plays a bigger role in the next book because she was a really interesting character who I would love to learn more about.

 

 

Looking for beta readers!

I just finished another round of edits for my novel:Dried Roses and while it is nowhere near done, I have decided that it’s time to get some beta readers. My sister and a friend are already reading but I like 2-3 more people to get a clear view on what I need to improve.

Dried Roses follows Rosanna:a  school psychologist and Leila:an English school teacher. Leila seeks Rosanna out for help, not knowing that they knew each other as kids and Rosanna played a large part in Leila’s troubled past.Eventually they become friends and gradually fall in love. It’s around 90k-100k  words and contains mention of abuse,depression and suicide just as a heads up.

I’d be happy to return the favor and read whatever work you seek help with or any other type of non-monetary exchange we can come up with.

There’s a lot of typos and my spacing is a little wack but I’m really just looking for help regarding sentence structure, plot, and characters.

 

If you’re interested at all, send me an email at hannahreadsandblogs@gmail.com and I’ll send you the first two chapters to see if its your thing!!