September/October 2016 Update

September/October 2016 Update

I decided to change things up and try out monthly recaps instead of weekly ones. I’m linking this one up to two memes: Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 🙂 Looking Back on September and October Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I started my freshman year at college in September and then disappeared from the blogosphere. Before I got to college, I thought I could manage blogging and school. Boy […]

Posted November 5, 2016 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 12 Comments

Review – The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Review – The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Review: The Bone Sparrow tells a story about a Burmese refugee, Subhi, and his life in an Australian detention center for refugees as well as Jimmie, a girl lost after the death of her mother. The Bone Sparrow isn’t a perfect novel. But it still tells an important story that I think everyone should read, especially in the world we live in today. It’s very eye-opening as it touches on subjects that many people don’t really talk/know about. It wonderfully challenges the world’s perception of […]

Posted October 26, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Review – Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: Blood Red, Snow White is not the fairytale retelling you might assume it to be based on the cover or title. Instead, it is a story told in three parts, all of which mainly focus on the life of Arthur Ransome, a British writer. The beginning of Blood Red, Snow White is a bit weird, but in a good way and it was intriguing enough to hold my attention. The fairytale aspects were nicely woven into the story with a nice balance between the […]

Posted October 19, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand

Review – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand

Review: Useless Bay is a story about the Gray quintuplets, Pixie in particular, and their search for a young boy, Henry’s brother. The story includes dogs, Russians, death, and family, among many other things. I really enjoyed reading Useless Bay as a whole. It is the kind of story that keeps you engaged and at the edge of your seat through the entire novel. It really is a thriller with lots of mystery and action. It was interesting and fast paced that I didn’t even […]

Posted October 12, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Aging Out of YA?

Aging Out of YA?

In the last six months, I passed a few important milestones in my life that include turning 18 years old, graduating from high school, moving away from home, and starting college. In that time, I’ve gotten an interesting perspective on all the YA books I read. It’s so weird reading a book where the main character is no longer someone you can directly relate to, in that moment. Fantasy and dystopian is different because I think age is less influential in those genres, but age […]

Posted October 3, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

Review – Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Review – Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Review: Iron Cast tells the story of two girls, Corinne and Ada, in Boston 1919, when the city is cracking down hemopaths, those with special abilities. The story Destiny Soria is just as special as the abilities that Corinne and Ada possess. Iron Cast is by far, one of the best books I’ve read all year. I really loved reading Iron Cast. It did take a few chapters to draw me in completely, but once it did, I could not set it down. The writing, […]

Posted September 28, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Happy Banned Books Week! In case you didn’t already know, Banned Books Week takes place every year in order to raise awareness about the poor practice of banning books. For more information about Banned Books Week, visit their website. I’ve done a few posts related to banned books in the past so this year I just want to focus on the correlation between diversity and books that are banned. The people most likely to get books banned are concerned parents who don’t want their children […]

Posted September 26, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

Out With the New and In With the Old?

Out With the New and In With the Old?

If you know me, you’ll probably know one the things I like to complain the most about is lack of originality. These days, everything seems like a remake, a sequel, or based off of something else. Where did the new ideas go? But I’m not here today to talk about the lack of new stories. We actually have quite a bit of those these days if you look past archetypes. And we’re certainly not lacking new books. But sometimes I wonder where are the new […]

Posted September 19, 2016 by Emz Chang in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review – The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Review – The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Review: The Movie Version is about… wait, hold on, I need to think about this for a second. Um, The Movie Version is about Amelia and how she deals with her brother’s mental illness? I was not overly impressed with The Movie Version. First of all, the synopsis was seriously misleading. It lead me to believe that I should expect a cute self-discovery novel about a girl falling in love for the first time. That is what you would expect from a synopsis that claims […]

Posted September 14, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss

Review – Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss

Review: Based on the plane hijacking that the author experienced, Girl on a Plane tells the story of Anna, a teenager who’s on the plane to return to her boarding school in the UK. I thought that Girl on a Plane told a great story, and contained a lot of great messages. Not only does it recount a terrifying plane hijacking, but it also goes over why the plane is being hijacked. I loved how many of the “villains” are humanized, in a way, and […]

Posted September 7, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments