The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny Review

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The Butterfly Effect is out of my normal comfort zone, but it was what I needed in the moment. I jumped in after reading Darkdawn and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Let’s get to the review.

Greta Oto is not a social butterfly. She is nowhere close. She tends to prefer the company of bugs to humans. When her twin brother Danny is hospitalized, due to an aneurysm, she has to give up a lifetime research gig. When she comes home she has to face the people she has been avoiding for years. Through it all, Greta works on completing her dissertation, and she might even learn a little about the people in her life.

My Thoughts on The Butterfly Effect

Let me start by saying, Greta is the most infuriating character that I have ever met. But don’t let that scare you away from The Butterfly Effect. This book brings out so many emotions, especially anger. As annoying as Greta was, I could feel the hidden depths of her emotions. Greta had been hurt many times in the past, so she used her personality as a defense mechanism. It doesn’t excuse her behavior, but it made me understand it.

Another thing I enjoyed was the depiction of a family health crisis. My family has been through some health problems and it can feel isolating at times. It was interesting to watch how the characters reacted to similar situations. Everyone handles things differently and I enjoyed seeing a new perspective.

Lastly, Greta’s character growth is great. Toward the end you can tell she is trying to improve herself. I really appreciated that part. I also liked the slight hint of romance. It was refreshing.

All in all, this was a great read. It was real. It was raw. And it was what I needed in the moment.

My Rating: 4/5

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff Review

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Oh, Darkdawn killed me. I was an emotional wreck reading it. Let’s jump into the review, so I can let my emotional wounds heal. Beware. Spoilers for Nevernight and Godsgrave ahead.

Mia Corvere is on the run after murdering Julius Scaeva at the greatest games that Godsgrave has ever witnessed. Blades of the Red Church and soldiers or the Luminatii are on her trail. Mercurio is in the hands of her enemy and the city is in chaos. Mia, Ashlinn, Jonnen, and a mysterious newcomer must journey across the republic to figure out Mia’s destiny. Truedark is coming and there is much to be done.

My Thoughts on Darkdawn

Darkdawn killed me. Jay Kristoff is the master of torture. I can’t even tell you about it because it would spoil the whole book. All I can say is expect heartache and angst.

The plot of the series developed a ton in this one. When he revealed the quest every unsolved mystery in the other books clicked into place seamlessly. I also loved how the first two books were included in the plot. That’s vague as heck, but it will make sense when you read it. I promise.

Next, let’s talk about footnotes. It’s the elephant in the room. If you’ve read my Nevernight review, you’ll know the footnotes were one of the reasons I stopped reading it the first time. They were confusing and info dumpy, but they got better throughout the series. I came to love them. They were perfect bursts of humor.

Lastly, the ending was not as shocking as I expected from Kristoff, but I was satisfied with it. I’m so sad that it’s over. I’ve enjoyed my time reading this series. It’s definitely a series to remember.

My Rating: 4/5

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The Silver Box Review and Blog Tour

I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Silver Box! I had a lot of fun reading this middle grade series back in October. Let’s jump into my thoughts.

Francie’s life has changed completely. Cryptic clues have lead her to this point and now she just has to piece them all together. The trials life will put her through are hard, and possibly deadly. While searching for her mom, Francie gets wrapped up in a mystery involving plant thieves. They are on the hunt for something Francie has in her possession and they want it now.

This series has been so much fun. The Silver Box brings it to a great conclusion. I love the mystery involved, but I especially love the environmental aspects included. It’s a great way to learn about real environmental issues that actually take place. The author does a fantastic job bringing those elements together. She also references cases that inspired the book on the last couple of pages.

I was a little iffy on Francie in the first book, but her character development was great. I also loved that she found this rag tag group of friends. That really helped add some life to the story.

I hope you get a chance to check this series out! It’s definitely worth the read! Plus, look how beautiful the covers are! Don’t worry about the fact that it’s middle grade. There is plenty of action to keep your interest.

Don’t forget to check out my reviews for the first two here! And check out the other blog tour stops below!

My Rating: 4/5

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang Review

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Well, The Poppy War confused me. I loved it at the beginning, but toward the end my thoughts began to change. Keep reading. Maybe if I ramble enough I will figure out if I liked it or not.

Everyone was shocked when a war orphan from Rooster Province aced the keju. Rin passed due to her hard work, but no one wanted to believe that. Finally, after proving herself to the test administrators, she was allowed into Sinegard. However, the judgement continued. Rin fights hard to prove herself. Eventually, she discovers that she possess the power needed to be a shaman, and her life will never be the same.

My Thoughts on The Poppy War

The beginning of The Poppy War was so slow, but I can respect world building so I pushed through. However, it never really seemed to pick up. The timing seemed slightly off. Something major would happen and the tempo would pick up, but then it immediately went back into a lull. At times, I would be glued to it, then at times I couldn’t focus.

Another thing that seemed a little off was the character development. I liked Rin in the beginning. She was ambitious. She bravely faced so much prejudice and hardship, but it just made her stronger. But then halfway through she began acting like a totally different person. She started to come across whiny and entitled. With the backstory she had, and the direction the character arc was going, those qualities just felt unnatural.

The timing and character development were my main complaints. I loved the lore in the story. I’ve not read much based on Asian culture, so I really enjoyed that. I also enjoyed the magic system. I would love to know more, but I’m not sure if I will read the next one.

My Rating: 3/5

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