Inbox // Outbox 1/9/16

Inbox:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

I’m halfway through the audiobook version of this and am doing my best to withhold judgement until the end.  I really WANT to like this book.  I just don’t know if I can.  The historical aspects are really enjoyable, but a couple of the main characters get on my nerves.  Plus, the reader is annoying–his voice trails off at the end of sentences and is hard to hear.

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

This was a fluffy, fun YA read.  Theater kid, Emma, suddenly finds herself promoted to Stage Manager in what is on track to become the worst production of Hamlet ever to grace the high school stage.  One evening, she trips and falls through the auditorium stage’s trap door and finds herself enlisted as an assistant at the Globe Theater in London… in 1601.  There’s not a lot of depth here, but my not-so-inner literature nerd loved all the Shakespeare.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Bracken’s first book, Passenger, didn’t blow me away.  There have been quite a few YA novels about time-traveling pirates released lately and none of them have been as satisfying as I wanted them to be.  Still, I’m intrigued enough to keep going and hope to get to this in the next week or so.  (Probably when I finish the Hamlet book).

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Outbox:

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

This series was a stickler to get through at points, but I am so glad I didn’t give up.  The story isn’t for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  While Quentin is moody and annoying in the first book, he grows a great deal throughout the books and the payoff was worth it for me.  I wish I was still in college and in a class were this book was pertinent because I’d LOVE to go deeper into the questions the series poses.  Grossman explores the concept of heroism in fantasy literature in a way I’ve never encountered before and it fascinates me.  His world building is also top-notch.

Giant Days Volumes 1-3 by John Allison

I adored this graphic novel series, which centers around a group of friends in their first year of university.  All of the characters were well-developed and had interesting story lines.  Plus, the art is lovely.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

In many ways, this book was a stereotypical YA novel–girl moves to new school, falls in love, etc., etc., etc.  There is one major difference, though: the protagonist is transgender.  Although this book is nowhere near perfect, I think it’s a timely read and an important one.

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Going in, I knew this was going to be pure fluff, but I found the concept  intriguing.  A lady picks up a book to discover that someone else has written her painful life story.  This someone happens to be her childhood best friend and first love that she hasn’t seen in years.  The follow, through, was flat.  The tension when the two were reunited wasn’t enough to hold the scenes and there was far too much “You’re so perfect and beautiful and blah, blah, blah…”

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My next Inbox // Outbox will be on January 23

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