4.24.2015

Review: Snow Like Ashes


Snow Like Ashes
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Being generous, about a 3.5 star read for me. I liked it but I admit that it didn't grab me and refuse to let me go. I put this book down with no problem and picked it back up only because I was in the midst of reading it, not because I had to go on to know what was next coming (and I'd pegged some big reveals beforehand so... yea).

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I just didn't feel much for or against this at all. It's not a badly written book (I enjoyed the season kingdoms theme), the pacing was a bit slow but not bogged down and the characters are well enough rendered but I think it's safe for me to say that this isn't a story or characters that will stay with me or one that I can't live without reading the next installment (though I probably will get around to it). This was in no way a boring book & I admit to having fallen in love with the cover. I'd definitely recommend it to YA fans & those who enjoy fantasy novels.



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4.20.2015

that is one angry sky. i hear the thunder so it's time to go inside. #stormyweather #weathergram #storm #rain #weather #weatherimminent


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4.18.2015

Review: Everybody Rise


Everybody Rise
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Evelyn is a graduate of a tony prep school but is not on the inside. She's faked her way into a job at startup that's to cater to what in the US would be the landed gentry (read: the Old Monied) and she's in charge of recruitment. She decides to put her tenuous connections to this world to work and kill two birds with one stone and procure members while also ingratiating herself with the gilded butterfly at the top of the social heap. So begins this sad and if I'm honest, a bit overwrought, tale of the rise and fall of Evelyn Beegan in the halcyon days before the financial collapse of 2008, our Everywoman who dared like Icarus and burnt out trying to fly with her "betters".

This is a well done enough story but sadly, there was nothing new on this take of this well trod territory. I have a complicated relationship with ingratiators. I'm altogether fascinated and repelled by them so I rarely pass up the opportunity to read a story about another on the outside looking in who's trying to devise ways to actually gain access. Evelyn displayed all the usual hallmarks these characters tend to, complete with stark cravenness and blatant misuse of friendships all in order to get in with people who would have otherwise had no interest in her. I remain stunned that this is a thing. What Evelyn didn't do was make me feel anything for her beyond a vague and removed fascination. There wasn't anything that made her stand out in the pantheon of literary ingratiators and outsiders I've read about (Lee of Sittenfeld's Prep or Tom of Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley). I found that unfortunate and as such, I can't say this was a great and ground-breaking read, it was simply okay. While there are better novels on class and classism in America, this isn't a bad read. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves such stories or is even new to the type.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.



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4.16.2015

#currentlyreading #SnowLikeAshes by #SaraRaasch #bookstagram #books #fiction #fantasy #ya #novels #readingnow #readstagram #bibliophile #coverlove #bibliogram #bookish #booklover #booklust. it's taken me far too long to get around to this one.



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Review: Icicles Like Kindling


Icicles Like Kindling
Icicles Like Kindling by Sara Raasch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



As I am just about to read Snow Like Ashes, I figured the beginning is the proper place to begin. I read this on EpicReads. It's prologue length not novella or short story and feels very much like it belongs at the beginning of a book. I liked meeting the characters who I'm pretty sure will be important in the actual book so I'm off to read it.



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