The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

That’s a really long title. This is a really long post. It was going to be a book review but it turned into more of a book report. You’ve been warned.

I recently finished The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. It’s a YA historical adventure fiction story, but written with modern-style prose which makes it more digestible for today’s average teenager.

The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline has been marketed as dystopian—which it is, taking place in a future Canada ravaged by global warming where people have lost the ability to dream—but I found it to be just as much, if not more, of a coming-of-age story. Our protagonist is sixteen-year-old Frenchie, aka French or Francis, a Métis* boy. It was discovered that the marrow of Natives could give back the ability to dream to the dreamless, and as a result Natives have been hunted and killed for their marrow. This is the fate of both of Frenchie’s parents and his older brother. Frenchie has joined a group of survivors on the run, consisting of leader Miig, elder Minerva, love interest Rose, Riri the youngest, plus Chi-Boy, Wab, Tree, Zheegwon, and Slopper. Over the course of the story, we watch Frenchie grow and make difficult decisions in order to survive and protect his loved ones.

All My Friends Are Superheroes

No Spoilers.

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In my last year of university, my dissertation tutor wanted me to read this book. While it sounded interesting enough, the only way I could get a copy was by buying it online and I was trying not to buy any books because my suitcase was heavy enough as it was. I think I lost marks for not reading this book.

Well, I’ve read it now.

Red Queen

No Spoilers.

red_queen_book_coverI’ve been following Victoria Aveyard on Twitter for a while now. While I’ve found her book blurb intriguing enough, I was never in any rush to read it. It sounded unoriginal to me. A world where some people have silver blood and superpowers, and the rest are just plain, red-blooded humans who are seen and treated as inferior. But then there’s a girl who’s red-blooded and has superpowers and everyone goes crazy from the confusion.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Mild Spoilers at the end. I'll let you know.

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I’m pretty sure every plant on this piece of art is poisonous, maybe even deadly. Bold colours to catch your eye and still easy to read. Cover by Allison Colpoys.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison, I am happy to say, is as good a book as it’s cover. I took a chance on this one, having never heard of it before. The cover told me the bare minimum about the book, but the first sentence of chapter 1 told me everything else I’d need to know:

The Accident Season

Spoiler Free.
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This book will ruin your sleep schedule. If you think you’re immune because your sleep schedule is already ruined, you’re wrong. Heed this warning, enjoy your sleep.

The Accident Season follows Cara, her older sister Alice, her ex-stepbrother Sam, and her best friend Bea in the month of October. Every October is accident season, and their family is cursed with accidents for the whole month.

Book Review: Everything, Everything

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If you’re into YA contemporary fiction, this book might have one or two things you’ll like and one or two things you don’t. If I were to list the things it’s about, here’s what I’d come up with:

  • A romance with the boy next door.
  • A relationship between a girl and her mom.
  • An illness keeping our protagonist from leaving her house.