*I’m going to be starting a new segment on Book Savant: Mini Reviews! In these short bursts, I’ll be summarizing the book, commenting on what I liked and disliked about it, and if I would recommend it to a friend. Short, sweet, and perfect if a fellow reader wants to know whether to pick up a certain book or not. And we’ll be starting Mini Reviews with The Infinite Moment of us by Lauren Myracle!*
Summary: Wren Gray graduates high school, ready for whatever life has next for her. She deferred university for a year in favor for travelling to Guatemala for a volunteer project. Enter Charlie Parker: a poor and underprivileged kid who falls for Wren over the summer. The Infinite Moment of Us is a young adult contemporary between a girl and a boy who couldn’t be any more different. Continue reading “The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Mini Review”→
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
I’m sure that for all Harry Potter fans, Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of 2016, whether we had high hopes for it or not. Personally, I was excited to learn about the kids of our beloved main characters and delve into a modern wizarding world.
I dived into this book without knowing what the plot was, completely blindsided. It starts immediately where the epilogue of Deathy Hallows begins, sweeping you in from the very beginning. In Cursed Child, angsty Albus decides that he needs to go back in time and save Cedric Diggory from his death in the final round of the Triwizard Tournament after eavesdropping on a conversation between an old Amos Diggory and his father. With the help of his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy (I truly didn’t expect that), they go on multiple risky journeys through time.
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.Continue reading “My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: Book Review”→
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?Continue reading “Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: Book Review”→
At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.
There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.
But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.