Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

 3.5 Stars

I often pick up books because I read an excerpt from them in a Buzz Books sampler. This is one of those. I never would have picked this book up if it weren’t for that little glimpse into its contents.

I mostly enjoyed this book, that’s why it got a positive rating.  I wanted to know how things were going to work out the entire way through and I was interested in these people’s lives. The ending was not my favorite, though I think its common enough in this genre. I think that’s why I don’t read this genre very often is that I don’t enjoy an open ending. I prefer the neatly wrapped up happily ever after ending that I get in romances.

That being said, I really enjoyed the idea of everyone in the family having secrets and how they all got revealed in the end. All of the secrets were difficult in their own way and each person struggled with what they should do. And I loved that every secret was entwined with Jesse in one way or another.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.


All Our Wrong Todays RELEASE DAY!

Today is release day for All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. An awesome fact I didn’t know about this book before I read it is: it has already been sold to Paramount Pictures for a movie deal and Elan Mastai is writing the screenplay (that’s his day job). I had such mixed feelings on this book, but ultimately enjoyed it. I will definitely be checking out the movie whenever it finally gets here. You can read my original review here.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

4 Stars

It’s hard to put into words how I felt about this book. There are so many things and so many feelings that I’m not sure exactly where to start. Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was convoluted, but in the best way possible. I was constantly wanting to know what happened next and simultaneously rooting for and hating the main characters.

All Our Wrong Todays is a bit longwinded in some areas, a bit compressed in others, a bit too “literary” for my tastes and a bit too sad.  Writing all that stuff down, even I wonder if I really enjoyed this book but the truth is I did. Usually after reading a book I can tell if it will appeal to the people I usually share books with. I can’t on this one. Part of me thinks that everyone will love the fantastical time traveling elements but the emotions of this book might turn those same people off. The main character’s life is sad for pretty much the first 40% of the book. Then, his sadness turns to guilt for another large portion. The author/narrator/whatever goes on various lofty tangents about various things using big smart people words, that I honestly had to skim over because if I had read the whole thing then my eyes would have fallen out of my head and rolled across the floor and its hard to find eyeballs in dark. But I still liked it.

For me, this felt like a blend between science and literary fiction. It had enough science-y, mind bending adventure elements that I enjoyed the story but not enough that it felt like true science fiction. This would probably appeal more to readers that enjoy literary fiction but can also suspend their sense of reality for a bit while they read a story. Not my normal cuppa tea but enjoyable all the same.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai will be released February 7th.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

4.5 Stars!

WOW! The Bear and the Nightingale is an atmospheric treat.The writing is incredible. It’s a slow, rich tale full of myth and religion. I’m generally not a fan of literary fiction, but his one has a historical fantasy element to it that really pulled me in.

This book took a little bit for me to get into it. It is set in historical Russia and many of the words and names are obviously foreign. There is a glossary at the back that I didn’t find until I finished the book. It was helpful in that it confirmed what different words meant, but the author used most of the words in such a context that you are able to figure out what they mean without referring to the glossary.

I can’t continue without stopping for a minute to comment on the covers. There are 2 covers that I know of, and both are incredible. I want to buy a copy of this book, but can’t decide between the American or English version. They are both amazing and completely different. I love the boldness and colors of the English cover, but the American cover perfectly captures the atmosphere. This is the 1st book in a planned trilogy, so I may wait to see the other covers before buying the set… (or both sets if my bookshelf will agree).

I believe this book will find a wide range of fans. In my opinion, it is the perfect mix of literary fiction and fantasy so it will appeal to lovers of both. I loved it as a fan of fantasy, but I will also be recommending it to my sister that is more of a literary fiction type of gal.



I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.