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Awkward Author Book Reviews: The Last Unicorn

Time to tackle the Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, my all time favorite book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. What are your thoughts on this classic?

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Books I Love: Mockingjay

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Mockingjay (The Depressing Finale in Which Everyone Dies)

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series as a whole is nothing short of genius. And don’t get me wrong, I loved Mockingjay. I enjoyed all the twists and the crazy events leading to an explosive (literally) finale. BUT. Out of the three books, I found this one to be the weakest. Let’s be honest, Katniss has had the world take one giant dump on her since book one. And I think everyone was hoping for a little bit of a let up for the bleakness factor in the third book. A little more triumph, fanfare, etc. Which is why the final book is so divisive for people. But, I gotta hand Suzanne Collins some props. She fervently clings to her bleakness and stark realism. And she makes a damn good story. Despite the overall despondency, the final couple pages of the book include some of the most beautiful writing I’ve seen in my life. So even though the majority of Mockingjay is a bleakfest, it’s worth skipping to the final pages just to read those bits over and over again.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Books I Love: Cold Days

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Cold Days (In Which Harry Gets Blue Balls)

by Jim Butcher

The return of Dresden. After reading Ghost Stories, I was really antsy for this one for the sheer question…would I still like Harry? Would he be able to be the Winter Knight and be the same old wise-cracking wizard we all know and love? Where the last book felt more like a transition, this one kicked in the masterful plotting I love reading in a Butcher book. You only get a couple pages without a geek reference smacking you in the face, just the way I like my Dresden Files and same as always, you get a veritable fuckton of action. Including Harry running in fear from tiny faeries. Yes, tiny faeries.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Books I Love: Ender’s Game

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Ender’s Game (Children reach a new level of ankle-biting dangerous)

This is one of those books I can’t believe I never read when I was younger. Fascinating from the start, but with a life changing story and morals, Orson Scott Card outdid himself with Ender’s Game. It’s fascinating how he manages to blend youth and age seamlessly. While Ender starts at only six and when he becomes the commander, he’s only eleven, the person you follow is wise beyond his years and the juxtaposition between following an adult mentality versus the occasional childlike things he does or says is jarring. The futuristic world is so cleverly created and integrated into the story line and Ender’s story, as he’s manipulated, used on whim and eventually rises above it, is a timeless tale.

***SPOILER ALERT***
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