Book Reviews

Book review: The Swallows

Laney Estel

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Book review: The Swallows

BOOK REVIEW⠀⠀BOOK: The Swallows⠀AUTHOR: Lisa Lutz⠀@lisa.lutz⠀⠀⠀Revenge. Secrets. Lies. Hidden Identities. High School.⠀⠀Told from different points of view, The Swallows tells of the sordid perversion of how men use women for pleasure and entertainment. But to be fair, the way this story is told doesn’t feel dirty. There is a sense of the audience coming aware, almost as if their innocence is breaking along with the characters as they find the truth. ⠀⠀Ok maybe this is too deep. Let me get to the crux of it. The boys of Stonebridge prep have been talking about their sexual encounters in hidden corners...


Book review: Playing House

Laney Estel

Tags Book review, playing house, ruby lang

Book review: Playing House

BOOK REVIEW⠀⠀BOOK: Playing House⠀AUTHOR: Ruby Lang⠀@ruby.lang⠀⠀⠀Fay and Oliver are old friends, but haven’t really seen each other in awhile. She is a partner at a city planning firm, and he is looking for a job. They meet up during an open house and start to realize their friendship maybe more than professional or platonic. The problem is that Oliver didn’t tell Fay that he has applied to her firm months ago. So he is afraid that Fay will think he used her.⠀⠀This book was a short, but enjoyable read. I thought the characters living in a career I wasn’t familiar...


Book Review: The Navigator

Laney Estel

Tags Book review, erin michelle sky, steven brown, the navigator

Book Review: The Navigator

BOOK REVIEW⠀⠀BOOK: The Navigator⠀AUTHOR: Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown⠀#ErinMichelleSky⠀⠀⠀⠀When I found out about this book, I was so excited to read it. I had just read the first book, The Wendy, and wanted to continue on the story.⠀⠀Wendy, equipped with a compass given to her by Peter, is leading Captain Hook’s ship to find Neverland. Only she can read the compass, and becomes, The Navigator. With John and Michael, fellow ship mates, to help her, she sets out on a special mission of her own. She must acquire Peter’s blood to save one of her shipmates. What mysteries lay...


Book Review: The Wendy

Laney Estel

Tags Book review, erin michelle sky, the wendy

Book Review: The Wendy

BOOK REVIEW⠀⠀BOOK: The Wendy⠀AUTHOR: Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown⠀#ErinMichelleSky⠀⠀⠀⠀When I found out about this book, I was so excited to read it. It was described as a fantastic twist on an old classic. And it was! Wendy is an orphan who longs to be a sea captain. But women are not given a chance to be a part of that world. So she secretly trains with people until she finally masters the skills to fight, navigate, and sense magic (which ironically only women and dogs can do). She joins a secret branch of the navy to fight against the...


Book Review: Not Hungry

Laney Estel

Tags Book review, book reviews, kate karyus quinn, not hungry

Book Review: Not Hungry

BOOK REVIEW⠀⠀BOOK: Not Hungry⠀AUTHOR: Kate Karyus Quinn⠀@katekaryusquinn⠀⠀⠀⠀Not Hungry is a book about secrets. June sees the secrets of others but has one of her own. She has an eating disorder. When her neighbor finds out about it, she is stressed beyond belief. But then she learns his secret too. ⠀⠀This book is written almost like a poem, short and choppy across the page (but doesn’t rhyme). This actually made the book easier to read for me because I usually skim. But in this instance it created a sort of juxtaposition of words that matched the narrator's thoughts. If I was...

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