Book Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: November 2014
Copy: Bought


Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening… Continue reading

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Book Review: Seraphina (#1) by Rachel Hartman

New cover. Image from Random House US.

New cover. Image from Random House US.


Seraphina

Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 2012
Copy: Bought


“Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Continue reading

Book Review: The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

The Giggler Treatment
The Giggler Treatment
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: October 2013
Copy: Library


This is a book about a man, who is about to step into poop – but will he or won’t he? You know how adults step into dog poo? That is the Giggler Treatment. The Gigglers punish adults who are mean to kids, and they like to use the dog Rover’s poop to do so (because it’s the best poop around, if you were wondering). Continue reading

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Image from Macmillan US.

Fairest
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


The Lunar Chronicles are fantasy with science-fiction elements fairytale retellings (the author lovingly calls them ‘space opera’ ;D), of which as of now, three books are out: Cinder (reimagining Cinderella’s story), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). Winter (Snow White), the forth and last book in this series, is expected to come out in November 2015. Fairest fits into this series as a kind of prequel, a story about the evil queen in Snow White, in this case called Levana.

Who is Levana, how did she become queen on Lunar and the horrible villain we know her as? This short novel answers all these questions. Fairest is a lot darker and more twisted than the three novels that went before it. And while it’s just as readable as Marissa Meyer’s other books, it is not at all cute or fun like the books before were. Continue reading

Continent Read-a-thon Africa – Halftime

We are halfway through the first Continent Read-a-thon month and I thought I might do a little halftime summary of what has happened so far. If you want to catch up on what I was planning to read during this month you can look at my Africa TBR.

For my part, I haven’t read as much as I wished. Continue reading

Mini Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Image from HarperCollins UK.

Image from HarperCollins UK.


We Should All Be Feminists
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: January 2014
Copy: Bought


We Should All Be Feminists is an essay that was adapted from a TED talk Adichie gave in 2013 about the topic of feminism. It is available as ebook or in paperback.

Adichie neatly and without pathos sums up what feminism is all about, what it means today (because haven’t we gotten past most of the inequality?) and how feminism actually is not only about women. Continue reading

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Image from indiebound.

Image from indiebound.


The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 2009
Copy: Bought


“To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband’s persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. Bolanle is too educated for the ‘white garment conmen’ Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness. Weaving the voices of Baba Segi and his four competing wives into a portrait of a clamorous household of twelve, Lola Shoneyin evokes an extraordinary Nigerian family in splashes of vibrant colour.”Serpent’s Tail

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