Gleeful Grace Book Review

where a blatant bookworm reviews books



Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente—I’M IN LOVE


When I first picked up Deathless, I expected an interesting retelling of a Russian fairy tale. Unconventional? I’ll take that! I can totally handle it. I was not prepared to have my heart wrung by such a magical, complicated novel! Continue reading “Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente—I’M IN LOVE”

Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud—ME LOVE HEISTS!!!

It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER, so I’m super excited to review this one. What’s more, I really love those heist/con artist novels, don’t ask me why, but yep, this genre is my jam. The premise of this book is so interesting and exciting. Identity theft,impersonation, and grand art heist CHECK CHECK AND CHECK. After finishing the book, I’m glad the author delivered and met my severely-bumped-up expectations.

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Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty–Teenage Sherlock Holmes & James Moriarty!

I love Sherlock Holmes. It may be one of the few fandoms that I actually belong to. That said, it’s unsurprising I gobble up whatever Sherlock pastiche thrown my way. Earlier this year I heard another Sherlockian book’s coming out, and the synopsis promised so much! Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty? A female Moriarty? Gimme!

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word is about mental illness and popularity. Sam is one of those popular “Mean Girls” girls in school. She and her friends seem to be having the high school days of their lives. Even though Sam belongs to the clique, she’s uncomfortable with what they’re doing to other people, like mocking them or ostracizing them, but she’s scared she’ll lose her friends if she ever objects to their actions. However our lovely protagonist Sam has a secret. She has Purely-Obsessive OCD and has been seeing a therapist for a long time. She can’t turn off a thought and often latches on to something obsessively. Speaking of OCD, I must say I’m genuinely saddened by the misuse of the term. It’s a legitimate and harrowing illness, not something to boast of when you don’t even have it. We should really reconsider our choice of words when we say we’re “OCD” about something.
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Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I have a confession to make.

I read this book only because it’s going to come out as yet another chick flick, and I don’t want to miss the chance of at least knowing what the book is about before watching the film (starring Jennifer Laurence, I hear). Continue reading “Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion”

Book Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

 Emmy & Oliver is my new favorite book, it’s that simple. I’m instantly wooed by its sweet but strong story. It’s one of those warm and fuzzy reads that actually has a plot. I’m sold.

Book Review: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

At first I thought this is one of those cute, inane book with the tired friends-to-lovers trope. Thankfully it’s not. It’s gritty and raw and wrong. Cristina Moracho creates a problematic but real friendship between the two characters, Althea and Oliver, who are friends since age six. Their relationship takes a turn when Oliver contracts a mysterious disease.

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Book Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

This book had me from the very beginning and continued to hold my attention until I finished it in one sitting. It’s intense and dark and quite disturbing at some points. And it should be, since this book deals with a serious topic: suicide. Both Aysel, age sixteen, and Roman, age seventeen, want to kill themselves for different reasons. They find the Suicide Partner they need in each other and decide to end their lives on April 7th. Through their interactions Aysel begins to look at her life from a new angle and question her choices. Continue reading “Book Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga”

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