Gleeful Grace Book Review

where a blatant bookworm reviews books



My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

I have never been so scared by a little girl–a fictional one, no less (except maybe those creepy girls in the Shining)! A few years ago, I went through a phase where psychopathy and sociopaths intrigued me deeply (don’t get me wrong I’m a good noodle I swear!), and I read many books on this topic. A twisted, heartless child psychopath just makes everything so much more exciting, and I couldn’t wait to see what devious acts she could come up with. Continue reading “My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier”


Our Dark Duet//Finally Here!!!//

I remember loving This Savage Song (that title!) and basically all Victoria Schwab has to offer, and I’ve been waiting for the second half of the duology for a long time. I was ecstatic that Our Dark Duet (and this title!) was finally here, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Continue reading “Our Dark Duet//Finally Here!!!//”

Velveteen by Daniel Marks // Raging Ghost Girl and Crumbling Underworld Society

Oh, well well. One of those book I started forever ago but never dug into. I wonder why I didn’t finish this book the first time round, because it’s quite interesting. The premise of ghosts hustling in purgatory sounded quite a delight.

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The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill // Vanishing People and Colliding Worlds

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book immediately reeled me in with its magical atmosphere and fairytale plot. I love the premise of worlds interlacing and colliding with each other, causing seemingly inexplicable Vanishings.

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The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine//Slightly Interesting Magic Battles

I’ve never read any books by Sarah Fine, though I’m intrigued by the premise of The Impostor Queen to give it a try (adventurous me). While it’s a decent enough YA fantasy read, I feel like it’s just that: decent. Not extraordinary but also not cringe-worthily bad. It has all the right elements but just wasn’t enough to blow my mind.

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Review: Shift by Em Bailey

I got this book from way back but only recently picked it up from my huge TBR pile (do I smell a trend here. HALP.) For some reason I went into this book with great anticipation. Maybe it’s the premise: humanoid shapeshifter lurking among and attaching themselves to clueless human victims like parasites. How exciting! That cover is also pretty suitable and pretty! #coverlove Continue reading “Review: Shift by Em Bailey”

Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

I started this book a long long time ago but for some reason never progressed beyond chapter 4. Last week, I just said to myself, “see how short, how puny this book is? Of course you can finish it. You can do it.” I read and liked Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, so after I remembered Belzhar is inspired by that book, I got way more interested.

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Review: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

The premise of this book immediately drew me in. A boy with mutism with a fondness for writing in notebooks and hotel-loitering? A metaphysical girl with silver hair who claims to be immortal? Sign me up.

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Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I was so blown away by this book. I’m not even exaggerating. So many emotions.

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