Book Reviews · Books

Clap When You Land

clapwhenyouland Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 5th May 2020
Keywords: YA, Contemporary, In verse, Sisters, Loss of parent, LGBTQ+, Sexual assault

Synopsis
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

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Book Reviews · Books

A Pinch of Magic

apinchofmagic A Pinch of Magic
by Michelle Harrison

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 7th February 2019
Keywords: Middlegrade, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Timetravel, Loss of parent, Suicide, Betrayal, Sisters

Synopsis
Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.
Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.
Will they be enough to break the curse?
Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

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Book Reviews · Books

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

theballadofsongbirdsandsnakes The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 19th May 2020
Keywords: YA, Dystopian, Hunger Games, Violence, War, Deception

Synopsis
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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Book Reviews · Books

Breasts and Eggs

breastsandeggs Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 20th August 2020
Keywords: Adult, Japan, Contemporary, Family, Fertility, Relationships

Synopsis
Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Through the story of these women, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of gender and beauty norms and how time works on the female body.

Breast and Eggs is a thrilling English language debut from Japan’s brightest young talent, Mieko Kawakami.

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Gaming · Other

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

animalcrossingnewhorizonsAnimal Crossing: New Horizons
on Nintendo Switch
AMAZONNINTENDO
Released: 20th March 2020
Age rating: 3+

Like millions of people all over the world that have spent the past 3 weeks on their Switches building up their own deserted island community, I’ve been waiting for this game to release for years and as of writing this review I have played New Horizons for over 135 hours.

The only previous experience I have playing an Animal Crossing game is New Leaf that I bought when it released on the 3DS back in 2013 and spent many hours over the years loving and playing (and worshipping Molly).

The hype was real for a mainline AC game to release on the Switch and it is finally here and quite frankly saving a lot of lives right now. If you’re unsure what an Animal Crossing entails, you basically live in and help build up a community for yourself and your animal villagers. It is a very beloved franchise for it’s anxiety and depression soothing capabilities, it’s not a game that everyone will find fun or entertaining but there are a heck of alot of players that rely on this franchise day to day and I am one of them.

With that said, let’s move on to things I like and dislike from my time and experience playing New Horizons so far, bare in mind this is in comparison to New Leaf.

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