Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl!

Hey folks! So today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about inspirational or thought-provoking quotes, so I’m going to plop some down here. Really, I don’t save a lot of inspirational quotes, but quotes I relate to (which are decidedly not inspirational) so this was a bit of a struggle. But alas, I managed to come up with 10.

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REVIEW: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

November 6, 2018, from Jimmy Patterson Books
Young adult fantasy
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5 stars

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In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

I’ve heard a lot about Girls of Paper and Fire over the past few months, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I was absolutely blown away by the story of Lei and her fellow paper girls and some of the most interesting world-building I’ve ever seen. 

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ARC REVIEW: The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown

The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown

April 16, 2019, from HarperTeen
Young adult contemporary
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Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sophomore year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life. As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps Jess deal with her pain, she also encourages her to embrace her talent as an artist. And for the first time, it feels like the future is filled with possibilities. After In the midst of senior year, Jess’s perfect world is erased when Vivi suddenly passes away. Reeling from the devastating loss, Jess pushes everyone away, and throws out her plans to go to art school. Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone forever.

Desperate for an escape, Jess gets consumed in her work-study program, letting all of her dreams die. Until she makes an unexpected new friend who shows her a new way to channel her anger, passion, and creativity. Although Jess may never draw again, if she can find a way to heal and room in her heart, she just might be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi.

This book was so hard to read. Not because it was bad, but because it dealt with grief and the aftermath of loss. Jaye Robin Brown writes a really emotional, moving story about dealing with compounded grief – which is, like, really hard to deal with.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The First Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl!

So fun fact: I’ve actually been reviewing books since I was fourteen or so, since 2011 – but never for public consumption for a long time. Can you believe it took me this long to start a book blog?

Instead of just finding the first ten books I reviewed ever I kind of want to see the progression of my reviewing throughout the years and also apparently expose myself about the number of blogs I’ve remade.

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