A Smattering of Mini-Reviews

How in the heck is the first month of the new year already almost over?? Where is the time thief that is responsible for this madness? I demand answers! Seriously, though, every year that goes by makes me feel like time just keeps slipping by quicker and quicker.

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I noticed that I’ve been slacking a bit in posting reviews for some of the stuff I’ve been reading and watching lately. Time’s really been getting away from me with everything that’s been going on, but I still want to shine a little spotlight on some of the stuff I’ve been enjoying in the past few weeks, so I bring you this post of mini-reviews! 😀 It’ll be like a little sampling rather than a full course of reviews, but I think it’ll certainly get the job done. 😉

The Plucker, by Gerald Brom:

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This illustrated novel was a real treat. I’ve been a fan of Brom’s work for quite some time. Growing up, my mom had multiple books featuring his artwork and I was hooked from a young age. I loved the dark and twisted aesthetic he had going on. One of the things I like about Brom’s novels, is that he carries over his wonderful artwork and includes tons of illustrations, sketches, and paintings to accompany the story he is telling.

When a young boy’s father unwittingly brings him a gift containing an evil spirit known as the Plucker, it quickly makes itself at home and decides to claim the boy’s life for its own. It begins its reign of terror by going after the boy’s toys, the very things the child has poured so much of himself and his love into. Thus, the toys in this book have a life force all their own, one the Plucker is keen on taking to build up the needed strength to claim the soul of the boy and take over his body. What the Plucker has no way of realizing, is that aside from his toys, the boy also has one badass little old lady for a nanny. One who knows some things about magic herself. It’s a good story with fantastic artwork. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Stranger Things 2, on Netflix:

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Remember when I mentioned how busy I’ve been and how fast time has been flying by? That’s the only explanation I have for why it took me sooooo long to finally  finish watching the second season of Stranger Things. I (and countless others) love this show and the awesome 80’s dose of nostalgia it’s been rocking. Season 2 was awesome. We met some new characters, got to see older characters continue to grow, and learn some more about “the Upside Down”. The horror element of the show continues to grow in a really satisfying slow-burn sort of way, but it never feels dull and boring because you love the characters so damn much. This was a solid second season to a great show, and I may have even liked it more than I liked the first season, which is really saying something. I would give it 5/5 stars. Can’t wait for season 3!

Phantasmagoria and Other Poems, by Lewis Carroll:

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One of my reading goals for this year is to read more poetry books since it isn’t really something I’ve read a whole lot of. Since I have always been a fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, I definitely wanted to check out this book of poems from Carroll. I’ll admit, I wasn’t as smitten with this as I thought I was going to be. I liked the titular poem Phantasmagoria the best of the lot, finding that it had the most character to it. It tells the tale of a little ghost who has mistakenly come to haunt the wrong house. Carroll has a certain easy-to-read quirky charm to his poems, but this book wasn’t my favorite of his works. 3/5 stars for this one.

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur:

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Another book of poems! 🙂 This was a quick and moving read. I admire Rupi Kaur’s ability to pour her soul out onto the pages of this book. Divided into different categories, the poems contained cover topics like love and loss, surviving after trauma, and the power and unity of femininity. I think many of us will be able to find something they can identify with or relate to somewhere in Milk and Honey. 4/5 stars.

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden:

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I can’t believe I somehow never got around to reviewing this one. I read The Bear and the Nightingale with my book club ladies in December, and it made for the perfect winter read. It was both enchanting and addicting. Much like how the main character Vasilisa is enthralled with the fairy tales she is told growing up, you will become enthralled by the one she winds up living. Russian folklore and mythology enrich the story, and the backdrop of winter is capable of being both cruel and kind, with moments that are cozy and heartwarming, and others that are harsh and bitter. 4/5 stars.

 

14 thoughts on “A Smattering of Mini-Reviews”

  1. Stranger Things Season 2 was just as good as Season 1, and I totally agree with you! They did a phenomenal job of weaving in new characters with the old and expanding on the old ones. I loved Elle’s “Goth phase” 😀 She was kind of rocking Loki’s aesthetic! I was a little worried that the series might have been wrapped up, but that final scene of S2 showed there’s much more upside down to come!

    I just bought The Bear and the Nightingale with my Amazon gift card money! I’m not sure where it will be in the pile, but I’m hoping to get to it this year. I fell in love with the sample I read ♥

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    1. Can’t wait to see what you think when you read more of The Bear and the Nightingale. 🙂
      Yeah, they really did do a good job in Stranger Things season 2 with not making the new characters that were introduced feel out of place. I can’t wait to see what they do with the next season. 🙂

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  2. So you, Jen and I are the only ones I think, that read Milk and Honey lol. (Katie didn’t read it and she reads EVERYTHING.) But it sounds like we all had the same opinion on it. Jen admitted to being a prude while reading it and being shocked by some of the bluntness lmao.

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    1. lmao That’s funny about the prude thing. 😛
      I’m so shocked it was just the three of us who actually read it! Especially since it was such a short read. Thanks for letting me know what everyone thought of it. I was curious to find out. 🙂

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  3. Loved both seasons of Stranger Things and The Bear and the Nightingale! I didn’t love the second installment, but I’m hopeful for the third later this year. Haven’t seen the Plucker before but it looks like one I would enjoy. Will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing! ❤

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    1. Aw, that’s too bad to hear that you weren’t as into the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. Hopefully, like you said, the third will be better. 🙂
      I have the second one on my TBR list, just not sure when I’ll get around to it.

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  4. I like the word smattering.

    When I turned 21, nearly 4000 years ago, my dad pulled me aside and said, “that’s it now son, the years are going to fly by now.” They really, really have and they do seem to be going by quicker. I love life though and I think as long as we don’t sweat the small stuff and live life to the fullest we will all live well. Speach over haha.

    I’m about to start watching stranger things season 1. My mates have all been raving about it.

    The plucker artwork is cooooooool. I’ll be liking uo more of Broms art

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    1. Haha I like the word smattering, too! 😛
      Funnily enough, my mom told me the same thing your dad did about time flying by the older you get. At a dumb kid I was like “Psh, suuuuuure,” and now I’m like, “GASP! She was RIGHT!” 😛
      Yay, I am so excited that you’re about to start watching Stranger Things. It’s sooo good!
      Yeah, Brom has some fantastic artwork. I’ve been meaning to do more art book posts for a while, and I want to do one featuring his artwork.

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