Why You Should Ignore the Critics and Go See Robin Hood

Going into the theater, I was well aware of all the criticism and prejudice against this newest adaptation of the Robin Hood legend. While the film did have its issues, most of the complaints listed by critics seem to deliberately ignore or not take into consideration the film’s intentional stylistic direction and creativity that actually set it apart from the 70 other Robin Hood retellings. Continue reading Why You Should Ignore the Critics and Go See Robin Hood

THE HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan

We last left our heroes Percy and Annabeth falling to their deaths in Tartarus — the underbelly of the Underworld. As the (literal) heat picks up in this fourth saga of the Heroes of Olympus, the seven demigods of the prophecy embark on a thrilling and deadly race to keep the giants — Gaia’s warrior children — from returning to the mortal world.

Allow me to give you one small spoiler: it doesn’t go well. Continue reading THE HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan

THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan

Title: The Son of Neptune Author: Rick Riordan Series: Heroes of Olympus Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade Format: Paperback Length: 521 pages Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Originally published: 2 July 2013 * My Rating: 3 Stars Back Cover Description: Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. Somehow he has managed to make it to a camp for half-bloods, but it doesn’t ring … Continue reading THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

‘Every now and again, a book comes along that is simple yet effective, readable yet memorable. This is one such delight… It is a uniquely humane vision of inhumanity; one to life even the most cynical of spirits’
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Book Review: JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson

Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Author: Bryan Stevenson Genre: Nonfiction, Social Justice Format: Paperback Length: 368 pages Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Date published: 21 October 2014 (originally) Awards: Warwick Prize for Writing Nominee for Longlist (2015), Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-Fiction (2015), NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction (2015), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (Finalist) (2014), In the Margins Award for … Continue reading Book Review: JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson