Claire’s Reviews: Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle #3) by Rachel Hawkins

3.5 stars.

This trilogy may have suffered from the dreaded Second Book Slump, but the final installment was just as fun and entertaining as the first. Since this is the last book in the trilogy and I haven’t reviewed the first two books, I’m not going to get much into the plot in this review. Overall, this series was entertaining to listen to, but it wasn’t much more than that. The story and writing for the most part were good but not spectacular, but I will give credit where credit is due: the reason I added a half star to my rating and rounded that to a 4 in Goodreads is because this book does something I never see in YA: (SPOILERS in white) the female protagonist chooses her friends over her love interest. Not only that, she kills the boy she loves in order to protect them. There are so many YA books I’ve read where the female protagonists puts her friends/family/the world in jeopardy because she loves a boy and would ultimately rather be with him and have the world burn than be parted from him. Of course, because writers have full control, there’s usually a deux ex machina that saves everyone and lets the love interest live happily ever after. Granted, something similar happens here, but that happens after Harper kills David, and she has no knowledge of a possible resurrection at the time she yields the sword. She puts her own personal feelings aside and does what needs to be done.

Not only that, but this book passes the Bechdel test with FLYING colors. The girls are absolutely front and center in this book, with the boys either way in the background or needing rescuing from the ladies.

To sum up: well worth listening to while multitasking, but probably not something I’m going to pick up again.

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Claire’s #WWCW: Amy Poehler | August 3, 2016

Hello and happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I am celebrating one of my favorite women ever, Amy Poehler.

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My love for Amy Poehler is about on par with my love of Tina Fey. Like Tina, Amy is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. She acts, she writes, she directs, she produces.  Above all, she is funny.

A few weeks ago I finally got around to watching the final season of Parks and Rec, and OH MY it was such a perfect finale in every way. Parks and Rec manages to be continuously funny without ever being cruel or disparaging. I was always left feeling good after every episode. At the heart of the show is, of course, Amy Poehler. She imbues her character with a relentless optimism and vivacity that manages to make watching a show about government work concerning an Indiana town seem constantly fresh and engaging.

Poehler’s memoir Yes Please is as lively and funny as her sketches. One recommendation: listen to the audiobook. Poehler narrates it herself, and she brings along other famous guests. It is both down-to-earth and funnier than I can ever aspire to be. Five stars.

Weekend Rewind | July 25/31, 2016

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Nothing. I AM SO SORRY.

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*hangs head in shame*

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This song.

(Note to all musicians everywhere: please write more songs based on books.)

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Have you seen the first trailer for the Wonder Woman film that came out of SDCC? It looks brialliant, abso-freakin-lutely brilliant. So I really enjoyed that.

I also have been grooving to the song “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow.

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“This past week I finally watched seasons 6 and 7 of Parks and Rec, aka one of my favorite TV shows. And by “week”, I mean 2 days of consecutive watching.” -Claire from last weekend. This actual past week was spent doing fun things with my friend since it was his last week at his internship.

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Fellow booknerds! Today I am so proud to give you a Weekend Rewind in which I recount how in the past two and a half weeks I did…

  • Nothing
  • Some more nothing
  • A little bit of nothing
  • Have I mentioned nothing???

Okay, so that’s kind of a lie. I have been running around to see doctors, but that’s kind of the norm in my life, unfortunately. But other than that I did, you got it, absolutely nothing!

 

Weekend Rewind | July 18, 2016

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….nothing. BUT, I did watch the entirety of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the last two weeks. I think that qualifies as a valid excuse for not blogging.

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…*meep, meep*…

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Music that isn’t Hamilton. Don’t get me wrong, my love for Hamilton still burns bright, but I’ve stopped listening to the soundtrack every day and started listening to more bands. I had forgotten how much I love music outside of musicals!

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I’m not usually one for mainstream pop, but I’ve really been loving Fifth Harmony’s stuff of late. It all has great beats and dance-y tunes and I can’t help but nod my head when I hear their songs. In all honesty, they’ve been playing nonstop on my Spotify.

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I need a new Netflix series to watch. If anyone has any suggestions…

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Not much going on on the personal front. Just chillin’ like a villain!

Claire’s #WWCW: Maria V Snyder | July 20, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s shout out goes to Maria V Snyder, author of the Study and Soulfinder trilogies.

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Though marketed as YA, I would classify the Study trilogy as adult fantasy. Maria V Snyder’s writing pushes the YA envelope by being a lot darker, grittier, and sexier than what is usually the norm for the genre. In addition to the intoxicating plot, Poison Study features a female protagonist with amazing character development. Nothing gets me happier while reading a book than a strong leading lady!

Weekend Rewind | July 11, 2016

A NOTE FROM LILA: Yes, I realize it is not Monday. I’m sorry guys. I messed up. I was running around and…I may have forgotten to post this. But better late than never, right? RIGHT?!?!!!

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So…guess who’s still reading My Lady Jane? Yeah. That would be this girl (*points to self*). It’s not that the book or the narration is bad–it’s actually one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to this year and the book itself is hilarious! It’s that I’ve fallen into a reading slump (dun dun dunnnnn)…

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This past week I rambled about reviewed Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants. !!!!! This book. Easily one of my top 3 books of this year, easily one of my favorite books ever. I HIGHLY suggest listening to the audiobook, since the voice actors are absolutely amazing.

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…*meep*…

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I’ve always loved Sarah Anderson’s comics (I get alerts on my phone when she posts a new one), but this one just really spoke to me:

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I am 1/4 of the way done with my co-op this summer. I can’t believe how quickly it’s passing. Last time I was here the time seemed to stretch forever. Then again, I was working for 6 months at the time. I’m definitely planning on making the most of the time I have left!

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I’ve been doing alright, but I just got the heartbreaking news that a boy I knew from high school has died. He was so young, just 2 years younger than me and fresh out of high school. It saddens me so much to hear of his death and I feel for his family and his close friends! It just seems like there’s so much death going on lately. Of course, death is always going on, it’s a natural part of life, but that’s a philosophical tangent. All I know is that I will miss this boy who made me laugh and smile greatly and I will keep his family in my heart and in my prayers.

Claire’s #WWCW: Renée Ahdieh |July 13, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s post is going to be abysmally short because I lack Motivation. Sorry, Renée Ahdieh, I promise to write a longer post about your works soon!

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Ahdieh is the lovely author of the duology which includes The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger. There are a lot of things I like about Ahdieh’s books, including but not limited to: sharp-witted and sharper-tongued female characters, a lush desert landscape with a smidge of magic, a brooding Problematic Fave, danger, mystery, and love–oh my!

(Ahhh this is so short I will probably do a review of this duology soon to atone for how pathetically short this post is.)

If you’re looking for a sultry mysterious book this summer, I highly suggest The Wrath & the Dawn.