Jaimie from Fiction Fare does a post called Quickie Reviews. I know she isn't the only one but this segment on the blog is influenced by her.
The idea is that there are so many books to read and sometimes writing longer reviews takes too much time even if you adored the books.
So yes I Adored these books I just don't have a lot to add to the inter web collection of reviews already out there.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does.
Cover: Simple yet fits Willowdean to a tee.
I'm currently reading this out loud to my mom and my reread (something I don't normally do) Willowdean The MC is a strong person and no matter your size you can relate to her. I loved this way more than "Side Effects May Vary." This book isn't just about acceptance of body types it also teaches about confidence and independence.
Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
Synopsis: Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters
Cover: A river flowing with gold fits the dream of the Gold Rush.
The story starts off with a Mulan feel of girl pretending to be a boy. Carson writes a female character who actually deals with girl problems. I.e. Accidental periods and having to hide it since she is pretending to be a boy. I truly loved this story for the adventure aspect plus it's destination in a place near and dear to me Sacramento at Sutters Fort
A Thousand Nights by E.K.Johnston
Synopsis: Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead.
Cover: Love the fancy script and colors. The smoke tendrils add a nice touch to a geniesque story.
Overall Thoughts: I adored Arabian Nights as a kid. After reading this I went and rewatched it. The flow of the plot was great. I also liked the story inside a story. It was crisp and kept you wanting to listen till the end.
Have you read any of these? Any chance you want to talk about them?