Read + Reviewed is a series of blog posts featuring 2 or 3 books I’ve read alongwith a mini-book review from yours truly! 🙂 (Find more book reviews at Book Reviews A-Z!)
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.
That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.
This book was exactly what I was expecting and a little more! It’s slightly scandalous but innocent enough not to be classified as NA. Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic isn’t a short book but its definitely addictive. And no pun intended but I just ate up this book! The major plot twist at the end is one of my favorites but I still felt like there was some unnecessary drama or action throughout the book. Like many of the characters in the book, Jade is super quirky. But some of the others are more accurately described as charming, sexy, abrasive or just plain disturbing.
Rating: 4 stars
A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka
Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to “protect” young women, is taking over the choices they make.Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad “contracts” her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.
This dystopian world is based on paternalism – women have no say in their futures and their fathers and later husbands make their decisions. To be honest, I can’t even imagine the amount of world-building and background the author would have had to create in the process of writing this book. Many of the characters have intricate backstories. From objects to places to characters, everything is really vivid and alive because it’s described in such detail! There is also plenty of foreshadowing which adds to the suspense. Main character, Avie Reveare, is bold and smart. Her story is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. With each page, the story moves forward and even her flashbacks allows us to understand the dystopian society better.
Rating: 5 stars