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My Mom Predicts my 5 Star Reads: Update

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Hi guys! How are you? A little while I ago I asked my mom to predict my 5-star reads and now that I’ve read all her picks, it’s time to take a look and see how many she got right:

East by Edith Pattou

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East is a retelling of my favorite fairytale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and set in my country. It’s also got one of those fierce, untamed female protagonists I always fall in love with. The ones with wild hearts and adventures in their blood. The ones so wild they bring polar bears knocking on their family’s door. I love Rose. I love that she goes with the polar bear, not just to save her family from poverty, but because she wants to go, because she’s always wanted to go. I love that when she messes up, it’s her curiously that gets the best of her and I love how bravely and relentlessly she sets out to right her wrongs. This was a very slow and atmospheric read, but I wish there’d been a little more dialogue, cause it all felt a little distant and the romance was hard to relate to.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 

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Blanca & Roja is a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, about sisters from a family where there’s always two daughters and one is always claimed by swans and turned into one. I was enchanted from the first page by this beautiful, magical tale about two sisters, a bevy of swans and two lost boys. Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing is gorgeous and lyrical, her stories are full of magic, but also deeply rooted in reality. I love the way she casually mentions period cramps and stretchmarks, the same way she casually describes boys being taken by the forest and turned into something else. She puts the magical and the mundane side by side and makes it possible to belive in impossible things. This book is wonderful.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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This Narnia inspired story about three siblings who are transported from a WWII bomb shelter to a forest land of magical creatures and talking animals, is absolutely beautiful. It explores what happens when they’re all returned to the real world, and is told from POV of the two sisters: Evelyn who just wants to go back and Phillipa who just wants to forget. Even though I loved both of the protagonist and rooted for them both, I didn’t feel that strong emotional connection that makes a story a 5-star read for me.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve been this impressed by a poetry collection. Fatimah Asghar poems are all rooted in her country’s history, her family’s history and her own experience coming of age as a Muslim girl in America. They explores themes like race, religion, identity, Partition, cycles of violence and sexual abuse. So it goes without saying that they’re extremely powerful to read. Sometimes beautiful, but just as often brutal and devastating.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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This was one of the most intense reading experiences I’ve had in a while. It’s very fast paced, with short, breathless chapters, interspersed with multimedia elements like photographs, drawings, mixed tapes and more. But what kept me turning the pages was the intensity of emotion between it’s two main characters August and Jack. Their relationship is complicated, fierce and did I mention, intense, and I just had to keep reading to see how it would all unfold. There’s also a really interesting fantasy-like element, because Jack has hallucinations of a world where he’s king and August his knight. This book was amazing.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Conclusion

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My mom got 3/5 predictions right and I think that’s pretty amazing! I only got 1/5 right. So I think that proves once and for all that mom really does know best and should be in charge of picking all my books from now on.

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Have you read any of these books? Did you feel the same way about them as I did? Are you impressed by my mom’s guessing skills?
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19 thoughts on “My Mom Predicts my 5 Star Reads: Update

  1. Great picks, your mum did really well, I haven’t read any of these yet but Blanca & Roja does sound so tempting. I really like the sound of all of those books to be honest, my TBR is never ever be kept under control he he.

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  2. Ahhh wow your mom really did amazing with the guessing game 😀 I’m so glad you liked Blanca & Roja and The Light Between Worlds, I really want to read those two 🙂

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