A few mini-reviews to end the week!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – A fantastical tale about fourteen-year Sophronia who is recruited into Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Of course, Sophronia discovers she is to learn a lot more than dancing and how to properly curtsy. The story was a little too juvenile for me, but I appreciated the author’s inventive world-building and the overall humour and whimsy.
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Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game by J.B. Bernstein – A work obsessed sports agent comes up with the idea of creating a reality show to find a MLB-ready pitcher in India. I enjoyed this funny fish-out-of-water story about how sometimes when you take responsibility for others, you realize it’s time to take responsibility for yourself.
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Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I was so disappointed with Insurgent, I wasn’t even sure I was going to read the last book of the series. However, Allegiant made-up for it with a fast-paced story that (sort of) answers questions about what happened to the world and why the factions exist. In this book, Tris and Four alternate narrating the story which was weird, but I got used to it. The controversial ending didn’t bother me, but I thought everything was awkwardly wrapped up and then dragged out for too long. No matter what, I can’t wait for the next movie!
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai – Malala’s story not only describes her rise from ordinary Pashtun school girl to international advocate, but introduces us to an intelligent girl with dreams that are bigger than her life of Twilight novels and obsessions over good grades. Malala campaigns for all children to have access to an education and I have been greatly inspired by her story to support this important cause.
Have a great weekend!