Reviews by alumeng.ajl
Amazing!
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This is the kind of book that is so deadly serious that you feel like you should be, too. But then there were times when it made me laugh out loud. It's completely tragic, yet oddly uplifting and wonderful. Most of the twists were wonderfully unexpected, and I loved the writing style. Personally I found Queenie far more interesting than Maddie, but thought that the way the book ended was rather fitting. Will definitely recommend it, for all of time.
One of My Favorites
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I find this book superior to Between Shades of Grey. The latter receives more acclaim and is more well known, perhaps because of Out of the Easy's touchy topic, but they're both amazing. I just think that Out of the Easy is better. Out of the Easy is spectacular, and very realistic. I adore it.
So Amazing
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This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels of all time. It's extremely intriguing, although definitely not a book that makes you happy. I think that Ms. Sepetys' second book, Out of the Easy, is superior, but this book is still absolutely brilliant.
Shadow and Bone
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This is by far one of my favorite recent YA books. So many YA books revolve around dystopian futures, and it just gets old after a while. Shadow and Bone takes place in another world, in what is basically tsarist Russia. It's beautifully written, and defies expectations. No characters are simply one dimensional, and you really get invested into the story. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Really recommend it.
Heartwarming
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I adored this movie. There were some aspects of the book that were cut that I had hoped would remain (e.g. *SPOILER* Charlie's sister's abortion *SPOILER*) but otherwise, it was a great adaptation and a wonderful film.