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Book Reviews with Elizabeth

ELIZABETH LÉKA 

Opinion Editor

Hello hello, and happy holidays! In honor of winter, I’ll be reading a seasonally appropriate book. This article is my present to you, so enjoy!

A Holiday Book:

“Let it Snow” by: John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson

Genre: Holiday Romance

Although this book is composed of three different short stories, they are all set in the same town, and tie into each other. Normally, I’m not a fan of short stories because they tend to lack depth, but these were so intricately tied together, and were really cute fluffy romances. It is a great book to read if you want some holiday cheer, but otherwise, it is kinda cliche. I wouldn’t say the stories are Hallmark-level cheesiness, but they are basic yet weird. Out of the three, I think my favorite story is the first one, “The Jubilee Express.” The titular character, Jubilee, has a complicated relationship with her parents (as they are currently in jail), and her boyfriend is just too perfect. It makes the story all the more fun when she gets stuck in Gracetown during the big snowstorm. My favorite part of her story (and Allie’s) is the gaggle of giggly 8-year old girls. We don’t get much snow in California, and I always wished I grew up in a place that had huge snowstorms. The little girls remind me of all the joys of childhood, and the endless possibilities of a snow day. I just want to forewarn you guys: the rating for this book is gonna be pretty low. It is a good book and very festive, however as I mentioned earlier the romances are basic. There is no epic love story, that’s for sure, but because the book is most likely meant for younger readers, that is to be expected. Other than that, I think you should cuddle up with some hot cocoa and get to reading!

Rating: 3/10

Holiday Spirit: 10/10 (the spirit levels have to count for something, right?)

All the credit for this next idea goes to my computer science teacher Ms. Ary. We were talking about books and she suggested putting recommendations based on other books. I shouldn’t have to explain why this is an awesome idea, but I guess I will. Basically, if you like something, you’ll want to find more things that are like that thing you like. So, if you like cooking, maybe you’ll want to watch cooking shows, or find cool cookbooks. Like usual I read some books, and the subject matter of those books reminded me of other things, so if you like any of those other categories I thought of, you might enjoy these books! Sorry for the super confusing explanation, but hopefully it makes sense. Kinda?

If you like superhero books, then you’ll love:

“Renegades” by: Marissa Meyer

If you like “The Bachelorette”, then you’ll love:

“The Jasmine Project” by: Meredith Ireland

If you like Greek mythology, then you’ll love:

“Daughter of Sparta” by: Claire Andrews

If you like books about activism, then you’ll love:

“No Good Deed” by: Goldy Moldavsky

“We Didn’t Ask for This” by: Adi Alsaid

If you like Gossip Girl, then you’ll love:

“Ace of Spades” by: Faridah Àbíke-Íyímídé

If you like “The Handmaid’s Tale”, then you’ll love:

“The Grace Year” by: Kim Liggett

Back by popular demand (aka my friend told me she liked this part), here is my list of favorite books! A lot of these are mysteries because that’s my favorite genre, but I’ve been working on diversifying my reading selection and delving into other topics. Regardless, here you go!

  1. Scythe series – Neal Shusterman – Dystopian, Biopunk
  2. The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Fiction, Mystery
  3. The Ghosts We Keep – Mason Deaver – YA Fiction
  4. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman – YA, Dystopian, Fantasy
  5. In the Hall with the Knife (Clue Mystery) series – Diana Peterfreund – Mystery
  6. The Folk of the Air Series – Holly Black – Fantasy
  7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab – Historical Fantasy
  8. We Didn’t Ask for This – Adi Alsaid – YA Fiction
  9. It Ends With You – S. K. Wright – Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
  10. Any books I mentioned in previous book reviews (because I didn’t include any books I have already reviewed here)
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