Book Review: “Shades of Grey”

“Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey #1)” by Jasper Fforde

Genre: Adult Fiction, Dystopia

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.

Eddie’s world wasn’t always like this. There’s evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion.

Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk.

Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey

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Behind the Blog: Olivia at Books, Beauty, And Coffee

Behind the BlogGreetings to Olivia from Books, Beauty, And Coffee.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Olivia, I’m 19 years old, and I’m a book addict! The reason I started this blog was for not only books but also because of my chronic illness. I get to connect with people on both accounts which is really cool. I’m currently in college, studying nursing, and that’s about it! To sum it all up, I’m an old cat lady with too many books.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

Oops, I think I might’ve answered some of this question in the one above. I saw on Goodreads that a lot of people blog about books on either wordpress or blogger and they post all kinds of things about them. I always loved reading and now I like to share my thoughts and opinions on the books I read through my reviews and I love hearing what other people think.

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Book Review: “Beauty”

“Beauty (Folktales #1)” by Robin McKinley

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Source: Library

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Summary from Goodeads:

A strange imprisonment…

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

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Acquired Books*

The Founder’s Curse by Danelle O’Donnell [review request]

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed and  Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame [library]

Altered by Ginnifer Albin [bought]

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Book Review: “The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp”

“The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Alfred Kropp #1)” by Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy’s coming of age

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