My Book Rainbow

Book Reviews

I thought about doing this for a while, but then never actually got around to doing it! I wanted to do it way back when, but then I moved, things got frantic, there were adult things to get done, and I fell into a massive rut, which was more like a gorge. Now though, I’m back and ready to talk about books, travel, and my kinda-not-so-interesting life!

RedThe Gates by John Connolly
OrangeThe Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski
YellowMr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store by Robin Sloan 
GreenIt’s Not Easy Being Green by Jim Henson
BlueThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
PurpleHeart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Mini Reviews:
The Gates – Grabbed from the bargain bin at an old bookstore (Borders) because the cover intrigued me. Basically the story is about how a gate to Hell accidentally starts to open due to a family that lives at 666 Crowley Road. Now that the gates are there certain things want to get out, and it’s so close to Halloween! It’s up a young boy and his dachshund to save the world. It has that young reader feel and really brings back a childhood feel.
The Fifty Year Sword – Listen. I loved House of Leaves. Like, I tell everyone to read that book if they haven’t read it before. It’s a literary adventure, flipping the book all around and slowly driving yourself insane by measuring the walls of your house…but enough about that, let’s talk about this book. It’s similar in that it’s not like your average book. Words dangle on the pages and the story is very abstract. There is a party and a mysterious visitor comes in and hunkers down with the children to tell them a story, a story about the fifty year sword. That’s really all I can leave you with without spoiling anything. 
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store – Okay. So this is another book that I passiveaggressively shoved at everyone after I read it. I LOVED this story! It mixes the old times and the modern times so wonderfully. Showing the obvious contrast in technology vs. handmade/written and also has a secret society, and who doesn’t love secret societies! The story is so well written and the characters were just so easy to relate to. Just remembering it makes me want to re-read it and then shove it down people’s throats all over again! Also. Google. I love how Google is all throughout this book. 
It’s Not Easy Being Green – This book is a collection of quotes and witty lines from Jim Henson and others about the characters that he played that shaped a lot of people’s lives (He was the man behind Kermit the frog) it’s a nice read and I enjoy collections of quotes from time to time. Actually, I really love quote collections. 
The Fault in Our Stars – I think everyone has heard of this book, but it case you haven’t I’ve summarize it for you. A tragic YA romance novel about a girl and boy who meet at a cancer support group. It’s a bittersweet story that really tugs at your heart strings and makes you collapse into tears at the ending, which you don’t really see coming. (Or if you do, you don’t want to see it coming)
Heart of the Matter – I enjoyed Something Borrowed. Even though I didn’t want to like the character and I was totally not for the whole friend steals fiancé from best friend right before wedding thing, I found myself hating the best friend more and more throughout the book and was totally okay with her fiancé being stolen from her. This book is has the same sort of foundation, and by that I mean another cheating scandal story. It feels a bit like it’s the same story but with different characters and a slightly different outcome. You feel me?

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!