Unspeakable Acts : review

Unspeakable Acts by Sarah Weinman (editor)

*e-ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!*

A brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing that illustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, edited and curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The Real Lolita.

Goodreads' link to the book!
Release Date: July 28th, 2020
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Honestly, I feel a bit weird giving this book a star rating, since it's an anthology accounting true stories.
I did give it one but didn't break it down, like I usually do, to how I came to that rating. Instead, I wrote out my opinions, and what to expect from the book!

Stars: ✦✦✦

• Though not all of the stories were new to me, I still got lots of new information. Though you might want to note, that these are all previously published pieces.

• The collection had vastly different types of cases and also reflects on why some became well known, and why people can be fascinated by them.

 Written by many different people; reporters and journalists, some with ties to the cases, it goes in-depth into 13 cases one by one. As with any anthology, you might end up really liking the style of one and really disliking the next, but fortunately, that didn't happen to me.

 Organized into clear sections separating different types, the book moves well (though you could just read a few here and there if you so choose). The first delves into four crime cases with classics features, the second goes further into cultural interaction related to crime, and the third being more broad and general about criminal justice.

! This book goes through real-life cases, and if you haven't figured it out yet, don't read the book if you are sensitive to reading about true crime cases. !

Read on lovelies,


Faith: Taking Flight : review

*Disclaimer - this is technically next week's post, but since this book will be released in a couple days, I wanted to go ahead and publish this now!

But don't worry I'm not changing schedules, and the next one will be on the 25th (also a review of a soon-to-be-released book I'm excited for!)*

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Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

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*ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!*

From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin', comes the first in a two-book origin story of Faith, a groundbreaking, plus-sized superhero, from the Valiant Entertainment comics.

Goodreads' link to the book!
Release Date: July 7th, 2020
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Stars: ✦✦✦✦.5
So as usual, I'll tell 4.5 things I liked about the book and 0.5 things I didn't care for.

First I'll point out that I'm not familiar with the original comic, so I can't say how accurate things are.
And quite surprisingly, this is my first book by Julie Murphy that I've read, though I know her work Dumplin' became popular and is being released on Netflix now.

+1 | The plot and pace
It took me some time to actually pick the book up, but once I started reading it, it felt like it flew by. The plot is interesting and the story moves at a good pace

+1 | Events and storyline
It has some crime and a bit of mystery, but at the end of the day, the characters were what made the story so engrossing. Also, another thing I enjoyed was how the author wove in fandom with a popular TV show starting to film in town.

+1 | Characters
I loved Faith's personality, and the set of people were so interestingly different with everyone having their own personality, perspective, and background which brought depth into the book

+1.5/-0.5 | Relationships and romance
As much as I felt like the characters were what drove the story for me, I didn't like the relationship triangle. At the same time, I saw how it was necessary to really show Faith's struggle in getting to know herself. But then when it comes to the friendship groups, I adored them!

Note: If you're interested in this book being "the next superhero book" with plenty of action, you might be disappointed - though there is action and tells the tale of a "superhero" in the making.
Maybe it's the younger-feeling writing or that the characters are at the forefront.

To end I'll just say, that I'll definitely be reading the next (and last?) book when it comes out!

Read on lovelies,