Book Review

Poison For Breakfast

By: Lemony Snicket

Poison For Breakfast, by Lemony Snicket, is a pleasant short read, the kind of book you keep in your back pocket to pull out in all the little in-between moments. Although a short read, Poison For Breakfast dives into very deep philosophical questions and concepts. While it makes you think deeper and see things in a renewed perspective, Snicket keeps the overall tone quite light through inserting bits of humor and personal flavor. A rather fascinating thing about this book is that it is written from Snicket’s point of view. While romanticized, this is Snicket’s own recalling of real-life events. The story manages to be realistic, yet still so captivating and original. There are so many bits and pieces for everyone to relate to. Snicket uses his personal narration to captivate the reader into his mind, as if he were sharing his inner monologue. It keeps the story fascinating, and allows Snicket to weave in anecdotes and allegories through the main storyline. This book is definitely worth giving a chance, especially due to the absolutely potent wisdom-to-length proportion. It’s a short read, but a worthwhile one nonetheless.

The Cartographers

By: Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers is a thrilling mystery that mixes the real world with fantasy. The way Shepherd is able to keep you engaged throughout the whole book is truly amazing. She is able to communicate the characters in such a way that allows you to really see into their thoughts. The world of cartography is shone under a light, and the wonders of the art are highlighted well. Shepherd crafted a very complex story through this novel. It is filled with different timelines and points of view. The way the narrators switch was done in a very understandable way. Although the story is complex, it is still easy to follow and comprehend. It takes many of the elements seen in fantasy novels, and then applies them in a way that feels realistic. This read will definitely have you looking at maps in a whole new way. There are also lots of different relationships The way the characters have their blood relatives as well as chosen family is a wonderful representation of love. This read also pushes a lot of thought into technology and its relation to reality. It prompts you to really think deeper and more imaginatively about the world around you. Not only is it filled with so much depth, but it will also bring out your inner child.

A Good Girls Guide to Murder

By: Holly Jackson

This mystery thriller is jam packed with excitement and intrigue. Jackson pulls you into the world along with the main character, Pip. It really feels as if you are right next to her solving the mystery. Jackson provides many possible murderers, and constantly makes it eas to second guess yourself. The story slowly uncovers details of the murder, without unfolding anything too quick. This makes the story such a page turner, as you are always seeking to figure out what happens next. All the details are so well done, and the story as a whole is incredibly fascinating. There are a wide range of characters, and the small town setting allows for so many different intertwined relationships. The different character voices and multitude of dialogue makes the story have a quick pace. It definitely is a plus that the main character, Pip, is a frequent user of dad jokes. In fact, there are also many comedic and light moments within the story that make it a little lighter. The inclusion of romance and friendship also keeps this book from being too dark. It’s a book that definitely keeps you ready for the next.

Good Girl, Bad Blood

By: Holly Jackson

As a sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, this book is wonderful. It definitely lives up to the expectations of the first book. It still holds many of the same aspects of the book before it, but it creates a fresh storyline. There are plenty of familiar characters, and the events of this book pick up right where Jackson left off. The main character has much development, and Jackson really pulls you into her character. The inner dialogue of Pip brings you into her mind and you begin to see a new side of her in this book. The relationships she has are widely affected by the first book, and the development of those relationships is so fascinating. Jackson includes many details, as simple as nicknames, to show you the relationships and to further develop them. They feel realistic and often provide a good relief from the more dark sides of the story. This read will continue to draw your passion and intrigue for both the case and the characters.