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Far From You by Tess-Sharpe

Far From You is one of those books that kind of seeps in around the edges until you’ve been completely caught up in it without realizing. Though not perfect, it’s a solid book and the lacking bits probably wouldn’t have seemed as lacking if they weren’t juxtaposed by such brilliant bits. It’s haunting and powerful in a way that’s stayed with me since I closed it.

Let’s get the unpleasant out of the way first.

Things I Didn’t Like:

I understand the inclusion of the whole murder mystery aspect, it gave the plot an arc and the story momentum. For most of the book it was an interesting addition, though it definitely took a backseat to the brilliant character parts. However, when the end came and you found out whodunit, it felt so flat. Like, okay, really? That person? For those reasons? It technically wasn’t totally out of the blue, but it definitely felt that way.

Love Letters to the Dead

I asked for this book from the FSG catalogue because of its unusual writing style. The entire book is written by a young girl to dead icons. When the ARC came and I saw so many blurbs from so many authors I love I was doubly excited to read it. Then the hype monster took over. Even Emma Watson was crowing about the book on Twitter. I generally go against the grain when it comes to what I like. I was worried that Love Letters to the Dead would disappoint because of my odd tastes.

I couldn’t get away from hearing about it so I picked it up off the shelf. And it was amazing.

Ava Dellaira is a welcomed new voice to literary young adult contemporary. Her writing is lyrical and haunting and at points I found myself reading the same letter over and over trying to grasp how she came up with a string of words that could jerk my heartstrings so wonderfully.

Hey everybody! How are you fine people doing today?

​I want to take a momentary break from reviewing and bookish shenanigans to talk about words. Specifically commonly used words that are also slurs.

Trigger warning: I’m talking about slurs so assume this post will be full of words you may find offensive. I’m using them in a way I hope is constructive, educational and will ultimately make us all (slightly) better people. However, if you can’t handle that, you may want to click out of this window and go look up kitten videos or whatever floats your boat. You have been warned.

The intention of this post is not to rehash and complain about known problem words (I mean, we all know that if you call someone retarded/faggot/cunt you’re probably going to cause a problem, right?) Same goes for profanity. I understand that some people find it offensive, but being crass is not the same as being hurtful.


I definitely don’t venture into the realm of contemporary YA as often as many other genres – I have an incurable “magic brain”, and so stories with some speculative element usually appear to me more. Even so, when I love contemporary books, I love them a lot, because there’s something about them that makes me bubble up with happy feels and sometimes a renewed faith in humanity.

And such are my fuzzy-happy feels about this book. (And its cover. I could look at this cover for hours.)

Parker’s voice is immediately down-to-earth, and she’s a protagonist who can be quickly liked and related to. She acknowledges her own flaws, works towards controlling them, and is a master of genuine awkwardness. I feel like too many heroines are “awkward” in a way that feels contrived because authors are attempting to give them any character flaw they can find, kind of like the “clumsy main character” trend that refuses to disappear from YA literature.

Stormdancer US

For those of you following on twitter, I finally got my first tattoo this week and it was a pretty awesome experience. It was, of course, inspired by a bookish theme. But I’m already planning my next one and I almost certainly think it should be a YA inspired one. I’ve thought of a few series you could easily tattoo from. Let’s all share and care to help inspire each other!

Things to consider/I’ve learned from my tattoo experience:

1) Size of your ink

Since lines blur and fade over time, you want something that’s not going to become a hot mess in a few years. If you’re getting a small tattoo, keep it simple and not too detailed.

Also, if it’s your first tattoo, maybe do what I did and go with something small and quick to get.

2) Consider future ink

This was some great advice I got online.

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