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What did I miss? {7/29 – 8/5}


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What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

How do you read…classics? — A new mini feature in which I ask you how you read various types and genres of literature. This week it was all about tackling the classics.

[review] Beauty Queens  by Libba Bray — Satire meets pageant girls meets tropical island.

[review] City of Bones  by Cassandra Clare — FULL of surprises!

Whip it Up Mondays — Doughnuts made easy!


 I really shouldn’t be typing this right now, having just spent seven hours in a car — and about two of those hours in horrendous traffic — but oh well! It was worth it. I finally managed to squeeze in a mini vacation.

Unfortunately there was no time for reading, and I didn’t get in much before leaving. So my slacking streak is at an all-time high. I’m promising myself I’ll read tomorrow while I’m taking it easy and NOT spending any time in the car. Unsure whether I’ll continue with the Mortal Instruments series right now, or start my first Book Sessions book, Second Chance Summer.

Also, if you didn’t know already: it’s August. This is very, very disappointing for me, because that means school is starting again soon. How is it that I always feel like I never really get a summer vacation?

Bout of Books 5.0 — The official BoB sign-up and schedule were posted! I’m super excited to be hosting one of the challenges!

WP Plugins — New to WP? Not utilizing your plugins effectively? Amanda’s got a nifty list of her favorites for you.

[Not much else seemed to be happening in my Reader this week. Did I miss something? Please feel free to leave links in comments!]

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REVIEW! Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.


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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

400 pages | Published: May 24, 2011 | Scholastic, Inc.


 Satire meets pageant girls meets tropical island.

Beauty Queens, while hilarious at its beginning, tapers off as the story progresses.  I couldn’t handle the repetitive snark, sass and mocking; it came across very pushy. It’s overall very witty though, and at times the hilarity I’d enjoyed reappeared to keep me satisfied to keep pushing forward. But it ultimately wasn’t enough to leave me feeling like I’d read something great.

While I love the diversity of the characters, I never felt too attached to any. It got to the point that I’d either forgotten one of the contestants were still around, or I’d forgotten their name(s). And the ones I’d started to care for didn’t stay true to their initial personalities. (I’m mainly looking at you, Adina.) And some simply had/found no resolution. (Case and point: Taylor.) It was as if just as Bray got me to become invested in some of their stories, it all fumbled.

The second half of Beauty Queens, to me, pushed its wit to the limit. It wasn’t funny anymore – it was ridiculous. More ridiculous than its first half, I mean. I just wasn’t buying it anymore. I was no longer invested.

Even though this is one clever, funny story, I expected more from it – more sustenance, progression, and resolution. I wanted more of a cohesive story, and because of this, Beauty Queens  felt like it was lacking that magical something.

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What did I miss? {7/1 – 7/8}


8 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

My reading comfort zone — Sometimes expanding your reading tastes can backfire.

Book sessions: a reminder — Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to join the first session! Come read and chat without worrying about reviewing!

Authors: the Twitter experience — Authors aren’t always what we hoped they’d be.

Book jewelry — I found the cutest little book charms on etsy and had to share them!

Whip it Up Mondays — The many uses of Greek Yogurt.


I got to work from home this week, and aside from some work hiccups, it was really nice getting to sleep in a little later and being surrounded by family and hanging with friends. Also, internship is almost over! Coming into the home stretch right now. Couldn’t be more excited at the thought of getting to finally settle at home for a month. Commuting almost two hours is such a pain. (Yet, the work and experience is well worth it.)

Far as reading goes this week, I finished the last of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and am about to begin Red Glove by Holly Black. I also bought Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. So, basically,  I’ve very excited about my upcoming reads!

…Oh! And my blog birthday is less than three weeks away and I’ve got nothing planned! Time really did fly away from me. TGR will be two. TWO! My little site is almost a toddler! …Anyway, have any ideas for a birthday bonanza?

Review Requests — Amanda discusses what should be proper etiquette used for sending review requests to bloggers.

Need a good contemp? — Then check out Liz’s Top 10 favorite YA contemps!

Tea, anyone? — Guiltless Reading found the cutest Alice in Wonderland teas, cookies and cupcakes.

Revisiting the 90s — Tara has a great nostalgic post about 90s teen mags, like YM and Teen Beat. (Man, I miss the 90s.)

Pocket Princesses — Because they’re cute.

Having it All — Author Jennifer Hubbard talks feminism.

Tiger Lily, a review — Nafiza’s powerful review only fueled my need for this book even more.

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TGIF! (9)


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TGIF is brought to us by Ginger at GReads!

It’s a way for bloggers to celebrate the end of the week with a nice re-cap of their weekly posts and to answer a random question.

Blogger Confession: What’s the last book you could not finish? (or had a hard time finishing?)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I know, I know. It’s an amazing book. It won the Printz award, after all. Plus the writing is catchy. And a kid with mad cow disease? What’s not interesting about that? I was hooked until I got about halfway through, and then everything just quickly fell flat for me. I like creepy, crazy, funny, strange. But not the kind that Going Bovine offers. For lack of a better way to say it, the story basically unraveled, along with my interest.
I haven’t completely abandoned it, though. I hope to return to it sometime in the future, because it is in no way a “bad” book. I’m just not feeling it at the moment.

Vlogging: This is How We Roll

REVIEW! The Iron Queen – You must read this; it’s fabulous! **

Coming up this week:
Review of Stay by Deb Caletti!

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In My Mailbox (5).


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This meme originates over at The Story Siren.

Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

So happy to finally have Deadly Little Games! December 28th couldn’t come soon enough! Not sure I’m going to bump this to the top of my reading pile, though, even though I desperately want to.

Going Bovine seems like it’s going to be great, too. I finally picked it up, thanks to Nafiza and her awesome review.

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