What did I miss? {7/8 – 7/15}


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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!

Commenting: it’s important — Why I think leaving and replying to comments is a vital part of blogging.

How to overcome a reading slump — Not enjoying reading as much as you were? Here are 20 steps to help get you back on track.

[review] Red Glove by Holly Black — An awesome, surprising sequel to White Cat.

Contemporary Summer Event — My guest post over at Planet Print, in which I share new and old contemp favorites.

Whip it Up Mondays — Blueberry streusel muffins. (I took a break from making cupcakes!)


What an eventful week! My internship ended a week early, so I was able to come home. And that means I can cook all I want and drink all the coffee I want. But what I’m most looking forward to is sleeping in. I’m excited to have more reading time, too. ‘Cause let’s be honest: sometimes after a day of work I didn’t feel like reading. This past week was proof of that. I spent a lot of time holing up in my room and doing absolutely nothing.

And because I did absolutely nothing, I still haven’t planned anything for my upcoming blog birthday. I’m going to have to make it my mission to plan something this week.

Say hi to me! — I stopped by Creativity’s Corner for a brief interview in celebration of Anne’s blog birthday!

Like a film — Novel Sounds introduced this awesome new feature in which they pair books to movies. First up? Anna and the French Kiss!

Favorite covers — Liz shared her favorite contemporary YA covers.

Donate your books — If you have any spare books, Cialina can help you send them off to a good cause: the Reading Club.

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REVIEW! Red Glove by Holly Black.


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Red Glove by Holly Black

Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone—least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.


You know when you love the first book of a series so much and then the sequel lets you down? Forget that notion. It does not apply to Red Glove. Holly Black is one talented lady. The Curse Workers story remains just as captivating, if not more than, in Red Glove as it did in White Cat.

Red Glove is all about taking Cassel’s story one step further. There’s more Lila, more Daneca, more Sam, more mom, more Barron. The change is imminent, but good. Cassel shows growth; he’s not the same boy doing the same things and getting the same results. He’s learning, and you can see that through his actions. I love that about his character, because just when you think you can predict what he’ll do next, he surprises you.

Red Glove, as a whole, surprises you. It combines all the elements of a mystery and scatters them as minute details. Each character has a story that contributes to the whole.  Sounds like nothing special, but Black seamlessly weaves them together, which allows for a few surprises along the way – like the Feds. Really, the contrast is great: mobsters versus a government agency. As if there weren’t already enough tension, Black throws more into the pot. But they are both neither predictable nor stereotypical. They’re these two outer forces that are always present, but do not dictate the entire story. Which is good, because if they did, then it wouldn’t be Cassel’s story to tell. I like that even though Cassel is presented with so many options, he ultimately is the one to choose his own path.

Of course, not everything’s picture perfect. I felt the Fed/Mob troubles overshadowed the real issue at hand: Cassel’s brother’s murder. Regarding that, new characters were introduced that we know little of, and I’m hoping they don’t vanish in Black Heart.

This is a very fluid sequel that has a complete beginning, middle and end. And the great thing is that while you’re satisfied with the story thus far, you’re also left unsatisfied just enough to pull you to the next book. Holly Black truly works wonders with her readers’ emotions.

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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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