Monday, January 29, 2018

From the Den: December Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)

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I read A LOT of books in December, but most of them will be talked about in different posts. I've grouped a lot of them together because omg so many books. I also finished my reread of The Scorpio Races and reread Prisoner of Azkaban on Christmas Day. Anyway, here are some of my December reads!


A September Release
*eARC kindly provided by Flatiron Books via NetGalley*

Gah, this was so EFFING GOOD. It took me a damn long time to finish, but I loooved it. It lost me in moments, but the bleeding heart of the story, two women who learned that they were more than their origins, that they could shape their own futures, was my favorite part of this. There was such a beautiful, deep love between Mina and Lynet, and one that was threaded throughout the course of the book, and woven into every interaction between them. And I adored the blossoming romance between Lynet and Nadia, a girl with her own ambition but who decided what she wanted could be more than she thought. Such a fantastic, original, and truly feminist take on Snow White. I loved this story of girl power, friendship, and breaking free of those who would try to mold you into a person you don't want to be. It was a slow-burn kind of tale, but one that is worth it for that ending. JUST. GAH. I LOVED. 
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!


Free Simon & Schuster Reads
When I saw this on Simon Pulse's site, Riveted Lit, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it. And holy shit, what a WILD ride. It went places I wasn't expecting, and man. I don't even know, guys. It was just a thrilling, fucked-up book!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


another thing about the rules. they weren't meant to be broken. they were meant for the broken to follow. 

Oh, this was hard on the heart. But so important. And gritty and real and a very honest look at gun violence. That ending got me so much. I don't know what to even say about it because I feel like it's something you should just experience without knowing anything about it beforehand. But yeah, SO GOOD. Definitely worth a read.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


A Wattpad Book
This was SUPER CUTE. Not wholly original as it pulls from so many different fairytales, but I definitely enjoyed the story. I'm glad I ended up reading it (and you can too as it's on Wattpad!) and after reading Julie's debut too, I'm so looking forward to anything else she writes!
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


A Sequel
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first, but I definitely appreciated the deeper messages, and how the author showed the complicated sibling relationship between Jack and Jill. Sometimes, love is enough. And sometimes, it isn't. The two of them were socialized so terribly, made to be kept separate from each other, just twins who coexisted in the big Wolcott mansion. Their parents, so focused on gender and perfection and you can never be your own person, pushed them toward the doorway that they found in their grandma's trunk. And in it, they found the Moors, and lived two very different lives. Though not quite friends, some things are bigger than untold pain and a past that they can't reconcile. I remember the two of them from the first book, so I was excited to learn more about what world they fell into, and of how they came to be who they are now. Definitely an intriguing and unique series! I can't wait for the next book.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!

Some of my favorite quotes:
Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.

The trouble with denying children the freedom to be themselves - with forcing them into an idea of what they should be, not allowing them to choose their own paths - is that all too often, the one drawing the design knows nothing of the desires of their model. Children are not formless clay, to be shaped according to the sculptor's whim, nor are they blank but identical dolls, waiting to be slipped into the mode that suits them best.

Beauty was all the brighter against a background of briars. 


What books did YOU read in December? Have you read any of these yet? If so, what did you think of them? Let's talk! :)

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