Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From the Den: February 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've been reading A LOT the past few months, partly because I'm just in the mood, and partly because I'm competing with my friend Val to see who can read the most this year. LOL. But I haven't been writing very many reviews, and I need to get back into that habit. So hopefully I can get some of those out soon, but in the meantime, here are some of the books I read back in February!

A January Release
*eARC kindly provided by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley*

This was an emotional rollercoaster ride. There was so much to appreciate about it--the Jewish rep, the realistically flawed sister bond, the sex positivity (so much open dialogue and action, including but not limited to oral sex, masturbation, consent and protection discussion), the anxiety over college and deciding your future, and the not knowing who you are but trying to figure it out anyway bit. It was painful, though, watching Adina and Tovah fall flat on their faces and having to pick themselves back up, especially Adina. But the great thing about this story? It's messy, and the characters are messy, imperfect people. It doesn't shy away from how complicated feelings and life and relationships are. I didn't always love it. I wasn't always a fan of the choices they made. But it was *so good* and it made me cry. And that ending was fucking fantastic. 100% looking forward to Rachel's next book!

TW: self-harm and suicidal ideation
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!


Just a Few Short Reads
Timely and heartbreaking and so very, very good. For so few pages, it stands up well and hits you right where it counts. Justyce's story made me angry, made me cry, made me want to wrap him up in a big hug and tell him that he deserves better. I was so invested, and I'm so glad Dear Martin exists. And I'm such a fan of Nic's writing (really enjoyed her short in the Welcome Home anthology too), so I can't wait to read more books from her!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


A solid end to the overall series! I loved seeing all of my babies again, and I'm going to miss them so much. *sniffs*
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


I'm such a fan of Seanan's prose. It reels me in: hook, line, and sinker every single time. It's so QUOTABLE. And I really, really liked this. Such a strange, magical, interesting, sad little book.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


So good! I really loved Sean's and Talia's story in Hold Me Down so I'm looking forward to more of these shorts!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT ENDING. SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO ME. WHAT DID I READ.

s e r i o u s l y w h a t h a p p e n e d

aaanyway, the graphic novel was really good actually. I'd never heard of it before it came in the mail, and I wasn't even sure if I'd be interested in it. But I gave it a try, and I'm GLAD (even if I'm confused by the ending) because I liked it a lot. It was unexpectedly funny at times, suuuper fucking creepy, and I loved the artwork.

Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!
*Physical review copy kindly provided by Macmillan/First Second* 


I also listened to the audiobooks of HP #1 and Six of Crows, which I enjoyed. I'm still not 100% into audios, but I'm giving it a try for the whole year! What books did you read during the month of February? Let's talk! :)

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