All the Ugly and Wonderful Things | OH LORD JESUS, FIX IT

Title: All the Things Ugly and Wonderful

Author: Bryn Greenwood

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Published: August 9, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books (Nice chums who sent me this book for a HONEST review!)

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.



NOPE. NO THANK YOU. I was living a very fine and holy life before this book, thankyouverymuch.


I’M A TOUGH READER OKAY. I can take a lot of things in literature. Severed heads on golden pillows. Poison burning a person from the inside out, melting fair skin and other useful organs. You know, the usual.

BUT I COULD NOT TAKE WHAT WAS IN BOOK. 

Ugh, where to begin??

  • Honestly how Wavy was represented was pretty darn annoying. I feel like Bryn Greenwood was trying to make her “quirky” but no??? She’s mentally not ok! I mean, she’s been living with an abusive mother and a father that’s a meth dealer! That’s not quirky! 
  • Wavy’s whole childhood sucks. Like…too much. You can tell the author’s just trying to tempt your pity and she goes extremelyyyy overboard. It’s just exhausting reading about how every single aspect of Wavy’s life is sooooOoooOoo awful.

  • We were promised some brother-sister relationship love WHICH WE DID NOT GET. So basically, Wavy raises her little brother, THEN HE IS MENTIONED IN LIKE TWO PAGES. Sibling relationships are scarcely detailed in YA, and this book had the perfect opportunity to fix that! But it failed. Atrociously.

  • Now let’s get down to the TRUTH. To the real problem I had with this book. Sooo the story gives you something pure, sweet, and innocent. Then it brings up those sculpting little hands and twists it into something broken and disturbed. How? Well, towards the beginning of the book, Wavy and Kellen have this charming sibling-y friendship. Then, halfway through, it shifts. They become romantically involved. What’s the big deal, you inquire? Oh, pfft, nothing. Except that Wavy is 13 and Kellen is 25ish.


    If you’re still questioning why I gifted this book with only one-star, here is a book recommendation for you: The Word of the Lord Our Savior

    Chums! Excuse me for that rant! What one-star reads have you been burdened with this year?

    Also, what books with “unpopular” topics have you read? How did you view them? Was it a) wow my eyes are totally opened to the world or b) JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL?

    Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer | Review

    Title: The Sword of Summer

    Author: Rick Riordan

    Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy/Mythology

    Rating: 

      

    Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

    One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
    The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
    When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
    Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

    Of course it was amazing. It was written by Rick Riordan!

    Rick Riordan put some of the best qualities from his previous books into this one. Sass? Yep. Hilarious characters? Check. Some amazingly sinister and some amazingly stupid gods? Uh-huh.

    Magnus Chase is pretty awesome. Of course, he could be a little dull at some times, but his sass makes up for it. And Samirah al-Abbas? She’s pretty much the Annabeth of this series, complete with chronic eye-rolling at Magnus’ abundance of stupidity. But let’s be honest, Otis is the one who really makes the book. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

    There was plenty of action! Maybe not quite as much as the Percy Jackson books, but still more than enough to keep turning the pages. 

    And could we forget the hilarious chapter titles? Of course not. It just wouldn’t be right. 

    I don’t know much about Norse mythology, other than what’s in the Thor movies (Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, ahem) but I feel very educated after reading these books. You might enjoy them more if you already knew about the world, but it’s not a requirement for sure. And the ties to pop culture were so much fun!

    Though this book certainly wasn’t as good as the Percy Jackson series (what could be) it was so much fun to read and deserved every single one of those five stars.

    ALSO, I went and saw Rick Riordan at the Fairfax event and it was glorious. He’s just as hilarious as his books. If you haven’t heard about the new Trials of Apollo series, go check it out! And if you have, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!