First Look Club: Reina reviews The Big Nine

You know how when tragedy strikes and you waste so much time feeling awful about it and hoping things would go back to normal – a.k.a. the way things were – rather than accepting that life as a person affected by this tragedy is the new normal? The same is true for AI.

The G-MAFIA and BAT can’t take back the technology they’ve created, and there’s no going back to the point in the road where we didn’t coexist with thinking machines. But The Big Nine says we can at least start steering the bus to a different destination now.

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Fully Booked Blog: Reina reviews Seafire

Shut your eyes and picture a ship with a crew consisting entirely of girls. I don’t mean a ship captained by a girl, or a ship whose officers are girls. I’m talking an entire crew, from the captain to the officers, the engineers and the sharpshooters, down to the cook and the person who drains the waste from the ship, consisting entirely of girls.

A whole ship, mastering the open sea, weathering storms, running repairs, fielding pirates, raiding warlords’ fleets — completely ran by girls.

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Reina reviews The Hate U Give

We know The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the YA Black Lives Matter novel, but it’s so much more than that.

The Hate U Give is not solely focused on the aftermath of Khalil’s death. It’s also a window into the circumstances that allowed it to happen, the void his death tears open in Starr and their community, and the reality that one boy’s death will not be enough to end centuries of inequality.

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First Look Club: Reina reviews 99 Nights in Logar

Despite difficulties with context and animal cruelty, once it hits its stride, 99 Nights in Logar still turns out to be an engrossing read.

The book doesn’t sugarcoat the grit, the reality of thieves and hash-heads and kids who know how to shoot rifles before they’re even old enough to drive. We are shown the dynamics of the locals with both the American soldiers and the Taliban, as well as the aftermath of the Communist occupation.

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First Look Club: Reina reviews What If It’s Us

These high school kids are dramatic and dumb, but hey, it’s high school! Isn’t everyone dramatic and dumb at that age? The beautiful thing about What If It’s Us is that, despite the squabbles and misunderstandings the characters tangle themselves in, they ultimately approach their issues with honesty and a desire to forgive.

These dumb, dramatic high school kids also display a maturity that you rarely see in high school novels (or even in grown-ups in real life). It’s pure and refreshing (and grown-ups in real life could learn a thing or two from it).

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Reina reviews Heartless

We all know the kind of person the Queen of Hearts will turn out to be, so it’s fair to say no one will be picking up Marissa Meyer’s Heartless expecting a happy ending.

Heartless is a tale of how even the most sanguine of hearts can be warped into something unrecognizable by loss and regret. Long after you put the book down, the moral of the story lingers: Follow your own heart – or else you lose it.

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