BOOK REVIEW: Kindred Spirits – by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Short Stories
First published: February 25th 2016
Finished reading: March 2nd 2016
Pages: 96
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“Everybody likes Star Wars,” he said. “Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.”

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I’ve read and enjoyed all Rainbow Rowell‘s YA novels, so when I found out she wrote a novella for World Book Day I knew I had to get a copy immediately. While I’m not really a Star Wars fan myself, I still really enjoyed reading Kindred Spirits. I maybe didn’t get all the Star Wars references, but the story itself is entertaining. The prose is easy to read and feels really ‘modern’ with hashtag and other social media references. The three people in the Star Wars waiting line are the perfect example of the fact that first impressions can be wrong… And that it can go both ways. If you like her YA novels and want another sample of her work, Kindred Spirits is definitely an interesting enough novella. Not my favorite story, but still really entertaining!

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Ever since her father introduced her to the world of Star Wars, Elena has been a fan. So when a new movie is about to come out, she decides to queue outside her local cinema so she will one of the first to enter. She was expecting to find tons of people all celebrating their love for everything Star Wars together, but when she arrives at the cinema it turns out that she is the last in a line of only three people. Elena decides to stay anyway and make the best of her ‘line’ experience… Although finding a short line isn’t the only thing that will surprise her during her days outside the cinema.

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Kindred Spirits is a short and entertaining read I’m sure Star Wars fans will love. And even if you are not really into Star Wars like myself, this novella is still interesting enough to read anyway. Rainbow Rowell is an excellent YA author and really knows how to develop her characters and write teenage dialogues. Recommendable!

WWW Wednesdays #81 – March 9th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m normally not a romance fan, but ever since reading and loving November 9 I have been wanting to pick up another Colleen Hoover book. It was between Ugly Love and Maybe Someday, but the first one won… I’m still not that far into the story yet, but hopefully I’ll find time to continue soon. I’m also still reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton; I really like it so far, but I haven’t been in the mood for historical fiction lately and I don’t want to rush it. Fingers crossed I’ll feel like reading historical fiction again soon!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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A lot of finished reads this week, but most of these are short and easy reads…
* The first novella I finished was Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, a Star Wars-themed story she wrote for World Book Day and very entertaining!
* I then read both Red Queen novellas Queen Song and Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard. I can’t say I was impressed… The second was slightly better than the first, but I don’t think they are actually worth reading.
* I then read One by Sarah Crossan, which turned out to be a superfast and interesting read. The prose reads almost like poetry and the story itself is intriguing.
* I decided to continue with Eve by Iris Johansen afterwards because I didn’t want to bring my kindle with me during my trip… I kind of wish I brought another book instead because it was almost a torture to have to read this story. I will have to work on my DNF skills…
* The last book I finished was a lot better: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I already knew I liked her writing style after reading Why Not Me? and this one is without doubt entertaining as well (although a bit slow at points).

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to finish my Red Queen series read and both reread Red Queen and read Glass Sword… Although I might pick up Random by Tom Leveen first depending of which genre I’m in the mood for. I have also been wanting to read Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch since I really enjoyed the first book; The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney is still my latest TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #80 – March 2nd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m still reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and so far I’m really enjoying it. The only reason I haven’t finished it yet is that my reading slump is making it hard to concentrate for a long time and I have been reading ‘easy’ reads instead… So that’s why I decided to start reading Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell as well. It’s a short read so I will probably finish it today.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished was All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I always enjoy a good historical fiction WWII story and this one has to be one of my all time favorites. Such a beautifully written story!
* I then read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, which ended up being a very interesting read with a lot of funny moments. Warning: make sure to read it when nobody is around because you will probably laugh out loud!
* I also finally picked up my first Spanish read in ages: Bestiario by Julio Cortázar. I really liked the combination of ordinary things with magical realism elements… But I have to be honest and say that some stories were a lot better than others.
* The last book I finished is The Secrets Of Lake Road by Karen Katchur, a book I picked up on a whim and turned out to be a really quick read.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I might pick up Random by Tom Leveen depending of which genre I’m in the mood for… Although I will probably start my Red Queen series marathon by reading the first of two novellas Queen Song. In case I don’t want fantasy, I have Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover lined up as well; The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney is still my latest TBR jar pick.