Book Review: Know Your Beholder

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about a musician climbing back from rock bottom.

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Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: March 3rd 2015
ISBN: 0316368911

As winter deepens in Pollard, Illinois, 30-something Francis Falbo is holed up in an attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother’s death, his beloved wife’s desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band’s irreconcilable break-up. He hasn’t changed out of his bathrobe-“the uniform of a Life in Default”-for nine days. All he has left is hischildhoom home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants, becoming increasingly entangled in their lives, with results that are by turns disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing.KNOW YOUR BEHOLDER is an uproarious and affecting novel about what we do when our lives have crumbled around us and we must collect the jagged pieces and begin anew. Seldom have our foibles and our efforts to perservere in spite of them been laid bare with such heart and hope.

Disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads for a fair and honest review.

The Good…:

Author Adam Rapp gives readers a glimpse into the life and mind of rock musician turned landlord Francis Falbo, following a series of devastating events in his life. As Francis grapples with his mother’s death, his wife’s abandonment, and the break-up of his band, he begins to obsess over the lives of his quirky tenants. Agoraphobic Francis’s life is hysterically depressing. He walks around in long johns, a bathrobe, and slippers for a large part of the book, grows out a beard he’s constantly losing food in, and facies himself at times a detective, a burglar, and a spy. All while “trapped” inside his childhood home.
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Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles)

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles (Book #3.5)
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date: January 27th 2015
ISBN: 9781250068743
Edition Language: English
The synopsis according to Goodreads states:
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

The Good…:

Author Marissa Meyer gives fans of The Lunar Chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at the evil Queen Levana. Despite showing what made Levana who she’s become, Meyer still manages to keep Levana an unsympathetic character. Whether or not this was her intent, I appreciated this. Too many times authors try to rehabilitate villains to make the them more relatable to readers. This can go over well, or it can declaw a perfectly good villain and turn them into a joke. Instead of becoming relatable, Levana is shown to be an even bigger villain than I ever thought possible in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.  [Continue reading…]

Book Review: Sentinel (The Covenant Series)


“Some people say when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life gives you one seriously ticked off god gunning for your ass, you prepare for war and you hope for paradise.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sentinel Kindle Edition: Sentinel Series: The Covenant (Book #5) Pages: 312 pages Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Date: October 31st 2013 ISBN: 139781937053482 […]

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Because I Really Need Another Book Challenge…


While browsing Pinterest I came across another book challenge. Considering the fact I’m already doing six of them this year, I’m not going to necessarily “do” this challenge, but I thought it would be interesting to see how much of it I’ll accidentally complete this year while participating in the other six challenges. As of today, this […]

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Book Review: Apollyon (The Covenant Series)


“And that was the thing about truths and secrets. Sometimes the truth didn’t need to be known. The lie was healthier than the truth and, while some secrets could set people free, other secrets could destroy them.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Apollyon ebook: Apollyon Series: The Covenant (Book #4) Pages: 272 pages Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Date:  April 4th 2013 […]

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Book Review: Deity (The Covenant Series)


“Emotions that are forced always end in tragedy” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Deity ebook: Deity Series: The Covenant (Book #3) Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Date: October 31st 2012 ISBN: 1937053156 Edition Language: English The official Goodreads synopsis states: Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if […]

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Book Review: Pure (The Covenant Series)

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“I guess there were two types of people in the world, those who sat around a fire, staring into the flames, and those who started the fire. Seth and I started the fire, and then we danced around it.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure   ebook: Pure Series: The Covenant (Book #2) Pages: 304 pages Publisher: Spencer Hill Press […]

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Book Review: Half-Blood (The Covenant Series)

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“Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Half-Blood Book: Half-Blood Series: The Covenant (Book #1) Format: ebook Pages: 242 pages Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Date: September 19th 2011 ISBN: 9780983157212 Edition Language: English The synopsis […]

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Book Review: Catcher in the Rye


“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Paperback: Catcher in the Rye Pages: 277 pages Publisher: Back Bay Books Date:  First published 1951 ISBN: 9780316769174 Edition Language: English The synopsis according to Goodreads states: Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical […]

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Book Review: Esperanza Rising


“I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there?” ― Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising Book: Esperanza Rising (Paperback)  Pages: 288 pages Publisher: Scholastic Press Date: May 1st 2002 ISBN: 9780439120425 Edition […]

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