Sunday, September 22, 2019

Mini Book Reviews: from Isle of Blood and Stone to Sadie

“There’s no rule that says you have to be a prodigy to be a hero,” [Nova] insisted. “If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers.”

—excerpt from Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I’m changing things up a bit. Usually, this is the time of month where I’d post a book review if I’ve read a good one lately. Or I’ll just cram something else in its place. Seeing as I like to feature exclusive content on my blog before I post things on Goodreads and how my reading schedule is all sorts of messed up, I don’t have a book review for today.
I have five!

If you enjoy young adult and new adult novels, you’re in for a treat. Book are arranged by the order I read them.

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

Genre: young adult, fantasy
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Mini description: secretive… shhhh

“The look Mercedes sent him was pained. ‘That is your first choice? Not every girl enjoys playing with dolls.’“Elias gave her a considering glance. He guessed again. ‘Knives?’”

Yes, Elias. Give the little ghost children knives. There’s no way that could possibly go wrong. A plot built on secrets with characters determined to unravel them, Isle of Blood and Stone swept me away with its world-building.

The sequel, Song of the Abyss, just came out, and I’m impatiently waiting for my library to get a copy. Anybody know how long it typically takes a library on the continental US to get new books? I’m used to waiting a year if that’s any sort of reference.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Genre: young adult, science fiction, superheroes
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Mini description: heroes?

I almost passed this one up, but I’m glad I didn’t. A story that plays on and embraces superhero tropes and culture, Renegades is an excellent page-turner. Not to mention the characters are well-developed, more so than from what I remember of The Lunar Chronicles, which I actually had some issues with. Renegades, on the other hand, confronts many aspects in its world.

If I could have any prodigy power from those in the book, I’d go with Honey’s. She can talk to bees and wasps and such. Never get stung again and have a lifetime supply of honey. I see no downsides to this aside from possibly getting labeled a supervillain. #savethebees #allthehoney

I recently talked my sister into reading the book. Mwuahaha! And I read the sequel, Arch-Enemies—which was a little mind-bending—and the third and final book, Supernova comes out this fall! Super excited!

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews

Genre: young adult, contemporary
My rating: 5 STARS!
Mini description: waffles

You know how I pre-ordered this book and kept ranting about Drews’ work? (By the way if you haven’t already, you should check out her blog at Paper Fury.) Well, I finally got around to reading her second book, and it was even better than the first! While I was reading it, I kept thinking things like, “Aw! That part’s cute… Oh… Oh, dear. There’s NO WAY this can end well.”

I’ll try not to give spoilers (or repeat authors in reviews on my blog, shhhh), but this book helped me through a recent bout of depression. You should check it out. And for all my American friends, you can buy it in print via Book Depository or other international sellers, AND it’s now out in e-book via Amazon and Barnes & Noble! *throws glitter that will permanently get stuck in the scales of my dragons*

For the full review, check out Goodreads.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Genre: young adult, contemporary
My rating: 5 STARS!
Mini description: relatable

The contemporary novels win the year. I’m just saying. Having read one of Zappia’s works before, I thought I’d give this one a try. Within the first few chapters or so, Eliza and Her Monsters had me hooked, and by that, I mean I-stayed-up-until-two-a.m.-hooked. Since graduating from college, I don’t do that with many any books. And the story hit close to home in its social anxiety and depression representation without belittling either.

For the full review, check out Goodreads.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Genre: new adult, contemporary, mystery
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Mini description: fight for justice

Yeah, so this book ripped my heart out and stomped on it. A lot of people classify this one as young adult, but I’d put it in the new adult section, especially if you consider the age of the protagonist—19. It was a good book with a fast pace and alternating points of view, though the content was rather intense.

Interested in any of these books? You might also enjoy The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas (superheroes), In the Palace of Rygia by L. Nicodemus Lyons (non-magical fantasy), A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (contemporary, see book review), and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (contemporary).


Let’s chat! Have you read any of the listed books? Which did you enjoy? Which are you most excited about reading? Want to more mini reviews like this one? Let me know!

Similar book reviews: Kids Like Us, Antiheroes, and A Thousand Perfect Notes

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