Hey friends, this is gonna be a short entry because I’m trying to fight off some gnarly sinus gunk. If you missed the first half of my monthly reviews, you can find that here.
The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy
Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
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I loved the first one (my review is here) and the second was no different. Well, it was, but it was just as enjoyable as the first. The first book, as all first books must, took time to introduce us to the characters. In this one, I really appreciated that we got to see Robin, Karya, Woad, and Henry interact in a more everyday capacity. And y’all know how I love a ragtag team of misfits. Each character has such a unique voice and style. No one feels carbon copied or cookie cuttered. And everyone has such strong, clear-cut motivations. Have I mentioned how much I love characters playing off one another? And now there’s just so much to love in this book, from the world building to the characters and lore. I have feelings about everyone, even the baddies. It’s hard to really pick out specific things because everything in this book was enjoyable. I initially wrote down 4.5/5 stars, but for the life of me I can’t remember why, so I’mma just make it 5/5 now. And the ending left me very curious about the next one. Will it open up one minute after this one ended or will we get to jump in and see progress immediately? Good thing I have a goal to finish reading all the series I’m in the middle of currently 😉.
The Goblin and the Witch Child by Juliet Boyd
Childrens, Chapter Books
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Like the first in the series I read back in November, this one was full of whimsy and charm. I’ve been attached to Sprout as a character for a long time since Juliet started him off as a sort of mini-series of flash fiction on her Instagram feed ages ago. And her little illustrations are really charming throughout the book. We got to see more of his family this time around and more of the forest too. It’s one of those places full of wonder and possibility, and Juliet does such a great job immersing you in it. My only disappointment with it was that the story seemed to end very abruptly. To me, it didn’t feel like it wound down the way a usual story was, but rather was ramping up to more. And fair dues, there’s another one after this. It just surprised me.
The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan
This one is a reread. If you’d like to read my original review, you can find that here.
Thanks, everyone for reading. I hope your 2018 went well and that 2019 holds great things for you.