Boys & Knitting

I absolutely loved T.S. Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit (in public).  It was campy and fun and awkward in the loveable way that only the British can pull off.

The sequel, An English Boy in New York, was fun, but was really just riding on the coattails of the first book.  I felt it was trying harder than it needed to.

Regardless, I still like the premise of a boy in the knitting world.

A Lesson Book

magnus2I love Rick Riordan.  I enjoyed everything I have read by him so far.  They are teaching books without getting in your face about it.

Until this one.

I appreciated the diversity of characters, however, instead of just sneaking in strong Muslim or gender fluid characters and having them speak for themselves, I felt like our friend Rick was really trying to hammer home, (ha ha, that was an accidental pun), the fact.  I found it came off as a bit preachy and distracted from the plot at times and so I took longer than usual to read this one.

He almost lost me until he referenced “The Princess Bride”.

Overall, I liked revisiting the Norse mythology that I read about as a kid and will keep up with the series.

Book Review: Faerie by Eisha Marjara

I will admit, I judge a book by its cover.  Frankly, most of us do.  Perhaps we shouldn’t but we do.

Based on this cover, I would not have picked it up.  Based on the description when I bought it, I wouldn’t have read it.  I usually cannot deal with “issue” books, simply because they are often preachy and depressing.  I read this book out of obligation because the author is visiting our library.

What a pleasant surprise!

The writing is stunning.  Self-aware, poetic, agonizingly relatable.  It is full of heart and colour.  I have not lived the experience the protagonist has, but her story was so accessible.  It was easy to see how she slid down that particularly terrifying rabbit hole.

This is not a fluff piece using an issue to market a book, this is a work of art creating a window into a very dark reality for some people.

Thank you, Eisha, for such a powerful read.  I look forward to seeing more from you!

Highly Recommended!

crooked

It is rare I give a book 5 stars.  This one merits each and every one of them.  This book was so difficult to put down.  I just couldn’t predict what would happen next and in the world of formulaic YA literature, that is a rare gem.

This sequel to Six of Crows had some sappy parts, but in general the characters were multidimensional and all so deeply damaged that their lives of crime were not glorified.

The darker, brutally ruthless acts of violence may make this book better suited to older readers who can analyze the psychological trauma that put the characters in the situations they found themselves.

I am going to miss these characters, but I like that Ms. Bardugo didn’t draw the story out into a trilogy with a disappointing finale as is often the trend.

 

Review: Six of Crows

sixOH.MY.GOD. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Greisha series and so was  SUPER excited when I saw she had something new out.

She doesn’t disappoint.

I loved everything about this book, from the world (the same one as in the Greisha series), to the characters (I think I have a soft spot for sassy gang leaders — think Han in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima), to the cover art!

There were some obvious romantic interests, but each character was so individual and their backstories so well told that it really didn’t matter.

With a lot of violence and the loose moral compass (these are gang members we are talking about here, don’t expect much good out of them), this is probably better suited to older readers.

I cannot wait to read Crooked Kingdom!

Series Review: Court of Fives

 

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this series.

The first chapter of book one was hard to get into, although once I got in, it flowed well enough.  The plot is your typical YA structure; impossible situation, romantic interest out of reach, perseverance…blah blah blah… different names, slightly different context, but ultimately the same story.  It was the world that actually caught me.  It was just so INTERESTING!  Enough to propel the story along and haul me with it.

Book two again held me with the world and some genuinely surprising plot twists, although I did find at times the writing was clunky and I had a hard time following along.  I guess it seemed like there were paragraphs or pages missing so when I read a line I would stop and go “Wait, what!?” and have to re-read to figure out what I was missing.  Sometimes I didn’t find it.

All that being said, I think it is worth the read to figure out for yourself if you love it or not.  I am of two minds and so give the quality 3 stars while the world gets 4.5 stars.

Radha’s Recommendations

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