G. Bianco, 2019
Since it's almost the end of the year and I'm super behind on reviews, I decided to do what I'm calling a Multi-Review! Basically, instead of writing a full review of each of these books, I'm going to do a shorter review of a few different books and compile them all together in one post! This idea was inspired by @grayscalebooks 's post on Instagram so shoutout to her for the idea! Without further ado, here are some of my Super Mini Reviews:
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
This YA fantasy book about a girl trying to save her kingdom’s legacy was a good read! The plot was pretty good and Josephson does a great job of creating such a fantastic world. The characters are developed well and Thia’s issues with depression and self confidence make her a little bit more relatable to the reader. I really liked the characters but I didn’t fall in love with them as much as I was hoping to. I’m still going to read the sequel to see what happens next, but also to see a greater character development. I think this series is bound for greatness and this debut novel was a great starting point for it.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Romanov by Nadine Brandes
This retelling of the story of Anastasia and the Romanov family shows what might’ve happened to the royal family if magic actually existed. It is a very slow moving novel. The entire first half can get a bit redundant, but then the pace picks up a bit, with the major climax scene being way too quick! Midway through I was finding it hard to understand Zash and his flip-flopping between fondness for Nastya and putting up his Bolshevik front. However, this story does mix fact and fiction very well and the author even includes a note at the end of the novel explaining what was fabricated and what was historically accurate. The story does turn into a moving story about forgiveness and hope even in the bleakest of times, and makes it worth the read!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Circe by Madeline Miller
Miller’s retelling of the sorceress from Greek Mythology really shows the true feeling of mortality and the things we as humans take for granted. The novel has a stream of consciousness flow to it, just telling of Circe’s life, until about a third of the way into the story when events start occurring that influence Circe’s future. The different parts of the book mesh very well together and intertwine beautifully. The descriptions and inner thoughts of Circe are metaphoric and breathtaking, like her visualizing places like Aiaia. Miller’s insight on the way the world works (which is perceived through Circe) is astounding and simply beautiful. Any fans of Greek Mythology will find this book fascinating and it definitely lived up to the hype of being a Book of the Year 2018 from Book of the Month!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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