Hi everyone! Since I’ve been reading a lot lately, I decided to do some mini reviews instead of a long review for some books so I could do some mashup reviews with a similar theme. So obviously from the title I’ll be reviewing some fantasy books for you. I hope you find something you enjoy!
Author: Naomi Naovik
Genre: YA, High Fantasy
Uprooted, hands down, wins my favorite book cover of the year. I guarantee no other book cover will compare. I love the typography, the segmented pictures, it makes me feel like I’m reading an old but timeless story. Uprooted reminds me a lot of the classic fairytale, every sentence is infused with such magic and wonder that you can’t help but be entranced by the story. It straddles the line between YA and Adult. YA in that the main character is in her teenaged years but the writing feels very mature. I thought the characters were so interesting, the magic (especially the Wood) to be utterly original and the twists had me surprised up until the end. I thought this book was going to one thing, then I thought it was going to be another and it turned out to be neither. I did have a problem with the novel’s lack of tension which I will try to describe. For example, if you were reading a book about a society that bans ice cream. But the author doesn’t reveal that information until after someone gets arrested for eating ice cream which is essentially my problem with the book. Some information could have been revealed at better points in the book. But overall, highly recommended especially if you like whimisical but dark fairytales.
Title: Throne of the Crescent Moon
Author: Saladin Ahmed
Genre: Adult, High Fantasy
I was expecting so much more from this book so I was kind of disappointed but it was definitely entertaining. But really, what a breath of fresh air from the pseudo medieval European settings I’ve been kind of tired of lately. Instead it takes place in a pseudo Middle Eastern setting where there’s things like ghuls, shapeshifters, and magic. I liked the action packed plot but my biggest problem with it is the rushed character development. It just made them not feel like real characters. I recommend this book for those who want to get started into adult fantasy and if you like reading about characters’ thoughts/stream of consciousness.
Title: Sex Criminals
Author: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Pages: 128 (Issues #1-5)
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Graphic Novel
I only need to give you the premise of this book and I think you’ll be hooked: When Suzie has sex, she stops time and one day, she meets Jon who has the same ability! The premise is crazy but the story is grounded by the endearing characters and awesome, kind of dirty, humor. I love reading about Suzie’s journey in discovering this ability but along the way, she discovers what it means to have this ability and the crazy shenanigans that she gets into because of it. Interestingly enough, I think this book has a lot to say about society’s attitude towards sex and how it’s perceived. And funnily enough, for a book supposedly about sex, it’s actually not that explicit. Highly, highly recommend if you are looking for a fun, different read. Also, some interesting plot developments in this novel have me so excited for the second volume.
Plus the page with the wall of sex moves was hilarious.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them! Have a great Hump day!