Quick Shot Book Reviews (22)

Posted 6 September, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 1 Comment

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Quick Shot Book Reviews

25064648The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 448 pages; expected publication September 13, 2016 by Putnam; source: publisher

Y’all. This book grabbed me by the brain and sucked me into this lush and intriguing world. Sefia’s father is killed and she and her aunt go on the run. When her aunt is taken, Sefia takes it upon herself to find her aunt and rescue her. It’s an adventure story set in a beautifully detailed world filled with well-drawn characters, magic and mystery. As we delve deeper into the story, we realize that books are magic–and forbidden. So, of course, Sefia has one and teaches herself how to read it, thus learning to manipulate the world around her (albeit clumsily) and changing her future. Love how, while Sefia is our main character, the stories of the secondary characters add layers to the story and, as we move through this story, start to come together and intersect. It’s not a fast-paced book by any means but it invites its readers to continue turning the pages to find out what happens next. Truly, I had a really hard time putting it down. 5 stars


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

YA fantasy script/play, hardcover, 343 pages; published July 31, 2016 by Little, Brown; source: purchased

Okay, so technically, this story isn’t written by Rowling. Or an eighth book in the HP series. Or even an actual book. But, damn, it was good. I’m certain that a great deal of my joy (and ignoring of any issues) while reading it comes from my never-ending love for the Harry Potter series itself. As I read the story, the actual voices of the characters appeared in my brain for each part (for this, I must thank ABC Family for its constant Harry Potter weekends…) and the characters came to life in front of my eyes. I loved how it was true to Rowling’s vision and true to the world. I loved revisiting those favorite, though older, characters and I loved meeting the new kids in the HP world. I loved how everything wasn’t “perfect” in the wizarding world after the defeat of Voldemort and how Harry is struggling with adulting, just like the rest of us. Now, excuse me while I go reread the whole HP series. 4.5 stars

28220887Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

YA Science Fiction, hardcover, 384 pages; expected publication September 20, 2016 by Tor Teen; source: publisher

Dark and dirty (um…as in dirt-dirt, not the other kind of dirty…I feel I have to clarify this because I read a lot of hot-n-dirty books, versus actual MC-needs-a-shower-to-get-clean dirty), Metaltown takes readers to a gritty world in which the rich stay rich and the poor just try to stay alive. Simmons expertly¬†builds her grim world and populates it with Ty and Colin, two friends who will do just about anything for one another, as they work their fingers to the bone at the factory just trying to survive. Enter Lena, the daughter of the biggest factory owner of them all. Through a series of events, she runs away and finds herself in Metaltown, under Colin’s protection. When Ty gets fired, Colin tries to organize his fellow workers but things get out of hand quickly. While the twists aren’t super-twisty, I found myself wrapped up in these characters’ stories, rooting for the underdog to win against big business. (P.S. NO love triangle — Ty and Colin are just friends.) 4 stars

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