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Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: Across the Green Grass Fields

Wayward Children #6 )

Author: Seanan McGuire

Published: 12. January 2021

Edition: Tordotcom

ebook, 176 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Portal Fantasy

Summary:

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem.

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◄ 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►


I have read the first three books in the Wayward Children series and I completely adored them! Obviously I was exited to get to Across the Green Grass Fields. Yes, I haven’t yet read the fourth or fifth book in this series but it didn’t matter as this story can stand on it’s own. (Though I do need to get around to the other books soon.)

Seanan McGuire’s writing in the Wayward Children series is gorgeous. I always end up pulled into it from a few sentences. I’m not great when it comes to describing writing styles, all I can say that I love the way McGuire writes and I need to read more books by them. An interesting aspect of this series is the fact that the worlds change with each book, which makes exploring these stories all the more fun. The world in Across the Green Grass Fields was very interesting, I adored how everything was “horse themed”. I was intrigued by all the different beings in this world and I wanted to learn more about everything.

Another interesting aspect of this novella is the fact that we get to see Regan, the main character, from when she was ten to sixteen (if I’m not mistaken with the numbers). It was amazing getting to see Regan’s thoughts and personality throughout the years, especially since she spends all that time in a fantasy setting. Regan’s new adopted family was interesting as well, I enjoyed learning more about them and their relationships with each other and the world that they inhabit. There were two characters that were introduced towards the end of the story that I was curious about, but we didn’t get all that much from them. Which is to be expected from such a short book.

The story was an interesting one. In some ways it felt like a quiet one, since a lot of it is focused on Regan growing up and learning about the new world. Not saying that nothing exiting happens, far from it. This story just felt like it didn’t have the highest stakes, which isn’t a negative it’s actually something I really enjoyed about it. The ending did leave me a bit unsatisfied. I just wanted a little more from it, I wish that McGuire wrote one more chapter for this story. Other than that I really have no complains about this story.

Overall, Across the Green Grass Fields was a fantastic book. The world is fantastic, the characters interesting and the writing gorgeous. What more could I ask for? Obviously I recommend this book to everyone. I’m so glad that this was the first book that I read in 2021.


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Tiger’s Daughter & The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera || Book Reviews

Disclaimer: I received The Tiger’s Daughter from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Tiger’s Daughter

( Ascendant #1 )

Authors: K. Arsenault Rivera

Published: 3. October 2017

Edition: Tor Books

ebook, 526 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBT+

Summary:

Even gods can be slain.

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to check it out. It just sounded like a story that I would immensely enjoy. Sadly, I didn’t end up loving it as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, there were parts of the book that I enjoyed and also some that really bothered me. The Tiger’s Daughter ended up being quite the disappointing read for me.

Books that are written in a letter format are either a hit or a miss for me. Sometimes I adore them and sometimes they just don’t work for me. In the case with The Tiger’s Daughter it didn’t work for me. I think that has to do with the way this whole story is structured. There are two different timelines, one in the present from one of the main characters point of view and the other in the past, told in a series of letters. I think the switching between these timelines and formats they were told in didn’t work for me.

I did like the two main characters, Shefali and O-Shizuka. I enjoyed learning more about them as the story continued. Their relationship was fun to read about and I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other. These two characters and their relationship were probably my favourite aspect of the whole book. There were some other characters that I found interesting, but we never got to know them all that much. Aside from the two main characters none of the others were developed, which was a shame as there were many I was interested in.

The world of this book wasn’t the best. There is the fact that this book is rather info dumpy at points, which did bother me. But the bigger issue is the way the author used aspects of East Asian cultures to create the world. Some references and descriptions were very questionable and they kept bringing me out of the story. I’m by no means an expert in East Asian culture, but even I noticed some of the strange language used. I definitely recommend checking out some own voices reviews, as they can definitely explain the problems more accurately and with more detail.

Overall, The Tiger’s Daughter was an okay book. There were some things about it that I enjoyed and some that really bothered me. This one is a hard one to recommend, as I’m really unsure about the representation in the book.


Disclaimer: I received The Phoenix Empress from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Phoenix Empress

( Ascendant #2 )

Authors: K. Arsenault Rivera

Published: 9. October 2018

Edition: Tor Books

ebook, 544 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBT+

Summary:

Since she was a child, the divine empress O Shizuka has believed she was an untouchable god. When her uncle, ruler of the Hokkaran Empire, sends her on a suicide mission as a leader of the Imperial Army, the horrors of war cause her to question everything she knows.

Thousands of miles away, the exiled and cursed warrior Barsalyya Shefali undergoes trials the most superstitious would not believe in order to return to Hokkaran court and claim her rightful place next to O Shizuka.

As the distance between disgraced empress and blighted warrior narrows, a familiar demonic force grows closer to the heart of the empire. Will the two fallen warriors be able to protect their home?

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars ►

When I started reading The Phoenix Empress I hoped that the issues I had in the first book would be addressed, but that didn’t happen. Somehow it stayed the same and became worse in some aspects? I really don’t know how to explain it properly. I really didn’t enjoy my experience of reading The Phenix Empress.

The world building was expanded in this book and I’m not sure that was a good thing. Somehow it felt even more scattered and confusing than in the first book. There were many gaps in time and events that were just mentioned. It was honestly hard to follow what was going on in the story at points. The world building in The Phoenix Empress just wasn’t well done. The side characters still weren’t developed. This is something that bothered me in the first book and even more in this second one. There are just so many characters that I find interesting and that I think have the potential to be great, but there is just nothing being done with them.

I still enjoyed reading about Shefali and O-Shizuka, but I had some problems with them as well. There was a very long time gap in their relationship, but when they came back together it was as if no time had passed. That seemed like a strange choice to me, as a lot can happen and change in those many years. It would have been interesting to see their relationship build back up, rather than just jumping straight into it. Their relationship just stopped being believable to me.

Overall, The Phoenix Empress was a disappointing book to me. I just had so many problems with it. I don’t plan on reading the third book, I have just lost all interest in this series.


Have you read The Tiger’s Daughter and The Phoenix Empress? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received The Extraordinaries from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Extraordinaries

(The Extraordinaries #1)

Authors: T.J. Klune

Published: 14. July 2020

Edition: Tor Teen

ebook, 400 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBT+ | Superheroes

Summary:

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

Trigger warnings: violence, medication control, death, grief, joking about pedophilia
(trigger warnings are written in white)

I have rather conflicting feelings when it comes to The Extraordinaries. For the longest time I didn’t know how to rate this book, I kept going back and forth between ratings. There were some aspects of it that I really enjoyed and some that really bothered me.

The first thing that wasn’t my favourite about The Extraordinaries is the point of view. The story is told in first person from Nick’s, the main characters, point of view. I found the POV insufferable at times, it kept bringing me out of the story. Nick was oblivious and very stubborn about so many things, which really annoyed me. It was just frustrating to read from his POV. This might be due to the fact that I’m not the targeted demographic of this book, so take that complaint with a grain of salt.

Nick wasn’t my favourite character, due to the fact that I didn’t connect with his POV, but I still liked him at points in the story. By which I mean that I didn’t hate him, despite the fact that I was frustrated with him from time to time. The side characters were interesting, but I didn’t really connect to any of them either. I really liked seeing Nick interact with his friends, their friendship dynamic was one of my favourite parts of The Extraordinaries.

The story of The Extraordinaries was fun, even though I found it very predictable at points. That might be due to the fact that I have consumed a ton of superhero stories, so I know what to expect of them. Still, I enjoyed seeing where the story was going and if I was right about my predictions. An aspect of the story that I really appreciated is the grief exploration, I thought it was very well done. Something that bothered me about this book were the cops, or rather some of the details surrounding them. Nick’s dad is a cop and at the start of the story we learn that he punched a witness and was demoted because of it. A bigger problem than that not being challenged at all is the fact that all the other cops were standing up for him and defending him. There were some other minor comments made by the cops that I found mildly bothersome. This was just a small part of the story, but I still wanted to mention it.

Another thing that bothered me was the joking about pedophilia. Basically, Nick makes jokes towards a rookie detective saying that the detective is in love with him etc. This was something that I found completely unnecessary and I have no idea why it was added to the story. It just made me uncomfortable. Again, this is a small part of the story but I really felt that it was needed to be mentioned.

Overall I had fun reading The Extraordinaries, despite having problems with it. I’m not sure if I’m going to pick up the sequel when it comes out (as I didn’t love this book), but I must say that the ending has intrigued me to find out what will happen next. I would recommend The Extraordinaries, if this book sounds like something you would enjoy.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Hello everyone! 😊💜
This is just going to be a short post explaining why I decided to change the name of my blog.

This is something that I have been contemplating doing for a while. In the end I decided to just go for it and change my blog name. The biggest reason for that is due to the fact that I didn’t like mybookishdream anymore, it also felt limiting in a way. I have had that blog name for 5 years and I’m just not happy with it anymore. Also, mybookishdream was rather impersonal for me – which is something that started bothering me in the past year. In the end the best decision was to just change it to something I like better, so that’s what I did.

I love the name starlightkosmos, it’s something that I picked out months ago (so I have had time to sit on it, and I still completely adore it). I think it suits me a lot more and it has a personal meaning for me. I won’t actually be going into details about that, maybe in the future. All of my social media is going to be under that handle as well (I have already secured the username on the sites that I’m interested in using). Having this new name makes me beyond happy and I’m very glad that I finally made this decision!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

(The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #1)

Authors: Adan Jerreat-Poole

Published: 6. October 2020

Edition: Dundurn

ebook, 304 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Magic

Summary:

Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.

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◄ 1 out of 5 stars ►

The synopsis for The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass sounded very interesting book and I do have a weakness for books about assassins. Those two things combined should have made the reading experience of this book amazing, sadly that wasn’t the case. I really didn’t enjoy The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, I had many problems with it.

The story was all over the place. Many aspects didn’t make sense and the events that happened didn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason. I was confused to what was actually going on throughout the whole book. The world-building was non-existent. Nothing was properly explained. A good fantasy book needs at least some good world-building, to help the reader immerse themselves into the story, this book had none of that. With all of those things bothering me while reading, I also didn’t connect to the characters. None of them stood out to me in any way, good or bad. I just didn’t care about any of them.

Overall, The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass wasn’t for me. I had many problems with this book and the reading experience really wasn’t the best.


Have you read The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Driftwood by Marie Brennan || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received Driftwood from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: Driftwood

Authors: Marie Brennan

Published: 14. August 2020

Edition: Tachyon Publications

ebook, 225 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

Who is Last?

Fame is rare in Driftwood- it’s hard to get famous if you don’t stick around long enough for people to know you. But many know the guide, Last, a one-blooded survivor who has seen his world end many lifetimes ago. For Driftwood is a strange place of slow apocalypses, where continents eventually crumble into mere neighborhoods, pulled inexorably towards the center in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates.

Within the Shreds, a rumor goes around that Last has died. Drifters come together to commemorate him. But who really was Last?

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

Marie Brennan has been an author that I have wanted to read for ages, but I never got around to picking up her books (though I did read a short story by her). When I saw that one of her books was on NetGalley I immediately requested it and luckily I was approved, so here we are now. I have mixed feelings towards Driftwood, there are some things about it that I enjoyed and some that bothered me.

The story of Driftwood is told through several short stories that are centred around the main character Last. This is something that I didn’t expect, as I thought this would be a “regular” novel. Last has lived longer than anyone can remember and he has seen many people come and go. Throughout the book we get to see some of those encounters. Thee narrative isn’t linear in Driftwood, the short stories are more like vignettes that are connected to each other by a small thread. That did end up making the whole book feel disjointed, especially since some of the stories were more developed than the others. The format that this book was written in does allow the author to present many different cultures and worlds, which was interesting to read about.

The only character that we got to know more about was Last, and even with him I still felt like I didn’t get to know him that well. Still, I did find him to be an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing the way he was portrayed in the different stories. The other characters that appeared in the short stories were alright, but as they only appeared briefly they didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. That is the downside when it comes to these vignettes.

Overall, Driftwood was an interesting book. The concept behind it was fascinating, but the execution was lacking in some aspects for me. I would definitely recommend this book, as it was a very enjoyable read.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received The Hollow Gods from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Hollow Gods

(The Chaos Cycle Duology #1)

Authors: A. J. Vrana

Published: 28. July 2020

Edition: The Parliament House Press

ebook, 384 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Mystery

Summary:

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

The Hollow Gods was a very atmospheric and dark book. I ended up getting sucked into the story and reading it rather quickly. I really wanted to know what was going on.

The folklore of this story was my favourite aspect of the book, that and the atmosphere. In case you didn’t know, I tend to love atmospheric books. The author managed to create such a chilling atmosphere in the story and there were quite a few moments that creeped me out. What I did have a problem with was the actual story. By that I mean that I was confused for a big part of the book, I didn’t get the mystery and I felt kinda stupid for that. There just wasn’t a moment that everything clicked for me, I just didn’t get what was going on.

The characters I liked, for the most part. Miya, Kai and Mason were all well formed characters that I enjoyed reading about. I could differentiate all their different POVs easily, which is always great when it comes to stories with multiple POVs. It was interesting seeing the way that all of them came together in the story. There is some character development, but that felt very rushed. There seemed to be no build-up, rather they changed from one scene to the next (or so it felt to me at least). There was also some insta-love elements that I didn’t enjoy, as you would expect since that is one of my least favourite tropes.

Overall, The Hollow Gods was an interesting horror book. I would definitely recommend this book, if you can handle horror and the synopsis sounds interesting.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received The Daughters of Ys from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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Authors: M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux

Published: 11. August 2020

Edition: First Second

ebook, 208 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Mythology

Summary:

An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting of this mythical graphic novel fantasy re-imagining the classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface..

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen’s inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

The Daughters of Ys was a much darker story than I thought it would be, from the synopsis and cover. Both the content and the atmosphere are on the darker side and I must say that I enjoyed that a lot. The illustrations in this graphic novel are wonderful, the writing not so much.

There was basically no world-building and many questions regarding the magic were left unanswered. I was interested in the overall story and I couldn’t stop reading The Daughters of Ys, despite not getting all the answers that I wanted. The only character that I liked is Rozenn, all of the other ones annoyed me in some way. The relationship between the sisters wasn’t well developed, or rather none of the relationships were well developed. I think it would have worked better if we got to see the sisters grow up together through the years, instead of flashing forward to when they were young adults.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Daughters of Ys. I did have some problems with this graphic novel, but despite that I was immersed in the atmosphere and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would recommend this graphic novel if you enjoy mythology and folktales, and don’t mind darker themes.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received A Song Below Water from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


A Song Below Water

Title: A Song Below Water

Authors: Bethany C. Morrow

Published: 2. June 2020

Edition: Tor Teen

ebook, 288 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Sirens/Mermaids | Contemporary

Summary:

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favourite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

Once I read the summary for A Song Below Water I was immediately intrigued and I wanted to read that book. Sadly I ended up being disappointed by it. Don’t get me wrong, A Song Below Water was a good book, I just expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did.

The first half of the book was slow, it took me a while to get into the story. At some points I didn’t have any idea where the story was going. The fantasy elements weren’t explored as much as I hoped they would be. I wanted to know more about the sirens and all the other magical things, but this book didn’t deliver in that aspect. A Song Below Water tackles many issues in our current society – police brutality, racial profiling, racism, sexism and many more. I loved the way the author was discussing these issues, but for a book under 300 pages there were too many issues to discuss them all in full. Some of them just felt skimmed over.

A Song Below Water is told from two characters points of view, Tavia and Effie. I had problems distinguishing between their voices, they were very similar and sometimes in the middle of the chapter I was wondering from whose perspective I was reading. I didn’t connect to the characters, they felt very flat and underdeveloped. Something that I did love about this book is the sister relationship between Tavia and Effie. I loved seeing how much they cared about each other and how far they were willing to go for the other person.

Overall, A Song Below Water wasn’t the book I expected it to be. It was a good book and I would definitely recommend it, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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I Left The House Today! by Cassandra Calin || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received I Left The House Today! from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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Title: I Left The House Today!

Authors: Cassandra Calin

Published: 2. June 2020

Edition: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ebook, 144 pages

Genre: Humour | Nonfiction

Summary:

Hilarious and relatable comics about one young woman’s life, relationships, and day-to-day humorous musings on why it’s good to leave the house sometimes—and when it’s better to stay home.

Cassandra Calin’s ability to document the hilarity of relatable everyday events in a series of webcomics has generated a huge following on social media. This beautifully illustrated compendium of first-person comics about the trials of the single life, school, stress, junk food, shaving, and maintaining a healthy self-image. Cassandra Calin’s comics frequently highlight the humorous gap between expectations and reality, especially when it comes to appearance and how much she can accomplish in one day.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

This was my first time reading any of Cassandra Calin’s comics and I really enjoyed them. They were very simple, but also very cute. All of the comics depict situations that Calin has found herself in. I found many of them funny and relatable, which made my reading experience a lot of fun. The reason that I Left The House Today didn’t get a higher rating from me is due to the fact that I wanted more from the comics. As I said, they are cute and relatable but that’s also it. I just wanted them to have more depth.

Still, I would highly recommend I Left The House Today! It was such a fun and cute read. I can definitely see myself reading more from Cassandra Calin in the future.

I Left The House Today


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