Despite some places where the plot fizzled out, this was a refreshing retelling with lovable characters and a pleasantly dark atmosphere! And don’t let the length intimidate you—this novel felt like it flew by in a solid 300 pages, not 500.
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Thank you to Netgalley, Turn the Page Tours, and the publisher for sending me this ARC courtesy of a blog tour! 💖 I wasn’t expecting to love Artemisia as much as I did. If executed poorly, possession can be an uncomfortable premise, especially when the dynamic is between young characters and vastly older, larger-than-life beings (in this case, Artemisia and the revenant). In this novel, however, their relationship was actually my favorite part.
After reading Gearbreakers (and being a bit disappointed by it), I was eager to try another YA novel about mechas and East Asian protagonists bringing down oppressive systems. Unfortunately, Iron Widow encountered many of the same pitfalls as Gearbreakers.
Thank you to Netgalley, Colored Pages Blog Tours, and Scholastic Press for sending me this eARC courtesy of a blog tour! 💖 Things We Couldn’t Say is proof that writing doesn’t have to be complex or flowery to evoke strong emotions.
Me (Moth) reminded me that I need to start reading more novels-in-verse! This novel made me feel hopeful, even though Moth and Sani both suffer great losses; their emotional highs and lows emerge from the page.
I was initially surprised by the brevity of this novel (my physical ARC clocked in at less than 250 pages). However, the shortness suits the fast-paced action, as the reader is plunged into Jake’s life as a medium—and one of the only Black (and LGBTQ+) kids at his predominantly white and wealthy private high school.
Gearbreakers revolves around a brutal world in which ragtag rebels known as Gearbreakers battle Windups, massive mechas that are used to oppress the common people. Although excessive in the beginning, the language is consistently powerful, as is the connection between Eris, Sona, and the various side characters. Come for the vibes, stay for the characters, and hopefully, return in the sequel for stronger worldbuilding and pacing.
Unfortunately, I think I fall into the minority when I say that I didn’t enjoy Darling as much as I had hoped. That said, I liked the contemporary thriller lens through which K. Ancrum retold Peter Pan, and the casual diversity is commendable.
I tend to fall in love with books with lyrical writing styles, and The Sea Is Salt and So Am I didn’t disappoint in this regard. The setting of West Finch, a tiny town in Maine that is literally at risk of collapsing due to climate change, gifts the whole novel a semi-magical edge, which balances nicely with harsher realities of car accidents, financial troubles, and SATs (every high school student’s worst enemy).