I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time to blog (or read, for that matter). I will still be busy the next few weeks so I only had time for writing these mini reviews of the ebooks that I’ve read this month. Enjoy!
Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi – ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Here’s a confession: I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen. Yet.
I went into this novella because I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was getting into buying The Star-Touched Queen, mainly because I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about the book. I honestly don’t mind being spoiled for it because it has given me a solid reason to go read all of Roshani Chokshi’s books. The thing is, I’m not really a romance person. And even though I’m a big fantasy person, I still had a lot of qualms about reading it because, from the synopsis, it felt a little too much like The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which I liked, but not as much. I know many people didn’t love her books because of the romance and the prose, but I surprised myself when reading it because I turned into a squishy, squealing mush of feels and happiness that had everything to do with the book. I fell in love with the characters, the language, the setting, the dialogue – everything! I am a dark (ish) person who doesn’t believe at all in happy endings but now, I shamelessly profess my undying love for this novella and for Chokshi’s delicious writing that is as vibrant and as fascinating as the Night Bazaar itself.
And now to order those two books…
And I Darken by Kiersten White – ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
I wasn’t expecting this from a YA author. Not that I have anything against YA, I confess that I love the genre and a huge percent of the books that I read are from it. But this book had the elegance and the maturity not found in most books by YA authors. It did not hold back in terms of brutality and in exploring religion, especially Islam. And it succeeded in breathing new life to the classic Dracula legend in a way that made it relevant to the modern world through its poignant portrayal of LGBTQ and feminist characters – modern characters that fit seamlessly into a traditional setting. I believe much has been said about the plot and its characters, but I would just like to add that this is a highly recommended addition to any library that needs diverse books.
Ninth Circle by C.A. Harland – ♦ ♦ ♦ ◊