Looking at Caraval, Frostblood and Wintersong

Trying to figure out which of the 2017 YA/MG releases you should check out? Hopefully this post can help!

Stephanie Garber’s debut novel Caraval is one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and booktuber A Clockwork Reader thinks all the hype is justified.  Blogger The Eater of Books was afraid that the actual story wouldn’t live up to the hype, but these fears turned out to be unfounded.  She couldn’t think of anything specific that she didn’t like about the book, and is eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Not everyone was as satisfied with it, however. The review at Reading Teen says that while it was an engaging story, it was ultimately a disappointing book that just reminded her of other, better stories.  The Book Addict’s Guide was similarly disappointed, lamenting that the she wanted more structure to the world so that she could understand the rules of the magic in the setting.

Canadian author Elly Blake is also making her debut early this year with Frostblood, set in a world of people called Forstblood or Firebloods, depending on what element they can manipulate. Madison’s Library was a fan, saying the book has everything she looks for in a fantasyThe Book’s Buzz was less impressed, saying that there needed to be more world-building, and that the story really offers nothing that hasn’t been seen before.

Writer of Wrongs offers a dual review of Frostblood and the Phantom of the Opera retelling Roseblood.  She praises the former, saying that even if it’s fairly predictable, arguing that the lack of extensive world-building is actually an advantage for this story.  Roseblood, on the other hand, gets an extremely negative review.  A Reader of Fictions also liked Frostblood, though she thought the secondary characters needed some more work.  The post also offers a far more negative take on Bound by Blood and Sand.

Another early 2017 release that is getting a lot of attention is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, a reimagining of the movie Labyrinth. Lilli’s Reflections was a fan, but admitted that the ending was a disappointment.  Literary Dust was less impressed, finding it difficult to connect with any of the characters, human and goblin alike.  Lair of Books ultimately praised the book, though the review admits that it is a bit slow paced, and there is a significant focus on music, which might frustrate some readers who lack a deep understanding of or appreciation for music.

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