Rooting Out Some Reviews

Linking to some book reviews!

A Reader of Fictions sings the praises of Sarah Rees Brennan’s In Other Lands, where grumpy Eliot finds the doorway to a magical realm. I loved Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy trilogy, but this review says that In Other Lands leaves that in the dust.  If only it would show up at a local bookstore!

My Thoughts… Literally takes a look at Warcross from Marie Lu. This review is pretty much in line with my thoughts on the book, calling it an interesting if slow story but noting that while the characters were likeable, they didn’t leave much of an impression.

The site also reviewed A Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken. Bracken is already a big deal in the YA world (though this is a MG book), with her Darkest Minds trilogy hitting the big screen in the near future.  As I’ve noted in the past, I’ve found her earlier works okay, but they haven’t exactly wowed me.  Though the review had some issues with the plotting, it ultimately found the book to be a fun read that is perfect for the fall.  So you might want to run out and get it before winter really arrives.

A third review from this site is another positive one, for 13 Minutes from Sara Pinborough. The book follows a girl who is trying to figure out how and why she almost died, as she has no memory of the event, and becomes suspicious of her friends, leading to her turning to an old friend who she dumped when she became popular.  Which… doesn’t really sound like a person you would want to hang out with if you think someone might want you dead.  The review notes that the Mean Girls comparison from the synopsis is a good one, as the book examines what it means to be a true friend through the group of frenemies that make up the characters of the book.  While the beginning is a little slow, the review promises that it builds to an engaging mystery that you won’t want to put down.

Overflowing Bookshelves looked at The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. This is a modern take on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, so of course it was released just before Halloween.  Err… okay.  Anyway, the book follows Holly Chase, a Scrooge who refused to change in spite of the best efforts of the ghosts, and was thus sentenced after her sudden death to work for Project Scrooge, trying to help other miscreants change their ways.  When the new Scrooge is very similar to Holly when she was alive, she gets very invested in making sure he doesn’t repeat her mistakes.  The review found the book fun and liked Holly and Ethan, with the only disappointment being the lack of development for any supporting characters.

The site also praised Renegades from Marissa Meyer, a beloved YA author… who I have never checked out for some reason. The review praises the superhero-esque story for balancing action and character moments.

As Hulu is filming the pilot for the adaption of the Locke & Key graphic novel written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, you might want to check out their more recent collaboration Tales From the Darkside. Adventures in Poor Taste reviews this one, which was actually planned as a CW TV series from Hill, but the first few planned episodes were turned into a graphic novel when the network passed on the project.  It is also interesting to look at this now, given that the CW has purchased a new pitch about a horror anthology series.  The review claims that there is going to be more stories in the series, but I haven’t heard or seen anything about that since this review was posted back in March.  The site also looks at Small World from the Hill/Rodriguez team, a one-shot in the Locke & Key world.

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