I read, constantly. I write up my reviews in the way that I read my books, in short stacks of four…
3. Caraval – I did not know when I dug in that this would be a series – so prepare yourself for a clever cliffhanger. This steampunk dreamscape will draw you in like a vortex. Fantastically imaginative and descriptive – this author has mad world-building skills. If you loved the visual look of the movies: Moulin Rouge, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Golden Compass you will love falling into the world of Stephanie Garber. The book follows a game on a magical island, the sisters who go to play, and the perils that await them. #nothingisreal #mustread
4. Deathless – This story, based on a Russian fairy tale, was reminiscent of The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness (the feel, not the tale itself). I love modern re-tellings of classic fairy tales. It also made me think of my cousin Meg – since it’s one part Into the Woods, two parts Communist Manifesto.
The writing was eloquent – I will be hunting down more Catherynne Valente to read. The story is a beautifully blended balance of magic and actual history, that brings these characters from Russian mythology to life. It’s a story with everything – love, death, revolution, war, wisdom, humor, and imagination.
Stay tuned for my next review. My next Short Stack will include: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; A Children’s Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales by The Great Courses; Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood; and Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.