Hello folks and welcome to another round of 100 word reviews! I thought I’d have to start doing these a bit more regularly but I’ve been struggling to read recently, what with a changes at work and an August trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which was fab but didn’t leave much time for reading!) so we have a short but sweet wrap-up for the books I read between July and September. Enjoy!
Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow is told that she is cursed; the town of Jackalfax blames her for everything from spoilt marmalade to heart attacks. She’s also destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she’s whisked away by Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor to compete in the trials to enter the Wundrous Society and a chance to finally feel like she belongs. I really enjoyed this book; it’s quirky, the magical world is fantastic and the trials are great. It’s a middle grade book that’s compelling, fun and a great page turner.
Find my full review for this here.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to learn more about race in Britain. A lot of discussions on racism are based around America so I think a really compelling part of this book was the history section.The tone of this book is great; it’s calm, it’s logical, it’s matter of fact. And it’s full of citations. While it did not blow me away in the way that The Good Immigrant did, it’s definitely an important addition to anyone’s library on structural racism in the UK, especially as we Brits, up until recently, were not open about it.
All of This is True – Lygia Day Peñaflor
Tantalising premise, good execution, disappointing big reveal. The premise: four teenagers befriend a young author and share their deepest secrets with her. Fast-forward one year and the author has published a book based on their secrets and one teen is in a coma as a result. Peñaflor uses multiple mediums to tell the story; interviews, digital journal and extracts from the fictional book. A page turner, but the twist was predictable, the characters a bit two-dimensional (except for Penny) and I’m not entirely sure what the message at the end of the book was and it could be really problematic.
See my full review of it here.
Ms Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why – G. Willow Wilson (Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist), Jacob Wyatt (Artist)
I liked this a lot more than Volume 1. It’s action packed, it’s got a more interesting story and it really started to get into the fun side of Ms Marvel: investigating the Inventor and fighting bad guys. Her narration is humorous, especially as we meet the fan favourite Wolverine (who Ms Marvel fangirls about along with us). The storyline about the titular ‘Generation Why’ was really topical too. It was interesting to see how the character fits in with the larger Marvel universe and I love the references being thrown around. I think this has convinced me to continue!
Scythe – Neal Shusterman
I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise is enticing: humanity has reached the point of immortality and peace but population growth is still a problem. Individually trained Scythes kill or ‘glean’ people to keep the numbers down. The book follows Rowan and Citra, two teens who are chosen to be Scythe apprentices and end up deeper than they thought when the Scythedom decides that they must compete for the apprenticeship. It’s compelling, the world building is good if a bit unbelievable and I kept waiting for the point at which I’d get into it and I just didn’t.