Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book reviews for June

Several of the books I read in June were thematically similar to my novel, which I'm in the process of editing. It's interesting to see how other writers deal with these subjects on the page. I don't have a lot of time, so here are some brief reviews.

Learning Not To Drown by Anna Shinoda

Clare can't really escape from Skeleton, the family secret that follows her everywhere and constantly threatens to pull her into the past. Clare must learn to release herself from her family's dark past and find a life for herself outside Skeleton's influence.

Warnings on: language? Can't remember.

We Are The Goldens - Dana Reinhardt

Written in second-person POV, which is pretty unique and can be off-putting if not done well, this book follows Nell and Layla as Nell struggles with the dilemma of whether or not to alert her parents to a secret she's been carrying.

This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

A poignant coming-of-age, his lovely graphic novel follows the summertime friendship of two girls and their foray into adolescence. 

Warnings on: language.

Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick

This book didn't strike me as YA. I think a lot of teen readers would be lost, but recognize the appeal for a certain audience. It reminded me a lot of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Seven distinct stories in different timelines with certain connected elements lead to a strange and violent conclusion. I found the thematic material and format very interesting. And the prose sparkles. 

Not appropriate for younger readers.

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Andrew is carrying a heavy secret, and as the story unfolds and the secret becomes clear, the reader becomes more and more sympathetic to the somewhat unlikable MC. I loved this book.

Warnings on: language, thematic material.

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