Mini-Reviews: Female-centric Fantasy


Going through old pages of a journal, I found some review notes from 6 months ago. They were good books and I hate to lose a review, so here you go! 3 female-centric fantasies. Enjoy.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Honestly, I struggle to review Schwab’s books. I just like them so much!ย This Savage Song was my second Schwab read, and I savored it over Christmas vacation in sunny Florida, which was very much a contrast to the dark setting of the book. Here are my (nearly) unvarnished notes:

  • beautiful
  • each word crafted and carefully chosen
  • characters that both shine & bleed
  • a world that builds effortlessly through the chapters
    • feels at once both brand-new and almost familiar
  • variety of characters & emotions
  • introspection/theme/meaning with subtlety

…..I can’t offer a lot of expansion on what six-months-ago Lyse was thinking, except that she really liked the book! Also, she strong-armed her husband into reading it and he carried it around the house and read in every spare minute until he finished it.

Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Skylark is the first of a trilogy that I began on audiobook and have not yet finished. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Not the trilogy’s fault–I just stopped listening to audiobooks when I didn’t have to commute anymore. (This one is maybe technically dystopian, not fantasy.) So! Old notes:

  • Love the monster/human story
  • information is legitimately limited & MC grows to full(er) understanding naturally
  • interesting world that requires more exploration
  • lacks some early nuance
    • I struggled for interest/understanding through the first several chapters. The world took a long time to build for me.
  • I thought the author’s opinions/agenda were a bit heavy, but that may not be fair.
  • I have questions about the MC’s parents, but maybe they were answered in future books? Not sure.
  • I read most of the first book while I was walking local parks, and it made a great accompaniment to nature.

The Girl Who Swallowed the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I didn’t know much about this book when I read it, but the cover was fun and I think The Book Wars recommended it. It was quite different, but I enjoyed it. Notes!

  • The darkness of Grimm’s with the whimsy of Lewis Carroll or Tolkien
  • timeless universal themes (even dark ones) made palatable for MG and younger
  • fairy-tale tropes re-imagined & rewoven
  • information doled out slowly
  • love of stories (fairy tales, mothers telling legends, etc.)
  • joyful, but not happily-ever-after

Conclusion

There you have it! Old review notes that I should have written up months ago. Are these useful for you at all? Have you read these? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews: Female-centric Fantasy

    • It’s all about being annoying enough that he will read a page or two. ๐Ÿ˜€ Once he starts them, he really likes most of the stuff I recommend! Now I just have to fight him for who reads OUR DARK DUET first.

      I usually just try to review fast enough that I don’t need notes. Note-taking was an experiment for me, but it did take me 6 months to post the reviews, so….I’m not sure it really worked.

        • I was perpetually behind on reviews until I decided to post 30 in one month, haha! Now the only stuff that’s left is a bunch of romances or books I don’t want to review. But yeah, reviews are very, very draining and way harder than they seem like they should be.

          • XD I was contemplating doing that, but then I though, what if shit hits the fan and I run out, or am busy? ๐Ÿ˜€ plus. The problem is mostly just sitting down and writing them. But I wrote two posts today! I have two weeks scheduled WOOT WOOT

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