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! 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:
- 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. 😦 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
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!