Friday, March 29, 2019

March Mini Reviews

Today I'm talking about a bunch of books I read both super early and super late this month. And I liked them all; I just didn't love any of them!

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Title: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
Author: David Elliott
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 26th, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
This was a really unique way of bringing Joan's story to life. Most have heard some variation of it, probably, even if they don't know a lot about what happened. And this gives insight, while sometimes definitely conjecture or unrealistic, into Joan and how brave and proud and dedicated she was. I just didn't like all the poems from the inanimate/non-people objects or the ones about a specific word, like lust. I don't think they really added to it, and I would've liked more of Joan's POV and the trials themselves. It was definitely worth a read, though!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: The Waking Forest
Author: Alyssa Wees
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Random House Children's via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
It's been SUPER difficult to review this one, because I devoured it in almost a single sitting, couldn't talk about it because it was very early, and just in general forgot all that had happened in it thanks to my wonderful brain. This also makes it hard to rate because, again, I should've written my thoughts and feels down sooner. Anyway, I LOVE witch stories, so that was a big reason why this was on my list (and that cover!), and I enjoyed it. I just. I remember getting super confused throughout the story. There was a lot going on, and it was hard to keep track of at times. But I liked it!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: The Illiad
Author: Gareth Hinds
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!
*Physical ARC kindly provided by Candlewick Press*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
I think this could be a good way to reach new readers of the classic, but for me, it just didn't hit the mark. Maybe it was because the artwork wasn't in color (as I read the ARC), but something about it just didn't flow well. It was confusing at times, how it was written, and the characters were hard to tell apart (but that's just the bad luck of there being so many in The Illiad!). That war touched hundreds of lives, all because of the fickleness of gods and men. And I enjoyed reading this new adaptation of it! 
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: Heroine
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
DAMN. This book was hard to read, because it's told in the POV of an addict. And it's a very realistic, accurate portrayal, and one that is sometimes difficult to understand or sympathize with. But I'm getting better at having more empathy for people in situations like this, and I think it's important to have stories like this in YA. And Mindy IS SO GOOD AT TACKLING STUFF LIKE THIS. It's sad, because Mickey truly fucked up a lot of the good things in her life. By the end, though, she's trying and getting better and she's not 100% herself yet. She's never going to be perfect, either. But there's hope in this, and a lot of people who still like her and want her to know that they support her. I also loved how Heroine centered around a softball team, because these girls are fire and fierce and I adore them all. Definitely worth a read!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

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