All right, I’m back with the February book round-up! This month was full of enjoyable reads, and I can’t wait to tell you about them!
Up first is Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, a story that focuses on the interconnected stories of a blind French girl and a German radio operator during World War II as they struggle on opposite sides of the war front in France. This book won spots on several top book lists, and it definitely deserves its reputation! The writing is tight and vivid, and the characters’ undertakings were fascinating to read about. I loved this book, and, if you haven’t read it, you definitely should!
I also greatly enjoyed Soman Chainani’s School of Good and Evil. Every year, two children are taken from their village to attend the School of Good and Evil, where students are groomed to be heroes and villains. Beautiful Sophie is certain she will be picked for the School of Good, and dour Agatha has no interest in the schools but people think she’s a shoo-in for Evil. Both girls are taken away, but neither end up where they are expected. I loved this mix of coming of age and manipulation of familiar fairy tale elements. Despite its middle-grade/ya status, The School of Good and Evil was a rousing good tale that will appeal to several age groups!
In light of the recent snowacolypse, I read Christopher Gordon’s Snowblind. A New England town is shaken to the core when an unusual snowstorm takes away several of the inhabitants and changes the lives of the survivors forever. Now a new storm has returned, and the town will be forced to confront old ghosts. I enjoyed the concept of the storm and Gordon’s experimentation with the theme of loss and memory, but found the characters dull. I would recommend it though if you want something quick with a dash of creepy.
For graphic novels, I focused on completing the two series I started last month. However, I did take the time to read Ms. Marvel. This graphic novel lives up to the hype; the story focuses on Kamala, who has recently acquired super powers! The story focuses on Kamala’s exploration of her new abilities and brings up interesting questions of identity, and Kamala is a great character. I can’t wait to read the next collection!
Last time, I mentioned I was reading CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura; I finished it this month and loved it! Sakura is an elementary school girl who must capture the escaped Clow Cards (magical cards designed by Clow Reed, a great magician); I loved Sakura’s spirit, and the supporting cast is great. This is another series that will be sure to appeal to multiple age groups.
That’s it for this month! See you next time!