Skyward Spoiler Free Review by Christine @love.books.and.coffee I recently read Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and loved it! I am a huge fan of his adult fantasy series and as many of you know, the Stormlight Archive series, is my current favorite fantasy book series. The world building and characters in that series are just amazing. Skyward is the start of a new YA science fiction series and wow, it delivers on all the things that make Sanderson my favorite author.
Unlike some YA books, this one had the world building that I love. I appreciate those details that bring a new world alive for me. Having said that, he doesn’t over do it and I felt that the pacing was fast enough to keep me constantly interested. Spensa is the main character of this book and like many of his main characters, she’s got some flaws but those flaws draw the reader in. She’s also got an incredibly large chip on her shoulder but you can’t exactly blame her. She’s constantly trying to prove that she has worth and it can often be a difficult battle because those around her can’t see past her family name. I won’t give away much but will say that this book also talks about privilege and what that means. It gave me goosebumps to see so many parallels about how things operate in Spensa’s world and how it is so similar to ours. Some people are nearly guaranteed success based on their family name and others must battle nearly insurmountable odds just to be given a chance.
I highly recommend this book for any fans of YA science fiction and YA fantasy. It’s a shorter read than Sanderson’s adult fantasy novels at 510 pages but it’s definitely worth your time. I cannot wait for the next book.
The Lost Sisters Spoiler-Free Review by Sandra @printedalphabet
The Lost Sisters, an e-novella, is told from the perspective of Taryn Duarte as both an apology and explanation to her sister Jude for her actions in The Cruel Prince. And although it may be a companion novella, it is just as dark and delectable as ever. One person’s horror story is another’s love story. And Holly Black has delightfully given and BLESSED us with The Lost Sisters!
I must say, it was very interesting to read Taryn’s perspective. Truly, one is never the victim of their own story - especially Taryn. After all, she is “the good sister, the one who kept faith and stuck to the rules.” The Lost Sisters perfectly outlines the sisterly differences between Taryn, Jude, and even Viv. Of course, all from the eyes of Taryn.
Taryn tells it all. From the beginning - their journey into Elfhame to her relationship with Locke. And is it a good one? Depends on who is telling it. After all, in the words of Holly Black herself from The Lost Sisters - “the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.”
I HIGHLY recommend The Lost Sisters! This is perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and will help curve the enduring LONG AND CRUEL wait for The Wicked King!