I did not know what I would get when I picked up this novel. It was a kindle freebie that looked interesting.
What I got was a well written piece of youth literature with a Christian slant. In Between is a coming of age story of a teenage girl who is trying to adjust to a new foster family. The novel is notably for young adults, however is enjoyable for adults as well.
If you are not big into a Christian slant to your literature you can still very much enjoy this novel. The main character is not all that sure about it having a Christian slant either. However, it is nice to read a novel with a clean plot, clean language, and one that is focused on the love of a family instead of romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I could not put it down. The writing was refreshing. While it will probably not become a classic, it was a great read, with depth. The characters were multi layered, allowing the reader to connect to all of them from various points. Even the supporting characters were more then just cardboard cutouts. The humor and exuberance of the main character really adds to the story as well.
I was not sure what to expect with Mirage. I received it in my Owlcrate book box, and knew nothing about it prior. The description led me to think it was a prince and pauper book with a twist. In some ways that is exactly what it is. A girl is kidnapped out of her community to be a body double for a much hatted princess.
The story was enjoyable, and I could see myself reading the next in the series. Although, like many YA books, it lacks the real depth that could have been achieved. The girls go from enemies to sisters too fast. It was not believable to me. I do not even want to get started on the romance.
The world building was interesting. Although I wish that system was described a bit more in depth, I did get sucked into the different struggles of each of the moons. I really enjoyed the rich culture that was built into the story. It was the book's strength.
While I wish there was more depth and flushed out characters, Mirage was an enjoyable YA read.
Grace and Fury is a book about female empowerment and family. Two sisters live in a world where women are not allowed to make any choices. They can have no power. They do not get to make choicses about their lives, and they are denied the ability to read.
One sister is a rebal balking at the confines of society, and one sister fully embraces it. Her life is full of lessons focused on helping her get selected as a grace, part of the heir’s herrom. Except nothing goes as planned and the rebal becomes the grace, and the grace is sentenced for a crime her sister committed - learning to read.
The biggest strength of this novel is the world building. Banghart has created a world where women are oppressed to the point where they are objects. It is a model of our own past society, and in some ways our present society, with just enough distance to not hit too close to home.
Yet the characters lack dynamics. They are only allowed one part to play, and if their part changes then they completely change. They are not made up of complexities that allow a reader to truly connect to the characters. Even the twist was apparent from almost the beginning of the story. Although, I did not know if Banghart would actually pull it off. I did not have much faith.
Despite the lack of complexity I was still drawn in. There needs to be more books with a strong feminist statement, that Grace and Fury defiantly has. The writing was well executed, and the story was more engaging by the end of the novel. It was a brilliant ending, with enough closed up to make the reader not disappointed, and yet nothing closed up so that you instinctively reach for the next book.
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