I have three books, all being ARCs, that I wanted to review, but never did at the time of reading them. It’s been a while since I’ve read these so there wasn’t enough to say to make individual reviews. So instead, I figured I’d put them together and do a mini review collection.
Th three are: Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story (Graphic Novel), Of Silver and Shadow (YA Fantasy), Bone Crier’s Moon (YA Fantasy)
Title: Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story
Author: Luck Jackson & Kelly Jackson
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publishing Date: May 4th, 2021
Page Length: 160
Genre: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
Age Range: Adult
An original graphic novel based on the IVF stories of its husband-and-wife authors and the 1-in-50 couples around the world like them.
Conrad and Joanne met in their final year of university and have been virtually inseparable since then. For a while, it felt like they had all the time in the world. Yet now, when they are finally ready to have kids, they find that getting pregnant isn’t always so easy.
Ahead of them lies a difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. Join Joanne and Conrad, their friends, their family, their coworkers, and a stream of expert medical practitioners as they experience the highs and the lows, the tears and the laughter in this sensitive but unflinching portrayal of the hope and heartbreak offered to so many by modern medicine.
Thanks to Netgalley and Scribe Publications for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was clearly a very personal story and I’m so glad I read it. There are many couples, and individuals, that are wanting to get pregnant, but are struggling. Luck and Kelly provide their personal experience that I think many in that situation could identify with. This is a book to read if you are struggling to get pregnant or what a slice of life graphic novel/non-fiction. I think this is an important topic that needs to be talked about more. At one point I had thought about having kids, and one of my many worries was not being able to get pregnant. I felt alone in this worry and felt like I couldn’t talk about it to anyone. If I had been able to read this book then, I believe I would have felt less alone.
The art work was soothing considering the topic, and I think was a good choice. The characters were expressive and the colour tones helped deliver the feelings of the topic.
I have a hard time rating memoirs and non-fictions, but I did decide to give this a 3. The story was well done, but is meant for a very niche audience. As a graphic novel, the art style was nice and helped convey the message, but I wasn’t blown away by it.
Title: Of Silver and Shadow
Author: Jennifer Gruenke
Publishing Date: February 16th, 2021
Page Length: 480
Age Range: YA
Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.
Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.
But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.
Thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours and Flux for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I read this one quite a while ago, but I do remember enjoying it. I remember it giving off Six of Crows and Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody vibes. In this world, anyone who possessed magic other than the king had been killed and he made it illegal for anyone else to possess magic; however, we follow a girl who happens to have magic and is in hiding. The Six of Crows/Ace of Shades vibes comes from the gritty city and casinos, back alleys and gangs. This one however, is a rebellion story where they wish to overthrow the king.
With this being a standalone I found myself not as invested or addicted as Six of Crow. Everything felt good. The writing was good, the characters were good – but nothing stood out. I found myself being reminded of other stories and other characters, which I think was a detriment to this story. The constant comparisons made this one feel lesser. However, all that being said, it very much could have been my mood at the time and I do want to give this a re-read within the year.
Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Series: Bone Grace #1
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: March 3rd, 2020
Page Length: 480
Age Range: YA
Bone Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.
Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This one I read even longer ago! I can’t believe I missed writing a review for it! I remember enjoying it ok though.
The plot and characters were a let down for me. I hadn’t expected three different POVs, Ailesse (who I thought was the only POV), Sabine (the best friend), and Bastien (Ailesse’s Love Interest). I found this to be a little jarring. I was confused the overall world building – trying to figure the scope of the magic within our world. I think these would have been fixed (or at least made better) if we were focused on one POV. There wasn’t enough time dedicated to each character in productive ways. It felt like, at times, that we would get to an interesting part in one character’s POV to then be removed and put into another character’s POV (sometimes to a character that doesn’t understand what was happening, while had we stayed in the original POV we would have understood what was happening).
However, despite those feelings, I still relatively enjoyed it. I think the problem was my own expectations. I was let down by a book I had expected to be 5 stars based on the synopsis. I’m still up in the air trying to decide if I want to finish the last book (since this is only a duology) or to just DNF the series.
So those are the three mini reviews. Have you read any of these? What did you think?