Book Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Rating: 3/5

Release Date: March 24, 2015

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Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Rating: 3/5

Working within the confines of traditional post-apocalyptic YA fiction, McGee manages to find God. Anomaly tells the story of Thalli a member of Pod C. Most of her pod follows orders and does their assigned jobs without questions but Thalli is different. She questions pod life and its usefulness. This makes her dangerous to The Ten, the ruling body. Anomalies are destroyed to keep the peace. Anomaly follows Thalli’s journey as she slowly learns what The Ten has kept hidden.

I’ve never been one for so-called “Christian fiction.” Most of it is either too overtly preachy or too far-fetched. This was neither. McGee has managed to create a book that appeals to teens while still inspiring a more Godly life.

 

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Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Summary: Evie O’Neill has been a very bad girl. After pushing a party trick too far and exposing a scandal she’s sent off to live in New York City with her crazy Uncle William who runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. It’s the days of bobbed hair and bathtub gin but Evie’s secret powers may be a more interesting party trick than anything Fitzgerald could dream up. When a series of killings that seem to relate to the occult occur, the police ask for Uncle William’s help and Evie tags along hoping to put her abilities to the test.

Bechdel test? Evie really only has one female friend, the super-boring Mabel. Unfortunately the girls’ conversations revolve mainly around the dreamy Jericho Jones, making this a fail. (For a book by Libba Bray that does pass the test, check out my trailer for Beauty Queens!)

Rating: 4/5

Was it as good as Beauty Queens or A Great and Terrible Beauty? Not exactly. The book held my attention toward the end but it seemed that throughout there were a few too many characters. I’m sure that they’ll be important for the next book in the series but here I didn’t’ really care about  them which made reading their chapters a bit of a chore.

Other than that the story was wonderful. Bray really hits the feeling of 20s glamour on the head with her discussion of speakeasies, Ziegfeld productions, and NYC apartment life. The slang was a real treat (though it may be a little confusing to those who don’t read very closely, Bray often defines a term once and then uses it again a hundred pages later – keep your thinking hats on boys and girls!)