Summer Reads Part 2: Starry River of the Sky

Next up is also on the sequels list, and also from the author of a California Young Reader Medal Awards nominee. This one was actually from last year, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and now its sequel, Starry River of the Sky!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: This is a very meta book, for while being a story in and of itself, it also contains stories that are delights as well. Set in Ancient China, it is so convincing and beautiful that one can almost feel themselves in it. It isn’t too fast paced, and yet not too snail-like either.

Starry River of the Sky: Also a story-within-story book,but starting rather suddenly. I’m sure you’ve read those books where it starts in a situation with no exposition and no back story and you have to struggle to keep up until a few chapters later when it begins to piece together. I’ve always sort of respected those books. They’re like puzzles. This is one of them. Later in the book you’ll understand what it has to do with the first book.

Summer Reads Part 1: The Unwanteds 2 and 3

Hello! Summer’s over, school just started, and I am FINALLY back. I have read lots of books, including…

The Unwanteds, Island of Silence, and The Unwanteds, Island of Fire! Lisa McMann is back with the second and third books in the series. Remember the post I did so long ago about the California Young Reader Medal Awards (If you didn’t know, you can reach any of my previous posts by scrolling all the way down and clicking on the title, that way you don’t have to skip pages)? The Unwanteds won! Here’s what I think about its sequels:

Island of Silence: This book is every bit as beautiful as number one, but it’s definitely much darker. I think it’s almost unnecessarily dark. It’s worth it for the quality of writing, but this book is for an older audience. Don’t take me wrong: you should totally read it. You will like it if you liked the first. But it does take some patience. Stick with it.

Island of Fire: Even a bit heavier here — not really gory per se, but sad. Again: Wonderful book, a standing ovation for it, but be careful.  Sometimes page-turners are so full of suspense that you don’t even want to turn the page anymore, for fear it will turn out for the worse. Again, persevere — you should try, but I think you should take breaks with this one. I would suggest alternating between this and another book.

 

 

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