Teen Titans: Raven By Kami Garcia And Gabriel Picolo.


Teen Titans: Raven

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator)

Genre: Superheroes, Fantasy
Pages: 192
Publisher: DC Ink
Rating: 3.98 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening—things most people would consider impossible—Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.

From the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo comes this first graphic novel in the Teen Titans series for DC Ink, Teen Titans: Raven.

Now, finally a graphic novel i can get behind.

This is the story of Raven, a girl whose mom dies in a car accident and she losts her memory. As time goes by her powers, yes she has some serious powers, start appearing again, although she doesn’t know how to react to them. It is up to her new foster sister Max and foster mom to help her throught this difficult time.

I really loved this graphic novel, and not only because it can develop a story in 192 pages, well done, but because i loved the characters.

This is a fun story to read if you love superheroes, and have a little time to read. It won’t take you an eternity to read it because the moent you start you are hooked, whether you know Raven from before or don’t.

I truly enjoyed the characters and i felt the important ones had time to develop as the story passed by.

I think the illustrator also does a great job with his drawings, they are amazing and i really liked they.

I think both the author of the story and the illustrator are very talented and together they made a remarkable story which i really want to keep reading about! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next graphic novel.

I gave 4 stars to the graphic novel.

Have you read this graphic novel? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comment down below!

Lost In The Never Woods By Aiden Thomas

Lost in the Never Woods

LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS BY AIDEN THOMAS

Genre: Retellings, Mystery
Pages: 384
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 3.87 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

It took me a while a understand how to feel about this book. I can understand why Cemetery Boys was picked to be the first published by the author, since if this one was the first book i read by Aiden i don’t know if i would keep reading books by them.

This is the story of Peter Pan, but a different one, and i gotta say that i read Peter Pan previously this year so i could understand what was going on with this story. I adored the idea of Peter Pan before i read the original book, and i LOVED the story it told when i read it, but i lost a little of the magic because of this book.

Peter Pan isn’t supposed to grow up, which happens to him in this book because his shadow escaped from him and became evil. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler). In this book Wendy, an 18 y/o girl who lost her brothers at the age of 12 meets again Peter although she has no memories of him, only the stories her mother used to tell her and her brothers of him.

The story is pretty simple, children start getting lost in the woods, and Peter appears and tells Wendy she has to help him. He never forgot her, which changes all the dinamics of Peter Pan for me and it feels kind of wrong.

Please don’t get me wrong, i did enjoy reading the book, i just, Peter Pan it’s the nostalgic idea of him not rememebering to come back, or not realizing he is taking with him a different person, because he has the memory of a child and sometimes he forgets things that happen.

Since Peter was growing up i didn’t know how to feel about the story, it felt somewhat wrong.

I know the story of Peter Pan is somehow sad, and it is supposed to be because we all grow up, but he stays a little boy, it’s like the little prince, a sad story with a great idea behind.

But i’m not here to talk about the original story, am i?

So the mystery is somewhat obvious, the shadow is kidnapping children, and Wendy needs to help Peter stop it.

Something a person told me about the books Aiden writes is that there is a story happening but somehow a lot of little things that makes no sense while waiting for the big finale like, why would they stop to eat ice-cream when something like that is happening? Why wouldn’t they just face the shadow as soon as possible? Why did the days have to pass by without them doing anything?

I feel like the story dragged a little at times, to make a full book.

Still, it is an entertaining book, but not more than that.

I didn’t feel the magic of Peter Pan in it.

Overall i give it 3.5 stars, i was more impressed by Cemetery Boys than this one.

What about you? Have you read the book? What was your impression of it? Leave your comment down below!

The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

The Falling in Love Montage

THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE BY CIARA SMYTH

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Pages: 362
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 3.97 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.

But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.

Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

I’ve been waiting on this review because i still don’t know how i feel about it, but i decided that maybe writing it i’ll get a glimpse of it while doing so. So, here i am once again writing a review i don’t know how it’s going to end. I’ll do my best, i promise.

This is the story about Saoirse, a girl whom has lost so many people she loved she decided she won’t get attached anymore, so she goes on her life making out with straight and curious girls, but never lesbians or bisexual because they might fall for one another. Enter Ruby on the summer, a wonderful girl with a blue frickle and everything changes or does it?

The story is about how much even though they are doing the love montage as seeing in movies Saoirse tries to keep her feelings at bay when it comes to Ruby, she doesn’t want to fall in love again, it’s only for the summer. At the same time she is struggling with things at home, her mom has earily dementia and her father is getting married again. So she sees love doesn’t lasts and also, her future as a person with earily dementia makes her think nothing important should happen because she will forget about it.

I think this is a recipe for a great story, only i didn’t enjoy it as much as i thought i would.

I don’t know if it was the fact that i disliked the main character so much, but i ended up asking myself why i kept reaading the book when i was about 70% done.

It’s not that it is a difficult read, it’s actually pretty easy going and fluid, there’s always something happening in the story. So, you can see that the author had a very good idea of where the story should go. Or at least it feels that way. I just couldn’t relate to the mc or something and i strugle to read it for a while. Maybe it’s the opposite and it hit to close to home? idk.

Also, there were so many movie references, i didn’t knew them all so i had to check some out.

In my opinion this book was written with a lot of understanding and love, the struggles Saoirse was in were very personal and real. She did her best to not get attached and i think she did the same with her own father and his fiancee. She was mad because she didn’t want things to change, but also, she didn’t want to have any feelings for them, in case she got earily dementia like her mother.

I feel like all the struggle she was in was so big, she couldn’t think about the little moments, and that was very sad to me.

I loved the other characters, they were funny, three dimentional ones. Everyone had their reasons and their place in the story, nothing was left to luck.

Overall it’s an interesting story to read, not the best reading of my year but i did finish it, so i guess i did like it a bit.

Would i recommend it to people? It depends on what are they looking for.

As a little spoiler i wanna say i loved the way it ended, in such a hopeful way. Or at least it felt hopeful to me.

I gave the book 3.5 stars. I think it should stay in the middle, you could love it or hate it, i’m more of a “meh” person on this one.

Have you read the book? How did you like it? Leave your comment down below!

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Stargazing

STARGAZING BY JEN WANG

Genre: MG, COMICS, CONTEMPORARY
Pages: 224
Publisher: First Second
Rating: 4.21 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.

When Moon’s family moves in next door to Christine’s, Moon goes from unlikely friend to best friend―maybe even the perfect friend. The girls share their favorite music videos, paint their toenails when Christine’s strict parents aren’t around, and make plans to enter the school talent show together. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she sometimes has visions of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn’t where she really belongs.

But when they’re least expecting it, catastrophe strikes. After relying on Moon for everything, can Christine find it in herself to be the friend Moon needs?

New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.

This is the story about two girls who grew up in the same environment yet they are really different from each other. When Moon moves closer to Christine’s house they start a friendship that will teach Christine what it means to be a real friend.

Another great middle grade graphic novel. I had no idea what it was about when i first started reading it, but it surprised me a lot. Like, i would never imagine that the topic of this story was what it was.

I think Jen Wang is amazing on teaching life lessons by her work. On the previous one i’ve read, the prince and the dressmaker, i saw so much otential on what Jen has to say and this novel totally showed me i was right. These two girls are about to learn what is friendship and respect for each other, in the most surprising way possible.

I really enjoyed the story and the art. There was something really amazing on how they really looked like children, i mean, so many times we want to sell children that they look like more grown up, but they don’t and they don’t have to be cool and amazing.

I think children will really enjoy this story, mostly because it speaks so much of their language.

Moon was adorable, Christine taught me a lot. I think these are chracters children can relate to and understand why are they doing what they are doing.

I really liked that the kids were studying chinese, because that is part of the heritage of the author, and it was protraited amazingly, as when Moon knew what she was reading and not translating what she didn’t understand.

I think that overall it was a really sweet story, although a bit short for my liking. I wished we got more time seeing these two characters interact between them and the other characters. I feel like it wasn’t enough. And i’m saying this because in the prince and the dressmaker there was enough time to develop an amazing story (Sorry, i’m obsessed with that one).

I give this one 3.5 stars mostly becuase it felt short so i didn’t end up crying. Although if it was longer i would’ve had.

Did you read the graphic novel? If so, what were your thoughts on it? Leave your comment down below!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday | June 16th, 2021

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

THIS WEEK I’M WAITING ON…

Violet Ghosts

Acclaimed author Leah Thomas tells the story of a teen determined to right the wrongs of female ghosts haunted in the afterlife.

Dani’s best friend, Sarah, is a ghost. But maybe that’s normal when you’ve spent your childhood running from an abusive parent.

Dani and Sarah might be more than friends, though Dani dares not say so. Dani is afraid that if he tells Sarah he’s trans, she won’t bother haunting him anymore. Sarah’s got good reason to distrust boys, having been strangled by one.
After Sarah and Dani come across another ghost haunted by her own brutal murder, they set out to bring peace and safety to spirits like her. But when an old rival reenters Dani’s life, their unexpected friendship gives Dani a strange new feeling of belonging. As Dani starts to find his place in the living world, he’ll need to let go of his ghosts.

With her signature lyricism, Leah Thomas has woven a poignant supernatural story for the #MeToo age.

I still need to read Nowhere Near You by the author Leah Thomas, but this book just happened to come into my knowledge and i really really want to read it! It is coming out this month, next week on the 22nd. I hope i get to read it soon! Leah’s writing is beautiful, for what i remember of previous books i read by her and i’m sure i’ll enjoy this one too.

Have you heard about this book? If so are you planning on reading it? Leave your comment down below!

Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas

Thanks a Lot, Universe

THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE BY CHAD LUCAS

Genre: MG, LGBT, Mental Health
Pages: 288
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: 4.55 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: A moving middle-grade debut for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t belong.

Brian has always been anxious, whether at home, or in class, or on the basketball court. His dad tries to get him to stand up for himself and his mom helps as much as she can, but after he and his brother are placed in foster care, Brian starts having panic attacks. And he doesn’t know if things will ever be “normal” again . . . Ezra’s always been popular. He’s friends with most of the kids on his basketball team—even Brian, who usually keeps to himself. But now, some of his friends have been acting differently, and Brian seems to be pulling away. Ezra wants to help, but he worries if he’s too nice to Brian, his friends will realize that he has a crush on him . . .
But when Brian and his brother run away, Ezra has no choice but to take the leap and reach out. Both boys have to decide if they’re willing to risk sharing parts of themselves they’d rather hide. But if they can be brave, they might just find the best in themselves—and each other.

I decided on reading this book on a whim. I just saw a good review about it and thought to myself that i needed to read it that very moment. And i did. OMG. Such a wonderful book. Thanks to the person doing that review i just read an amazing book while least expected.

This is the story about two boys, Brian and Ezra. Brian is shy and has a problematic family life, Ezra is a gleeful boy with a less complicated life but a secret. These two boys will help ind each other in different ways but at the same time it will be so needed by both of them.

This is a really moving book, at least for me was. There are obviously two stories going on the book as you read it and both stories intertwine in a very sweet way.

Brian has problems with his family and is taken away from home with his little brother Richie. Ezra has feelings from Brian that he never told anyone because he is scared of how people will react.

These two stories are developed in such a wonderful way, i mean, they really make you feel how the characters are feeling, their hurt, their pain and also their happiness. I feel the author really knew what he was writing about and he nailed telling the story of two 13 years old boys.

I loved the main characters a lot, Brian touched my heart so much, with his anxiety and his problems, yet being so brave for his little brother. How he managed to stay afloat with everything going on in his life. Ezra was a sweetheart that cared so much it was so beautiful being reminded that boys that age have feelings and they need to be listened to.

The writing was easy, as it needed to be for children to understand and not underestimate their view of life. I think it was so well written for kids that age, i would be all over this book if i was 13 again. And i’m all over it at my late 20s because it really deserves a lot of love.

For such a lovely story, so lovable and understanding characters in the book, because heck yeah, it has a lot of side characters that care a lot about both boys i gave it 5 stars.

I would love to talk a lot more about this book, but i don’t want to spoil the best parts of it, i’ll just say that this is the kind of LGBT+ book i look for when i look in MG. It felt real, honest and very representative of how things went when i was that age. I think this book made a perfect storyline for both characters and i support both of them 100%.

As i said a 5 stars for me.

Have you read the book? What do you think about LGBT+ representation on middle grade books? Leave your comment down below!

Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

Jay's Gay Agenda (Jay's Gay Agenda, #1)

JAY’S GAY AGENDA (JAY’S GAY AGENDA #1) BY JASON JUNE

Genre: YA, Queer, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 3.93 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda.

Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones…because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.

From debut novelist Jason June comes a moving and hilarious sex-positive story about the complexities of first loves, first hookups, and first heartbreaks—and how to stay true to yourself while embracing what you never saw coming.

Jay’s the only boy out in his town and it been miserable for that until one day his parents tell him they are moving to Seattle. In Seattle Jay sees an opportunity to become the person he wants and cross from his list of wishes all the gay stuff he had had in mind for a long time. Only life isn’t as easy as it seems and things get a bit difficult while living the dream.

When i first read about this book it seemed it was gonna be a fluffy book and i was all in for that. Only, when i started reading it wasn’t as fluffy as i expected. Yes, this book has a lot of tender moments, and some really adorable and adorkable characters but it has some stuff i wasn’t that excited about after all.

But first, this is an incredibly easy book to read, it’s fun and quirky and it never stops for a moment. Like something was happening all the time, you don’t have the “okay… this is pointless” feeling at any moment. Which was a huge YES for me. I felt this book was written by someone who really wanted their readers to have fun with the book.

For a YA book it felt a little too sexual. I’m not just saying this. Lately i’ve noted a difference with new books which are bolder on the topic. I understand young adults want to read about this kind of stuff and it’s relevant for many people, but not for me. I prefer books where this isn’t as explicit or so much talked about. I’m looking for romance when i read this kind of books not lust. If i wanted lust i’d read new adult or adult books.

Also, i had this problem with the “agenda” (the list of things he want to do) being present in every chapter, like the character will repeat it in every single chapter. When the book was over i knew it by heart and it felt a bit annoying to me.

As for the characters as i already said. Many of them were really lovable. I did like Jay a lot, even if he wouldn’t shut up about his list, and Albert was a sweetheart. I also really loved Max, he seemed the most fun character. I didn’t care much for the other characters, even not for Lu, Jay’s bets friend from the old town.

At times i gotta admit i prefered and would want to know more about Max’s side story, like i’d love to read a book about him and his story.

I don’t regret reading the book, and i’m actually looking forward for the next one (the book it’s supposed to have a continuation) but i’m not the biggest fan. I gave it only 3 stars, mostly because at times i felt uncomfortable with what i was reading.

Have you read the book? What is your opinion on it? Leave your comment down below!

You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez And Julie Maroh

You Brought Me the Ocean

YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN BY ALEX SANCHEZ(AUTHOR) AND JULIE MAROH (ILLUSTRATOR)

Genre: Graphic novel, Superheroes, YA, Queer
Pages: 194
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: 3.84 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: Jake Hyde doesn’t swim—not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

I don’t know where to start with this one. So this is the story of a boy called Jake who has the weirdest “birthmark” and his mom won’t let him show it to anyone. For some reason it is set in the world of Superman and Aquaman (they are mentioned here and there) and well it’s a DC COMICS story, but it could easily not be.

I keep thinking about this story because i don’t know how to feel about it.

It is a queer story, but not the kind where the main character discovers he is gay. In this one, he already knows and it just takes time until we do.

The art is rustic, which i totally loved, it felt different from every other graphic novel i’ve read before.

I feel like there isn’t much to say about this novel without giving everything away.

The main problem i have with the story is that it felt too rushed. Everything had to happen right now, there was no time show us everything. Like it might be because i read it in one sit, but also it was a very short story. I don’t know if DC plans on doing something with the character and if this is just an introduction to him.

Still, i feel the story deserved some more pages than it got.

I give it 3 stars, mostly because of the art, the story felt very “meh” to me.

Have you read the graphic novel? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comment down below!

Consistent Creative Content: A Guide to Authoring and Blogging in the Social Media Age by Lee Hall

Consistent Creative Content: A Guide to Authoring and Blogging in the Social Media Age

Consistent Creative Content: A Guide to Authoring and Blogging in the Social Media Age by Lee Hall

Genre: Writing, Non-Fiction.
Pages: 135
Publisher: Lee Hall
Rating: 4.50 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: 

Best-selling indie author and blogger Lee Hall shares his journey of experience in this part-memoir part-guidebook that aims to inspire and inform budding wordsmiths at any level. From the basics of blogging and authoring all the way to advanced social media methods and marketing; this book is filled with good practical advice, top tips and effective strategies. You’ll even find some never before shared resources to help navigate your way to authoring and blogging success in the social media age. Subjects include:

Basic and advanced blogging;
Basic authoring and a publishing overview;
Social media for authors and bloggers;
Book marketing and the art of indirect selling;
Book promotion strategies. Including worked examples;
Book reviews;
Building your own turning point and identifying when that ‘wave of success’ is coming;
Practicing self-care.

Plus, a whole host of resources with links to the various guides and tutorials Lee has published via his highly successful Hall of Information blog.

After selling hundreds of books and getting thousands of blog views, you’ll discover how Lee Hall published six books in five years through a detailed road map and how he put together the building blocks of success to sell books and gain social media traction. This easy-to-read guide will inspire the modern-day author and blogger to achieve the same by carving their own path and all you need is Consistent Creative Content.

‘You can do this, quite simply because I did and you might even leapfrog anything I’ve achieved.” – Lee Hall

I gotta admit, i’m a big fan of Lee’s work, yet this is an unbiased review of his newest book.

Are you looking for tips on how to write, blog and manage all the things coming in between? This is the perfect book for you.

In this book the author shares his work through the years, how he managed to promote his blog, how he found what people liked to read about and everything about his books and promoting them.

You can feel the way the book was crafted, made to help you whether you are just starting your blog, your are trying to maintain your readers or if you just want to improve.

I didn’t know the social media part was such an important one in the writing proccess and in staying relevant in the blogsphere, i’m taking that from this book more than anything because i don’t use social media aside of goodreads. But it is really important.

I think the author wrote this book trying to help anyone struggling with the new ways of succeeding in the virtual world. And i truly apppreaciate the way he does it because he stays relevant and easy to understand.

I recommend this book very much, it helped me understand a lot of what i am doing wrong and also how to improve every mistake i’m doing.

I give the book 4.5 stars, if not 5.

You can find this book in the kindle store for only US$3.99

The Last Fallen Star (Gifted Clans #1) by Graci Kim

The Last Fallen Star (Gifted Clans #1)

The Last Fallen Star (Gifted Clans #1) by Graci Kim

Genre: MG, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Rating: 4.48 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: 

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim’s thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.

Riley Oh can’t wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister’s footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she’s a saram–a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she’s ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.

Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie’s magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family’s old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie’s initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It’s a perfect plan!

Until it isn’t. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie’s life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?

As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.

I received a eArc of this book from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion, so first of all i want to thank them for giving me such an opportunity. It was a unique book and i’m really glad i got to read it.

So, where to start?

Riley Oh is an adopted child, but her family isn’t just a regular family but one of Korean healing witches. In Riley’s world the different goddesses give different clans gifts and the clans work togeher as a community. All but one clan which was banned.

So when the book starts, Riley’s sister Hattie is about to get her ceremony to become a healer herself. Since Riley is adopted she doesn’t have any gifts but she and her sister make a deal to help Riley get the gift of being a healer herself. Only everything goes wrong and now Riley has to find the Last Fallen Star to be granted her wish of becoming one of her community.

These is a very rough description of the book, but i don’t want to spoil much of it, because it is such a great book, you deserve to discover it yourself.

The book talks about many topics, feeling different and trying to fit anyway, getting rejected, not giving up, friendship, family and a lot of mythology.

I’ve never before heard about Korean Mythology and i still need to get working on it so i can keep up with the books coming after this one, but it’s something i’m willing to do because the book was such an interesting one. The author knows what she is writing about and she knows how to use it to make it feel real. You can see the passion this book was written with, the love.

Since reading Pick Riordan, i haven’t found a book that was such a revelation to me on this kind of books. Mythology coming to life in our days in one of my favorite topics and this author did such an amazing job brining the story to life, i was so excited i couldn’t stop reading once i started i just needed to KNOW what will happen next.

The characters are adorable, i loved Riley, Hattie and Emmet a lot. The side characters are loving and caring and i think it’s the first time i see parents and family so involved in this kind of book, normallly it’s just kids which is kinda weird. In this book the adults are almost as important as the kids and it felt different and fresh.

I don’t really know how much more i should tell about the book, because i don’t wanna spoil anything. But it was a real rollercoaster and a fun on at it. I would recommend it to everyone looking for a great Middle Grade book. It’s been a while since i found one so good.

I give the book 4.5 stars because i didn’t see that plot twist coming and i’m looking forward to the next book coming up hopefully next year! Congratulations to Graci on writting such an amazing debut novel!

Have you read the book? Did you enjoy it? Have you ever heard about Korean Mythology? Leave ypur comment down below!