I have a lot of thoughts about this book. It was entertaining, and I read the entire thing in one day as I sat and waited for my bed to be delivered. I feel like there are many elements that make All That She Can See and improvement on Carrie Hope Fletcher's debut novel, On The Other Side (review here) but there are also so many other things that she did with this one that I felt like would have benefited from a stronger editorial hand.
Ally's been able to fool a lot of smart people. She's made it all the way to 5th grade without anyone (her mother, her brother, her teachers, her classmates) figuring out that she can't read. But Ally has a new teacher, and Mr. Daniels not only sees that Ally doesn't know how to read, but he just might know how to help her.
There was a lot happening in this book. There were lots of flashbacks, and we saw the story unfold from at least ten different perspectives. I loved how big the scope of the story was. I loved how carefully Celeste Ng unwrapped each layer, presenting it to the reader like a meticulously planned 6 course meal.
I love high-stakes, murderously dark fantasy, and Kendare Blake delivered.
I really wanted to like this story, and I'm sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed. The summary of this book sounds wonderful. It's an adventure story, Liza is the only one who can save her brother, she gets to explore a dangerous, fantastical world that she's only heard of from her babysitter. Everything about this book sounds like it should be so good. Which is why it made me so sad that it just wasn't a compelling story.
"The sofa wasn't there on Monday but it was there on Tuesday." River, Freak, and Fiona discover a rare zucchini-coloured crayon in the sofa that mysteriously appeared at their bus-stop, and it quickly puts them in the centre of a dastardly plot to take over the world. Because of course it does.
I absolutely love bizarre middle grade novels. Most of the time they do such a fantastic job of capturing the wild imagination of a ten-year old child. And A Friendly Town definitely checks off all of the bizarre boxes.
I read this book in one sitting. I'm a sucker for a good witch story, and this plot was very compelling. I kept on trying to get different things done, but the story just wouldn't let me go. The book is dark and dangerous and mysterious - it's the perfect rainy day read.
All superheroes have an origin story, and Ulysses is no different. The poor squirrel never saw the vacuum coming. Fortunately for him, Flora Belle Buckman is well versed in superhero lore, and is the perfect person to save him and assist him as he is born anew.
In 1947 Charlie St. Clair embarks on a journey to find her cousin, Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France. In 1915 Eve Gardiner gets a chance to prove herself: as a spy in France during the Great War.