Thanks to the pandemic, I have read 20 books this summer. So, while I am sad about the many things that I was not able to do (attend a family wedding on Vancouver Island, go on a cross-country roadtrip with my younger brother to see extended family that I haven't seen for years, hang out with people in general, etc.), the upside was that I was able to read some of my new favourite books. Here are five mini-reviews of some of the standouts.
There are always two del Cisne girls. And the swans always take one. Blanca has always known the swans would take her or her sister. Roja always knew that the swans would take her. It has always been the two of them against the world. Until two boys from town get intertwined in the curse, and everything feels different.
I almost wish I didn't receive an advanced copy of this book (although I'm super grateful that I did), because now I have to wait an eternity to read the third book. This book was amazing, and I need the next one in my hands. Now, please.
I loved this book. I absolutely loved it. Erin Morgenstern has a way of writing a world that wraps its hands around your heart and won't let go, even long after you've closed the book.
Nahri does not believe in magic - she believes in the art of the con. It's the way that she has survived on her own in Cairo for so long. But one night, in a con-gone-wrong, she accidentally summons a djinn, and she has to re-evaluate everything she once knew.
The Wicker Woods have a long memory. They do not forgive, they do not forget, and they do not let go. Walker women are the only ones who are brave enough to venture inside - and even then, only on a full moon, when the woods are asleep. Nora Walker finds lost things in the woods on these full moon nights, and brings them back to her home. But one night, one cold, snowy night, Nora finds a boy in the woods. A boy who's been missing for two weeks. A boy who should be dead.
Give me a heist, and I swear I'm happy. An impossible task, a group of people with a wide variety of specialized skill sets, and an incredibly complicated plan - it's just a recipe for a perfect story.
Jack just wants to make it through classroom presentations today. Or at least, that's all he wanted to do. Before he got kidnapped by a strange man, chased by weird demon things, and transported through a portal to an island where grown-ups are arguing about whether or not he needs to get his mind "scraped".
Aru Shah is a liar. She doesn't necessarily mean to be a liar - she has such a large imagination that is sometimes difficult for her stories to stay firmly grounded in reality. One of her lies quickly gets out of hand, however, and Aru accidentally frees the Sleeper from his prison. Now Aru must stop the demon before it's too late!
In one of the first books to feature time-travel, a mechanic from nineteenth century New England is knocked out during a fight and wakes up in Camelot. He decides that with all of his knowledge of the modern world, he should be able to run the whole country himself in three weeks.