The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
All the comparisons to Narnia and Harry Potter probably set this book up for “failure” with me. By failure, I mean I only found it OK, but I didn’t love it. However, I’ll give it 4 stars for Jim Dale’s fantabulous narration, and because my kids loved it.
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (audiobook / library)
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
As with Sapphire Blue, I loved the time travel, secret society, mystery, and paranormal aspects, especially Xemerius. The romance is absolutely atrocious! Instalove, he treats her badly, blah, blah, blah.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner (physical / ebook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I *wanted* to love this. The idea and characters, especially Doe-Eyes, reminded me of my beloved Robin McKinley. Unfortunately, the execution left a lot to be desired. The setting is supposed to be Russian, but other than the names and the fairytale creatures mentioned, it could be anywhere. The Beauty and Beast relationship is straight up Stockholm Syndrome (this is a common complaint about BATB, but it’s even more pronounced here). And then there was this sentence about Beauty’s suitor, Solmir:
“Without Solmir, without the knowledge that she must keep her promise, that she must make him happy to repay him for all he’d done . . .” What?! Ugh.
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