Y'all. This series was so much fun to read. It is set in WW2 and is what would have happened if Hitler had won the war. The main character, Yael, is a BADASS! She is traumatized after being experimented on in a Jewish containment camp and watching her family die, but allows nothing to stop her from accomplishing her mission-to kill Adolf Hitler. IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! Watch the vlog review for more details. If you like adventure, sci-fi, or historical fiction, this series is for you. Readers who enjoy Throne of Glass will love this series!
Rather than a retelling, this graphic novel takes the classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL and adapts it using "quick text," so that the reader still gets the effect of Dickens' novel, but can be read in one sitting rather than trudging through the original. The colors used to show the moods of the story are beautiful as they change from dark and dreary, to bleek during the ghost of Christmas past, to eerie with the ghost of Christmases to come and then to bright and cheerful as Scrooge changes his demeanour and decides to be a joyful, giving person.
Despite the length of BTDBY, I really enjoyed it. It is much darker than the rest of the Diviners series and takes the reader down a history lesson of the United States. I love the historical fiction piece as this is the time period when people were trying to "cleanse" the US of immigrants and adding the Diviners to this prejudice feels perfect for the time period. The Diviners not only have to deal with helping rid New York of ghosts that are killing people but also with prejudice against their diversity. This was a great mirror of our immigration current situation and I LOVED it! I think the conversations that this book starts will be of great importance.
Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 What creepy Books are you reading today? I’m still reading Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray and LOVING it! This third installment of the Diviners series is intense and much creepier than the other two. While the characters have remained the same people, their growth in this book is significant! While it’s definitely NOT a short creepy story, it’s not for the faint of heart!
Monty and Percy are two young aristocrats sets out to go on "tour of the continent" after the end of their formal schooling. Monty assumes that this trip will be more gambling, drinking, and sleeping with anything that will have him, but he is quickly wronged. Their group is taken over by highway robbers as soon as they've left and end up in a whirlwind adventure involving pirates, a mysterious stolen box with a mysterious key inside it, and many secrets!
I LOVED the story of how being in love with your best friend can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when your best friend is not only of a different race, but the same sex. I'd never considered what a same sex couple would deal with in the 1700-1800s, but Mackenzi Lee depicts it perfectly.
I very highly recommend this book to anyone who not only loves YA, but love stories, Adventure, and historical fiction!