🌿 Hi guys, I hope you’re having the most incredible day full of good readings! ❤️ Today I have a new post for you with a double book review and I’m SUPER excited to share it with you. In general, I like taking time with each book to give it its protagonism, but I thought that since I didn’t get to talk about Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky last month when I read it, and Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire is super short, it was a good idea to put both books together and bring you my thoughts on them. 🥰 One of them is a unique adventure with a lot of suspense and unexpected twists & the other one is a familiar world that I missed SO MUCH, extraordinary and whimsical. I hope you enjoy and can find new readings to enjoy. LOVE YOU! 🌿
Title: Last Girls
By: Demetra Brodsky
Published: May 5th, 2020
By: Tor Teen
Genre: YA | Contemporary | Thriller | Survival
Buy it: Book Depository
Demetra Brodsky’s Last Girls is a twisting, suspenseful YA thriller about sisterhood, survival, and family secrets set in the world of doomsday prepping.
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Prepare for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:
Nowhere is safe.
| Goodreads |
I want to thank NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book a lot, especially its great originality and the incredible perspective that the author chose to explore, atmospheric and suspenseful. It took me a bit, in the beginning, to get fully into it, especially since the main character didn’t click with me and I ended up having certain problems with her attitude, I feel that it’s simply not my type of character, even so, I enjoyed most of the aspects of the book and it’s a stand-alone that I would definitely recommend, for its survival and sisterhood side.
In Last Girls, we follow the Juniper sisters: Blue, Birdie, and Honey, who live in a doomsday preppers community, where they’ve been trained to survive any possible destruction or “end of the world” as we know it. One day, a danger awakens from within and Honey must put everything they learned to the test to keep her and her sisters safe.
I really enjoyed the plot itself, in fact, since I knew what it was about I had an interest in reading it, it’s a YA suspense/thriller that has all the condiments to keep you hooked from the first moment since jumps quickly into the action. I like how the author handles intense moments and the action too because I felt that it was also like watching a movie, which I really liked. I don’t want to dig too deep into the plot itself because I think exploring it yourself is part of the fun, it has unexpected twists that genuinely blew me away, and it takes interesting paths to follow.
Exploring also the doomsday preppers lifestyle was very interesting, especially because I didn’t really know much about it, rather than having seen this dynamic in some movies, so I really liked that it was the focus of the story, it makes it unique and quite peculiar, to distinguish it from other books of the genre. In addition to touching on these topics, the book covers a large range of situations, it talks about family, friendship, love, and personal grown, it also touches on topics such as terrorism and conspiracies. Overall, I really enjoyed each one of these aspects, which is great.
On the other hand, I had a difficult time with the characters, especially with Honey, who has a very distinctive personality, is somewhat abrupt, terribly honest and can also be very hurtful with others, but behind all that, I must admit that there’s an artist sensitive soul inside her and a protective sister that I liked to see. On the other hand, I loved the character of Blue, it was my favorite, for some reason the smallest of the Junipers touched my heart with her personality so mature for her age and was the only one whom I could really connect with. Then we have Birdie and she’s the trouble-maker type, and impulsive, and I feel pretty unbiased about the character.
But the magic happens when they’re all together because I completely LOVED their sisterhood, the way they protect each other, the concern and love is remarkable, and it made me feel so good to read a sister dynamic like this one, simply I loved it. We have more secondary characters but honestly, I don’t feel that any of them has a great impact other than being there as a love interest, and I’m sorry to say that, but it’s something that almost always happens to me, and that’s that I didn’t enjoy the romance as I expected, it seemed to me that it developed hastily.
The writing style is wonderful, I ended up super committed to it, but I confess that at first, I found it somewhat difficult to follow. Even so, I would be interested in reading more of the author, even more, if she continues writing about this type of plot, so exciting and intriguing.
This is a super personal opinion that didn’t prevent my enjoyment of this story at all, but I do think it would have been more beneficial and accurate to follow a single plotline or at least two at most. The author expands this story too much, so we have many sub-plots ramifications that can be somewhat distracting from the main topic and can even make reading somewhat dense. Especially when you start reading it’s a confusing structure, for me, it was super enjoyable, though and I would recommend it.
It’s a brilliant point of view on survival, resilience, intelligence, challenges, and family bonds. I think that it also explores the human being very well, and how sometimes we react to being placed in extreme and unexpected situations. Although the characters can be a challenge to follow, they have varied personalities, and each one represents a possible outcome or reaction, which I appreciate and understand 100% what the author wanted to convey with this book. I’m thrilled to see that it has such positive reviews so far; I think it deserves it!
Title: Come Tumbling Down
By: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #5
Published: January 7th, 2020
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Buy it: Book Depository
The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire’s award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.
But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
| Goodreads |
“No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone they’re not because it’s easier, or because no one wants to help them fix it.”
OMG, it’s such an incredible feeling to return to this wonderful and so rich world. I enjoyed this new installment a lot because, in addition to I LOVE to surround myself with these characters and the author’s writing style, we continue this time to one of my favorite stories and worlds. This is a super whimsical book, which will surely have mixed feelings on part of the readers, and although I do feel that it was quite rush in the plot, I enjoyed it anyway and it ended up working very well for me.
This time we follow the events after the book Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and we follow the story of Jack & Jill in The Moor. Now Jack returns to Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children, in terrible conditions, and asks for help from her friends to finally defeat her sister and save her world.
You know that unfortunately, I can’t say much about this book because it will ruin the experience for you and I don’t want that, so I’ll be brief, but I’ll get straight to the point and touch on some issues that I liked, as well as others that not so much.
First, I want to say that I’m happy to read about these characters that I’ve come to love so much and also to return to a story that has infinite possibilities. And now, the story itself that we follow in this book I quite liked, I don’t think that it has been executed in the best way really, because it rushes too much and the main problem is solved very easily, BUT I still enjoyed it and I’m sure that if like me, you’re a lover of this series and its characters, you’ll not be disappointed. We have a very dangerous new adventure, as usual, in the world of the sisters: Jack & Jill, The Moors, a quite cruel and sinister world, but that is governed by many rules that are highly respected. It’s a dark book, kind of sinister, but as always the author takes a moment to give us moments of comedy and much learning, which I LOVE about these books. The great diversity of sexualities, identities, thoughts, and more is wonderful. This time we touch on racism, xenophobia, and OCD.
I really liked that we followed Jack more thoroughly since she’s a character that I quite like, I think this time we managed to see a much more human side of her since although she continues to be cold and calculating as a good scientist, she expressed her emotions much more due to what’s happening in her life and also thanks to the wonderful Alexis. In addition, we have more characters like Sumi, of whom I haven’t been a big fan in the past, but this time I liked it much more, she gives something special and fun to an extremely dark world, also her brutal honesty is unique. We have my dear Christopher whom I adore, he’s the only really empathetic character for me, he’s a sensitive and wonderful being, and I adore reading more of him. Then we have Cora and Kade too, both charming and unique characters, especially VERY brave.
The writing style is something that only an author like Seanan can give us, unique in its type and poetically incredible, also I think it’s super whimsical, and although this is not usually my cup of tea, in these books it’s something that works perfectly since the stories we follow are generally super crazy and whimsical in themselves. I loved the dialogues, although they’re somewhat long at times, they’re always super explanatory and give us a lot of valuable information on current controversial issues, and it’s something that I also think is unique because regardless of whether the characters are involved in a super action scene, there’s always time to learn and grow.
I liked to explore a little more of The Moors and get to know more about its inhabitants and customs. It seems to be a place that’s equally charming as it’s scary. It’s very exciting to visit these dark and gray places. Even so, although the development of the world is rich for such a short book, the outcome was a bit rush and the ending wasn’t the best for me. Still, I enjoyed it, of course, and it made me feel happy for many reasons, but I feel that there was something missing, maybe a little spark to make it perfect.
Of course, if you haven’t started this series, I still recommend that you do it, they’re very short but powerful books in a very unique way, they’ll leave you teachings and will make you know worlds and characters full of diversity. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait to read more and more! So far my favorites are Down Among the Sticks and Bones & In an Absent Dream, but each of these stories has a special setting that you can’t miss.
Have you heard about these books? | Would you like to read them? | What do you think about it?
🌿 Feel free to leave your comment below, I always love to know what you think 🌿