A few short reviews

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn: Interesting concept and a nice weaving together of backstory and current events. The narrator (Kay) actually has friends and does things with them. On the other hand, I never found myself completely invested in the story or the characters.

The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle: L’Engle’s account of her mother’s last summer, which she spent at their home in Crosswicks. Also includes a lot of family history, which I enjoyed. It’s one of those books that didn’t have a lot of applicability for me at the moment, but which I could see returning to later.

The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley: Fantastic everyday details, which are always nice, especially in fantasy. I liked the resolution of the plot and especially the way the relationships ended. However, I was confused by the setting which didn’t seem to quite know if it was a fairy tale world or ours. I think for the target audience (middle grade) it would be a lovely book; for me it wasn’t quite satisfying. But doesn’t it have a nice cover?

Book source: public library for all three



Filed under bookish posts, reviews

6 responses to “A few short reviews

  1. I loved this book by L’Engle! 🙂

    • Maureen E

      I think it’s one that I’ll probably return to and love. I did really enjoy all the family history parts!

  2. The Silver Bowl has been on my list since I first heard about it–I do so like everyday details!

    • Maureen E

      Yes, so do I! I think my main problem was thinking that it was a fairy tale medieval-ish world, and then getting to details about priests and Mass and being totally thrown off because the countries aren’t countries from our world, and yet apparently they’re Christian?

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