Here are reviews of some of the books I read during the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.
Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
I enjoyed Tales of Beedle the Bard quite a bit. It was a glimpse back into the world of Harry Potter that we’ve all grown to know and love so much. I actually think I liked the analyses of the stories better than the tales themselves. It really demonstrated how much thought Rowling took into developing the history and culture of the wizarding world. It’s no Harry Potter replacement, but it’s a nice little addition to any Harry Potter collection. I heard from some people that Tales of Beedle the Bard was a disappointment, but I don’t feel like that is the case. It’s simply a small book of fairy tales – as long as you aren’t expecting anything more than that, you should enjoy this book.
Title: Lovestruck Summer
Author: Melissa Walker
Lovestruck Summer was a sweet and fun YA book. Quinn was a wonderful character. She was easy to like and the reader immediately sympathized with her, yet she wasn’t perfect. She was judgmental and really thought she was better than those around her. It’s really rewarding to watch her change her attitude and realize how wrong she had been over the course of the novel. The addition of music only heightens the appeal of this book. Lovestruck Summer is a really quick read, and ones that fans of YA definitely shouldn’t miss.
Title: Angel Lane
Author: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Angel Lane was a sweet but forgettable novel about three endearing characters. Emma, Sarah , and Jamie were all likeable and their different ages means that this novel will appeal to women of all ages. The message, that kindness to others is still important in today’s world, is an appealing one. I enjoyed Angel Lane but I can tell that it’s a book that won’t really stick with me.
Title: The Teashop Girls
Author: Laura Schaefer
The Teashop Girls is a cute novel about a girl’s determination to save her grandmother’s beloved tea shop. Annie is a likeable character, and she is written very believably. She makes mistakes along the way, alienating some of her friends, but this really is a heartwarming and adorable story. The main character’s age (8th grade) was a little bit young for me, and as a result, I think I might stay away from middle grade fiction in the future.