Here we are friends, in a time of social distancing where staying at home is the most productive thing you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe. Which for me, includes working my dayjob from 9 to 5 and then spending time with audiobooks while playing video games (currently playing Animal Crossing). This is what I read in March. I should really consider augmenting my reading goal, I’m 17 books ahead already.
This month, I also interviewed K.M. Szpara to celebrate the release of his debut novel, Docile.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult fantasy
Year Release: 2019
Source: Library physical copy
|Starting with the wolf attack that left her scarred from age seven, Echo Alkaev’s life has the makings of a fairy tale: magic, strange curses, a selfish stepmother. When she meets the same wolf almost ten years later while searching for her missing father, Echo must house sit for a year with the wolf or else her father dies. But there is far more to this promise.
This story is steeped in folklore and fairy tale. From the Wolf Queen to the boy trapped in stories to the settings, it all seems so familiar. Atmosphere and magic sustain every page. I find it interesting how there was a micro-trend of library magic, but in this story, books are mirrors and you can inhabit as if they were movies in VR. These had been created by one of the characters, but that’s spoiler territory and it’s an unnecessary detail for most of the narrative. Because the world-building was otherwise so light, it was easy to follow along with internal character struggles of Echo and especially Echo’s perspective of Hal.
If you’re looking for something Beauty and the Beast (1999), this book captures the same magic, right down to a wonderful library and enchanted ball.
In March, I have an almost-literal mountain of library books to read, not counting audiobooks.
The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova (Library Borrow)
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Library Borrow)
The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
- Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (ARC)
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (ARC)
- Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
- Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
One book to beta read this month, and my own to steadily write throughout the month.