I just read Every Anxious Wave and it was so good. Time travel is my thing. I love books, movies, and tv shows that have time travel. This book also has a 90s indie music theme that was not my thing (general 80s music is), but it didn’t detract from the book either. And there was a romantic story line, which I liked. Though I rate it 4 stars out of 5 because I didn’t love the ending. There was nothing inherently wrong with it. I could see the logic of going how it went and it was well written, but I would have preferred the book to go in a slightly different direction. As with a lot of books I enjoy lately, I could see this as a movie.
Every Anxious Wave is also fat positive and has a few minor mentions of homosexuality, so diverse in those respects.
I just finished reading Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater. It’s middle grade fiction about a girl who can talk to magical creatures. It’s delightful. My favorite part was probably the personalities of the different magical creatures. If you are an adult, like me, it’s a nice book for quick, fun, light reading. And for a child, it is simply a fun book that is easy to read. I don’t usually read middle grade fiction, but this book’s colorful cover caught my eye and I’m glad it did. I plan to read the rest of the trilogy when it’s published.
If you buy this book or check it out from the library, I highly recommend the paper copy and not an ebook. There are illustrated pages of the two main characters and some magical creatures. Also, the pages are bordered in a gray color. So, it’s just a more pleasant experience to read it as a hardcover or paperback.
Last night I finished reading Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson. It’s the first alternate history novel that I’ve read. It’s an adventure (with a little romance) story of what it would be like if there was no (successful) revolution in 1776 and the British were still in charge of the American colonies. Oh, and the British retain their power by being part of a special class of people who biologically have magical powers. This leads to a group of people (the Rebel Mechanics) who you use machines to fight a new revolution a hundred years later.
I liked this book. It was a quick and fun read. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about an alternate history novel, but it was interesting and the characters were well done. I’m not sure if I would have read it, except that it was by the same author who wrote the Enchanted, Inc. series and I liked those books a lot. I’m glad I did give it a chance because it was good and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, whenever it’s published.
I have heard of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, but I don’t usually listen to podcasts and never got around to listening to that one. But I saw the book in the library and thought it would probably be a great and fun book to read. It was quirky in the Welcome to Night Vale style and a mystery involving two women of Night Vale.
I rate it a solid 3 stars on the Goodreads scale. It was fun, weird, and an interesting mystery. But it wasn’t a great book. It was just okay. I have a feeling I would have liked the audio book more than reading the hardcover version. While the strangeness of Night Vale is fun, it seemed like there was too much description of all of the little oddities of the town and it dragged the story down a little. I would have like the book more if it was a little faster paced with maybe tighter editing. But, again, maybe this works much better in the audio version, which is done by the same person who does the podcasts.
I recommend the book if you listen to the podcast and love it. Though I recommend you listen to the audio version. If you just want an introduction to Welcome to Night Vale, maybe just listen to the podcast, which is free.