Monday, May 25th 2020

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken LegsThe House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Published by Usborne Publishing on April 5th 2018
Pages: 337
Goodreads
four-stars

All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with. But that's tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It's even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties--and no playmates that stick around for more than a day. So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it's up to Marinka to find her--even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife. With a mix of whimsy, humor, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.

So technically Believathon ended on the 24th, but with everything that has happened in the past few weeks, I am giving myself extra time to complete this readathon. And I am still waiting for one book to arrive in the mail.

With that said, let’s get into this review.

I really enjoyed this book! Funnily enough I bought another book regarding Baba Yaga earlier in the year. This book was like a mix of Baba Yaga tales I am familiar with, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Coco. I loved the writing style, the characters, and the message. I do not typically read middle grade which is why I was interested in the Believathon to begin with. My only minor gripe was pacing. I felt like the pacing was just a bit off with this book. Parts of it went by too fast and then other parts went too slowly. I did love the ending though and I am looking forward to reading other books by Sophie Anderson.

four-stars

Saturday, May 23rd 2020

The Giver

The GiverThe Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry
Published by Ember on January 24th 2006
Pages: 208
Goodreads
five-stars

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

I decided not to change my star rating of this book. I was conflicted about it, but I think nostalgia played a part. I did really enjoy re-reading this book. I found myself more frustrated this time by the ending though. However, I have never read the rest of the series, so that might be my fault. I still really enjoyed the message of this book and think it should be a required read for all. In a lot of ways, it is timeless.

five-stars