Yesterday the Believathon wrapped up and it was a sort of fail for me. I basically didn’t read any middle grade the first week and a half of the readathon so everything that I finished was during the last few days. But I did read a book that I absolutely loved and I probably never would have picked it up if it hadn’t been for the readathon. My son and I are also really close to finishing A City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab and we are both really loving it a lot. So I finished two (almost three!) things which isn’t too bad.
Just like the first book I am absolutely blown away by the world building. It is so detailed and magically fun that I just want to keep reading the series to see more of the world. But also like the first book I found most of the plot to be predictable. Granted this is a book for 12 year olds but it is still disappointing to figure out most of the story early on. I am excited for the third book and just based off the synopsis I think it will be my favorite one so far.
I love everything about this book. The characters are fun and interesting, the story kept surprising me, and the message of this book was beautiful. I also love that this book is told completely through email and traditional letters. It is such a brilliant way to tell this story because I feel like if it had been told in a more traditional way a lot of the magic of this book would have been lost. I also applaud the authors because they told this story with authentic preteen girl voices and I was completely immersed in Bett and Avery’s world. The authors also did a fabulous job of differentiating both girls writing style and I quickly learned who was who. I grew up with the movie The Parent Trap and I never liked it because it is completely nonsensical. This book is like what that movie should have been but with a much better message. Also, my son got this from the library right before the pandemic but I am buying this ASAP because I can see myself rereading this in the future. Which might be a weird thing for an almost 34 year old to say but seriously that’s how much I love this book.
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I really loved Nevermoor & Wundersmith! I read them both for two different readathons. I thought Believathon was so much fun and it was my first time participating!
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I thought it was fun too! I wish I had read more but I’m pretty happy especially since I loved the things I did manage to read. I really feel like Hollowpox will be a five star read for me and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!!
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Yes, did you do any of the reading sprints on instagram?? I’ve done them several times before but never live… it was really cool! You can just have more options for the next on in November! I know, I already pre-ordered it.. I can’t wait!