Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton 

Note: I’m not sure how my bookstore had these in stock a whole month before they were published, but anyway, many thanks to the Selexys Dominicanen Bookstore in Maastricht for selling a batch of 5 of these books so early! ^-^ 

This book comes out on March 8th.

Hey all! I just finished reading Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton! This was one of the books I was highly anticipating! I tried to get it on Netgalley, winning copies in giveaways... you name it, I tried it! But I’m so glad I finally got a copy and read it, it didn’t disappoint!

(Omg that cover though!!! *-*) 
Goodreads Blurb: 
"She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Okay so now the hardest part - where to start. 

This story was so beautifully written! It’s easy to get lost in the words (in a good way!) and to just let them carry you through the book. It isn’t that conventional type of writing where it basically spells things out for you. It’s very subtle, but it makes you pay more attention to the words so that you don’t miss anything. For example, where many books may say “He held out his hand. I took it without hesitation” or something, the writing style here was more fluid. I can’t find the page right now, but somewhere it says something along the lines of 
“He stuck his hand out. ‘stick together?
My hand fit well in his” 
I dunno, I just appreciated that more subtle style of writing. Not only that, but the words were so carefully chosen, and the way it was all written made the whole book so fluid to read! (What I mean by carefully chosen is that just certain tiny implications have a consequence at the end of of the book, when.... (see spoiler section!) )

Now, I don’t know much about desert/middle eastern mythology, but I felt like the storyline and the plot were so unique! The beginning almost made it seem contemporary, and then, continuing with that feeling in mind, you come across magic and fantasy. I loved the magical realism created! 

Basically, the story goes like this: Amani is a young girl in a ‘wed or dead’ society, where women have very little rights and freedoms, and where everything is uber-restricted for them, whereas men have all the liberties. Well, mostly. This town, Dustwalk, sees nothing wrong in shooting others. Living with her aunt and uncle after her parents died, she only wants one thing - to run away from the town, to go to the capital city. She needs money for this, so disguises herself as a boy and uses her shooting skills to get money. 
Only then, things don’t go as planned. She meets a ‘foreign stranger’, and they end up going on an exodus through the desert. 

I don’t want to say much more because of spoilers, but trust me when I say, the story is beautiful! 

Now for the characters! 

Amani - Okay yeah, she’s a rebel! She has an incredible rebellious fire in her that almost constantly shines through. She is secretive, determined... and tricky. She is smart but in her own way. She’s such a great protagonist, too! It was nice not to read about a typical female protagonist, that can be somewhat clumsy and needy. Amani can do things on her own, but chooses not to at times. In this book, where men have a sense of superiority, she beats them at so much! 

Jin - This guy is so cool! He’s a sailor and (spoiler section!). He is somewhat cryptic and mysterious, but also comforting and sarcastic at times. He also seemed, somehow, both careful and dangerously brave and crazy. I thought he was awesome! 

(There’s a lot of other characters that have more or less importance, but I don’t have much more time to write, I have quite a bit of readings to do for class.) 

*~Spoilers Here~*
- Jin is a prince!? I love how utterly unexpected that is! I had no idea I was reading a book that would tie Amani to royalty like that, but I loved it! But what’s cooler: he’s a rebel prince, like his brother! Just yes! 
- Near the end of the book, you find out that Amani isn’t totally human! She’s a Demdji, a mix of human and Djinn, some kind of spirit. They have powers, and she realizes that she’s practically a sand-bender. But it’s so great because you don’t suspect it at all throughout the book, until Jin puts the puzzle pieces together, leaving you, as a reader, completely dumbfounded. 
- I have to admit it - even though it isn’t exactly funny, at one chapter near the beginning, two guys propose to Amani - her ‘enemy’, Fazim who just wants to be rich and threats her to accept it, and her best friend, who wants to protect her. The best friend - Tamid - is such a sweetie! ^-^ I was so sad when he got shot, but we don’t really know if he died or not. 
*~End spoilers~*

Have you read Rebel of the Sands yet? What did you think? Let me know! :D 
Also, does anyone know if there will be a second book? This one seems to open up to the possibility, but I’m not sure, I sure hope there’s one! 

I’m giving this a 4.5/5 feathers! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor

~I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley. This does not affect my thoughts and opinions on the book. Thank you HMH books!~

Hey all! 
I just finished an ARC of Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor. This book comes out on March 1st, so make sure to look out for it! :) 

Goodreads Blurb: 
"When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

I dove into Into the Dim without any real expectations - only that I knew it would be cool because it’s compared to Outlander. Now I’ve never read or seen Outlander, but it sounds great! 

This book took me by surprise - the entire reason and the way they travel through time, the whole science behind the Dim with the Tesla machine and the use of Opals was an absolutely incredible idea! It was so creative to like modern science with this fictional world that would usually be considered to be a work of fantasy. Both the science and the historical fiction blended very well to make this book a nice, coherent piece. Nowadays, we never really read about the 1100’s, and I thought it was a great time frame to cover! I did have to look up some little points and facts because I wasn’t familiar with the timeframe, but it was explored really creatively! 

This book cleverly covers certain themes like racism towards Jews, irrational fears, and family. You don’t read about the first two topics often, and I though they were good themes to cover. They aren’t brought up too often, and do just the right amount of hindering - Hope’s claustrophobia never completely discourages her, and in the end, the racism problem is resolved towards one of the characters. However, I do think it would be interesting to explore such topics in later installments of the series, and see how the characters develop through these little issues. 

And now for the characters. Note: This may contain spoilers, simply because it’s the easiest way to talk about the characters. 

Hope isn’t the strongest female protagonist out there - she’s shy and sometimes nervous. Her incredible photographic memory helps the group get out of situations that arise, but it isn’t constantly rubbed in the reader’s face, which I appreciated. Her claustrophobia adds an interesting dimension to her character which I think was needed and well used in the story. 

This book has a sort-of love triangle, with one of the guys being Collum. He’s this tough-guy, who follows the rules but acts as if he doesn’t really care about anyone. But his walls start to beak with Hope, and he shows a caring side, which is why I started hoping they would end up together. He never really thought stuff through, and acted a lot on impulse, getting him in some pretty bad situations, but was a cool character. I really hope to see more of him in book two, and to see how his character might develop! He was my favorite character for sure! 

Okay, now for Bran. I had such a hard time trusting the guy! When they met, I thought 'okay, so this is gonna be the love interest. Lets see how it plays out!’. He’s the ‘perfect guy’ in a way - unique eyes, nice smile and hair, photographer, rides horses, etc.... And after their second meeting, I really, REALLY wanted him to be the villain. This sounds awful of me, but I wanted him to be the kind of villain that would trick her into telling him something important about the whole time-travel thing. I think he could make a great villain. And then he WAS the bad guy for a bit... until we find out that he’s just playing bad to impress his mom, so he’s nice again... this goes back and forth a bit, until the end, where he becomes endgame with Hope. Hm... I want to see what happens with this in book 2 - I think his character can take a really interesting turn. 

Phoebe is great! She’s another Viator (Oh, they’re the time-travelers) and she’s so surprising! She’s great with weapons, tricky, and is really smart. I actually want her to end up with Bran, to be honest. I know she had someone back home, but still! ^^

All of the other characters were also great - they were carefully created and placed to make sense of the book, and to bring little twists and turns along the story. 

The only downside I can think of is that while sometimes the book was gripping, other times, it was hard to get into again. I think that if Taylor can find the tone she uses in the more immersive parts and can spread it over the rest of the novel, it could become something really awesome with a hype! 

I’m giving this book a nice 4/5 feathers! I highly suggest you check it out! :) 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bookish Talks #2 - Traveling, Shelves, and book posters

Book Talk #2! 

Hey all! 
I’m at a bit of a low-point as far as homework motivation goes right now, so I decided to do another book talk! :D I got really nice responses from my last one, so hopefully you’ll enjoy this too! 

~February Haul~
I got so many books in February, and I can’t wait to read them all! The haul includes Rebel of the Sands, Seeker, Glass Sword, plus a nice batch of five books from BookOutlet! I’m almost done reading Into the Dim, an ARC coming out in March that I’ll review either later today or tomorrow :) 

~Traveling to Australia in July!~
So some of you may know I’ll be in Australia for around 5 months this year! The preparations are going well, but then my friend asked me how I would choose which books to bring... UMM thats kinda something I need to figure out! I know I want to bring some, for sure! I might just request a bunch of ARCs from Netgalley but I’ll have a hard time choosing my physical books. Also, I heard books there are expensive. Well then! Any advice? ^-^

~My Literature Course~
So right now I’m taking a course called the Future of Literature, which is very far from what I’m used to studying. I’ve been reading a bunch books I probably never would have read (Hamlet, something called Crabwalk, etc...). I’m not sure if I’m loving the course, but I can say for sure that Hamlet’s got problems! XD

I love the way my bookshelf looks now! I mean sure there’s a few annoying things, like random book editions in the middle of a series, (ugh why?!), but I otherwise love it! My top shelves are rainbow-ordered, as well as my elementary-school books. My other ones look nice as well! :)  I’m kinda worried about how I might fit my February book haul in there somewhere, simply because the aesthetics of my shelf will change! Oh well! 

~Book Posters~
Does anyone know where one can get book posters? I printed out a few bookish pictures (quotes, minimalist designs, etc...) and have my Paper Towns and Mortal Instruments posters, but would love to get more! I just have no idea where! ^-^

Thats it for today! I hope you have a lovely weekend! :D

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - One song, 10 books

Top Ten Tuesday - 1 song, 10 books

Hey all! 
Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! This meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish, so I suggest you go check out their blog! :D 

So this week’s theme is everything to do with music! 

So, with this week’s theme, I’m going to do 1 song, 10 books. 

So let’s get this started! 

The Song: Superheroes by The Script
I want to use this song to highlight characters who go to all ends to make things right, even if others think it is impossible for them to do so. <3

1. “But she’s stronger than you know, a heart of steel starts to grow.” 
So a female character that’s surprisingly strong is Tris from Divergent. Who knew that she would be such a strong character?!

2. “All his life he’s been told, he’ll be nothing when he’s old.”
Harry Potter was always told by the Dudleys that he was worthless. 

3. “All the kicks and all the blows, he will never let it show.” 
Percy Jackson is treated harshly by so many people, including his stepfather, but doesn’t tell many people about it. 

4. “When you’ve been fighting for it all your life, and you’ve been struggling to make things right.”
Caleana from Throne of Glass for this one! She has such a hard past! 

5. “It’s how a superhero learns to fly, every day every hour turn their pain into power.” 
I want to say Eragon for this :) 

6. “When the moment is just right, you see fire in their eyes”
I guess a character that really becomes awesome at the right moments is Simon from The Moral Instruments. He’s usually such a nerdy guy but has some AWESOME moments. 

7. “She’s got a lion in her heart, a fire in her soul”
Katniss from The Hunger Games for sure!! I mean it’s not for nothing that she’s called the Girl on Fire!

8. “He’s got a beast in his belly thats so hard to control”
I want to say Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses. 

9. “Now light a match, stand back, watch it explode” 
Tessa from The Infernal Devices!

10. “That’s how a superhero learns to fly.” 
Mara from Exodus :) 

I hope you enjoyed this! It took me forever to decided on a song! 
Happy reading! :D

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken 

Hey all! 
I just finished Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I wasn’t disappointed! :) 

Goodreads Blurb: 
"In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever


I was happy with how this book turned out! It took me a tiny bit of time to get into the story, but I got drawn in soon enough, and couldn’t put it down! 
One thing that made it so appealing for me was this whole idea of time AND space travel. The constant scene change made the story progress constantly and evenly, and kept me anticipating the next area. 

Passenger is a book that has an incredible rhythm. There is a constant beat and a beautiful melody, like a music piece. It was pretty to read, which doesn’t make much sense unless you read it! 

So Etta is a violin prodigy and somewhat surprisingly finds out that she can travel through time. She meets Nicholas and together they go through a kind of time-space scavenger hunt where they need to find an Astrolabe, a device that can create these sorts of portals to go through time. 

The villain, Cyrus Ironwood, is easily hatable, even though he isn’t always looming. He has one scene and that’s it, but that one scene is enough to make me hate him. 

Etta, the ‘pirate’, is so great! She is fiery and stubborn, but also sweet and confident. 
Nicholas is also great, and one thing I appreciated with this book is that it did something that YA books don’t usually do - it covered racism. Nicholas is of color, and they go through times where that is shunned upon. But besides that, he is incredibly brave and caring. 

Their relationship is a tiny bit insta-lovey, but it evolved nicely anyway! 

This book was funny at times! Just simple situations had humorous twists to them that I really appreciated! 

The ending messed me up! I thought they pulled a Tris! ;-; I’m glad they didn’t though! Now I’m hoping Nicholas’s character may develop more!
When Etta’s mom throws a knife at her... wow I was not seeing their reunion be like that! 
Even though Sophia practically dies, I still don’t like her. 
I feel like some things were a bit too easy for Etta to figure out.

One thing I really would have enjoyed is if the author would have given an explanation as to why these select families can time travel. Do they protect something? Or do they just have these powers? Did I miss this part in the book?!

Something that was pretty cool: the Astrolabe is something like a sexton, that measures time and location and position in space. We talked about astrolabes with my dad before it even came up in the book! You should look them up, they look so cool! 

Also, Etta’s family name is “Linden”. We were in an area of Germany where Linden was written everywhere! 

I gave this book a 4/5 starts :) 

Have you read Passenger? What did you think? Let me know! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Valentine's Freebie!


Hey all! 
Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! This meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish, so I suggest you go check out their blog! :D 

So this week’s theme is everything to do with valentine's day - a love freebie, if you want to consider it like that!

So, with this week’s theme, I’m going to do My Favorite Ships.

Most people will probably do this, but I don't care, I've been wanting to do bookish OTPs for a while >.>

So let’s get this started! 

1. Katniss and Peeta, from The Hunger Games

2. Laurel and Tamani, from Wings

3. Feyre and Tamlin, from A Court of Thorns and Roses

4. Clary and Jace, from The Mortal Instruments

5. Jem and Tessa and Will (yes), from The Infernal Devices

6. Katsa and Po, from Graceling

7. Kady and Ezra from Illuminae

8. Percy and Annabeth, from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

9. Hazel and Augustus, from The Fault in our Stars

10. Jack Frost and Merida, from The Rise of the Guardians and Brave.
Yes I know they're not books >.>
I don't like Jelsa! NO! That would be bad! ;-;
Jarida is bae and beautiful. They might fight a bit but I believe in them for real. <3

Sorry it wasn't as creative this week! I was thinking of doing a whole story-like thing, where all the characters are in the same environment and giving each other hugs and chocolate and cutesy stuff, but I don't have the right sense of imagination right now. Sorry! I'll try to do something cooler next week ;) Next week's theme is "Books and Music" and I can do something interesting for that, I think/hope (I'll be back at school, so no guarantees! ^-^)

Any ships I forgot? Let me know! :D

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

Hey all!
I just finished Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard!
I actually finished a few days ago, but I'm writing my release today in honor of the release of book 2: Glass Sword! Can't wait to get it!

Goodreads Blurb:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ..."

Note: This is a re-read! It will be reviewed as such :)

The last time I read Red Queen was when it came out a year ago. I can honestly say that while I though that most of it was jam-packed with typical YA tropes the first time I read it, the second time made me appreciate the story more, as well as its surprising uniqueness.

Honestly, re-read it before reading Glass Sword if you have the chance! It was so much better the second time around!

So Mare has red blood. She steals for money for food, and her brothers are at war. She and her friend are waiting conscription, when she suddenly, through a meeting, gets a job at the palace. There, she realizes that she has silver-like powers. She is "Red and Silver, stronger than both". This leads her though a whole royal game, in which she has to disguise herself as a princess and has to figure out who to trust, and who to be weary of. She joins the Scarlet Guard, a resistance  group, who resist against Silver oppression. It is full of deception and plot-twists! 

Mare is really stubborn! She does things even though her parents disapprove, and joins the red guard right under the queen's nose. She's not one to be pushed around! She's not the strongest female protagonist, but I think that her character may further develop in Glass Sword, and I think I might be pleasantly surprised! ^_^

The princes are confusing. You never really know if Cal is to be trusted or not, and Maven seems mostly trustable. I'm really looking forward to Cal's character development in book 2! 

Kilorn is my personal favorite! He knows what is right to do and will do what it takes to get that done. 

The plot seems common at times - especially in the context of a royalty novel - but it has an x-men feel to it that brings it to another level in which we can't really say that it is just a 'typical royalty novel' anymore! 

I won't say much about the ending, but wow! You guys who read it know what I'm talking about! 

I can't wait for Glass Sword, coming out TODAY all over the world!  :D

What did you think of Red Queen? Let me know! 
I'm giving this a 4/5 stars :) 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

My JABB Bookstagram!



So I’ve said this before, but Just Another Bookish Blog has its own instagram! I put TONS of stuff there that I don’t put on here! Here’s a sample of my favorites! Let me know if you subscribe! C: I just reached my 100-followers mark! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Time Travel

Top Ten Tuesday - Time Travel! 

Hey all! 
Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! This meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish, so I suggest you go check out their blog! :D 

Also... I randomly got 129 views yesterday alone, whereas I only got like 9 the day before... did something happen that I am not aware of?! o.o HELP! 

So this week’s theme is everything to do with time - a time freebie, if you want to consider it like that!

So, with this week’s theme, I’m going to do An Odyssey through Time and Space

So let’s get this started! 

We begin our journey many, many years ago, around the year 1545. The Renaissance, as presented in Mary Hoffman’s Stravaganza series, takes place in Talia, a parallel Italy, in which the emergence of a handful of gifted people cause political stress of all kinds. But through this stress is the magic of Italy during the Renaissance, its dangers, its love, and its beauty. 

Next, we shall go to Elizabethan England, more precisely in 1878 in London, as it is protected from a swarm of clockwork machines by a group of young Shadowhunters. I am of course talking about Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices. See the Blackfriars Bridge here, over the Thames? It has a beautiful story surrounding it, one that will also go through the years. 

Now we turn our attention to a darker era of our history. In 1945 Germany, a young girl struggles to learn to read, befriends a Jew, and stays rebellious throughout her time on Heaven Street. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is a wonderful example of life in that time. 

Modern Day, such a nice time to be in, don’t you think? So many stories to choose from from this particular era! We encounter many stories of this time, such as The Fault in our Stars, by John Green, Magonia by Maria Dhavana Headley, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. These beautiful stories take us all over the world, through every emotion and surprise, with each turn of events. 

Next, we will fly to the future! Now, it is difficult to place events in the future. However in 2100, the events of Exodus, by Julie Bertagna, unfold to give us a world with no land. 

More novels that are set in a further future include Illuminae, Divergent, Across the Universe, or The Hunger Games. 

I hope you enjoyed this journey through time, with Air Booknerd. Make sure to leave your thoughts in the common section below. 

No but seriously, I enjoyed writing this! And yes I know it’s Wednesday... But I have reasons! *cough* uni *cough*

I hope you have a great day! <3

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Exodus, by Julie Bertagna

Exodus, by Julie Bertagna

Hey all! 

I just finished Exodus, by Julie Bertagna! (Actually I finished two days ago, but I got sidetracked while writing!) This is the first book in a trilogy, watch out for the reviews of the next two books sometime in the month of February! 

Now, I read this in 7th or 8th grade already, so this is a re-read! 

Blurb from the back
“The world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the seas, technology has been destroyed, and human civilization has become primitive once again. 
Fifteen-year-old Mara had watched her beloved island, Wing, sink further beneath the ocean’s tides as time quickly runs out. The islanders must look for refuge, and only Mara has the vision to lead them all in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. She once heard of sky cities, safe from the storms and rising water. The closest one, New Mungo, is their only hope for survival. 
But upon reaching the mysterious, high-tech civilization, they are shut out of the city, blocked from their one chance at sanctuary. It’s up to Mara to find a way past the walls to save her people - even if doing so means risking everything.” 

I enjoyed this book quite a bit! What is interesting is that this science fiction book seems like it can really be a concrete possibility for our future. Of course, we cannot know for sure what will happen, but this could be one of the many pathways the earth may eventually take. 

This book happens in three distinct parts - on the island Wing, with the treenesters, and in New Mungo. 

The characters in this book are realistic - Mara is stubborn, brave and curious. She is known by the Treenesters, a group of people, as ‘the face in the stone’ - the one who would save them all. But she denies it all through the book, she never does anything to fit in with being The Face. 

Fox (he’s so sweet! :3 ) is kind and helpful, but also curious and determined. He knows what is right to do. Fara is a real ship in my mind. But so is Rora... 

Rowan is Mara’s best friend, who lives with stories and words. He’s one of the real dreamers. 

The treenesters are all cautious and curious.

It is difficult to rate the ‘fiction’ part of this, because a lot of the book had to do with how the world could be 100 years in the future, under the influence of global warming - huge storms, land loss, people becoming refugees... I really liked that! 

I know this is short, but I have to go back to class!

I’m giving this a 3.75/5 feathers :) Also, I think that this book is not hyped enough! Go find a copy and read it if you can! I’d love to see your review! <3