I'm back with another couple of reviewletts today! This is just how lazy I am about writing indvidual reviews for books. But don't you think it's a good idea sometimes? It helps us get caught up AND we can say our peace about books that may not have blown our skirts up.
While both Tell the Wolves I'm Home and The Untertaking of Lily Chen had their charms...overall, they did not blow me away.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt, has been a huge success. I can see why! There were parts of this novel that I loved. I adored the story of June and her beloved uncle Finn. I wanted to scratch her sister Greta's eyes out on a regular rotation. I enjoyed the inclusion of art and a specific, and very important, portrait. It made me cry on occasion, even. But I think the amount of attention given to this book left me a little bit cold. I didn't love the writing and closed the book with a "just ok" feeling.
I read this one for the #EstellaProject Season 2.
The Undertaking of Lily Chen, by Danica Novgorodoff, is a graphic novel I've been itching to get my hands on. the artwork is obviously gorgeous. Just look at that cover! The premise is one that caught my attention, too. After his brother's death, Dei sets out to find a corpse bride for his sibling so he won't be alone in the afterlife. He's willing to rob graves or perhaps even commit murder to fulfill his promise to his family, and that's where the lovely Lily comes in. Estranged from her family, she sets out on the road with Dei without a real understanding of what he's after. Twists and turns ensue.
While the artwork was superb, the story was predictable and left me wanting a bit.
Have you read any books lately that held great promise but didn't quite pan out the way you'd hoped? Share!