Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shorter Musings: Recent MG

Sometimes I read a book, and I even enjoy it, but I don't have much to say about it. I jot down a few thoughts and then I move on. When these start to pile up, I put them together in one post.

Here are some reviews of MG fantasy fiction I've read recently:

Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Fox
Finding Ruby Starling is a novel about finding who your are and your place amidst the pains of growing up like most MG books. It is unique in that it throws in twin sisters who never knew the other existed. Ruth, who is adopted, finds Ruby online and they begin an exchange of emails that changes their lives forever. This is an epistolary novel, told through the emails the girls send each other, their friends, and their parents. There is some boy drama and quite a bit of angst about figuring out how they fit together. All of it is good, but a little long. There were a lot of e-mails I skimmed quickly. The read genuinely like 13 year old's emails, and that includes a lot of totes and ridic and the like. I found the amount Ruth used these words to be thoroughly annoying, but that won't bother everyone. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to any lover of realistic MG fiction. 
I read an e-galley provided by the publisher, Arthur Levine, via NetGalley.

Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn 
I enjoyed Spirit's Key. While I was reading it, it was difficult to put down. It is one of those books that sucks you in due to the mystery, which is incredibly well done. The hints are given out slowly and just enough to keep you engaged and waiting for the next tidbit. I was also pleased that I was only able to half figure out what was going on. The book left a lot of unanswered questions in my head as well. I was never able to fully suspend my disbelief enough to completely buy into the fantasy element. This seems to be a problem just I have. Most others seem to be dealing with it just fine. It is a good book and a wonderful recommendation to give to kids who love fantasies and animals.
I read an e-galley provided by the publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux, via NetGalley.


  1. I just finished Spirit's Key as well! I really enjoyed it, you're right that the mystery was well done, and as an avid fantasy fan I did really enjoy that element of the book.

    1. Yeah, I seem to be the lone wolf on not loving the fantasy aspect with this one. The characters and mystery were great though.