The only exposure I've had to roller derby is through the film Whip It which admittedly is more than some people. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to read more about it especially when I saw the cover of today's book. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson follows a middle schooler named Astrid who (after going to a roller derby bout) decides that she will be an all-star roller derby girl. However, there are a few hiccups in this plan. (I was going to tell you what they are but I decided it would be better for you to discover them yourself especially since they make up the backbone of the book.) This is a story all about discovering what you're made of, adolescent friendship, and perseverance. It's pretty much middle school wrapped up in one volume + crazy rollerskating antics. I should also mention that it's a graphic novel with truly epic illustrations which were done by the author (I love when that's the case). Overall, I thought this was a fast paced, angsy book that captures what it's like to be a preteen girl who is obsessed with . It's a fun book, guys. If you have any middle grade readers in your life that love sports I think they'd really like this one. 8/10
And since I've done this with a few other author/illustrators I thought I'd include a blog post that Victoria Jamieson did with some sketches from the book. Here's a sample:
Source: Victoria Jamieson Illustration
And here's what you can expect from the finished product:
Book Title: The Breakup Support Group
Author: Cheyanne Young
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction
Source: eBook (Hoopla)
⇝Book Theme Song⇜
(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)
♫I Wanna Dance With Somebody the Glee Version --A high school version of a song, for a high school story…and this song feels like it's about finding someone new to "dance with" after a breakup.♫
This is a super cute read for a preteen girl or any girl looking to get over being dumped by some boy. Did I feel this was something that might occur or happen in real life, probably not…but the life lessons TBSG is trying to impart are present and for the most part, solid.
I read this mostly because of reading challenge I'm doing where I needed Character names, and it really scored on that front for me. With both a I name for female with Isla Rush and U Name for Male with Emory Underwood. Sometimes, reading challenges get me into some fairly awful books and this one wasn't one of those…it was an easy breezy read.
Main Characters: 3.8/5
Secondary Characters: 3.8/5
The Feels: 3.8/5
Theme or Tone: 3/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3/5
Backdrop (World Building): 3/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 2/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.
Will I read more from this Author? I don't think so, unless it turns out to be just what I need for a reading challenge.
Uh-huh. Pre-ordered it via Amazon now, because I didn't want to have to deal with shipping and handling on separate packages if I wanted Well's All Systems Red in paperback, too.
Golden Age is something I definitely want in paper for the illustrations, by the way. I was going to skip this. All side characters from what I'd read, and none of them interest me as much as Temeraire.
None other than Novik herself claimed this was like 90% Temeraire. So, I immediately pre-ordered it after Readercon. I tried from B&N because I could have gotten it with my employee discount. I don't want to have to wait and remember - which I'll end up flaking on, especially since it's coming out soon before school - thus the Amazon pre-order.
By the way, she's turning a fairy tale short into a novel, too, but not sure when that'll be ready/out.
I also need to pre-order Akata Witch 2, and Binti: Masquerade both by Nnedi Okorafor. Sadly, this will be the last Binti for a while, but she said she loved this world so it might come back in the future. Fingers crossed.
by Naomi Novik
I wanted to read something by Naomi Novik, but didn't realise this collection of short stories was fan fiction related to the Temeraire series, which I haven't read. Never mind, it's a good test of a story collection like this to see if it can stand on its own.
The first story, Volley's Cow, did leave me a little bewildered. I think there was an assumption of familiarity with the characters, both human and dragon, as well as adventures they had been through in the series. The second story, Planting Season, was more self-contained and stood on its own well.
This was followed by Dawn of Battle, which I think probably reflected the sort of military battle atmosphere of the series and gave me a taste of the dragons and how they work in this world.
Then there is the title story, Golden Age. This one is longer than the others and rather good. My impression was that it was an alternative history using the characters from the first book of the series and focused very much on the nature of the dragons.
The next story, Succession, takes place in China and tells about how the French came to have a Celestial egg. This is followed by Dragons and Decorum, about a young woman being recruited into the air Corp, because female dragons will only have female handlers. Although I haven't yet read Pride and Prejudice, the use of the names Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy suggest there might be a nod to that book in this story.
The book wraps up with a section of Drabbles, 100 word stories. These were amusing and gave me some snippets of the world in which this series manifests. thought it was a nice way to finish up the collection. The artwork alone is worthwhile.
Over all an enjoyable read that I'm sure will be indispensable to readers of the Temeraire series.