I thought this was a fun YA story about family and heritage and tradition and magic. I can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes!
This was an easy read with diverse characters and a great MC. I like that the author combined the spirit world with the art world, and there was enough creepy to keep my interest.
Today‘s author spotlight: Daniel José Older! The 39-year-old Cambridge, Massachusetts, native has one sibling, an older sister. He was an emergency medical technician in #NYC, working on his writing when he had free nights, until 2014. He started the successful campaign to have the World Fantasy Award statuette changed from H.P. Lovecraft‘s image to Octavia Butler‘s because of Lovecraft‘s racism. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow
I was drawn to this book from just the cover, but then digging into the story kept me just as interested. Anything dealing with art will always catch my attention, but throwing in a little bit of magic and slight horror movie elements was right up my alley.
I loved the layers to Sierra‘s character and all of the shadowshaping scenes were described so beautifully, I could see them in my head.
May/June Wrap-up čôÜ
I only managed to get a few books checked off of my list here and there over the past two months, but they were all pretty great picks. My TBR stack still seems to be growing (čÖł), so hopefully I can knock some more off in the next month or two čĄ×čĆż
Latest book for our library‘s YA book club for adults: Young At Heart. Not my favorite. Grounded in PR Brooklyn, but hard to know what is relative to PR traditions, culture, etc. or what is souped up to support the wild and slightly incoherent plot. Characters seem representational, with nothing to make me care about them. Would have put it down early had I not been expected to help lead the discussion. #librarylife
ÔÇ¬My kid‘s friend came over in the summer to borrow a book and i butted in and loaned her a few faves of mine. Including several hard covers. I was immediately filled with the warm, squishy feeling of INSTANT REGRET. I just found the picture documenting the books. Urgh. ÔÜ░´ŞĆ#YALit #KindnessOrStupidity?
#BlackCatChallenge Day 8: The supernatural aspect in this fantasy novel had a touch of folk legend wrapped around it. This unique ability of Sierra as #Witch, passed down in her family across generations, is believed to be part of her ancestry, with her comatose abuelo perceived as the once-leader of this community of artists able to sense spirits, serving as conduits through spellbinding stories, art, and music. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-bBt
A rollicking good start to a new (to me) YA fantasy series.
Sierra Santiago has to rethink her summer plans when weird stuff starts happening. She sees a painting cry, and then her comatose grandfather starts apologizing for putting her in danger.
Sierra discovers that she is a Shadowshaper, a person whose art can host spirits who will do her bidding. Meanwhile, someone is killing other Shadowshapers. And that someone is after Sierra.
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Much like the diversity of produce that I saw at last week's farmer's market held in front of my work building, I thoroughly enjoyed the rich cultural diversity & expression in this well narrated audiobook. I only wish that Older had given us more exploration into the mysterious history & past of both Sierra's mom & her grandfather. I would've loved more!
New basket for books next to my bed čśä #decoratingwithbooks
This took me forever to read. Not because it was bad but because life and so yeah! Regardless, this was really fun read. The characters are great! I love that this story brims with culture and tradition and family! My pet peeve with this novel is one that I have had with plenty of other novels and it has to do with the way secrets are kept and how that does/does not drive the plot.
I think this is a case of ÔÇťit‘s not you, it‘s me.ÔÇŁ I‘ve enjoyed Daniel José Older‘s work in the past so I went in to this one with some high expectations. This is a good book with fun characters and great storytelling, but it didn‘t blow me away like I expected it to. Some day I‘ll learn to go into books with no expectations! I still recommend checking this one out (and DJO‘s other work), especially if you like your fantasy mixed with reality.
This was a free audiobook last summer from that program @LibrarianRyan shared. Puerto Rican heroine who was spunky and relatable. Throw in art and spirits and BOOM! Yes, some parts were predictable, but that happens! Great YA! Narrator of audiobook did a good job.
Candle from @Robothugs and it smells amazing. #mtTBR
Roscoe's chillin, and I'm listening to this audio book. Almost to Texas.
Chillin with this book on this rainy, cold morning.
I realized that I much prefer to read paper copies of books at the moment, as well as listen to audiobooks. I‘ve got the audio of Illuminae queued up from the library. #ya
Using my awesome new mug this afternoon from @PandaPanda - while many of you are dealing with cold and winter weather - here in Phoenix it‘s perfect weather for sitting outside and reading in the afternoon! čîÁčî× it was a great Sunday! I‘m loving this book so far and so excited to meet DJ Older @ #tfob!!!
I really enjoyed this book. DJO gives the book its own distinctive voice. Diverse set of characters and a very real life setting. Brooklyn isn‘t sanitized and is a character unto itself. LOVE the Spanglish and how different the MC and her mother react to the same thing. I listened to this which was narrated by Anika Noni Rose and she was FANTASTIC. Truly amazing and brought to life DOJ‘s words that just reading on a page can‘t. Listen to this.
Oh I loved this book!!! So good! What an awesome magical world Older built. I was initially a little confused how the shadowshapers worked but by the end it all came together. I can‘t wait to read the next one! #thankfullyreading