Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review): 4
What did you like about the book? There was a lot to like about this one. I enjoyed the one-liners (it made me laugh out loud a lot!) as much as the story. And, considering it was a fantasy book, I like that more serious topics were handled as well- racism, sexism, etc. I felt it was a great blend of fantasy and realism, and a really fun story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? While some elements of the plot may be predictable for fans of the genre, I felt it still managed to do something new with the content. I do wish we read from more perspectives than Tilla, but Tilla was pretty funny.
To whom would you recommend this book? I often described this book as blend of Game of Thrones, The Princess Bride, and Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. So definitely those fandoms, as well as light fantasy. Also, if you or your teens are looking for standalone, this is a good one.
Who should buy this book? This is a great addition for librarians and bookstores. A strong debut novel for Schvarts, it is sure to work for many people as the dialogue and the characters are realistic.
Where would you shelve it? Fantasy
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes please! If you’re in the mood for a light fantasy, you’re sure to appreciate this book. The characters were very lovable and, combined the plot and dialogue, it felt fun and a little fresh.
Christina, Thayer Public Library, Braintree MA
Date of review: 5/12/2017