In this round of mini-reviews I am reviewing two books that were sent to me via netgalley! I would definitely recommend A History of Glitter and Blood if you’re looking for an original (and interesting) YA fantasy. Everything, Everything was a bit disappointing but still quite good.
Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by Chronicle Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
At first, it took me a while to adjust to the author’s writing style and the switches in tense threw me off. And to be completely honest, I don’t think most people would enjoy this story because it’s incredibly weird. BUT, I (
surprisingly) really enjoyed this book! Almost everything about the book (from it’s politics to the relationships) was unique and different. The book is written from the perspective of a historian and it’s very dark and gritty. There are lots of descriptions, in the first chapter alone, of faeries being eaten by gnomes and how the characters deal with loss. This definitely not the kind of book I usually read but I found it very interesting and unique. I also loved the messy, experimental style it was written in – the prose is really something special. I feel like the author took a huge risk writing A History of Glitter and Blood in this way (because obviously not everyone will be willing to read something like this) but it payed off and made the story stand out more. If anything, you can definitely say this book is memorable. In conclusion, I want to recommend this book to EVERYONE even though I’m not 100% sure you’ll enjoy it unless you’re not afraid of trying something different (but extremely weird).
Rating: 4 stars
I think this is one of those books that grew on me as I read it. At first I was a bit disappointed because I expected something a bit more complicated and there wasn’t much to the plot. Fortunately, I did eventually fall in love with the main characters which is the main reason I finished the book…Also, I couldn’t bear the the thought of not knowing what happened to Maddy. There were a few times, earlier in the book, when I was skeptical (I thought Everything, Everything was becoming a bit unrealistic) but then the plot twist at the end answered all my questions. However, there were only two “real” plot twists and I wanted more – particularly during the “slower” bits where I may have skimmed Maddy’s monologues. I feel like Everything, Everything was so close to being a perfect read..but just fell short of my expectations…and that was a little disappointing.
Update: After reading some recent reviews, I have become aware that Everything, Everything is offensive and ableist. I’m sorry I didn’t notice and/or address that aspect of the book in the original book review. Check out this review if you’re wondering why the book is problematic.
Rating: 3 stars