The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
Middle Grade / Juvenile / August 31, 2017

Author: Gail Carson Levine. Summary: Peregrine strives to live up to the ideal of her people, the Latki—and to impress her parents: affectionate Lord Tove, who despises only the Bamarre, and stern Lady Klausine. Perry runs the fastest, speaks her mind, and doesn’t give much thought to the castle’s Bamarre servants, whom she knows to be weak and cowardly. But just as she’s about to join her father on the front lines, she is visited by the fairy Halina, who reveals that Perry isn’t Latki-born. She is Bamarre. The fairy issues a daunting challenge: against the Lakti power, Perry must free her people from tyranny. (Published summary) My Thoughts: Given that I’ve loved Gail Carson Levine’s other works, I was very disappointed. This didn’t work at all for me. It’s not just a ‘teaching story’, that’s blatantly focused on particular issues (racism and prejudice) and putting forth morals about them instead of telling a compelling story that leaves the reader with new thoughts on those issues. No, it’s also a teaching story that, unwittingly I’m sure, brushes away the very points it’s trying to make. Peregrine, the main character, spends a lot of the book first overcoming her own prejudice…

August Monthly Roundup
Outside the Reviews / August 31, 2017

Hey all! August was a bit of a fragmented month for reading, what with school coming up and family visiting and the solar eclipse – all sorts of exciting life events. There was only one non-review post, which introduced a new co-blogger, Marietta. (She’s a busier gal than me, so don’t expect a ton of reviews, but there’ll be some upcoming.) ~ Rereads ~ Oathbringer, the latest book in the Stormlight Archives, is coming out in November, so obviously I had to reread The Way of Kings. And as long as I was reading Sanderson, I hit up The Rithmatist again too, and finally posted reviews for both of them. Etiquette and Espionage is a fun steampunk-fluff read for back-to-school vibes; more back to school books further down the list (but sadly not ones I enjoyed!) I loved the middle grade Summerlands trilogy from several years ago, so I started reviewing them back in July and finished during August. The flaws were more obvious to me this time, but Rook was just as awesome as ever. Book One, Book Two, Book Three. And… there was really no reason to reread Red Rider’s Hood except that Neal Shusterman does great quirky retellings. ~ New Books ~ I…