Two more books that people might want to check out!

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody is a light-hearted story that I quite enjoyed.  Our main character Ellie has one of the worst Mondays of all time, dealing with a test, softball tryouts and class elections, all while trying to stop her boyfriend from dumping her.  The good(?) news is that she is going to get seven chances to get this Monday right.  Brody decided to do a blog tour where she revealed the clothes Ellie would wear for the first six Mondays, explaining how each new look demonstrated a new attempt to recreate herself.  Fierce Reads got the first Monday, where Ellie mainly just needs to get the right look for her big Election Day speech.  The second Monday Ellie doesn’t yet realize that anything strange is going on and simply chooses an outfit meant to show that she is totally okay with everything that happened the day before, as revealed on Andi’s ABCS.

Ticket to Anywhere notes that on the third Monday Ellie now knows she is relieving the same day, and dresses specifically to try to prevent the same things from happening again, while For What it’s Worth reveals that on the fourth day Ellie is now completely fed up with her inability to get what she wants, and goes in a completely new direction.

On the fifth Monday, Mundie Moms notes that Ellie is beginning to believe she will be stuck in this time loop forever.  As terrifying as that thought may be, it also means there are no consequences for her actions, so she is free to thrust aside all her insecurities.  Finally, Nite Lite Book Reviews reveals Ellie’s look on the sixth Monday, when she has fallen into a pit of despair.

Looking to the future, Sarah Raughley’s Fate of Flames has been one of my most anticipated books to be published in November.  It takes place in a world where four girls given elemental powers in order to face the nightmarish creates that threaten the world.  However, as advances in military technology have rendered the girls seemingly redundant, they have traded in being heroes for being celebrities.  But then the defences against the monsters falters, and when one of the girls dies, Maia is chosen to replace her and thrust into a world she is completely unprepared for.  The summary has piqued my interest, though the reviews have been mixed to this point.

Lili’s Reflections felt that there was some definite good in this book, but also a whole lot of bad.  She did like that the four main girls are a very diverse group, and enjoyed the arc of them coming together as a group.  She also liked the creepy organization known as The Sect who controls the four girls, and who may be both the world’s greatest hope and its biggest threat.  But she criticized the lack of logic about how the girls are chosen, and how the Sect knows to find Maia, even though she keeps her new abilities a secret.

The Eater of Books liked that the setting moves to various places around the world, and also appreciated the diversity amongst the main characters.  However, she felt the four main characters were pretty much stereotypes, and also felt that the world-building was too vague and often didn’t make sense.

Overflowing Bookshelves found the book enjoyable, though she suggests it might actually work better as a TV show or movie.  She also praised the characters, and while she acknowledged there wasn’t much in the way of world-building, it didn’t bother her as much as it had some other reviewers.  Madison’s Library went even more positive, praising both the characters and the world.  Unlike some others, she appreciated the unanswered questions in the book, making her all the more eager for the next book in the series.

As I noted, I quite enjoyed Brody’s A Week of Monday’s, which I discussed in a previous post.  My only issue with the book was that things came together a bit too perfectly foe Ellie at the end of the book, though that’s not a huge deal with this kind of story.  And, though the reviews have left me with a bit of trepidation, Fate of Flames is still very much on my radar, assuming it decides to appear in a nearby bookstore or library.

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