DA Readathon Mini Reviews

I wrapped up my Dumbledore’s Army Readathon created by the wonderful Aentee over at Read at Midnight on Tuesday. I’ve already reviewed History Is All You Left Me but I wanted to shout out the other three books I read. Cue the mini reviews!

shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on June 30, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 304 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older was such a wonderful surprise (A golden recommendation by Leigh Bardugo). The author weaves culture and magic with ease into this beautiful portrayal of art coming to life. The visuals are absolutely stunning and scenes jumped off the page. Sierra and her friends are all vibrantly themselves and unapologetic about the world around them. The magic and supernatural elements fit perfectly into the story and I’m so looking forward to the sequel.

everythingeverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 310 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Nicola Yoon sure knows how to write ridiculously cute and interesting stories. I read The Sun is Also a Star last year and Everything, Everything was just as wonderful and compelling. Maddy’s been stuck inside her house for pretty much all of her life; reading, spending time with her mother, and diving into her classes. The new boy next door, Olly, catches her eye in the window and their connection blossoms from there. Both of them are freaking adorable and I loved their interactions online and IRL. Olly is the best of book boyfriend material and Maddy craves experience at every turn. This was such an endearing read and I’m so happy I picked it up.

iammalalaI Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

Published by Little, Brown and Company on October 8, 2013

Genres: Adult, Non Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Pages: 327 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Malala’s story of life and survival is a poignant, emotional, and uplifting one. Her passion for education and her willingness to speak out is so compelling and inspirational. I appreciated how the book provides back story and context yet still connects with her personal journey. I also loved Malala’s relationship with her father, it took me back to my own experiences, and deepened my bond with this book and Malala herself. Honestly I think everyone should pick this one up, it’s a revelation.

So have you read any of these titles? Did you enjoy them as much as I did? If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend adding these to the TBR, and hope you’ll leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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