Mini Reviews: Storm of Locusts & Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on two sequels with exceptional stories and authors. Check them out below!

stormoflocustsStorm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhoarse

Published by Saga Press on April 23, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia

Pages: 313 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

Dropping back into Dinétah was such a thrilling experience and Rebecca Roanhorse continues to deliver a riveting dystopian fantasy world full of native culture and mythos. The plot was fast paced, the locusts were seriously creepy, and the threat level was incredibly high. While the first book definitely focused heavily on Maggie opening up and her burgeoning relationship with Kai, Storm of Locusts delves deeper into the female friendships of the series. Maggie is responsible for others now and the way it develops her as a character is remarkable. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next adventure!

AruShahandtheSongofDeathAru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 23, 2019

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

Gosh I just love Roshani Chokshi’s writing so much and this middle grade series is full of funny, heartwarming moments that left me on the edge of my seat. Aru continues to be a wonderful character and I loved exploring her feelings of inadequacy when it came to her original Pandava counterpart. It was also great to see her friendship with Mini on display and how Brynne and Aiden fit into the mix. I’m also thoroughly enthralled with the mythology of these stories and Chokshi does a phenomenal job of weaving it into the modern world. Obviously I recommend any Aru Shah!

Have you read either of these books? Enjoy books with mythology?

Let me know in the comments below!

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