Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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…for the first time in many months she felt a flutter of hope. Every book she had read in her entire childhood, every book she still cherished, had prepared her to believe in a moment like this.
Madeline Oliver, a lover of fantastical stories, is dying from a lung disease. Jason Wu (Wu Song, really) is a jokester coping with a tragic past. And both of these teens will be off to a virtual war zone in the Sunlit Lands in The Crescent Stone by author Matt Mikalatos.
Since reading all of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books as an adult and remembering how much I enjoyed fantasy books as a child, I’ve been incorporating a little more of the genre in my reading the past few years.
I was drawn by this YA novel’s cover and the basis of the story. It took me about two seconds to become a Wu Song fan, though I worry about that boy’s hygiene. Tsk, tsk, tsk. And I can appreciate a contemporary tale with a multicultural cast of main characters. (In the case of a fantasy novel with a different world involved, I should probably specify: a multicultural cast of human characters.)
Even so, my interest in the story steadily waned as I went along. More than 100 pages in, I just wasn’t connecting with it, and given the density of the read, I’d have a lot more to wade through. So I decided not to continue.
Still, it’s not my first time reading this author, and I may try something else from him in the future.