Book Review

Book Review: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
By M.T. Anderson
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 532 pages
2018, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763698225

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Brangwain Spurge is an elfin agent, sent to spy on the goblin empire under the guise of being an emissary delivering an ancient goblin artifact. Werfel is the goblin archivist tasked to hosting the elf, and while he looks forward to sharing historical knowledge, he’s also been advised by the secret police that he will be spying on Spurge. Determined to be a gracious host despite his seedy orders, Werfel does his best to deal with his guest’s…peculiarities. What neither agent nor archivist suspect is the true plans of their superiors.

I had zero idea what to expect when I requested this book from LibraryThing – I just love M.T. Anderson and I’m a sucker for illustrated novels. This book blew my non-existent expectations out of the water!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: The Wonderling

The Wonderling
By Mira Bartók

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 450 pages
2017, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763691219 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: September 26

The Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures houses creatures that are not quite animals and not quite humans and is run by the malevolent Miss Carbunkle and her allergy-ridden (and aptly named) henchman Sneezeweed. At The Home, the creatures, known as groundlings, toil away in Miss C’s widget factory and suffer through hideous lessons like how to be better servants. One groundling, known only as Number Thirteen, has a desperate wish to find out where he came from – all he has is a scrap of a baby blanket, a gold key and the memory of a song. When he saves a new student from a group of bullies and she renames him Arthur, after the great king of old, he finds his courage and starts his quest to discover where he came from.

This is an adorable middle-grade fronted by a timid character who learns to stand up for himself and embrace his hidden talents.

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Book Review: Sophie Someone

Sophie Someone
By Hayley Long

My Edition:
Hardcover, 258 pages
2017, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763689957

Fourteen-year-old Sophie Nieuwenleven has lived in Belgium for almost as long as she can remember, though she knows her family left England. As the past begins to catch up with them, Sophie starts piecing together details from her past until her family’s terrible secret is revealed and it changes everything she thinks she knows about herself. So Sophie tells her story, but in the only way she feels comfortable – in her own language.

I wasn’t expecting the writing to be so stylized, so right off the bat I was confused. Sure, the back of the book mentions Sophie telling her story in the only way she knows how, but I wasn’t paying attention to the back of the book, was I? (No. No I wasn’t.)

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Book Review: More Than This

More Than This
By Patrick Ness

My Edition:
Signed Hardcover, 472 pages
2013, Candlewick Press
ISBN:9780763662585

From the back of the book: A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is this possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. What’s going on? Is it real? Or has he woken up in his own personal hell? Seth begins to search for answers, hoping desperately that there must be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife…

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