I read this one because it was on the npr best of list for 2018. Middle grade quest book. Some cool stuff, but overall found it a little slow.
I loved this! It‘s the story of a girl (the half sister of the main character from Seraphina) who goes on a quest with her best friend from childhood. But it‘s also about gender, sex, motherhood, religion, sisterhood, love, and so many other things. I think it stands well on its own without the need to read Seraphina and Shadow Scale.
This is Stitches! My reader in training. He mostly like fantasy books, because he dreams of becoming a dragon!🐲🐉#TessoftheRoad
Finished this audio while throwing together experimental rice and beans before getting down to finishing my flash cards to prepare for my anthropology final. Handwriting them helps my info retention so much, but I am so grateful that I‘ll be able to type my exam: my hands and wrists are asking for many breaks as we get through the stack.
“Now though? I hate how ungrateful I sound, but I find the idea insulting. As if you were saying, ‘All your pain was a mistake: here, have everything back.‘ Except it wouldn‘t be everything: not the time, not the suffering, not the thousand ways I‘ve changed. . . I wouldn‘t wish for this, Tess... but I‘m not sure I‘d wish it away, either.”
Appreciate the dis/ability rep in this one, and how it can be read to parallel queerness here.
Last assignments turned in! Semester is complete but for my self-schedule final, which I‘m going to study for this weekend and travel to campus to take on Monday. Eep! Listening to my book for a bit to decompress before bed.
Finally finished this one up and I have to say I absolutely fell in love with it. Tess is such an amazing character, just a normal girl going through life and finding herself. I love that the end was left open for more tales to be told of her journey and I really hope that there will be more, I want to know where the road takes Tess.
#audiocooking Sunday: fish chowder and a title that came highly recommended from one of my local teen librarian friends.
I‘m 50% through this book and I actually really love it. Tess is a flawed female character, she isn‘t the last witch, or the greatest sorceress or holds some great forgotten power, like so many stories that revolve around female MCs which is why I don‘t read many female MCs books they bore me with the cliche types. But this, Tess is a screw up, makes wrong choices & now has to deal with them, she is a normal girl learning who she is & I love that!
I stopped reading this one at page 220, not only because it was so boring, but also because I got so annoyed by every single detail. I don‘t like Tess, I don‘t like the world, and the plot is non-existent. Tess runs around, makes one stupid mistakes after the other, misogyny is everywhere, and there are no dragons but other weird creatures 🙄. I have to think of my #goodreadschallenge!
My favourite book so far this year. Tess is a runaway, a girl walking down a road, seeking a reason to keep going, processing trauma and coming to terms with her patriarchal society and religious upbringing. It's a fantasy novel with very little fast-paced action but I was gripped. It's sad, hopeful, devastating, magical and beautiful. Best enjoyed after Seraphina and Shadow Scale so you understand the context.
Best of the month: the tagged read, The Secret History, The Cabin at the End of the World
We have guests arriving for 10 days in a matter time f hours so I should be cleaning, but not before I say a reluctant goodbye to Tess ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
In the same dragon fantasy world as Seraphina, first in a duology about 17-yr-old Tess, who runs away to avoid being shut in a convent. Her adventures on the road, disguised as a boy, with her companion Pathka (a sentient reptile) reminded me of Don Quixote: her imagination stoked by pirate tales; her kind heart wracked with guilt for the frequent—unintended—harm she causes through her contrariness, impulsiveness & quick temper. #audiobook 🇨🇦
“She solved the shirt problem with her little knife, making a nick in her chemise at mid thigh level, and tearing the fabric along the bias. Years of sewing hadn‘t been for nothing.”
Oops. The author could have used a sewing lesson, or perhaps she had meant to write “along the grain.” Fabric will not rip easily along the bias, nor is it likely that Tess‘ chemise would have been made with the bias positioned horizontally.
Finally read the book that got me curious about the Seraphina series to begin with. While Tess as a character is so different from her sister, that didn‘t stop the novel from being wonderful in its own right. I loved how Tess grew throughout the book, and how you get the sense at the end of the book that she isn‘t done growing yet.