I’m trying to catch up with this challenge, but it’s not quite working. 😆 Still, thank you to Jana @ Review From the Stacks for hosting this!
J – James and the Giant Peach
About the Book
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens . . . At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH, and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out…
I still remember reading and loving this in first or second grade. 🥰 I mean, who could resist a cute little story about a boy and his
ginormous giant peach? Someday, I will be old enough to read Roald Dahl books again (anyone get my C.S. Lewis quote reference? 😀).
U – Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
About the Book
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori — the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?
When Alison meets Dr Faraday, a visiting psychologist, she feels an instant connection. More, he believes her story. But there’s more to Faraday than Alison can possibly imagine … and the answers he will give her are … extraordinary …
I’m a huge fan of Anderson’s Flight and Flame and No Ordinary Fairy Tale trilogies (yes, I do find my reviews a little cringy sometimes), and the Ultraviolet duology is one I’ve been wanting to read for a long while. I mean, just look at that synopsis! You can’t go wrong with R.J. Anderson, especially if you’re someone who likes middle grade and/or YA fantasy. 🥰
L – Laertes by Carly Stevens
About the Book
Set in 1920s Europe, this poignant dark academia novel sheds new light on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, finally allowing Laertes to tell his side of the story.
Laertes Belleforest lives two lives: a wild, passionate one with his best friends studying Classics in Paris, and a stifling existence in the Danish court where the mercurial prince Hamlet constantly overshadows him.
Now in his last year at university, Laertes must decide the kind of man he will become. But who is he, apart from the huge personalities that surround him and the secret guilt that haunts him?
When tragedy rocks Denmark, Laertes’ questions are forced into focus. Like a Greek play, his story hurtles through love and wine, ghosts and revenge, toward inevitable catastrophe.
Woaaahhh, what a cool cover, right?! I actually have a review for Laertes up on my blog as well as a blog spotlight with character and location aesthetics created by the author! Do take a look if you haven’t already! And for those of you who haven’t seen those posts, Laertes is an indie dark academia retelling of Hamlet set in the 1920s!
Y – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
About the Book
“I’m Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!
For I am the ruler of all that I see!”
In this hilarious book – featuring three timeless fables – Dr. Seuss explores the pitfalls of growing too big for your boots!
By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities to read.
Dr. Seuss makes reading FUN!
I… don’t have anything to say about this book. I just needed a book that started with y. 😆 Dr. Seuss is cool, and I’m sure Yertle the Turtle is, too.
On a different note, I am having a crisis going on where I can’t seem to figure out how I’d like my ellipses to look. The way Microsoft Word formats them is amazing, but WordPress is not the same. So for example, do I want this…? Or maybe … this? Or maybe just… this, though this last method has been bothering me of late. I can’t do . . . this, the way I like it best, because it might become separated with a changing line. Help. This is the life of a freelance editor for you, I guess!
Soli Deo gloria.