March 1 is a big day for book releases this year. This week we’ve reviewed a very anticipated romance sequel, an incredible YA Robin Hood retelling, and more.
I loved this sequel to It Happened One Summer. Hannah’s returning to Westport, but this time instead of going to support Piper, she’s going to be working on Sergei’s latest movie, while staying in her friend Fox’s extra bedroom.
I loved how this novel really dug into the insecurities both Fox and Hannah had about themselves and how their romance blossomed as they worked through them.
Wingbearer by Marjorie M. Liu
A cute and action-packed middle-grade graphic novel about a girl raised by the guardians of a spirit tree protecting the souls of dead birds. When the souls begin to disappear without being reborn again, Zuli leaves the only home she’s ever known to journey through the mortal realm on a quest to discover what or who is interfering with the cycle of rebirth. Fun and full of heart and adventure. I think kids will really love this one.
A Muslim Robin Hood retelling set during the third Crusade. I can’t even describe how much I loved this book. It’s an adventure from start to finish but even more than that its a story of found family in the unlikeliest of places with the unlikeliest of people. Put it this way: I would die for Rahma al-Hud.
Trust me when I say it should be on your TBR right now.
I loved the premise of this book: an editor, Lanie, and a best selling romance author, Noa Callaway, with writer’s block have to work together to get a book finished. What I didn’t expect was that Lanie thought Noa was a middle aged woman and not an man her age named Noah, even though Noa is widely known to write under a pseudonym and not share any personal details with the public. I think there could have been interesting ways to talk about why Noah writes as a woman with a pseudonym, instead it really focused on Lanie’s feelings of personal betrayal, which felt way over the top given the 7 year working relationship that had existed between Noa and Lanie before Lanie found out Noa is Noah. I did enjoy the later part of the book once Lanie got past her feelings of betrayal, but I really wished the reveal had been done differently.
This book was full of practical applications for how to incorporate Montessori principles into the home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. I particularly loved that infants were included. I’ll definitely be incorporating some of the ideas, while others weren’t practical for my home or my lifestyle.
I particularly the section with images of educational Montessori style toys for each age range, as well as the idea with curating the number of choices for books and activities for your child and rotating the selection over time.