A few months ago I stumbled upon the book Sparrow by Sarah Moon. I was not that sure whether I wanted to read it, but decided to give it a go. On the other hand, Circe by Madeline Miller has been on my tBR for more than a year. Two totally different books, but I will bring them together in this mini-reviews post.
Sparrow by Sarah Moon
- Representation: social anxiety
- Trigger warnings: an attempt to commit suicide
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on Ocotber 10, 2017
Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Brooklyn bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.
But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.
With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music...
To be honest, I had difficulties getting used to the timeline, it took me a while before I could get the hang of it. However, when continuing reading, I really noticed Sparrow’s growth and how she managed to live with her social anxiety. This book is more middle-grade than young adult, but it fits both age ranges well.
Circe by Madeline MillerCirce by Madeline Miller
Genres: Historical Fiction
Published by Bloomsbury UK on April 19, 2018
Also by this author: The Song of Achilles
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
This book has been on my TBR for more than a year. I finallly picked it up and I’m glad I did. It’s an easy book to read, despite the many many names of Greek gods. I still can’t remember them, but that was already the case back in school, so no surprises there. I managed to finish this book in a few days and I actually have nothing to say about it.