I love reading Holly Black’s books because every time I start a new one I know I’m going to read something I’ve never seen before. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy Valiant as much as I did. I loved it! Maybe even more than Tithe. Keep reading for the full synopsis 🙂
When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.
But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
2.5 Stars. I was really surprised that I didn’t get into this book barely at all. Especially after I saw that both Sarah J Mass and Renee Ahdieh rated it 5 stars. I think writing is what just didn’t do it for me. While the story concept is really strong, the actual execution of it is weak and a bit lazy. I feel like I was told that a lot of stuff happens off the page. The story is also action-packed, which the writing style lends itself to, however, I feel like the writer just used that style to get away with glossing over explanations for her magic system and development for the romance aspect of Elisa’s Journey. I found when things actually happened I didn’t care really because there was no breathing room to or a lack of investment in the character. I hope book two rectifies these issues.
Crying into my wine right now! That’s right, the Twitter rumblings are true. Book #2 in the Sands of Arawiya series has been pushed from it’s highly anticipated release date of July 7th, 2020, to January 19th, 2021.
Hafsah Faizal took to Twitter earlier today, and said this: