Bite-Size Book Reviews: August, 2020



the elephant's girl book, fairy lights, and typewriter keychain

The Elephant's Girl


Food Group: Middle Grade


Flavor: Magical realism


Key Ingredients: Fantastic family and platonic relationships, marvelous mystery, a sweet ghost, elephants, homeschool representation, and character complexities


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Elephant's Girl on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or read my full review on Goodreads!




the story hunter book and book swag

The Story Hunter


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor(s): High fantasy, Christian


Key Ingredients: Fast-paced plot, crazy-endearing characters, beautiful allegories of faith, and broken stereotypes


Sentences to Savor:


"A year passed...I probably would have insisted on being in the thick of the fighting. I would have balked at the idea of being kept out of it, left behind, assigned to protect and guard rather than charge ahead.
But now I've lost enough that I just want everyone to get across the city in one piece. If that meant I couldn't be in the middle of the action, that was fine as a fluff-hopper."

Allergy Warning: The author deals (very tactfully) with issues of sexual assault and abuse.


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Story Hunter on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or read my full review on Goodreads!




the witches of willow cove book, witchy leggings, and halloween nail polish

The Witches of Willow Cove


Food Group: Upper Middle Grade


Flavor: Contemporary fantasy


Key Ingredients: AMAZING platonic relationships, strong, diverse friendships, fresh approach to magic, and a complex/intriguing villain


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Witches of Willow Cove on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or read my full review on Goodreads!




Fade to White book and book swag

Fade to White


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor(s): Contemporary, (slight) magical realism, Christian


Key Ingredients: The power of compassion, character growth, mental health advocacy, hopeful endings, faith in God


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Allergy Warning: Mentions of suicide and self-harm. Brief mentions of substance abuse. The author (very tactfully) deals with issues of mental health.


Taste Test: You can check out Fade to White on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or read my full review on Goodreads!




Why "Bite-Size" Book Reviews?


These "bite-size" book reviews are a fun way for me to promote authors and provide short, tasty reviews for readers, but they're also a way for me to raise awareness for a debilitating digestive disease called gastroparesis.


People with gastroparesis have paralyzed stomachs. Severe cases (like myself) can only eat a few bites of food at a time, so we have to make those bites count! I hope these

"bite-size" book reviews help feed your mind's appetite in the same way.


Learn more about gastroparesis by reading my blog post on Gastroparesis Awareness Month or by visiting G-PACT (the Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments).

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