• Kristiana Sfirlea

Bite-Size Book Reviews: August, 2020!

(Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means I make a small commission through affiliate links in this blog post. I love Bookshop.org because it's an awesome way to support independent bookstores while still buying online!)


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


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor: 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


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


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor: 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).

© 2020 Kristiana Sfirlea