Bite-Size Book Reviews: January/February, 2021

Are you ready to solve a magical murder case with the help of a ghost dog and a boy cheerleader, save the spirits of your hometown from an unforgiving curse, and spend summer break with your new friends at a seasonal library job after a harrowing accident? January/February's Bite-Size Book Reviews exhibits exciting titles by Darcie Little Badger, Stephenie Wilson Peterson, and Olivia Smit!


Elatsoe


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor: Magical realism, contemporary fantasy, mystery, paranormal


Key Ingredients: Lipan Apache MC and mythology, a freaking fantastic boy cheerleader, ghost dog buddies, a girl who is actively uninterested in romance (a rare treat for readers like me!), humor, and an unpredictable mystery


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


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


Chef's Note: This was my #1 read of 2020!




Grace's Ghosts


Food Group: Middle Grade


Flavor: Contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery


Key Ingredients: Cozy, ghostly mystery, positive parental relationships, budding friendships, a fantasy lover's treasure trove of magical abilities, witches + mages, mermaids + fairies, and - of course - GHOSTS!


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out Grace's Ghosts on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or Goodreads!




Seeing Voices


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavors: Contemporary, Christian


Key Ingredients: Library summer job, deaf/hard of hearing rep, sibling relationships, dealing with addiction, the changing dynamics of old and new friends, and big God questions


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Allergy Warning: Substance abuse, a core theme of the story, is dealt with both heartfully and tactfully.


Taste Test: You can check out Seeing Voices on 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. You can learn more about gastroparesis by reading my blog post on  Gastroparesis Awareness Month.





Kristiana Sfirlea is the author of the spookily hilarious MG fantasy novel, Legend of the Storm Sneezer. Her flash fiction, featuring clueless zombies, undercover werewolves, and grumpy ghosts, has been published by Havok, and her second MG novel, Legend of the Rainbow Eater, is contracted and in the works. Kristiana dreams of the day she can run her own mobile bookstore. Or haunted house attraction. Or a haunted bookmobile! (And this is precisely why writers should never become Uber drivers.) She loves Jesus, her family, and imaginary life with her characters.

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