• Kristiana Sfirlea

Bite-Size Book Reviews: November, 2020

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


The Book of Secrets


Food Group: Upper MG


Flavor: Fantasy, Christian


Key Ingredients: Sibling love, strong, emotive writing, intriguing characters, powerful faith analogies, amazing Christ-figure


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Book of Secrets on Amazon, or read my full review on Goodreads!




Cattywampus


Food Group: Middle Grade


Flavor: Contemporary fantasy


Key Ingredients: Zombie fun, enemies-to-frenemies-to-besties, Elphie/Galinda vibes, fascinating folksy setting, an animated outhouse named Puppet, and intersex awareness


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


Chef's Note: One of my favorite Roaring 20s debuts!





Good Girls Stay Quiet


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavors: Suspense, Psychological thriller, contemporary


Key Ingredients: Edge-of-your-seat suspense, gripping characters, a hilarious stuffed animal elephant named Noah, and an unpredictable narrator


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Allergy Warning: Domestic violence and abuse


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


Chef's Note: This is the first Monster Ivy Publishing book I read, and -- from the cover to the story -- it convinced me what a quality publisher they are!





Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavors: Paranormal, mystery, thriller


Key Ingredients: Addictive, suspenseful writing, wonderfully varied relationships (sister, bestie, boyfriend, frenemy), seriously creepy ghosts, and three distinctly unique story lines


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out the Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy on Bookshop (support independent bookstores!), Amazon, or Goodreads!


Chef's Note: This is one of my all-time favorite trilogies as well as one of my favorite sequences of scary stories!





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, pitched as Five Nights at Freddy’s meets Inception for kids, 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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*Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means I make a small commission through affiliate links on this website. I love Bookshop.org because it's an awesome way to support independent bookstores while still buying online!

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