Bite-Size Book Reviews: Spring, 2021

Are you ready to dive deep into dreamwalking, ride a unicorn that may or may not be a rhinoceros, find a long-lost sibling or two, and ally with a blood-sucking vamp? Welcome to the spring edition of Bite-Size Book Reviews, featuring books by Morgan L. Busse, Matt Mikalatos, Verity A. Buchanan, and Moriah Jane!


Mark of the Raven


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor: Fantasy, Christian


Key Ingredients: Feuding royal families, not-quite romance, a cold girl with a warm heart, dream manipulation and powers, fascinating dreamscapes, and likeable, layered characters


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Allergy Warning: It is implied that a character has been sexually assaulted.


Taste Test: You can check out Mark of the Raven on Amazon or Goodreads!




The Crescent Stone


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavor: Fantasy, Christian


Key Ingredients: Snark (So.Much.Snarkage!), rhinos-that-are-unicorns, unicorns-that-are-rhinos, payments in pudding cups, modern Narnia-vibes, interesting magic system, sweet, committed platonic relationships, lots of diversity, and pondersome moral concepts


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Crescent Stone on Amazon or read my review on Goodreads!




The Journey


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavors: Fantasy, Christian


Key Ingredients: Amazing sibling relationships, lost-and-found family, profound and inspiring resilience, entrancingly poetic prose, and lots of character growth


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out The Journey on Amazon or read my full review on Goodreads!




Rogue


Food Group: Young Adult


Flavors: Urban fantasy


Key Ingredients: Vampires sans romance, gorgeous cover, action-packed, father-daughter vampire hunting, tricky to trust vampire allies, PLOT TWIST, intricate world-building, and a relatable heroine


Cookie Rating: 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪


Taste Test: You can check out Rogue 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 quirky, spooky, hope-filled fantasy novel, Legend of the Storm Sneezer, a finalist of the international Wishing Shelf Book Awards and two-time finalist of the Realm Awards. Its sequel, Legend of the Rainbow Eater - which pays homage to the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise as well as Inception - is coming out August 3rd, 2021. Her short stories, featuring clueless zombies, undercover werewolves, grumpy ghosts, and marriage counselors for fairy tale couples, have been published in numerous anthologies. She loves Jesus, her family, and imaginary life with her characters.

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