100 Words and a Quote is a feature in which I review books in exactly 100 words and share my favorite quote from each book. It’s fun, but it can also be challenging to make what I have to say fit that count. Well, I do love a good challenge. I do this for books when I can’t give much detail for fear of spoiling, for series finales, when I need to clean up my TBR, for novellas, and for those rare times when I just don’t have much to say about a book whether I loved it or not. Hope you enjoy my take on the (extra mini) mini-review.
Seventeen-year-old Hayley is back in school, attempting an ordinary life after years on the road with her father following his return from Iraq. Hayley meets Finn and finally feels like a normal teen, but will her dad’s demons once again force them from the life Hayley longs to have? I’ve read books dealing with PTSD, but this is the first I’ve read with a POV from the child of a parent with PTSD. It was extremely eye-opening. I love Finn and Hayley’s friendship as well as the growth of their characters. A raw and engaging story from a must-read author.
“People who have to announce that they are trustworthy deserve to be lied to.”
This was my first Amy Harmon book, and I found her writing to be lovely and lyrical. The last words Lark’s mother spoke were a spell, and Lark hasn’t spoken a word since. Forced to reside in the king’s castle, she plots escape and yearns for freedom. I didn’t love all the characters (Tiras = asscrown), but I could still appreciate other aspects of the story. Not my favorite fantasy I’ve read; but the concept, setting, and stunning writing make me very glad I read it. The spells are my favorite part, and I’m a sucker for a gorgeous epilogue.