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Justine Pucella Winans

Autor(a) de Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything

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Obras por Justine Pucella Winans

The Otherwoods (2023) 33 exemplares
One Killer Problem (2024) 1 exemplar


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True to the title, Bianca Torre is plagued by a litany of fears, every reader is likely to find one or two or ten that they relate to, I certainly did, in particular, anyone who experiences awkwardness and discomfort in social situations will recognize and sympathize with Bianca’s cringier interractions.

There were definitely moments where it felt odd that Bianca’s family didn’t seem as concerned as I would be in their shoes, and it somewhat defied logic at one point (I’ll keep this vague to avoid spoilers) when instead of warning/whisking everyone away from danger, the characters carried on with a public charade, but those things did match the overall tone, more often than not this leans into humor and it does so very well, as long as you keep that in mind and don’t view the murdery aspects as seriously as you would in real life, it makes for an entertaining ride.

Birdwatching was one of the main reasons I wanted to give this book a try, I guess because I like reading about subjects and hobbies that are unfamiliar to me, learning while I read fiction always feels like an added bonus, plus I love stories that spend time outdoors, so I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t as much birding content as I’d anticipated, but I get that there just wasn’t much room for that when there was a lot to delve into with the mystery and Bianca figuring out her gender identity.

As a reader who only dips their toe occasionally into mystery, I was good with the balance between the mystery and Bianca’s personal journey, though I could see this potentially frustrating those readers who are primarily here for the mystery as it does sometimes take a backseat.

While Bianca’s chemistry with Elaine is pretty adorable, I liked their friendship with Anderson even more, I liked that there’s a whole arc to it, that there’s a greater depth to it than Bianca initially belives and I just really appreciated how supportive and genuine their connection felt.
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SJGirl | 1 outra crítica | Sep 25, 2023 |
ARC review:

I love stories in the vein of Peter Pan and The Chronicles of Narnia, where kids travel to other worlds and do magical heroic action! Well, River (they/them) can see spirits and portals that open into the spooky Otherwoods, and they're not thrilled by it. It's only when their only friend (and crush) gets stolen away into this spirit realm that River must face their fears to save her! Also, there's a cat named Mr. Fluffy Pancakes. Enough said.
pidgeysbooks | 1 outra crítica | Jul 27, 2023 |





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