Mini Reviews: Belated ARCs

Hello, hello! I’ve been in a reviewing mood lately so perhaps I’ll actually be able to catch up on this year’s reads.

Today’s books both come from Raincoast Books (thank you!) almost a year ago (I’m sorry!). I’ve been on an ARC reading binge so it’s about time to share some of my thoughts with all of you, starting with these fantasies!

Book cover for Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. Illustration of a faun playing a horn and standing on a pillar.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Genre:
Fantasy

I knew very little going into this one besides it was maybe based on Greek mythology? But it’s one that relies on mystery so it’s good to know nothing. Which, of course, makes reviewing it very difficult but I won’t give any part of the story away here (but feel free to skip ahead if you don’t want any influence when you read it).

Suffice to say, I loved it. It’s incredibly confusing from the first page but you quickly get sucked into the story, trying to figure out what’s happening while getting progressively more confused.

This one had big The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis vibes for me and while I would’ve enjoyed more incorporation of Greek mythology as the cover seemed to promise, it was a very fun read that I’m looking forward to revisiting.


Book cover for Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova. Red cover with a white sketch illustration of a flower in the centre.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova
Genre:
YA Fantasy

The third of Córdova’s family-centric Brooklyn Brujas series, this one wraps up the story with the youngest, and perhaps most powerful, Mortiz sister. I was very excited for this one after reading the second, which gave hints as to Rose’s power and the possibilities for a book focused entirely on her. I haven’t read the first in the series but each book is largely self-contained as it follows one sister, though there’s of course some tie-over to previous events.

While I enjoyed this one, I much preferred the second book and I don’t know if some of my enjoyment was tampered by it being an advanced copy. There were a lot of missing words, which I’m sure would’ve been fixed up in the final version, but also continuity issues that made it difficult to follow the story. Some scenes felt like they jumped very quickly, some characters were in two places at once – it all left me feeling confused while I was also trying to follow the MC as she worked to uncover the actual mystery of the story.

It’s still a fun read but I felt much more drawn into the story with the second book, though I was glad to see Rose experience her powers.


Have you read either of these?
What are some fantasy recs you’d love to share?

I received copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions are my own.
Cover images from Goodreads.

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