2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (4)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia
- Hawaii
- Idaho
- Illinois (3)
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Louisiana
- Maine
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts
- Michigan
- Minnesota (1)
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (3)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (5)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (3)
- Washington (1)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming (1)
- *Washington, D.C.

International:
Australia (2)
Canada (3)
England (5)
France (1)
Ireland (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Philippines (1)
Wales (1)

My Progress:


21 / 51 states. 41% done!

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

- About a war other than World War II
- Takes place before 1800
- Set in a country you do not live in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Main character travels on a ship, train, or covered wagon Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Set in a decade you don't usually choose to read about
- A major holiday is celebrated
- Takes place in a city or region where you have lived The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- Features time travel to the past
- About a historical disaster, natural or otherwise
- With a proper noun in the title Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- Features a real female hero from the past
- Book that relates somehow to your own family history (the main character emigrates from the same country your ancestors did, the MC participates in a historical event your family member did, about someone you're related to, etc.)
- Written by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) author
- Features a main character with a different ethnicity, religion, or culture than your own The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
- Has an animal on the cover
- A ghost story
- Features a castle or an old house
- Set in South or Central America
- A mystery The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
- Set in the decade that one of your parents was born in
- Concerns an event of historical significance that happened during your lifetime (or your parents' lifetimes if you were born after 2000)
- Features a search for gold or other kinds of treasure
- A person in period clothing on the cover
- Based on a true story
- A main character who is Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian

My Progress:


6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

- A book that's published in 2021 The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
- An Afrofuturist book
- A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
- A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
- A dark academia book
- A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
- A book where the main character works at your current or dream job Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart
- A book that has won the Women's Prize for Fiction
- A book with a family tree
- A bestseller from the 1990s
- A book about forgetting
- A book you have seen on someone's bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.) Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
- A locked-room mysteryThe Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
- A book set in a restaurant Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
- A book with a black-and-white cover Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
- A book by an Indigenous author
- A book that has the same title as a song
- A book about a subject you are passionate about The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
- A book that discusses body positivity
- A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
- A genre hybrid The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
- A book set mostly or entirely outdoors Alone by Megan E. Freeman
- A book with something broken on the cover Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
- A book by a Muslim American author
- A book that was published anonymously
- A book with an oxymoron in the title Dark August by Katie Tallo
- A book about do-overs or fresh starts The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- A magical realism book Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin
- A book set in multiple countries In the Deep by Loreth Anne White
- A book set somewhere you'd like to visit in 2021 Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
- A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
- A book whose title starts with "Q," "X," or "Z"
- A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child) Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- A book about a social justice issue
- A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (audiobook)
- A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
- A book you think your best friend would likeThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
- A book about art or an artist Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
- A book everyone seems to have read but you A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
- Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

ADVANCED:

- The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
- The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
- The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green
- The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
- The book that's been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
- A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn't Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
- A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing The Answer Is...by Alex Trebek
- A book from your TBR list chosen at random The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- A DNF book from your TBR list
- A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library) The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

1. A Productivity Book
2. Book Becoming Movie in 2021
3. Goodreads Winner in 2020 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
4. Biography
5. About a Pressing Social Issue
6. A Book About Books To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
7. Set in the 1920s The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
8. An Author Who Uses Initials Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
9. Poetry
10. A 2020 Bestseller Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
11. Recommended by a Colleague Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
12. With a Number in the Title 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin
13. Bottom of Your To-Read List
14. Reread a Favorite Book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
15. Own Voices Story On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
16. Published in the 1800s Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
17. Local Author Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
18. Longer Than 400 Pages Dark August by Katie Tallo
19. A Book Turned Into a TV Series The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
20. A Book That Makes You Think The Lost Family by Libby Copeland
21. A WWII Story The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
22. A Highly Anticipated Book The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
23. Eye-Catching Cover The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
24. A Summer Read A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
25. Coming of Age Story Alone by Megan E. Freeman
26. Bestselling Memoir The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
27. Book Club Favorite
28. A Book About Friendship Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin
29. An Audiobook Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
30. Set in Australia In the Deep by Loreth Anne White
31. By a Nobel Prize winner
32. About an Immigrant The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
33. Time Travel Novel
34. An Author You Love Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
35. Childhood Favorite
36. Classic Read in High School
37. Borrowed from the Library Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
38. Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller
39. From an Indie Publisher
40. Fantasy
41. A Sequel The Stills by Jess Montgomery
42. Recommended by a Librarian
43. Psychological Thriller The Missing One by Lucy Atkins
44. Oprah Winfrey Book Club Pick
45. A Book About Technology
46. Title with Three Words Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
47. Debut Novel of Famous Author
48. Genre You Don't Usually Read
49. A Book Everyone Is Talking About The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
50. You Own But Haven't Read The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
51. Borrowed from a Friend
52. A 2021 New Release When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

My Progress:


35 / 52 books. 67% done!

Books Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (2 toe tags)
2. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell (11 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
3. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (1 toe tag)
4. Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (3 toe tags)
5. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill (4 toe tags)
6. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (8 toe tags)
7. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (3 toe tags)
8. Dark August by Katie Tallo (14 toe tags)
9. The Stills by Jess Montgomery (7 toe tags)
10. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (6 toe tags)
11. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid (2 toe tags)
12. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins (8 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
13. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert (9 toe tags)
14. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (3 toe tags)
15. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (6 toe tags)
16. In the Deep by Loreth Anne White (2 toe tags)
17. The Family by Louise Jensen (4 toe tags)
18. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (5 toe tags)
19. The Missing One by Lucy Atkins (5 toe tags)
20. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (4 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
21. The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs (12 toe tags)
22. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (10 toe tags)
23. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (6 toe tags)
24. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (1 toe tag)
25. The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert (1 toe tag)
26. A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (3 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
27. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore (7 toe tags)
28. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (6 toe tags, 2 unknown COD)
29. A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (10 toe tags)
30. The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman (8 toe tags)
31. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (3 toe tags)
32. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (9 toe tags)
33. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (3 toe tags)
34. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (1 toe tag)

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

Books Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
2.
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
3. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
4. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
5. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
6. The Stills by Jess Montgomery
7. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
8. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
9. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
10. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12. Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green
13. The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg
14. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
15. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
16. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
17. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Cozies Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
2. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
3. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
4. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
5. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

1. Set in a school
2. Featuring the legal profession
3. A dual timeline
4. An author that is deceased
5. Published by Penguin When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
6. A character with the same name as a male family member Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
7. An author with only 1 published book 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin
8. A book in the 900's of the Dewey Decimal System The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
9. Set in a Mediterranean country The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
10. Related to the word "fire" Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
11. Book with discussion questions inside The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
12. Title starting with the letter "D" Dark August by Katie Tallo
13. Includes an exotic animal The Missing One by Lucy Atkins
14. Written by an author over 65 (when published) The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs
15. A book mentioned in another book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
16. Set before the 17th Century
17. A character "on the run" Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
18. Author with a 9-letter last name The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
19. Book with a deckled edge
20. Made into a TV series The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
21. Book by Kristin Hannah
22. A family saga The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg
23. An ending that surprises you Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
24. A book you think they should read in schools
25. A book with multiple character POV Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
26. An author of color On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
27. First chapter ends on an odd page number To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
28. Includes a historical event you know little about The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
29. Featuring the environment
30. Watch out for dragons!
31. Shares a similar title to another book A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
32. A selfish character Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
33. Featuring adoption The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
34. A book you'd rate 5 stars The Lost Family by Libby Copeland
35. Set in a country that starts with the letter "S" The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
36. A nameless narrator
37. An educational read
38. Recommended on BookBub
39. An alternate history novel
40. Found via #bookstagram Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
41. An endorsement by a famous author on the cover
42. An epistolary
43. A character with a pet cat The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
44. Includes a garden Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
45. A coming of age novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
46. Winner of the National Book Award - any year
47. A character with a disability Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
48. A cover with a woman who is facing away The Stills by Jess Montgomery
49. A flavour in the title
50. A shoe on the cover Alone by Megan E. Freeman
51. Published in 2021 The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
52. Re-do one of the previous 51 categories from this 2021 challenge The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (#48 - Woman on Cover Facing Away)

My Progress:


32 / 52 books. 62% done!

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My Progress:


31 / 50 books. 62% done!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Root Karbunkulus Lacks Potter's Magic, But Who Doesn't?


Root Karbunkulus knows she's different. After all, she's an orphan living in a "filthy halfhouse," where even the yard "was a perfectly divided lot of plant life, though of what species no one could quite describe other than 'Insolent' and 'Savage'" (13-14). She spends her days slaving away for her two cantankerous aunts and defending herself in the schoolyard. Different? You bet, but until the day she answers the cry of a telephone no one else can hear, she doesn't realize that being different isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be quite exciting, even excellent.

The Questory of Root Karbunkulus by Kamilla Reid begins with Root's life-changing phone call, a summons to join a magical treasure hunt. Although she is more than willing to do anything that gets her away from her cruel guardians, Root is still shocked when she is suddenly transported to the stunning world of Dre'Amm. Soon she is trudging her way toward a castle along with a line of other boys and girls, all of whom are buzzing about the competition they have been invited to join. In Dre'Amm, where magic exists in profusion, Root finds herself at a disadvantage. She is a Dearth - a non-magicial being.

Still, she's expected to join a team and begin the first of 6 quests to find treasures of the Dre'Amm world. It's a game, a contest, the winners of which will receive certain fame. Root's team, the Valadors, consists of herself and two boys - Lian, the bullied son of a nobleman, and Dwyn, an orphaned chick magnet from Root's world. Together, they head to a secret library, hoping to gain information that will put them ahead of the other teams. To their disappointment, another group has arrived first - the competition will remain neck-and-neck from this point on, as the teams scour the land for clues to Kalliope's treasure. Along the way, Root will learn about the strange world of Dre'Amm - her birthplace - with its wide variety of animals (including two-headed snakes, albino gorillas, talking cats and vicious rodents), beings (Nods, ghosts, Sea Wraiths, Bulks, Bredins, etc.), and other strange inhabitants (interactive maps, animate alarm clocks, mischevious shadows, and snoopy wisteria vines). She will also learn about her own strengths, fears and abilities. As she battles blood-thirsty monsters, greedy Savages and a terrifying madwoman, Root will discover how different - how wonderfully different - she really is.

Action is king in Reid's first novel, which suffers from lack of character development and a weak purpose/theme. Its quick tempo and death-defying stunts will keep readers turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. It drags a bit in the middle, but accelerates in the last third, which had me flipping pages at breakneck (finger?) speed (and marveling at the brilliance of Reid's most original creation - the Simp). I definitely would have liked more depth from the main characters, but the treasure hunt kept me distracted enough that I didn't get too disappointed. I liked the idea of a magical version of The Amazing Race (from where Reid got her inspiration), where kids with untapped abilities compete in a dangerous, thrilling sprint to the finish line.

In general, I really liked this book. It's a fun adventure story that will entertain adults and kids alike. My biggest beef is that the novel (1) didn't answer fundamental questions and (2) lacked unification and purpose. As I was reading, I kept wondering, Why was Root suddenly plucked out of her normal life to join a treasure hunt in an alternative world? Why would a bunch of kids be competing in a dangerous, life and death-type competition anyway? If the contest's only reward is fame, why does a simple girl like Root care? And, what happened to her parents? None of these questions are answered sufficiently for me. My second complaint is harder to define, but I kept wondering, What's the point? The kids are competing in a game, the outcome of which has little significance. They're not battling to change the world, defeat enemies or triumph over evil, they are only trying to win a game. Main characters are supposed to have something they will give anything to achieve; Root seems goal-less, not really caring whether she wins the game or not. In my mind, this shaky purpose lacks the urgency and importance of those in other books of this genre (i.e. Harry Potter, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the Mister Monday series, etc.). I don't know if that makes any sense, but basically the plot seemed to meander without a definitive purpose - I kept telling myself, "So what? Maybe they win, maybe they don't. What does it matter?" Maybe I'm being too harsh, but those were my thoughts as I was reading.

Despite some issues, The Questory of Root Karbunkulus is an entertaining read that is getting rave reviews (and I'm not dissenting, I'm just saying I wanted more from the author). I would have liked a tighter plot, more structural unity, and better developed characters, but overall, it's an engrossing adventure with some interesting new tricks. It lacks the magic of Harry Potter, but what doesn't? I'm not as enthusiastic about Root as I wanted to be, but I'm still willing to hang on and see where her next quest will take me ...


Grade: B



1 comment:

  1. Nice review! You said everything I was struggling to find words for about the lack of any greater structure to the book/plot. Granted, its the first in a series, so she can't give too much away up front, but on the other hand, other YA fantasy series first novels have managed to be more than "go here, fight this monster, go there, fight that monster", so there's got to be a balance somewhere that Root Karbunkulus just didn't hit for me.

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Books Read in 2021 (Asterisks denote favorites)

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  • 112. Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan (Jul)
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  • 98. The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Jun)
  • 97. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustain* (Jun)
  • 96. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Jun)
  • 95. A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson (Jun)
  • 94. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny* (Jun)
  • 93. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (Jun)
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  • 91. You Belong Here Now by Dianna Rostad (Jun)
  • 90. The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong (Jun)
  • 89. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes (Jun)
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  • 87. The Wilding Sisters by Eve Chase (May)
  • 86. Margot by Jillian Cantor (May)
  • 85. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (May)
  • 84. A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy (May)
  • 83. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge (May)
  • 82. Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (May)
  • 81. Shiver by Allie Reynolds (May)
  • 80. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney (May)
  • 79. Atomic Habits by James Clear* (May)
  • 78. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky (May)
  • 77. Starfish by Lisa Fipps (May)
  • 76. Flower Net by Lisa See (May)
  • 75. Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson (May)
  • 74. American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser* (May)
  • 73. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (May)
  • 72. The Wrong Family by Terryn Fisher (May)
  • 71. The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake (May)
  • 70. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery* [audio] [re-read] (May)
  • 69. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (May)
  • 68. We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (Apr)
  • 67. The Glass House by Eve Chase (Apr)
  • 66. All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis (Apr)
  • 65. The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman* (Apr)
  • 64. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein [audio] (Apr)
  • 63. The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore (Apr)
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  • 61. Until I Find You by Rea Frey (Apr)
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  • 58. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Apr)
  • 57. The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur (Apr)
  • 56. Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson (Apr)
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