Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens | a spoiler free review

It took me a while to get through this book. I got off to a slow start reading it, and wasn’t sure if I’d want to finish it. But I read most of it today, and when I was reading it, I did not want to put it down. The book messed with me, made me think, and made me flip back pages to attempt to understand what was going on. Here’s what I thought of the novel Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

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Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen | mini review

Hey there! I got a lot of schoolwork done today, which was good, so I’ve had time to write this. It’s been over two months though, since sheltering in place began which seems really crazy. One of my friends birthdays was yesterday, though, and we did a surprise drive by birthday parade. It was really fun, and I did get to chat with some of my friends, even though it was from far apart. Anyways, I finished reading this book about a day ago, so here is my review of Mark of the Thief, by Jacqueline Woodson.

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Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson | a mini review for a wonderful book

Hello! It’s a week into May, and I’ve unfortunately had a lot of schoolwork. But, I finished reading this book a couple days ago, and I guess I just really wanted to review it! It was easy for me to write this review, because I knew exactly what I liked about it. Which was most of it, to be honest. So, without further ado, here is my review of Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.

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Haveli, by Suzanne Fisher Staples | mini review

Hello there! Today was an insane day at school; I had a social studies test on the independence of India and the creation of Pakistan in my French immersion class, a language arts quiz on the book that we just read, and my chapter five math test. However, that’s all over, and right now I’m going to try something new; a mini review. I hope that having a smaller expectation for my review is going to make it easier to write them, and I really wanted to write at least one review in January, so without further ado, Haveli, by Suzanne Fisher Staples!

Goodreads synopsis:

The world of Newbery Honor book “Shabanu” is vividly re-created in this novel of a young Pakistani woman’s heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges to her position in her husband’s household, even as she plans for her young daughter’s education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the “haveli, ” their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union. 

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It was good, but there were some flaws.

I read Shabanu for school, and kind of enjoyed it, but I really wanted to see what would happen next, so I read the sequel, Haveli.

It was pretty good. There was a lot of sad stuff (actually, barely any of the content was happy), and only some of the issues that were apparent in Shabanu were resolved in Haveli. I was a little disappointed actually. The plot was good, but the writing was not fantastic.

I really liked how the author built Shabanu’s character, and that was really interesting. However, Shabanu was the only character featured that way, and there are actually quite a few fairly prominent characters in the book.

The series does however really make you aware of child marriages and marriages for convenience. Shabanu, the main character of the book is 18 when the book takes place, and was married to a much much older man when she was 13 as pretty much a peace offering.

So, overall, I enjoyed this sequel, but there were a few flaws. I would recommend reading Shabanu, the book that came before it, and if you like it, reading Haveli. I am definitely going to reading the next book in the trilogy!

Have you read Shabanu or Haveli? What do you think about this review? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!