The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing: #bookreview

 

You won’t hear me say this about very many books but I loved this book. It’s not really about dancing. I mean, there are people dancing at homecoming dances and weddings. There is one character that wishes they would have pursued a career in dancing.

So what is this book about? In a nutshell, this book is about family and forgiveness. People sometimes want to avoid their families because it’s easier than dealing with everyone’s issues. Is all of the avoidance worth it in the end?

To summarize, Amina goes back home to see her father, who may or may not be ill. He’s been talking to ghosts for a little while. The family has had two major tragedies so Amina isn’t sure if he’s having a mental breakdown or if it’s something else.

I liked the combination of the past and the present. Some writers make flashbacks that don’t mesh.

The characters were written so well. I feel like I know them or would recognize them if I saw them on the street.

The relationship between Amina and her mother has been difficult like many other mother/daughter relationships all over the world. Still, she goes home even though she doesn’t want to deal with her mother. She also stays longer than she wants but that’s what people do for their families.

This book gets 5 out of 5 stars.

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Roller Rink Witchcraft: #bookreview

 

 

 

 

Roller skating is still cool. Who cares if people say it isn’t? We know the truth. I love roller skating and stories about witches so I was so glad that there was a story about a roller skating witch. Could it be that a perfect mashup of my favorite things exists?

Raven Snow wrote a short book called Roller Rink Witchcraft. It’s a cozy mystery so it’s not too violent or sexual. The main character, Harper “Foxxy” Beck owns the local roller rink.  Foxxy is her roller rink persona. She tries to get people to call her Foxxy outside of the rink but it never happens.

A murder occurs in the roller rink. Harper’s employee is accused of committing the crime. There really isn’t very much background on any of the character’s including Harper. She strikes up a friendship with a young boy, which is kind of endearing.

For a book about witches, there really isn’t very much in the way of witchcraft. Is Harper really a witch? Maybe. She doesn’t do anything that is particularly witchy. I don’t think she even chases any criminals in her roller skates. Magical roller skates would have been awesome!

I really wanted more from this book. The story has potential. It needed more substance. More background information would have been helpful. We know a few things about how Harper ended up in Waresville but there could have been several things added to it. For example, what was her dad really like? What about her mom? What was she doing before she came to Waresville?

There could have been more connections between characters. Her employees are interesting but we don’t really get to know them. The relationships seem a bit superficial.

This book was so short. It was only about 88 pages. It was not a perfect mashup of my favorite things but it was a decent attempt.

I think that I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

* I’m pretty sure that I received a free copy for review purposes.