RaveBooklist... poignant ... This insightful novel lets readers see Maverick as a teen himself and walk a mile in his shoes, before and during his evolution into the man, father, and husband that he is ... Maverick’s story is one that offers hope, encouragement, and optimism, and it shows those going through difficult times of their own that they can take control of their own destiny.
PositiveBooklistBrody and Rendell’s retelling delivers extravagant settings, lush world-building, thrilling intrigue, and characters that will stay with readers long after the last page. These elements more than make up for a somewhat predictable plot and will keep readers invested and hungering for the next installment.
RaveBooklist...On the Come Up truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams. In this splendid novel, showing many facets of the Black identity and the Black experience, including both the highs and the lows of middle-class and poor Black families, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for.
RaveBooklistThrilling, gritty ... Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering. However, the elements that perhaps shine the most are the history, riddles, mysteries, and science, woven together in a world brimming with power and magic.