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Tara Sim

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10+ teosta 1,862 jäsentä 66 arvostelua 2 Favorited


Tekijän teokset

Timekeeper (2016) 511 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Scavenge the Stars (2020) 502 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
The City of Dusk (1994) 460 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
Chainbreaker (2018) 148 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Firestarter (2019) 86 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Ravage the Dark (2021) 78 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Midnight Kingdom (2023) 50 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
We Shall be Monsters (2024) 22 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Dawn Throne 4 kappaletta

Associated Works

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology (2020) — Avustaja — 196 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Out Now: Queer We Go Again! (2020) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
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Night of the Living Queers: 13 Tales of Terror & Delight (2023) — Avustaja — 66 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Boundless: Twenty Voices Celebrating Multicultural and Multiracial Identities (2023) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review
Pub Date: June 25, 2024

3.75 stars
This read a little younger than young adult to me, but not middle grade - right around junior high age I think. I really liked the world and the characters. The twists were great! I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would have hoped but I do plan to continue the series!
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Fatula | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 3, 2024 |
This is one of my favorite YA books of the year so far! I've been interested for a while in Tara Sim's books, specifically "The Dark Gods" series, but just haven't gotten around to reading them yet. Jumped into "We Shall Be Monsters" without knowing much about her writing style but was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it. I like the way she writes dialogue, develops her characters and magic system, and the way she sets a scene.

"We Shall Be Monsters" was mishmash of all kinds of things that I love in one book. I love the mythology and worldbuilding, and the darker themes including death and necromancy, yet there's a lightness too that made it an enjoyable read. The only thing I didn't completely love is the way that the story ended, which was on a cliffhanger to be continued in the sequel. I kind of wish that it was condensed into one book, but am still looking forward to the next one!… (lisätietoja)
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alliepascal | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 2, 2024 |
This book had a lot of potential but parts of it didn't live up to my expectations.
First off, the world-building. At times it was amazing but other times, it lacked a lot. For example, there were many times when they seemed to not be technologically advanced but that changed by the next page, leaving me confused.
Another thing that I didn't like is that the details often felt forced like the author was trying to be 'politically correct' because it was expected of her. These details often put a little hitch in the reading and I'd have to go back and try to figure out why the author included what she did. I don't want to write too much because of spoilers but there were times when I was going along just reading when there were sudden, there would be paragraphs explaining political opinions and hot topics of today's society.
Amaya was such a complex and interesting character. She was so adaptable to different environments and I loved seeing the changes in her.
However, despite all that, I found the plot intriguing and I'm looking forward to reading the second book someday.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Content: 1 Star for excessive use of language
*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.
… (lisätietoja)
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libraryofemma | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 18, 2024 |
Thank you to Penguin Teen for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

We Shall Be Monsters by Tara Sim is an Indian-inspired YA fantasy that will appeal to readers who are tired of the typical European-inspired YA fantasies. The story revolves around Kajal, who has the power of resurrection. She tries to resurrect her sister but accidentally turns her into a monster. Then, she tries to resurrect the crown prince, but accidentally resurrects his twin brother instead. Can Kajal find a way to bring the prince and her sister back to life before her mistakes come back to haunt her?

Here is a magical excerpt from Chapter 1:

"THE WORST DAY of Kajal’s life was the day she broke out of her own
It wasn’t even a nice coffin. It was one made to burn, reducing unclean
flesh to ash, allowing the soul to return to nature and be reborn. Traditions
such as this reigned strong in Dharati, especially in the town of Siphar, isolated as it was against the crags of the eastern mountains.
Though tradition did not specify what to do when a girl’s fist broke
through rotting wood, terrifying the humble crowd assembled to witness
the burning."

Overall, We Shall Be Monsters is a YA fantasy that takes aspects of Hindu and Buddhist mythology and then leaps off into the fantasy realm. One highlight of this book is how this book is inspired by Indian culture and religions, which is something that is not often seen in the YA fantasy space. However, as the author wrote at the end of the book, there are things in the book that are inspired by various religions, but this book is strictly fantasy and uses those aspects in a fantastical nature only as opposed to a religious one.

I did take off 1 star because I felt that the book grew more confusing as it went on. It wasn't because of the unfamiliar terminology. I felt that there were a lot of fantasy elements that I didn't understand and then the motivations of the characters became muddled because I didn't understand the fantasy elements. I also found it hard to identify with many of the characters. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of YA fantasy in general, I recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in June!
… (lisätietoja)
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LaytonBooks | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 31, 2024 |



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