Rapid Review Round #1 // Amulet, Tia Lola, Inside Out & Back Again, I Am Malala

Welcome to the first ever, Rapid Review Round! This is a new feature that I want to try out, specifically for books that I’be read, but don’t have a lot of thoughts on. Not that any of the books featured, were bad. I simply don’t have a lot of things to say. So, let’s get to it!



Amulet #1 – The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibushi //

I’ve wanting to read this series for awhile, but I was reluctant to check it out of the library, but just haven’t had the chance. But, luckily I found an affordable copy at Goodwill and snatched it up. I was immediately drawn in by the art and the relationship between the siblings. Was it always trained? And how will it be affected by their new roles and responsibilities? I’ll definitely want to continue the series when I get the chance.

How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay by Julia Alvarez // 

I wanted to read this book because it’s about a Tia who comes to visit/stay to help her niece take care of her kids. I felt a special connection because I’m sort of living a similar experience! I’m currently living with my sister to help take care of her kids.

The story is told from Miguel’s point of view. His parents are newly separated and he’s feeling out of place and lonely. New house, means new school, and new friends. But with this new life it also means Tia Lola has come to visit. Tia Lola is different, speaks only Spanish, and adamant in keeping the island close.

I liked this novel because it highlights some issues bi and/or multicultural children go through when they’re first or second generation American. The feeling of being, not quite American, and yet not quite “Dominican”, “Puerto Rican”, “Mexican”, etc. It delves in lightly into the myriad of feelings surrounding multicultural backgrounds.


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai // 

A truly timeless novel told in verse, Inside Out & Back Again, tells the story of a young girl who flees war-torn Vietnam with her mother and brothers.  This is a story about a refugee. It’s also a story about a young girl who is in a new country, trying to make a place for herself. It highlights the alienation and the difficulties of immigrant life. It’s a definite read for readers young and old.

I Am Malala: by Malala Yousfzai, with Christina Lamb // 

I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile, but never had the drive. But I took the plunge, put it on hold at the library and finally checked it out. Honestly, it took me about a month to read because the information was heavy to digest. It’s an important read. Malala is downright amazing and she heads a cause I believe in too.

That wraps up my first Rapid Review Round. What did you think? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What are your thoughts on them?


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