Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Elektras Adventures In Tragedy By: Douglas Rees

Elektras Adventures In Tragedy
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Published: May 2018
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 288
Rating: 3/5
Sixteen-year-old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home. That is, until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California. They leave behind Elektra's father—a professor and leading expert on Greek mythology, and Elektra can't understand why. For her, life is tragedy, and all signs point to her family being cursed.

Their journey ends in Guadalupe Slough, a community of old Chicano families and oddball drifters sandwiched between San José and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay. The houseboat that her mother has bought, sight unseen, is really just an ancient trailer parked on a barge and sunk into a mudflat.

What would Odysseus do? Elektra asks herself. Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs, she'll beg, cheat, and steal to get there. But things are not always what they seem, and home is wherever you decide to make it.

First, I would like to thank Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Honestly I don't even know what to say about this book. It was good but at the same time the entire thing felt so weird to read! Right from the beginning you dive into this story of Elektra and her family who suddenly move away to a grungy area that is now supposed to be their home, without any explanation and I just felt so odd about it all.

I personally couldn't connect with literally any of the characters, although I could definitely feel some feelings towards them all as these people who once were thought of as super creepy (I mean they still are in a way) are now becoming more of their family the longer they stay there.

This was a fast paced read, and I was curious what was going to happen next, but I felt like this book missed the mark for me.

You do see Elektra grow by the end of the book and you see the way she views the new neighbours differently as time goes on, but I feel like it could've been stronger.

Overall, this wasn't my favourite. I think this book was meant for a younger audience for sure, but I also feel like there could have been more to the story. Something to really pull me to one of the many characters in the novel.

That's all for my review, I hope you enjoyed it. Honestly, go check it out, because this could be something you enjoy. Like I've said before, we all have our own tastes!

So until the next time, Keep Reading!

Your Graduated Bookworm!! :)

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