Juliet the Valentine by Daisy MeadowsPaperback, 201 pages
Genre: Middle Grade/Independent Reader
Borrowed from NYPL 58th Street Branch
One of the things I’d like to do is write a Middle Grade Fiction book. So I occasionally check out what’s out there for ideas and whatnot. I think this book may have been an Independent Reader book so it was a little out of the demographic I’m thinking of writing to. I gave that preface because I don’t too good a review for this book.
The Good News:
Super cute premise with delightful illustrations and my favorite holiday are all at the helm. There was even a little fairy that first appeared in a glass of glitter. EEE! There was an adventure aspect that was easy enough to follow, almost like a 21 minute cartoon with commercials.
The Bad News:
On the flip side, it wasn’t cute enough. We needed way more glitter, way more cupcakes and way more The teddy bears. Additionally, the besties Rachel and Kirsty have apparently already been introduced in previous books in the series. So I didn’t get the feel of their relationship at all. When they argued because of Jack Frost’s curse, I didn’t get that it was a huge fight between the two of them.
I also wasn’t a fan of the illustrations. As awesome as they were, they were on every page. I’d like to decide what everything looks like, thank you very much. Given, I’m reviewing this as an adult, but Middle Grade/Independent Reader me would’ve appreciated less drawings as well.
What I’m saying is:
Listen, I still recommend this book. It was Cute-tastic and there are other books in the series. Any Independent Reader would love to follow these girls and the fairies through multiple books. Just wasn’t my fav. Maybe I will try another one.