A review by beca_reads
Empress & Aniya, by Candice Carty-Williams

emotional hopeful sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


This was a well written novel, and I believe that is quite hard to do. This is a modern take on Freaky Friday which I enjoyed. The novella covers some difficult subjects including poverty, classism, racism and privilege. The story was touching of how Aniya and Empress become friends, and the importance and complexity of friendship. I feel that the novella would have been even better if it was written for a slightly older audience, as this does read on the younger side of YA, because the subject matters covered in the book could of been explored more, and not have remained surface level. I do however, feel that this is one of the best novella's I've read, and I hope to read more of Candice's work in the future. 

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