Official Review: The Maid of Salerno by Vi Zetterwall

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any young adult books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Include the name of the book, and if possible the author's name, in the title of the topic. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
User avatar
ALynnPowers
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 8447
Joined: 21 Aug 2014, 07:14
2017 Reading Goal: 125
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 3
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 343
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-alynnpowers.html
Latest Review: "Jake and the man-eating Picnic Basket" by Peter Preston
Reading Device: B0051QVF7A
Publishing Contest Votes: 13

Official Review: The Maid of Salerno by Vi Zetterwall

Post by ALynnPowers » 07 Jan 2017, 22:12

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Maid of Salerno" by Vi Zetterwall.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


The Maid of Salerno is the first volume of a new dystopian series by author Vi Zetterwall. Three more volumes are expected for this series, which stars Cassie Serrell, who earns the nickname “the Maid of Salerno” thanks to her dedication to working around her small town of Salerno. What begins as an insult forms into an honorable title as Cassie proves her worth, not just to Salerno, but to the entire country.

Years after The Darkening, the technological disaster that left the United States without electricity, political leadership, government, and a working economy, the country is in ruins, especially for those in poor towns like Salerno that have been cut off from the rest of the world. Work and money are hard to come by, and Cassie works non-stop to provide for herself and her Nana Rose. Though they barely have enough food to eat each day, Cassie keeps working hard and studying throughout her teenage years, with dreams to somehow improve the quality of life for her family and the rest of her town. Meanwhile, a group of wealthy business-people are sent on a mission to find a woman who will be the key to reforming the country. It’s only a matter of time before Cassie meets up with this wealthy group, but there are so many obstacles standing in her way, starting with the magistrate who is declaring war on Salerno.

This book would be great for readers like me who enjoy young adult dystopian novels with just a touch of paranormal woven into the text. I found those tidbits of the paranormal to be the most interesting parts of the story; they were subtle enough to be believable while leaving me anxious to read more. So many other subtle elements are woven into the story as well, which further increased my enjoyment of this book. The dialect of the characters is realistic and fun to read. Poverty and social inequality are common themes throughout the book, and many young readers would benefit from awareness of such issues.

Following Cassie over a few years of her life was much more enjoyable to me than reading about the wealthy people, and I had fully planned on complaining about it in this review. However, the author threw in that touch of paranormal that snapped my interest back into place. By the last third of the book, as the two plot-lines began to merge together into one cohesive story, I couldn’t put it down. In the end, I can’t complain about anything in the story, aside from a couple of formatting inconsistencies that are easy to overlook.

I give The Maid of Salerno a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a gripping dystopian story, as this one contains a lot of believable elements that might have readers questioning their dependency on technology and the consequences of a life without such conveniences. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

******
The Maid of Salerno
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like ALynnPowers's review? Post a comment saying so!

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 3537
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 6
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 136
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: "The Grace Emancipation" by Charlotte Hawkins

Post by kandscreeley » 30 Jan 2017, 08:41

I do enjoy a good dystopian read. This sounds very interesting. I'll have to look into this. Thanks for the review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Zohaib Ahmed
Posts: 5
Joined: 03 Feb 2017, 05:17
Currently Reading: Holding Fire
Bookshelf Size: 3

Post by Zohaib Ahmed » 04 Feb 2017, 06:12

This seems like my type of read. :) Great Review by the way

User avatar
Katelyn Scott
Posts: 29
Joined: 09 Jan 2017, 13:01
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-katelyn-scott.html
Latest Review: "Randy Love...at your service" by Shay Carter

Post by Katelyn Scott » 19 Feb 2017, 23:46

Sounds like an interesting take on the dystopian genre. Don't see many these days that don't go pretty sci-fi on you.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2026
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 12
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: God is Alive and Well
Bookshelf Size: 417
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: "Superhighway" by Alex Fayman

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Mar 2017, 09:54

Sounds like a great read with admirable character. I love dystopian and paranormal novels and I think I'm going to like this one. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Vi Zetterwall on such an obviously well written book.

Acwoolet
Posts: 462
Joined: 07 May 2014, 21:57
Favorite Author: Karen Kingsbury
Favorite Book: Gone With the Wind
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-acwoolet.html
Latest Review: "Hounded" by Ellie Douglas
fav_author_id: 6216

Post by Acwoolet » 09 Mar 2017, 18:21

It's not my usual go-to genre, but you made it sounds very interesting! Great review!

User avatar
CarrieMe
Posts: 107
Joined: 06 Mar 2017, 14:31
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 8
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 369
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-carrieme.html
Latest Review: "Away From The Sun" by Rebecca brisbane

Post by CarrieMe » 12 Mar 2017, 01:15

This sounds like something I'd enjoy! Thanks for the review!

User avatar
jamesabr
Posts: 319
Joined: 08 Dec 2016, 18:37
2017 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 66
Currently Reading: The Gulf
Bookshelf Size: 47
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jamesabr.html
Latest Review: "Adam Exitus" by Nicholas Abdilla
Reading Device: 1400697484

Post by jamesabr » 25 Mar 2017, 06:57

Cassie's story as the Maid of Salerno appears promising. I haven't sampled it yet, but I look forward to reading about such a strong female character!

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 4755
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 4
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 98
Currently Reading: Anastasia’s Book of Days
Bookshelf Size: 387
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Publishing Contest Votes: 27
Signature Addition: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=53140
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)

Post by hsimone » 25 Mar 2017, 07:00

Great review! A gripping young adult dystopian with a bit of paranormal? Sounds very exciting! I really like the subtle paranormal aspects that are almost believable here. It makes me curious about the read. Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
gali
Site Admin
Posts: 25248
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 6
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 105
Currently Reading: The Cat Who Blew the Whistle
Bookshelf Size: 1768
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gali.html
Reading Device: B00I15SB16
fav_author_id: 2484
Location: Lost in a good book

Post by gali » 25 Mar 2017, 07:02

Dystopian, coming-of-age, and paranormal? Sounds interesting. I like it when the dialect of the characters is realistic, so will check it out. Thank you for the review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

User avatar
Celticlady
Posts: 395
Joined: 11 Jan 2016, 10:12
2017 Reading Goal: 125
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 12
Currently Reading: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
Bookshelf Size: 3208
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-celticlady.html
Latest Review: "Superhighway 2" by Alex Fayman
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
Location: Rhinelander Wisconsin

Post by Celticlady » 25 Mar 2017, 09:13

This book sounds like it could happen any day in out political world right now. Nice review! I look forward to reading the book!

User avatar
Amagine
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 5408
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
2017 Reading Goal: 400
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 45
Bookshelf Size: 742
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amagine.html
Latest Review: "Salome and Gogo visit Soweto" by Cora Groenewald
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
fav_author_id: 3251
Location: Lost in My Imagination

Post by Amagine » 25 Mar 2017, 10:09

This book sounds really interesting. I especially like the fact that it covers serious issues like poverty and class discrimination. These are issues that we have faced in Americas for centuries, so I appreciate the touch of realism. I also like that there is some paranormal in the story as well. This just serves to make the book more appealing to a broad range of people.
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." -A.A Milne

"I am grateful for all the books that sparked my imagination." -Unknown

User avatar
tarafarah7
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 490
Joined: 29 Jul 2016, 22:22
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 230
Favorite Author: Mitch Albom
Favorite Book: tuesdays with Morrie
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 407
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
fav_author_id: 2544
Location: Michigan

Post by tarafarah7 » 25 Mar 2017, 11:01

For a book not in my preferred genre, it sure does sound good! Your review was really helpful...thank you! I like the themes that the book explores as well as the idea of life without technology, which many individuals in the YA age range might take for granted today, since it is all they have ever known. I can't wait to find out if Cassie is the one who leads the people back to what they once were! Congrats to the author!

User avatar
mindyg123
Posts: 368
Joined: 07 Feb 2016, 19:36
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 2
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 47
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mindyg123.html

Post by mindyg123 » 25 Mar 2017, 11:56

Great review. A dystopian novel with a touch of the paranormal is exactly what I enjoy. This sounds like a book right up my alley. Congrats on being BOTD.

User avatar
Shreyoshi Sen
Posts: 260
Joined: 12 Feb 2017, 02:22
2017 Reading Goal: 180
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 4
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 25
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-shreyoshi-sen.html
Latest Review: "Lived One Life To Save One Life" by Yong Ho Nam

Post by Shreyoshi Sen » 25 Mar 2017, 12:03

The review is very nice and The Maid of Salerno sounds quiet promising. Thanks for the review.

Post Reply

Return to “Young Adult Fiction Books”