Wrap-up Wednesday – Goodbye January

aka The time there were more days in a week than books read

 

 

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This is abysmal, I know. Well, by my usual standards anyway, and a very bad sign for how the year will go.

 

The books that I managed to read this year, have already been talked about on here. But, I’ll go into better detail this time.

 

Cruel Beauty

 

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4 stars

What I liked: I loved all the bits of lore that was mixed into this one. It felt fantastical but historical which excited my inner history nerd.

I liked the ending, which was the only reason this story got four stars from me. The redemption arc was real with this one.

It’s a fairytale retelling, that in itself deserves at least a full star. The parallels between the original Beauty and the Beast story and Nyx’s journey was clear. But it was different enough that I could still enjoy the novel.

 

What I could have lived without: The actual characters. I didn’t fall in love with their love or their trauma. It was borderline entertaining. It did intrigue me enough to decide that this is going on my series-in-progress shelf.

 

 

Chasing the Omega

 

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3 stars

What I liked: Fast paced, so it kept my attention.

Paranormal romance, which I used to be so obsessed with once upon a time. This reminded me why. So many bump in the night creatures walking amongst the common man, blending in as best they could. All the pack politics.

The whodunit factor. There’s a murderer going around, and a rogue Alpha going around biting people all willy-nilly. The people need to know!

 

What I could have lived without: The weird flip-flopping that Alice would make. One minute she hates Ryder and everything he stands for, the next she loves how protective he is.

Alice’s naivete was a little annoying as well. I mean, how could she be so trusting after what happened to her, and with how sketchy *name redacted* is.

I think with a good editor and beta reader, this book could have earned a four-star quite easily.

 

 

 

Chasing the Beta

 

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3 stars

What I liked: There was resolution. It was satisfactory too, so I wasn’t left feeling like the characters didn’t get the justice they deserved.

Alice got to have some semblance of happy towards the end which was nice.

The fact that Max proved us wrong, even if I still think he’s annoying and pushy.

 

What I could live without: The fact that I was able to predict who the blackmailer was and that we go in knowing who the murderer was, most of the mystery was sucked out of the story. However, the way that we get our vengeance was unexpected, but oh so perfect.

 

 

 

 


 

Until next time (read more than me),

 

Dee ^_^

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