aka the time I changed my TBR on day 2 of a readathon…
I read 4 books this time around…except, only 2 of them were on my original TBR. I had every intention of sticking to my list too you know…but…I was weak.
Underwhelming after all of the hype. When this book came out, there wasn’t a place on the internet that wasn’t talking about it. In fact, it even made it to the Goodreads Best Thriller category…but, it didn’t do it for me. It had the weirdness for sure but beyond that…I wasn’t really sure what I was reading. I was expecting to fall in love with it the way that I loved Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang…but alas, none of the characters held me.
I would recommend if: your type of mystery/thriller requires you to suspend reality and you don’t mind not falling in love with the characters.
Not what I was expecting. It wasn’t horrible but I also didn’t feel like it added to my tv show experience. Meh.
I would recommend if: You’re looking for something that’s akin to a fever dream, then this is the book for you.
The first part was wonderful and nostalgic and all that I had hoped for. The second half was just okay. None of the characters in the second half make much sense, at least not where their reactions are concerned. Aside from that, the ending was a bit up in the air for me.
I would recommend if: Nostalgia is your thing and you don’t mind watching some new characters ruin all of Max, Dani and Allison’s hard work.
This felt like watching the TV show and yet it didn’t. Definitely interested in continuing this one. There were a lot of new elements that the show doesn’t have, which made it just different enough to be entertaining.
I would recommend if: Zombies and the paranormal are your thing.
That’s right. Not one 5-star read for this entire thing. I’m so sad. I also didn’t even start 11/22/63 and completely removed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies altogether, but I consider this year a success.
I started off August with high hopes and free time, unfortunately, things slowed down towards the last two weeks and thus we have:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
I loved all of the soft, squishy feelings this book gave me. Peter was adorable in both the book and the movie (even though he pretended to be anything but), Lara Jean was adorably pure and gah. So cute.
(If overly cute, juvenile relationship ideals aren’t your thing, this book won’t be for you. Remember, our MC has never been in a relationship before this.)
Victoria is queen. This must be acknowledged. I also need to get Vengeful in my hands immediately. I don’t know why it took me this long to get to this one, but I regret that. Also, who’s really the bad guy here? This one leaves you twisted.
(It can leave you a bit confused with all the time hopping but..stick with it.)
The Lightning Thief
I get why this is a favorite for so many people. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think twelve and thirteen-year-olds are in charge of saving the world. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think that twelve and thirteen-year-olds are mature enough to figure out the intricacies of the plot (i.e the double crossing). The adults are all stupid, but I like the friendship and the mythology. A lot.
(Give it a miss if you hate the chosen one who’s literally a child YA trope.)
This one took a long time for me to warm up to, and I was thisclose to flouncing, but I stuck with it. And boy was it worth it. That last third of the book was intense. And that CLIFFHANGER?! So cruel.
(Have some patience with this one, as it takes a while before anything REAL happens. But when you get to the twist, they keep on coming.)
Goblet of Fire
I mean, duh! Dark, moody, Dark Moody and so. much. action!
I didn’t realize that I had such highly rated reads until writing this post when my mood certainly wasn’t anything close to positive. I guess that is a testimony to how well these books worked as a form of escapism. Good on them.
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6.
At first I questioned why so many people recommended this one to me, it felt all over the place. Then, the action started, and little by little we got to see the rich mythology of the world. And it was worth it.
Truth: Part 1 (#4 Small Town Series) – 4 stars
My thoughts on this one, and the series thus far, is here. I won’t put the synopsis and risk spoiling the series, but I will say that this one was my favortie of the lot.
Wicked River – 3.5 stars
Poor decision after poor decision and even worse communication. I had really high hopes for this one, but it missed the mark. Not by too much though. Check my review: here!
Leah on the Offbeat – 5 stars
Just like I knew it would be! This one really resonates with me on a level that no other book has before. It left me feeling seen. Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority on this one…but I’d still recommend it any day.
Stalking Jack the Ripper – 3 stars
I’m not sure this one was for me. The mystery was mediocre at best, but the writing style saved it and the ending was fine. It’s left me unsure about going on to book two. Have you read it? Is it worth it?
Harry Potter #1 and #2 – 5 stars
Is this any question? I needed to reenter a world that has always been there for me, because it’s been a stressful month. Dobby is still my favorite, Lockhart is still an unfortunate idiot and Snape is just as frustrating as he’s always been.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku – DNF (1 star)
Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They’re young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They’re serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!work.
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4)
Woof! It’s been a while since I delved in this world and Lara Adrian’s steamy writing style. Rio has always been my broken little favorite and having this book follow his story was just what I’ve always wanted. Plus, learning about his childhood? How can I hug him irl? No summary because *spoilers*.
I surprised myself this time around! How has your mont of reading been?
Also, before I get too far into this…there are going to have to be some more changes over here. I’m going to be starting a new job in two weeks, with more fixed (and longer) hours. I’ll need to figure out how to adjust my posting schedule with this new development. As soon as I have it figured out, you’ll all be the first to know, but for now it’ll remain as two days a week.
Okay, now for the real reason you’re all here. WRAP UP TIME!
In Search of Peter Pan
What I liked: The art and linkages between Peter Pan and our main character’s deceased brother were the best parts of this graphic novel. I also wouldn’t have minded more of Baptistin, a secondary character who was cloaked in mystery and danger.
What I could have lived without: There was some nudity that didn’t really make sense to me. It didn’t feel necessary in the least, and I didn’t particularly care for the romance. I wish that more time was spent focusing on the mystery of the brother rather than the pursuit of the mystery goal. It was like, the moment he saw her, his objective became skewed.
What I liked: You guys, the first time I read this one I wasn’t very impressed (I gave it 3 stars). Something about this second time around made me fall in love with this story. Where before I couldn’t bond with our main character, I understood and could appreciate her strength for what it was. I still haven’t seen the movie. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEEEEE????! It was fantastical and perfectly suited for the age range (and above)
What I could have lived without: The way the adults on Earth (with the exception of her mother) treated Meg after her father disappeared. More care was needed.
What I liked: In this case, my favorite stories of the anthology were Nicola Yoon’s The Department of Dead Love and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s Say Everything. These were the types of stories that I expected when I picked this book up. Fitzpatrick’s couple was perfect together, from beginning to end and Yoon’s couple gave me heart eyes all the way through.
What I could have lived without: Most of the other stories were just meh for me. I didn’t care for the characters or their love enough to move past a three.
Again!! Vol. 1
This one got me at: From the co-creator of Yuri! On Ice. God, I miss that show. Victuri foreverrrr!
What I liked: It wasn’t as heart-tugging as Yuri, but our main character is reminiscent of the self-doubt and self-deprecation that was synonymous with YOI. So I was sufficiently invested.
What I could have lived without: Another trademark YOI characteristic is brutal cliffhangers. I wish Kubo hadn’t carried that over…but I’ll live. I guess. I also didn’t completely understand why Kinichiro is an outcast in the first place. The reasons for shunning him did not make sense to me.
Spectacle Vol. 1
What I liked: All of the pretty, pretty art! It was soothing and yet mystical at the same time. The idea of the whole thing was also intriguing. Imagine going about your life conning people, only to realize you’ve somehow gained the very gift that you were pretending you had all along. Imagine! And to have to use it to solve your twin sister’s murder? Child!
What I could have lived without: Ugh. Bloody cliffhangers!
But also, more time needed to be spent on mystery solving. That sub-plot was a major distraction. Interesting yes, but still, distracting.
I’ll miss this series, but the duo are writing another series together sooooo…
What I liked: Everything was tied up. Nothing was left unresolved and I could appreciate that. No, I wonder whatever happened with xyz. Nope. I KNOW ALLLLLL!
What I could have lived without: That ONE death. It gutted me, and I know it worked in the favor of our heroes but, jeeze.
P.S who do I petition to get a companion story of just AIDAN?
What did you read in March? Anything good? Any of these sound good to you?
aka The time there were more days in a week than books read
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.
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 livedwithout: 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
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
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.
Oh, hello. It is I! A non-Wednesday poster, posting on a Wednesday. But I figured that I owed you all a post this week since I haven’t posted in a while.
This one I found when I was looking up typical Wednesday bookish topics and it seems pretty popular. And simple enough to join in on, you only have to answer three questions.
Here goes nothing.
What are you currently reading –
I’ve only just started the third book in the Small Town series (what started as a trilogy is now promised to be, at the least, a quartet. The author recently announced book four.)
In this one, we’ve found out who our killer is, and now our MCs are trying to piece their lives back together. I want to see how Edwards does this one.
What did you finish reading recently –
Believe it or not…I finished book two only last night. After speeding through the first bits of it on the first day that I picked it up, I put it down and didn’t pick it up again for a while. Then I flew through the end like nobody’s business. As with the first one, there were the typical sins of a first-time author, self-publishing, which led to an air of predictability. But, I could overlook those because I got my satisfactory retribution. I just wish someone would knock Alice on the head a couple of times though.
What do you think you will be reading next –
This one has been on my TBR for a long time, but, I’m making it a priority. It’s a retelling so it HAS to be a priority for me. Cuz, duh!
AKA the time I couldn’t even wrap up one month so I try for two instead (help me!!!)
So before I even begin talking about ratings, maybe I should just talk about which books I tried to finish in the past two months. Yeah? Sound like a plan? Good. Cause I won’t be able to change it at this point anyway. It’s already out in the universe…
ATTEMPTED, BUT NOT COMPLETED
It by Stephen King (November)
I had high hopes for this one, but I was such a distracted mess when I picked this one up that I didn’t even make it to halfway through. I’m hoping to have it finished soon though…if I don’t get distracted along the way. #Prayformyattentionspan2017
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman (October and November)
Another one that I had hoped to be done with by now but…those damn distractobots got me again *cries in self-pity*, also, Christmas cleaning has officially started in my house so…yeah.
The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright (October)
I started this one pretty early on in the month…then I got Wicked River and well…you know the drill. Moving on…
I said MOVING ON!!
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (October)
The trend continues…I have no excuse. Sometimes I am nothing more than a big old trash pile. Don’t sue me.