After an approximately two-month long hiatus, I’ve returned to blogging. As I said in my hiatus post, I took a break to focus more on my writing, but I’ve decided to return after encountering a particularly nasty stretch of writer’s block.
I’ve still been reading though (quite a lot) and would love to hear your thoughts on these books:
Fairest by Marissa Meyer — While this was definitely not my favorite book of The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest was still an entertaining and insightful (if dark) book into the mind of the series’ main villain, Queen Levana.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer — I did find this collection of novellas to be quite delightful, but I’d originally read it with the intent of finding out what happened to everyone after Winter and I thought only the last story really did that.
How to Write with Flair by Heather Holleman Ph.D. — An instructive and short book on writing.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard — I’d seen both positive and negative reviews, and sadly if I do review this book, my review will fall under the latter. While mildly entertaining with relatively smooth writing, Mare just got on my nerves and I felt like the over-all concept wasn’t too original.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard — I still wanted to find out what happened (thanks to that cliffhanger), but I liked Mare even less and I ended up skim reading to the end (another cliffhanger), but this time I don’t think I’ll pick up the sequel. On a positive note, I did like Farley’s character more in this book.
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman — I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this historical fiction-fantasy blend. The writing style was unique and the main character a strong willed, independent young woman.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — This was a re-read. I love reading this book because of how action-packed and suspenseful it is, but I really can’t love the two POV characters and their decisions.
I‘ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson — I’ll Give You the Sun had its high points, but I just wasn’t into the story.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (the SparkNotes Edition, so I could understand it!)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski — I’d heard about how good this was, but didn’t pick it up sooner because the synopsis didn’t really interest me. However I’m glad I finally did (I made the same mistake with The Lunar Chronicles) and loved it. The writing was so rich and descriptive (but without distracting from the story) and it was a refreshing change to have a protagonist who had most of their strength in their intelligence.
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski — I liked the first book better than the second book, but it was nonetheless very good. The cliffhanger ending was rather sad though because of (highlight for spoiler: her father’s betrayal.)
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski — A good ending to a well-written trilogy. Although I wished there was a little more action, I appreciated how part of the book was internal plotting and was very pleased when (highlight for spoiler: Kestrel outfoxed the emperor.)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman — I thought this book wrapped up Mia’s story well, but I didn’t love it, although it was enjoyable.
Uproted by Naomi Novik — An enjoyable high fantasy.
Riders by Veronia Rossi — I ended up skim reading this. The summary sounded intriguing, and I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t get into the characters.
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson — This was still entertaining, but I thought that the predecessor was more action-filled.
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan — A re-read
The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine — I started the The Imposter Queen with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, despite a few slow spots.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon — While a touch silly at times, Everything, Everything was still a moving and enjoyable novel. At times, I compared Everything, Everything to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because of their similar premises, but I think I liked Everything, Everything more personally.
The Last Star by Rick Yancey — Considering how suspenseful the predecessors were, I was a little disappointed by The Last Star (especially the ending!), but it was still very enjoyable.
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine — I would never have heard of this delightful mystery if it weren’t for Claire @ Art & Soul’s review–thank you! I really enjoyed it, especially the fact that there were two female main characters, which I have not encountered often in mystery fiction. One part that I really enjoyed were the descriptions of Sinclairs’ which painted a beautiful image without interfering with the story of the grand store.
The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine — A sequel to The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. The plot twists were
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure — Normally I don’t read books like this, but This Raging Light was surprisingly fun and I liked Lucille’s relationship with her sister.
Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie & Third Girl by Agatha Christie — Both Agatha Christie novels were brilliantly plotted like all of her works, but I thought they moved too slowly and actually ended up liking the TV version better (which are actually pretty good.)
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — I’d read Jessica Khoury’s novel, Origin, and really liked it, so I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up sooner. I liked how it was a strong stand-alone and the twist ending. It was also refreshing for the YA genre how the book focussed more on friendships than romances.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman — Having read three Neil Gaiman novels before, my expectations were set fairly (but reasonably high), and Stardust surpassed my expectations. It was a well-developed novel with strong characters in an interesting fantasy world. Also, is it just me, or does Neil Gaiman always include a character with the surname of Hempstock in his novels?
What are your thoughts on these books? What have you been reading lately? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment 🙂
P.S. Since returning to the blogosphere, I’ve been seeing quite a lot of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I’ve read Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and liked it, so I’m thinking of picking this up–what are your thoughts on this book?