Books,  Reading

March Reading Wrap Up!

Reading wrap up time! 😀 So, as expected, I started writing, and the reading went down. But I am still reading, which I don’t usually do too much of when I’m drafting, to be honest. It’s helping me write though, because reading something fun and dark makes me want to write my own fun, dark story. ^_^

And yep! I’m writing!! 😀 I had a crazy weekend and wrote over 10k words to cross the 25k mark. I was kind of deliriously hyper between that and trying to finish a book, which I’ll talk about below!

27: The Virgin Suicides
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Genre: Literary Fiction/”Historical” (1950s?)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
I’ve been wanting to read this book since I discovered the horrible 90s movie was based on a book. Now having read the book, I wish they’d taken a White Oleander approach with this. Trying to turn it into a “teen flick” was a really bad idea. The movie made no sense whatsoever. Thankfully, the book made a lot of sense, and I enjoyed reading this a lot more than I enjoy most literary fiction. The style was interesting, and the story was engaging.

28: X-Men: Second Coming
Author: Mike Carey
Genre: Comic Book (Marvel)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
This is the conclusion of a specific storyline following the decimation of the mutant gene in The House of M and the birth of a new mutant for the first time in several years that happened in X-Men: Messiah Complex. I found this easier to follow than the previous two volumes I’d read. It’s either due to the fewer POVs or because I’d finally gotten used to it or both. I read graphic novels, but I’m a bit new to reading comic books. The only real downside to these volumes is that it takes artwork from several different artists and combines all the relevant plot lines into one book for “easier” reading. This adds to the confusion because all the artists have different styles, as is common with artists, and sometimes, I would be really confused because someone’s costume would be completely different. That said, I really liked the storylines in these volumes. They would make great movies!

29: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys
Authors: April Genevieve Tucholke, Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A.G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry ,Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd
Genre: Horror/Supernatural Anthology (YA)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: Yes
OMG, YESSS! Loved this. I think there were only two stories out of 11 that I was on the fence about. Now, these are like wicked dark. So, this isn’t for everyone. Like if you’re triggered by abuse against teens, there are about five stories that have implied abuse, from abusive father figures to bullying to abduction and assault. Everything in here was inspired by an old classic, mostly horror. There’s an Alice in Wonderland story in here that was quite terrifying. So, I was all about this. Very well written. I got so jealous a few times. Easily the best dark YA anthology I’ve ever read. But we all know I like darkness, and this is delicious, personified, scary darkness. ^_^

30: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy (Retelling)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
I have been wanting to read this for awhile. I’ve had the ebook since it first came out but my fear of cliffhanger endings kept me from reading it right away. Um, there was no cliffhanger. LOL! Other than too many instances of way too-detailed action, which made for pretty dense reading in place (like I don’t need EVERY single step, k?), I loved this. It was so vivid and fun, and Alyssa was awesome. One of the least annoying YA protagonists I’ve read in a novel. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling that’s pretty straight-forward with a lot of interesting differences and a mild love triangle that surprisingly didn’t bother me. I actually ended up liking just about all the characters, and while I wished it had waxed a little bit darker, it ended on a note that made me very happy.

So, yeah. ^_^
Technically, I finished Splintered on the 1st, but I’m counting it for March because I was almost done. And also because I would have finished on the 31st if I hadn’t spent most of the day writing, which just made for such a great day. 🙂

Also, my book comes out tomorrow! I’ll have a separate post up for that. 😀


    • Krystal Jane

      I think Splintered is good if you can get past the overwriting. I’m hoping the other books don’t have that problem. I’ll try to beam you some pixie dust for drafting! ^_^

  • Tonja Drecker

    Aren’t you a busy person? Wow. I’m impressed that you get all that writing and reading done. I read Splintered, enjoyed it and found the rest of the books okay enough to read the entire series. I’d never throw it into my favorite category, but it was entertaining.
    Yay to tomorrow! I’ll shout-out…but I think I’m scheduled for Saturday first with the blitz. Why did I do that to myself???

    • Krystal Jane

      ^_^ I plan on reading the rest of the series, so I’m hoping for entertainment, at least. And hoping the writing gets less dense.

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