Reading update! ^_^
31: The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered 1.5)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy/Novella? (Retelling)
Rating: 3 stars
I liked the story overall. It’s 40 pages, and it drummed up some excitement about the next book. A couple of things just really got on my nerves. The story is split into 5 chapters, and the fourth had this really annoying and pointless side character, along with a bunch of regurgitated information that I had just read in book one. I liked the end of that chapter, so I wish it had built up to that instead of wasting time rehashing crap. Furthermore, I was horrified to learn that Moth-Man Morpheus is a fairy. I liked him being a moth-man. I mean, sure, it makes sense, but fairies or faeries or fae, while I don’t mind them, are just not something I get excited about. The author made up so many unique species in the first book, I was disappointed that she put in something as normal as fairies. Like, this isn’t mentioned one time in book one.
32: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 stars
While this was well-written with believable characters, I hated this in a way that’s hard to explain because it had more to do with how I felt upon finishing the book than the actual book. I wrote a whole post trying to explain it to myself HERE, and I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
33: If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
Usually, when I read issue books, they deal with depression or eating disorders. In this story, the main character was kidnapped by her druggie mother when she was five and raised in the woods where she was abused and neglected for nine years before being rescued. It was incredibly heartbreaking, but I also thought it was handled well and found this surprisingly easy to read. I’m not itching to pick up more books like this, but I’m not dreading another book I have on my TBR that’s similar. It’s a good book if you’re want something dark and disturbing and depressing, but not in a bad way?
34: The Last Girls of Pompeii
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Genre: Upper MG Historical
Rating: 3 stars
I almost don’t know what to say. This was not well-written, and the editing was crap. I was expecting so much more from this author. That said, this was relaxing to read after the last couple of books I read, and I liked it by the end. The last 25% was pretty good, and I loved the author’s note. So, I really feel like this would have been better if it was YA. It’s in a weird limbo where it’s almost too mature for MG and pretty much too immature for YA. And I’m going to ignore the whole cousin-marriage thing because I know that was normal back in Olden European Times, but come on, Kathryn! You didn’t have to do that. Also, this would have been so much better if she’d weaved the historical bits into the narrative instead of throwing them at the reader. But I really wanted to see that volcano explode, and it was so satisfying.
35: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Genre: YA Fantasy (ARC – Publication Date: July 18, 2018)
Rating: 5 stars
I liked this a lot. There really wasn’t anything to complain about. I mean, I could nitpick, because I can always do that, but especially for a YA story, the angst was astoundingly tolerable to the point it was almost non-existent. And I honestly don’t even usually read this kind of fantasy because I get all kinds of lost, but I surprisingly wasn’t lost at all. It was well-written and easy to follow and interesting. It gives me hope for the other fantasy books in my TBR. Like I mentioned in another post this month, I’d been wanting to expand my reading horizons a little, and I’m so glad I picked this up. I don’t pick up too many ARCs because I don’t want to feel pressured to read them, but this sounded disturbing and really interesting, and it was. It wasn’t disturbing in a super dark way, but this is being pitched as something similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, so that’s the kind of disturbing this is if you’re familiar with that at all. In any case, this was fun and a great way to end the month.
Quick writing update: I’m nearing the end of the next book! I’m afraid it’s a mess, but I really like it, so I’m moving forward with it. I’m having some confidence issues, of course, but, for me, that kind of comes with the territory and reading and writing at the same time. But I should be done in a couple of weeks! 😀