May Reading Wrap Up!

This was an interesting reading month. I’m still poking through my experimental pile, but there’s only one contemporary book left now. Pretty much everything else is fantasy – the kind I don’t normally read, like with a map in the front and bunch of made-up words. Should be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

36: Through the Shattered Looking Glass
Author: M.L. Crane
Genre: Horror (Adult)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: Yes
I actually liked this book, but the snob in me deducts points for bad writing. And the thing is, it almost feels like a parody of something, like itโ€™s supposed to be a little bad, and Iโ€™m not sure thatโ€™s the case. This book promised crazy, and it was, and I liked the blood, so Iโ€™m not mad at it, but it had this really strange omniscient and distant narrative style that kept me from connecting to this in any real way. Points for being surprisingly easy to read and entertaining, but I can’t say it was good.

37: Paper Princess
Author
: Erin Watt
Genre: Contemporary Romance (NA masquerading as YA)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: Yes
As far as I can tell, this is a contemporary Cinderella retelling. This particular string of drama goes on for three books, and I just can’t. I didn’t hate it, and I honestly really liked the take on it, but between the cliffhanger ending and the inconsistent characterization for most of the cast (main character not included), I was left with a strong urge to punch something. We all know endings can ruin everything, and the ending to this book ruined everything for me. Not because it was a cliffhanger, but because of what happened that led to the cliffhanger. Also, this book was kind of raunchy. I’m not mad about it – it was just unexpected. And while there was a tiny subplot of non-relationship stuff going on that I appreciated, it just didn’t scratch my adventure itch. Overall: me not happy, but like I said in the review, if you like romance, I can recommend it.

38: Giant Days, Vol. 7
Author & Illustrator
: John Allison & Liz Fleming
Genre: Contemporary/Comedy/Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed: Nope
I love these so much! They’re fun, and sometimes I even laugh out loud. The artwork is great! Plus, something happened in this particular issue that I’m SO happy about and have been hoping would happen for a couple of issues now. ^_^

I don’t DNF books often, but I dropped a Beauty and the Beast retelling called Beauty of the Beast – it was historical romance, so I thought I would like it – BUT the main character didn’t feel like a real person, and I couldn’t stand to be around her. Nothing felt natural. The writing was weird and heavy handed and repetitive. And 50 pages in, I just couldn’t take it anymore. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. And I just didn’t want to read anything after this, but I’m okay now. ^_^

Also, quick writing update: The editing is going great!! I’m nearly halfway done. And the drafting…well, let’s just say that me and the doubt monster got into it, but I changed direction with the plot and now, dare I say it, I think we’re good. ๐Ÿ˜€ Doubt monster not so bad. Sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜›

6 Responses to May Reading Wrap Up!

    • 7 of those are picture books, but yeah. ^_^ A Chinese-set steampunk sounds like fun!! Iโ€™ll be interested to see what you think. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. I’ve heard of Paper Princess but that’s about it. Giant Days sounds fun. Looks like you’re really mixing it up in the reading world. Good for you!

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