June 23, 2017

Perfect Ruin: Read It or Weed It?

I have a limited amount of space for books, and let's be real: I'm always getting new ones. That means that some of them have to go, hence the reason for my new feature, "Read It or Weed It?" I am turning to you, dear readers, for your thoughts on some of the books I own but have not yet read (or started but not finished). Should I keep them on my shelves...or do they need to move along? I need your input!


The book for this post is Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano. Is this one worth holding onto? It didn't grab me when I started it before (I only got a couple chapters in), but I could give it a stronger try if someone tells me it's worth the effort. Let me know what you think!

June 18, 2017

The Book Lode (24): Part 2

This is the second part of my recent book haul vlog (Part 1 is here), and covers the books I received for my birthday (thanks very much to my parents and my friend for these books!).

Books received:

Speaking in Tungs by Karla Jay
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

June 11, 2017

Short & Sweet: Fangirl

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This was a cozy, feel-good sort of read. I liked and related to Cath (apart from her obsession with Simon Snow fanfiction, which I felt was kind of excessive) and just generally, the characters felt real and fully formed. Some great bits of humour throughout, but also some true-to-life issues that gave the story a little more depth. I enjoyed this journey with Cath, and I think this is probably the best example I've read so far of what I had imagined "New Adult" fiction could be like.

June 2, 2017

The Book Lode (24): Part 1

This "Book Lode" comes to you in two parts, because I had a large number of books accumulated from my own purchases (mainly through Book Outlet) and then another bunch that were birthday gifts. I had to split the video since it was too long, so this first part covers the books I bought myself, and the next part will be the birthday books.

Books bought:

Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

May 22, 2017

The Midnight Queen: A Rambling Review (Adult)

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

20821047This book was enjoyable enough, but not amazing. I liked the Regency-plus-magic setting (as I pretty much always do!), but I would have appreciated more knowledge of how this alternate version of Britain came to be (and a little more political/geographical explanation would also have been good). The main characters of Gray and Sophie were cute together, but I didn't feel a whole lot of chemistry between them; their relationship was an it's-so-obvious-it's-staring-everyone-in-the-face-so-why-can't-you-see-it kind of romance. Basically, you could see it a mile away and know it was inevitably going to happen at some point. The plot consisted of a LOT of conversations, and in my opinion, not enough action/suspense. There was some intrigue, of course, but it wasn't really the sort the reader can try to figure out, because we weren't given enough information. Things do get more eventful right towards the end, but even then, I thought the climactic scenes were a little confusing and didn't provide the pay-off I wanted considering the less-than-eventful lead-up to them.

In terms of characterization, Gray and Sophie were both a little too good, in a way, for my taste. They are both intelligent, loyal, well-liked, and (generally) well-meaning individuals; perhaps it was just that they weren't given enough weaknesses to make them feel more authentic. The third-person tense may also have made it a little more difficult to really get inside their heads and understand them as people.

I also think the villains could have been more villainous (they didn't seem that sinister, except perhaps by sheer number of them) and their characters expanded upon. I had difficulty keeping them straight, there were so many!

That said, it was a pleasant, comfortable, familiar kind of read. The language used evoked an older era, and yet was usually not particularly dense or archaic, making for fairly easy reading.

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