March Book Reviews

Holy cow, has it really already been a whole month already? This year is literally flying by. Please make it stop. This month was pretty uneventful for me up until I sprained my MCL a few days ago. Pretty bummed about that, but at least I don’t need my knee to read. Here’s my wrap-up for March!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Read it? Stick it out. 

Fayre is prejudiced, single-minded at times and I found her narration to be repetitive at the start. While everything leading up to Prythian was well-paced, the stories slows to a drag once she’s actually there. It picks up significantly once we start to meet the other types of faeries though. Not graceful creatures, but decrepit monsters, which are infinitely more interesting to me. Monsters + more lore kept me in race. And I’m glad I did. While the first 75% of the book is a rather standard retelling of Beauty and the Beast as we know it, the last quarter of the book elevates it to another story in its own right. Action-packed, the end is where I really started to like Fayre as a character. I ended up loving Lucien and the introduction of Rhysand.

So while a little slow at the start, let it simmer and finish it out. I’m glad I did. My only disappointments were that we didn’t get more complexity out of Amarantha as a villain and surprisingly, Tamlin’s character. I found him to be rather flat, he doesn’t grow nor is he memorably characterized. In a way, what happened with Tamlin is what often happens with female love interest characters.

Also as a full disclaimer, the story is surprisingly dark. Feyre endures a fair amount of violence and humiliation. It’ll be interesting to see how those cracks will change her character in the next book, but if any of that is off-putting to you, definitely do not pick this up. There are also a good number of unnecessary sensual or sexual scenes, not all of them consensual, that may not be your cup of tea. While it added nothing for me, it wasn’t a terrible turn-off. Overall, I’m hopeful for the rest of the series and I’m intrigued to see more of the world.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Read it? Yaaaaaaaas.

My God, I love this book. I am already sad because I know there are only two more left in the series for me to read. I loved the dynamic between Kell and Lila. Their slow-brewing friendship and respect for one another was a much needed breath of fresh air from all the crazy instalove in NA and YA nowadays. In fact, romance takes a seat on the back burner altogether and I loved that. Their partnership and chemistry made so much sense. Kell, despite being one of the most powerful beings in the world, is rather gentle-hearted, timid with his power and just so good. Lila on the other hand, is at first sight, just a human, a starved weak one at that. But she’s fiery and bold with a reckless desire for adventure and that little something more in life. She gives Kell a sense of fight and urgency. In return, Kell anchors her morality and selflessness, turning her from a wannabe pirate into an unlikely hero. I love the pair. And that’s just our protagonists. I loved all the characters surrounding them, too. Prince Rhy, Holland (oh, Holland), Astrid, etc. I do wish we saw more female characters aside from Lila and Astrid, but nonetheless, I felt like we got a genuine cast of characters.

The three Londons we get to visit are in drastically different universes that combine the best parts of the popular YA genres. In White London, we get that dystopian feel with a militant government and disgruntled, dangerous population. In Gray London, we have a historical, but otherwise real-world setting. And in Red, we get all the vibes of a classic fantasy adventure. I’m hoping we get to see even more of the worlds in the next installation.

The plot was creative and compelling. The treatment of magic was different than most of the fantasy books I’ve read and while I’ve read other reviews, I don’t think the pacing was slow to start. It felt action-packed with the right amount of build up. It’s honestly a great read for all fantasy buffs.

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This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Read it? Skip. You’re not missing out. 

I had trouble getting into this one. I just find Kate unmemorable and I’m kind of detached from the story. The mystery is barely kept me in for the ride, that and it’s a fairly easy read.

I’m so disappointed with this read. I really wanted to become captivated by this mystery and fall in love with the River Point Boys and Kate the way Maggie Stiefvater made me fall in love with Blue and the Raven boys. But the characterization was so poor, I could barely differentiate between the boys. Elston just barely scratched the surface of their personalities and I wasn’t invested at all. Kate was literally the most bland narrator. She was so unimpactful, I didn’t even dislike her. I felt nothing towards her at all. The writing style and the story is so straight-forward. There’s no surprise or twist at all, it just takes a long time to play out. Far from gripping, this lacked all semblance of suspense. Overall, just not a winner in my book.

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WWW Wednesday #3

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Finally starting this series and I am loving it so far. Really quite a cool world Schwab has built. Can’t wait to see where it goes.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Whoo! This one was a slooooow burn for me, but I’ve finally finished it. Full review will be out end of the month as always, but safe to say my feelings on this one are positive.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

So many options. Ugh. This section of WWW’s are always super hard for me. I honestly never decide what I’m going to read in advance. My TBR is really only a muggy mental list and I never know what’s coming up until I’ve started. That being said, I want to pick up A Court of Mist and Fury because everyone says the series just gets better, but I also have been reading a lot of fantasy lately. I may need a change of pace, so maybe I’ll look into a NA contemporary novel. Any recommendations?

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

I’m still working my way through Cinder and A Court of Thorns and Roses from my last WWW, but I’ve also picked Shadow and Bone back up. I got about 70% of the way through last year and for some reason never finished it. Figured I could knock it out pretty quickly!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Prodigy by Marie Lu

I didn’t so much read this one as I did listen to the audiobook on my hour long drives back and forth from visiting my parents. Super entertaining. I’ll have a full review in my end of month recap.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

To be honest, I’m not sure about this. I have a bunch on my TBR list, but don’t have one picked out yet. Might continue picking up the Lunar Chronicles if I end up really liking Cinder. Same goes for ACOTAR, but I’m almost done with that one and not quite in love yet. So we’ll see. Link your WWW’s below! I’d love to check them out.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. I first spotted this one from Ashely @ Socially Awkward Bookworm. 

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

I usually have two or three books going on at a time, one on my kindle, one just on my google play books and maybe one physical copy. Depending on where I am, I’ll read one or the other. Currently switching back and forth between these two…

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m finally doing it, folks. These series have been waiting not-so-quietly on my TBR list and I guess February is the month for hopping on the bandwagon. I haven’t gotten too far on either yet, but you guys will be the first to know when I finish.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Just knocked out these two recently! My full thoughts on both will be out in my February Book Reviews post at the end of the month, but both were pretty satisfying reads. Last month I read a bunch of “just-okay” kind of books, but February has been kind to me so far. Really digging the books I’ve picked up.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17)
by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I really loved More Happy Than Not, so I’ve been eyeing Silvera’s next book. I’m a little scared though. I have an awful feeling it’s going to break my heart again and I’m not sure I’m ready for those feelings.

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Happy Reading!

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