All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
I was supposed to do this last week, oops. But it's here now and it means I'm all up to date on book reviews for what I've read.
Since I saw the film, I was excited to read the book as well. I can see a potential reason why the film was only called 'Love, Simon' though. I'm not sure the book's title would leave much room on the title card announcing the film. :D
Regardless of titles, I did also really enjoy the book. I'm not sure which I preferred because, naturally, there are always going to be changes to a film- and some noticeable ones. However, both forms are still important. I may refer back to the film a bit- one of the drawbacks of not reading the book first, I guess.
I also feel like the last person to read this book, so hey! I made it at last. :)
What I liked-
Most of what I wrote in the film review and liked was in the book first, so yay. I also liked that Simon had a big sister too who was just as supportive. I'm an only child, but I of course get how important that is, having friends who might as well be family too.
Oh, and the opening scene with Martin dropped me into the middle of things, which surprised me, but made it all the more thrilling and scary for Simon to have to go through. The reveal at the end as to who Blue was- I loved it in the book too! It was so sweet and I caught myself grinning a lot in many places in the book. No surprise from my laugh a lot/cry more reaction to the film. :D
I enjoyed seeing more of the background of Simon's drama group/class. And the emails between him and Blue were great. Ugh, I'm getting feels and all squishy inside thinking about those two!
What I didn't like-
The treatment of Abby at times from many of the characters. It just seemed off, it's not her fault she's newer. And a few of the male characters got confused in my head at times, when Simon is wondering who Blue is. I don't know- I think that's just me. But I can't help that.
So yes, I've finally read the book too and loved it. A very well deserved 4 stars and I'm really excited to read Leah on the Offbeat next. Oh, and The Upside of Unrequited of course, which is set in the same world. :)
What are your thoughts on this book? The film? Which did you prefer?
All the best and happy reading.
The second review of the night is Inferno by Julie Kagawa, the final book in this series and, honestly, I can't believe it's all over. I'll definitely re-read them all, probably many times. I love dragons and I've loved this story. All the stars!
As always, I'll do my absolute best to keep spoilers away.
I went into this scared, simply because of how Legion ended and knowing a huge battle was coming. It was a great final battle, though nerve-wracking and with some things I certainly didn't see coming. They were bittersweet and pretty amazing. I was imagining it on a cinema screen half the time, because...well, it was a bit like that.
And seeing the Order having to finally work with the dragons was about as interesting and stressful for everyone as you can imagine. I really loved their interactions and how things changed over the course of the book.
Of course, I have grown ridiculously attached to many of these characters after having spent five books with them. I'm glad I finally could make my mind up on Mist- while I always liked that air of mystery about her and enjoyed reading her scenes, I could never fully trust her, and it's nice to come to a concrete decision.
In fact, even characters we only met in Inferno I grew to care about, despite the short time frame. (While writing this, I've just realised what some of the ending means for one of these new characters and it makes me very happy!)
As always, this was a super quick read, split into easy sections. Despite the week of no reading I had to let happen, it's always so easy to get back into this series. When I started this one, I updated on Goodreads that it felt like I'd not been away. That's so very true. I'm now excited my first series re-read (maybe late this year), since it's been so long since I read Talon- and seeing how everyone has changed since then. :)
If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend the series. I mean, dragons! Enough said. :)
All the best and happy reading.
This is the first novella in the series and a bridge between the events of 'A Court of Wings and Ruin' and the next book. It's also the end of Feyre and Rhys' story- at least from the books being in their perspectives, so I'm really excited for the next ones and the characters they'll give us more insight into.
There may be some brief spoilers, but I'll try my best.
Now I've heard plenty of mixed reviews about this novella. I understand why. Though I did mostly enjoy it, I did think some of the beginning got a little repetitive. And while there maybe wasn't enough sense of danger as in the past, what was there certainly seems ominous enough. Honestly, after all the crying did in ACOWAR, it felt nice just to not have to worry about impending death for once. So while this novella may not have been necessary as such, it was a nice break.
There was still so much healing found in here. People in Velaris are still rebuilding themselves and their lives, not just from the war, but all the little attacks the city took in the last book and even back in ACOMAF. This is found everywhere and it's so nice to see it be important- not just to what has happened with the Inner Circle over the series, but the entire population of this city that we've all grown to love. Everyone matters.
Some other things I enjoyed-
- Cassian calling Rhys 'Rhysie'. Just cracked me up.
- The Illyrian snowball fight.
- Cassian and Mor having some POV's along with Feyre and Rhys.
- Amren in this. I grew to love her so much more than I already did. Amren doing jigsaw puzzles, her and Varian, seeing all the little adjustments she has to make now that she's solely High Fae- yeah, she's great. Not as though this is news to anyone.
- Basically just seeing the Inner Circle interact with each other. Those are always some of my favourite scenes.
- Feyre's birthday cake. I wouldn't have been able to cut it, let alone eat it!
- Rhys and Tamlin's scenes. Though I don't quite know how to feel about them. I mean, I still strongly dislike Tamlin and coming off the back of his behaviour in ACOWAR, there's no way he needs to be doing that much moping. He's a High Lord, he needs to look after what's left of his court.
A few other things did bug me and I hope they'll be sorted out later in the series. The first is Mor and Azriel. Now, I've made no secret of my love for Mor. In ACOMAF, she was the first character who made me feel ok about where I was at that time (again, I've mentioned many times that book saved my sanity around a year and a half ago).
However...why has she still not come clean to Az? To anyone? I did hurt for her in this novella, but it still doesn't change the fact that it's been a few months since that conversation between her and Feyre and still nothing has been said. Mor really needs to sit people and talk to them honestly.
Nesta. Yes, I understand some of her way of thinking after this and the preview of the next full book (More Cassian!! :D ). While I've never really liked Nesta, I do admit it must be really hard for her. But why is she being so hateful to both sisters now?
What has Elain done wrong, just for trying to come to terms with her Fae existence where Nesta hasn't? And after all Feyre did when they were all human, after all she's tried to do since...maybe she tries too hard but at least she cares. Nesta is the eldest and I often forget that because she doesn't act like it.
I really hope the next book brings the healing and change for her she clearly needs.
Overall, I did enjoy this little break from major events and it was nice just to see these characters living in relative normalcy for a while.
Does anyone else agree with me, or am I overthinking it/feeling too strongly? :)
In between a break from blogging and life, I'm way behind on both book and film reviews. So this post gets one of those sorted out- here are the final three books I read in April and what I thought about each of them.
First off, I have to admit it took me the best part of April to read this book. However, it was super easy to get back into and pick up where I'd left off, which was fantastic.
One of my favourite parts of the whole book was the banter between Lira and Elian. I was always laughing at them and I loved that part of their friendship/relationship. And it was a hate-to-love relationship, which is always by favourite kind. :) Likewise, Elian's crew- and his sister- were hilarious and I cared about them pretty quickly.
Despite being so many other kingdoms, I enjoyed seeing some of them, each very different, and exploring them with the characters. The Sea Queen was also really evil and seeing that in action often, even to Lira, brought a sense of realness to the threat of what she could do and that she had to be stopped.
In trying not to spoil things, one particular battle was amazing and kind of felt cinematic. If you've read the book, you can probably guess which one I mean. :)
A couple of things made it lose that final star for me- I wanted to see more of Lira's world. I know it was based off The Little Mermaid, but still. I loved seeing what it was like and wanted more overall- especially at the end.
The second point is more to do with my personal preference, but I thought there was a bit too much journeying. Again, I understand why there was a lot of time on ships, and I don't mind 'journey' books so long as it's important to the plot. Here, I just felt like more time could have been spent exploring other kingdoms.
But overall, I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom and will re-read at some point. :)
I'm going to miss Fennel so much. It was such a unique idea to have a pet to be made out of paper and he was great. :) It was nice to have descriptions of the locations Ceony goes to in the south of England. I've never been to London or any surrounding cities- I know the UK is an island, but living in the north doesn't mean they're right on my doorstep. It's several hours by car and train, so reading about them was a good alternative.
Now that Ceony could use so many different types of magic in this one, it made things like the fight scenes so much more interesting. I mean, there's only so much you can do with paper! I'm hoping we can learn more about the less-talked-of magic in the spin-offs.
However, I do once again feel that sometimes Ceony's reactions felt like she was younger than made out. She's now a fully grown woman and I didn't believe that all the time. I also thought some parts of the ending were rushed, so perhaps the book could have been made a few pages longer.
But overall, I have enjoyed them.
First up, when I finally came to write this review, I'd recently discovered this book was getting a sequel, so yay. :) But I'd searched for The Seafarer's Kiss for so long and was very happy to finally get it.
Honestly, I watched The Little Mermaid only a couple of years ago when I was about twenty or something (I know), but mermaids have always interested me regardless. Despite only being 212 pages long, there were so many good things about this book.
The descriptions of where Ersel lived and the way of life there were so detailed and I really felt like I knew their struggles- and I could definitely relate to Ersel wanting to get of where she was born and see the world.
I loved all interactions of Ersel and Ragna. Alright, so I also loved Ragna*, and the whole legendary shield maiden thing. As a more or less life-long fan of the Viking era and, by extension, Norse mythology, I was in my element with this book.
*Aforementioned sequel is more about Ragna. *squeal*
Since I'm discussing it, the decision to add Loki as a kind of Ursula-figure and make them gender fluid was a good one. Their interactions with Ersel made for great reading and lots of fun high stakes.
And while most of what I read surrounding Norse myth does make Loki male, but let's not forget that time Sleipnir, Odin's horse, was born because Loki shifted into the form of a mare and became pregnant with it. Definitely female that time.
Also, this book has both belugas and orcas! Yep, I've never come across a book with either unless it was in one of my undergraduate text books or reference literature, ect. They were fun, and I hope there will be more of both in the sequel somehow.
I'm unsure where to talk about him, but I'll quickly add that I disliked Havamal. He was well written to get that response- but as a character, I hated most things about him, particularly how he treat Ersel despite claiming to be her friend. Though he did look after her mother when she was unable to, I suppose.
However, my one main issue with the book is the length. I think it's still classed as a novel at 212 pages, so I don't think it would have hurt anything to have it be longer. I won't mention specifics because of spoilers, but there were a couple of things at the end I would liked to have fully seen and fleshed out more.
Perhaps they'll be mentioned by Ersel in the sequel (?), but having more pages would have been nice too.
All in all, I waited almost a year from when it was first published to when I read it, but it was worth the wait. One I'll definitely be reading again. :)
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