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'm back! This post would have been done last week. but I minimally injured my wrist which meant I couldn't write or type properly. So all of my outstanding posts (including my holiday ones) will finally be put up this month. :)
It was a mixed month for reading. Again, I got through a few re-reads, but there was one DNF and some new books I either hoped I'd love or knew would wreck me.
Lauren Brooke- Heartland #7 and #8- Out of the Darkness and Thicker Than Water. One of my favourite series from my teen years and still now I'm in my mid-20's.
Enid Blyton- Malory Towers #2 and #3. (The two books with the purple and dark blue covers, middle and right on the top row of the picture)
Another of my favourite childhood series and it will always be. After these two, Darrell and her form become more grown up and I start getting a bit sentimental. The Malory Towers books hold lots of special memories for me from way back when I first read the initial six books. :)
Gemma Malley- The Legacy. The final book in the trilogy that I haven't read for many years before I decided to go back to them. Thankfully, the third book is better than the second in pretty much every way, but a few things still bothered me with the plot and pacing. I still prefer book 1 out of the three.
All of these re-reads I give five stars, apart from The Legacy at 3.75 stars.
Dan Abnett- Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
I think I've said a few times that I'm more a Marvel fan than DC, but that doesn't really matter too much here, since I'm talking about a book rather than comics or films. This book was written to come out in 2015 when Age of Ultron was released into the MCU- it sounded good and a friend had even lent me it.
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. I had to DNF it at around 25%.
There was way too much telling instead of showing, even going so far as to give two bodyguards names instead of just their job- something I've always been warned against doing for minor characters in my own writing, mainly because no one cares and they are their job descriptions. It really threw me as it was on page 2 or 3 and just felt like a rookie mistake to me, I only read of these bodyguards twice in the opening chapter that was supposed to be about Cap and promptly forgot their names almost soon after I'd read them.
Other things that irritated me where the pacing and plot of the individual stories. Each Avenger was on their own mission for most of the book, so I'd heard from my friend, which didn't bother me. What did was that we were flung straight into the action of each, going from one disaster and mini cliff-hanger into another one. There wasn't much time to pause for breath and while distinct from each other at the beginning, I have a suspicion they might have blurred into each other before too long.
Not even my favourites of Black Widow, Hawkeye, Wanda and Cap could keep me engaged in this book.
Laura Wood- A Sky Painted Gold: The author's bio states this is her first YA novel, but I sincerely hopes she continues. This book is so beautiful. From the cover which is stunning and so shiny in real life, the words, the characters and world she creates within a set time of 1929 Cornwall. The blurb doesn't give much away, but that's a good thing. Highly recommend this book and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
S. M. Wilson- The Extinction Trials: Exile- I really enjoyed the first one when it came out at the start of the year. Book 2 was good, but it lacked something. A couple of things felt like they were being repeated and I think a bit more planning in getting back to the dinosaurs could have helped (the author admits in the acknowledgements she didn't have a solid plan). But it has some interesting things happen that could make a really great book 3 next year. Actual rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Amy Rose Capetta- Echo After Echo: Recommended on Goodreads by a friend last year, I finally got round to this and loved it. Lots of theatre. So much diversity on so many ways. Murder and mystery. A look at the 'casting couch' issue, which is written to be very uncomfortable reading. Overall a really good book. I perhaps would have liked a little more happening outside the theatre, but as I like theatre, I can't complain about that too much. :) Actual rating- 4.25 out of 5 stars, because I'm awkward!
Kiersten White- Bright We Burn: I admit I put it off for a bit because I knew it would be painful. I've been a huge fan of the author since she released Paranormalcy, but the Conquerors Saga has been a whole new level to anything she's written before. I'm just going to leave some of my short, original review here. 5 out of 5 stars- I'm sad it's all over now, but really satisfied with the ending. :)
That was as bloody and brutal as I'd expected- and then was somehow even more so. It hurt and it made me hope and hurt and gave me something to laugh about or be happy about and then really hurt.
Even with all the other characters, the majority of whom I've loved (or loved to hate), this trilogy has always been about the trio of Lada, Radu and Mehmed. I guess it was always going to be. I also figured part of how it was going to end, though it definitely ended differently than I expected- and I'm glad for that. I don't think I could have taken much more emotional pain!
That's it for today. Reading is going well already for November, so I've got no doubts that my round-up at the end of the month will be just as full! :)
All the best and happy reading.
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