I did some reading this past week! It’s a good thing too because I was four books behind on my goodreads challange and I needed to kick my butt into gear. My goodreads challenge wasn’t my only motivation though which I guess is a good thing? I was really using books as both a crutch and self care tool this past week and i’m okay with that. I needed to focus on something beyond my own problems and immerse myself in other worlds and other viewpoints. I also needed to remember that I enjoy books and I enjoy reading and I enjoy getting swept up in these stories. Reading is one of those things that I forget always makes me happy. My mood instantly improves if I am reading and I am somehow always shocked when I get really into a book again and I have the revelation all over that “Oh yeah, this is one of my favorite activities and hobbies! I should do this more!” So this week I really doubled down and got to work on the books. My goodreads challenge is satisfied with me again.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: 3/5 Stars
I finished this book at the end of March but I had been trying reading it since the end of January. This is not my usual reading pace at all. I picked it up almost immediately after I finished Cinder, which I loved, and then it quickly was put to the side of my reading pile when I got swept up with other life stuff. I didn’t really read it for weeks but once I picked it up again I pretty much forced myself to finish it. Which isn’t saying very good things for the book itself honestly, because I did force myself to finish this book. It was just not what I wanted at the time in addition to containing some of my least favorite YA Tropes right now. By the end of this book I was pretty much groaning “omg end already!!!” at the book. I can’t put my finger on what exactly I didn’t like this time but I think the age it was catering to is what got me. The writing was way too simple and drawn out to justify that length. There was some fat to be cut from this book for sure.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: 3.5/5 Stars
I was so so so excited about this book. I even did an excited little shimmy when I saw my department chair had it in her room and promptly borrowed it from her. Unfortunately this book did not live up to it’s hype. I expected something refreshing and new and exciting, I expected another Sarah J. Maas and I was pretty disappointed. The book was just a rehashing of so many things that are super popular is YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia right now and I wasn’t super impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. I thought the story was fun and the plot was something new but all the other elements could have been better. The characters and world building were pretty big deficits in this book and I would have loved to see more development in both of those areas. It was entertaining and held my interest the whole time but I think i’ll have an easier time waiting for the sequel to come out than most people I know who have read this. I feel kind of alone out here in my little ‘meh’ boat.
The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll: 5/5 Stars
I loved this collection! I love all of Correll’s work and I know she goes over the same topics a lot but I didn’t feel like any of these comics were repetitive or anything. I thought they were all grouped really nicely and it was fun to see her series play out! If you like her work then i’d definitely recommend picking this up!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: 15/5 Stars
I stayed up until 2:30am last night finishing this book because I needed to finish it that badly! This book took Maas from being the author of one of my favorite series to one of my favorite authors. Maas is amazing at creating believable three dimensional characters, well rounded and relatable female protagonists who are real fleshed out humans, and is amazing at world building. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast which I didn’t know when I started it for some reason so as I pieced it together I was so so so excited! I got to read this book as an ARC from Netgalley but i’ll definitely be buying it when it comes out on May 5th and if you like really well done YA High Fantasy that doesn’t fall victims to all the gross tropes going on in YA right now then I recommend you pick up a copy for yourself too!
Until next time!