What I Read: March 2017

Well friends, this is an incomplete What I Read written in the penultimate week of March.  I’ve got 14 books to tell you about at this point, and you can bet the 13 hour plane ride I took last week added at least another to the list.  Since 14 is a lot to get through, I’ll (try to) be brief!

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In attempts to stay brief, I’ll only give full reviews for a few, and share general thoughts/ratings for others!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The writing style definitely takes a bit to get used to.  Browsing some Goodreads reviews, you’ll see some hilarious yet accurate examples of how people struggled with this.  For me, the beginning took quite a while.  There were several scenes of pure description repeated and juxtaposed with different connotative language which I liked the first time, but was annoyed at by the third.  By the time we learn the main character’s name (and yes, this takes a while) the story starts to get going.  We follow Mia on her quest to become an assassin.  Mia is a darken who controls shadow.  She has a cat made of shadow as a companion.  The world is fairly reminiscent of Assassin’s Heart, but the story quite different.  I find Mia quite likable and gave this one 4 stars.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I had heard a lot about this and knew it wouldn’t be a real serious read for me.  I went into it expecting a fluffy book, so to be disappointed even with those expectations is saying something.  It’s about a high school student named Harper who suddenly has supernatural powers thrust upon her.  This is NOT Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I think it’s the southern belle things that really bothered me… perhaps it’s just not something someone who grew up in suburban Boston can understand.  Beyond that, everything was too easy without any real world implications.  Everything felt frivolous.  The death of her sister was casually thrown in there for what reason?  1 star.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Again, I kept hearing so much about this book!  It’s a compelling adventure with a healthy dose of mystery and a dark, dangerous feeling.  It’s about a girl named Scarlett and her sister, Tella.  Their life hasn’t been the best with their abusive father.  They’ve always dreamed of going to Caraval– an immersive festival/show/game.  Now, there are some things that don’t work for me, mainly the lack of character development, but it’s a fun and quick read.  4 stars.

The Black Key by Amy Ewing | It didn’t disappoint me, and I couldn’t ask for more for the conclusion of a dystopian trilogy. 4 stars.  (For more on this trilogy look here, here, and here.)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski | This was beautifully written– not in that it’s the best story of all time, just that it was very pretty prose.  It’s an odd story, a quick read, but a long adventure.  I’m definitely interested in the sequel too– just lovely!  4 stars.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine | Slow story and packed with action for the sake of action.  I suppose it didn’t help that I read Ink and Bone quite a while ago.  I couldn’t connect with the characters, and overall this series is just not for me.  2 stars.

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder | This felt like a complete detour from Poison Study, which I already found lackluster.  I will not be reading on in this series.  2 stars.

The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove | 4 stars.  I am only slightly disappointed because I loved The Glass Sentence so, so much.  (I talk about it here, here, and here.)  This is good, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not great like the first in the series.  Still excited to read on, still love this world!

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr | I had to give Melissa Marr another shot since I felt bad about calling her “not Holly Black.”  Seven Black Diamonds is much newer than Wicked Lovely, so I wasn’t thinking perhaps I’d have liked this book more if I had read it when it came out.  I liked this one better.  3 stars.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | 5 stars; wished I spent more time with it.  I thought this collection of poetry was lovely and poignant.

The Elite by Keira Cass | Much more of a sense of “why am I reading this?” than with The Selection; an entire book of filler, really.  Still, I put The One on reserve at the library… 2 stars.

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | A bit of a slow start to this one.  I was afraid that the feeling I got with the first of the Girsha series wouldn’t return but this one, but again, I was happily surprised.  I really love the direction this series has gone in and I’m so into this hunt for the firebird.  Cannot wait to read the last one in the series!  4 stars.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | First off, my bad for reading this on my Kindle; this book should NEVER be read on a Kindle.  You can’t actually read all of it on a Kindle, because the unusual format doesn’t allow the font size to vary much, so you miss a lot of the stylized fine print.  I had to put my text grandma-large to read even the regular pages.  The story was very cool, and I went into this book without knowing what it’d be about.  It was completely unexpected– a bit like Armada without the good geeky references.  3 stars.

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix | Well, I’m reading this as I type up this post!  I’m sure I’ll be done before I leave for Japan, though, so pop over to Goodreads to see what I rated it!

 

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