Now that it’s June, I wanted to update you on my progress toward my 2016 reading goal. I’m now over the halfway mark and still a handful of books ahead of schedule. Here’s what I read last month:
Dream House by Marzia Bisognin
I’m not sure what prompted me to pick this one up, as I’m not a CutiePieMarzia fan at all– not that I dislike her; I simply don’t watch her. I think it conceptually sounded like something I would enjoy. It was a super quick read– a disorienting haunted house story that comes together neatly with a bow on top at the end. Nothing prolific here.
The Thinking Women’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Baker
This book takes a turn very quickly– you’re immersed in a fairy world and as disoriented as the main character. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. It was actually a bit frightening at times. The world created here was beyond interesting! Once you’re kind of out of the fairy stuff, I actually think it slows down a little. It definitely ended up being a great read, though.
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
I liked this one a lot! It felt very Italian to me… like ancient Venice, maybe? The culture described was so cool. A strict adherence to very real gods creating very real results on Earth. The god served by the titular assassin calls for death; death is holy. This is a revenge tale like Kill Bill– we cheer for Lea to kill the family that killed hers.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I find myself disenchanted with YA series that I know I would’ve enjoyed had I been ten years younger. I kind of rushed through this one, but still found myself liking the main character, Blue, so much. In Blue’s life, ghosts and spirits are the norm and she knows she is destined to kill the one she loves with a kiss. This teen mystery struck me more than anticipated, and I intend to continue with The Raven Cycle.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Holy canoli, this was absolutely one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. It’s a tale through time of the strange Roux family up until Ava Lavender herself, who is born with the wings of a bird. It’s written gorgeously, and I absolutely couldn’t put it down. Magic bleeds into real life where horrors are alive and well. This is not a love story, but it is utterly beautiful.
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
I wanted to like this series. I can see a lot of things about it to like about it, with a plethora of myth references. A lot of the time, what I read skews young for me. Usually this doesn’t bother me; I know I’m reading YA. Sometimes it just skews too young, and that’s where I think I land with this one. I was expecting more of a Harry Potter tie, and it’s just not there.
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