Even though I haven’t been posting much these past few weeks, I have been reading. In my last reading update I mentioned I was reading Scythe! That was back in October, but you know…
Since then I’ve finished Scythe (it was fudgin’ amazing!!!!!!) and read quite a few more books. I’m actually amazed by how many books I’ve managed to squeeze into my schedule. Also, I’ve reached my Goodreads goal!!! 😀 *Throws confetti and dances around the itty bitty pile of books I’ve kicked off my TBR*
I knew I’d get there and now that I have, I guess I’ll just keep reading. Why? Because it’s what I love to do. BOOKWORMS UNITE!!!
Before I get sidetracked, here are the books I’ve managed to finish in the past couple of weeks.
The Darkest Part of the Forest | Holly Black
Initial Thoughts: I love Holly Black but this wasn’t her strongest work. It could have been MUCH better. Thin and unlikable characters, slow pacing, and an undefined plot brought the story down. Way down. It’s not bad, just really not all that good.
Scythe | Neal Shusterman
Initial Thoughts: VERY political and chock-full of social commentary and philosophical discussion. Excellent story structure, engaging characters, well-balanced narratives, potent themes, and novel concepts concerning death make this a new favorite.
Thoughts: Hollow characters. Indeterminate plot. Lazy writing. Vague details. Severe lack of world-building. No pressing conflict to incite suspense. Near absence of character development. A unique concept completely failed by its execution.
Thoughts: A well-balanced dark comedy with a fantastic MC who has just the right amount of sass and charisma to be extremely likable and relatable. Very evocative, especially towards the end. A bit mediocre in the romance department, though.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic | Leigh Bardugo
Initial Thoughts: A brilliant ode to the dark fairytales of old. Creative and original, and yet strikingly familiar. Well-crafted fables and tales that convey lessons clearly and compellingly. Immensely entertaining, masterfully written, and beautifully illustrated. Hands-down a new favorite of mine.
Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
Initial Thoughts: Very cleverly plotted. Audrey Rose is a proto-feminist goddess. Thomas Cresswell is basically a young Mr. Darcy, but much more daring and cheeky. A compelling murder mystery coupled with Transylvanian myth and history is a recipe for complete success. Ending is a bit predictable and anticlimactic but the build-up is extremely engrossing.
The Shadow Throne | Jennifer A. Nelson
Thoughts: Fun and dramatic. Well-balanced in humor, action, suspense, and romance. A great ending to a simple yet enjoyable swashbuckling, olden-times adventure.
My first buddy read! Yay!!!!! LET US REJOICE.
I’ve always wanted to do one of these. I keep saying I’d do a buddy read with someone, but most times I forget to ask, and sometimes I do ask, but then I completely forget about it the next day. Who’s bad at keeping bookish promises? *This gal, right here. Standing proud. But not really. Because it’s sad. I’m a sad little bookworm.*
BUT NOT THIS TIME. My good buddy, Daan @ A Library Monster has reminded me that we will be doing a buddy read of…. *drumroll please*
The Mortal Instruments!
I read this series back in high school, but I finally remembered that I never finished the last book and I’ve been wanting to reread the series over again anyways to remind myself of some things that went down (and to kill some time while I wait *painfully* for the last book in The Dark Artifices trilogy). And luckily enough, Daan wanted to read them too!
BOOM! A match made in heaven. So here we are.
We’ll start reading City of Bones today and once we finish (hopefully by the end of this week?), we’ll cobble together a post about how we felt about the book. Of course, this isn’t set in stone and we’re just kinda winging it, so just be on the lookout for some Daan and Azia posts somewhere in the blogosphere for the next couple of weeks 😉
For this week, while I’m reading City of Bones, I’ll also be reading:
Sorry for that slightly long post. I had much to share. I’m trying so hard to become more active in the blogosphere and I think a buddy read is just what I need. I can’t wait to read all TMI again. My childhood is rushing back to me. So much nostaliga. I’m also really excited for Warcross. I’ve heard so many great things!
Thanks so much for stopping by you guys and I’ll see you soon ❤