I didin’t write a wrap up in the last 5 months of 2017, so I have a lot of caching up to do. If you want to know why I was gone, here’s an update. During those months I didn’t read that much, so let’s hope this won’t be extremely long.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (4 stars)
I expected a little bit more from this books. I gave it four stars and I think I was a bit too generous. I have forgotten so much about it and that’s a bit sign for me about a book. For what I remember, I liked the main character and some of the side characters, but some part of the big reveal was a bit forced.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars)
I know this series is really problematic in a lot of ways and I totally understand why people dislike it and don’t want to read it. I actually thought I wasn’t gonna like this book for an entirely different reason, because so many of the main characters weren’t in it. BUT I really liked the new characters. I loved the stoyline and the writing in this book.
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid (3,4 stars)
I liked this book mainly because of the family dynamics that are present in all the books of the series. I love the Winston sibilings and the relationships they have with each other. BUT I wan’t as invested in the romantic relationship in this book as I was in the romantic relationships in other books in the series. Something good about this is book is that it has reprensetation of someone with OCD, from my perspective it was well handled, but since I don’t live with OCD I can’t be sure if it was accurate or not and I looked for #Ownvoices reviews but didn’t find any.
Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid (3,4 stars) – Scenes from the City by Penny Reid (3 stars) – Ninja at Fist Sight by Penny Reid (3 stars) – Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (3,2 stars) – Dating-ish by Penny Reid (3,6 stars)
After I read Beard in Mind, I was done with all the books in that series that are out, but i still wanted to read more books by Penny Reid and I decided to finish reading the Knitting in the City series. I started this series a while ago and read a few of the books out of order, so I felt it was time to read the ones I had left.
I actually enjoyed reading this series a lot, I loved all the female main characters and most of the men. The main couple in Dating-ish is definitely my favorite of the whole series. Penny Reid’s writing goes perfectly with the kind of books she writes and her books are fun to read.
The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Read (2,8 stars)
I wanted to keep reading Penny Reid, so I started this series and I was so disappointed. One of my least favorite books of the year. The concept of the book was interesting, but I disliked the male protagonist so much. SO MUCH!
The Player and The Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Read (3,5 stars)
This is the second book in this series and it got better than the first, a lot better. The concept was interesting and the fact that it was the woman teaching the man about sex made for a fun and entertaining story. Also, I really liked the main characters and the relationship between them.
The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (4 stars)
I really liked this book, specially some of the poems at the beginning that dealt with heartbreak, because at the time I read it I could relate so much to them, it was exactly what I was feeling. I also found the poems about immigration and refugees to be really powerful and the parts about her family experience made the poems feel so authentic. There were some poems that were just not for me, because I felt they were more like sentences that poems. Also, I didn’t enjoy some of the poems about love. BUT overall I did really enjoyed this.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (4 stars)
This is quite story, with interesting and compelling characters that I loved to read about. It’s an exploration of motherhood that it was fascinating and complex. Celeste Ng’s writing is incredible, I will definitely read more of her books in the future.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (3,8 stars)
This book was good, but I didn’t like it as much as Every Heart a Doorway. This book has intriguing characters and it’s set in an interesting world, but I was bored in some parts and I think it’s because the plot wasn’t that fascinating to me.
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (4 stars)
This was such an entertaining and atmospheric book, but the best part were the characters, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas so much! and the relationship between them developed in a great way through this book and I was so happy about it. Also, there were new queer characters intriduced in this book and it was awesome.
Lovers Like Us by Krista & Beca Ritchie (3,8 stars)
This is the second book in the Like Us series and I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the first book. I loved the fact that we got to see so much of all the other chracters, not only Moffy and Farrow, but also all the cousins, sibilings and parents. Also, I feel like the plot was really interesting and the writing was perfect for the story.
Hothouse Flower (4,5 stars) , Addicted After All (4 stars) , Fuel the Fire (3,6 stars) & Long Way Down (3,9 stars) by Krista & Beca Ritchie
These were all re-reads, I have read these books a few times already, but I love them the same or even more every time I read them again. Amazing and beloved characters, meaningful relationships and entertaining plots make the series a favorite for me. Also, it deals with some series topics, especially related to mental health. This series actually made me feel more comfortable with the idea of going to therapy and it’s something that it will always mean a lot to me.