After a huge reading slump that lasted about three months, I’m happy to say that I’m back in the reading game and catching up on all the books that have been crying out to me. For the month of October I decided to set myself a challenge: to read 12 books this month! Rather than give you a TBR which I never stick to because I’m such an emotional reader I’ve decided to do a weekly wrap up for you. So, it’s been a little over a week but here are the books that I read this past week and a half!
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – (FOUR STARS)
This is the first book in her The Last Hours series and without giving away any spoilers, I adored it! It’s set in the 1900’s in the shadow hunter world and apart from some of the ‘old fashioned’ language being a bit cheesy, it did a great job of setting up the characters and giving them all such distinct traits.
The dynamic between the main group of boys is one that I loved. The dialogue is always fast paced and funny and moves the story along. The only thing that I was unsure about was the ending…. But as this is a no spoilery post, all I’m gonna say is that I’m nervous about where the next book is going to take a particular relationship. 🙂
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the illustrated version) (FOUR STARS)
One of my absolute favourite book series and books in general. So as each of the new illustrated versions have come out I’ve been reading them again. The illustrations just add another layer to the books that makes it that much more cosy and nostalgic. The this one is a favourite of mine because I feel like it borders on the brink of the characters becoming teenagers and it still holds some of the innocence of the first couple of books.
If you love Harry Potter then these versions are worth the investment!
Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare (TWO.FIVE STARS)
This is the last book in the Dark Artifices series and I so desperately wanted to love it because the first book Lady Midnight was one of my favourite books that I read this year. However, I really didn’t. Her writing is incredible so it doesn’t fail in that respect, but the story was far to long and it did some things that I just rolled my eyes at. The main characters Emma and Julian weren’t really the main characters until much later on in the book. And it was their story that I loved and wanted to follow.
It also had some relationships that were so unrealistic (I’m fully aware that I just called a fantasy book unrealistic ha!) and just wasn’t relatable in anyway. For me a good book (even a fantasy) has to be grounded in reality, with emotions and relationships that everyone can relate to. This just didn’t work with me.
American Royals – Kathrine McGee (FOUR STARS)
An alternate history story. A story about a royal family. A book filled with romance and love. Good writing. This book just hit every check point for me. I know there are some mixed reviews out there calling it clique and obnoxious, but I don’t really care. I loved it!
It’s a YA and has all the things you would expect from a YA novel, but the way the author has literally rewritten history is fascinating. It has little nuanced details in it that bring the story to life. You can tell she had sat down and spent time plotting the entire American Royals lineage. The chapters are separated by the POV of four characters. It wasn’t boring or stilted and yes it’s cheesy but I’m not really reading YA books for solid literature. It just worked and if you want a bit of classic escapism then here you go. ❤
My first week of Booktober!
I’m hoping that this week I’ll be reading a few more diverse books that I can give you a proper review of ❤