Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Best. Day. Ever.

Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
sequel to beartown
'Couldn't put it down' is not really accurate as I very much could put it down, and did, several times. I seriously had to read a chapter, read another book I was enjoying more for 20 minutes, go back to Us Against You for another chapter, and so on and so forth. So very put downable. That being said, it was beautifully written so I wasn't hating it, I just wasn't loving it like I did Beartown. It was a little too tell-y instead of show-y and that got on my nerves. Once I got to about 75%, then it was unputdownable, emotional, beautiful and everything Beartown was. It just sucks that was only the last 25%.
Received from Netgalley.
Iron & Magic - Ilona Andrews
spin off about a bad guy from the kate daniels series 
I cannot even with my love for Ilona Andrews. This was amazing. I am so cranky that the next 2 are years away. Honestly, I just wanted to share my love for this book but you really shouldn't read it unless you're up to date with Kate Daniels. Only this author duo could make me love a guy I used to hate.

All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin
aftermath of something happening with teenagers à la beartown
So it's not exactly like Beartown and it's unfair of me to compare it, but compare it I shall. It felt like it was trying to be Beartown, but never went below the surface. It's thought provoking sure, but left me feeling dissatisfied. Definitely not what I expected when I opened a book by Emily Giffin. Quick, easy read, relevant to today's world but just wasn't enough for me.
Received from Netgalley.
Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
estranged sisters
This was the one Gina and I decided to read this time. I was disappointed, perhaps my expectations were too high based on how much I loved her other books. It was fine, just okay. If the book went up in flames around halfway I would have been fine never knowing what happened, but I did get more into it towards the end. The end of the story was emotional, if a bit unrealistic. One of the characters was so unlikable I wanted to push her in front of a bus.
family, secrets, and grief
I really enjoyed The Coincidence of Coconut Cake so I had high hopes for this one. This is not like that, unfortunately. It was super emotional at times (like the story relating to the cover, that was adorable) but other than that, there's a twist (that you find out about before the characters) and someone's actions change in such an unrealistic way (twice, really) that left me feeling so disconnected and disappointed, really. It's not a romance, and coconut cake was, so maybe that's why. Blah. It was just okay. I'm not mad I read it, wouldn't 100% not recommend it.
Received from Netgalley.
Little Do We Know - Tamara Ireland Stone
ex-best friends deal with family financial issues & a boyfriend almost dying
I really struggled through this one. It mentions one of the girl's 'strong faith is shaken' in the synopsis but religion is almost another character in this book. I am not anti-religion, so please don't get offended if you are religious, I just don't love it in books. The characters were unlikable, the reason for the family's financial issues disgusted me. It was weirdly paced, some things were glossed over or not dealt with at all, there is a really disturbing relationship with a teenager and an older man in a position of authority, the girls had a huge fight months ago and when you find out the reason I wanted to slap the one at fault. Overall, not impressed at all.
Received from Netgalley.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
Life According to Steph

If you're a romance fan, here are a few I enjoyed recently:

One and Only (the second was also really good) // the Psy-Changeling series (currently up to book 5 and I am obsessed) // A Princess in Theory // The Real Deal (if you like romance, you HAVE to read this - it was adorable and funny and gahh).

Also, one more, The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare - it's a historical romance and I loved it so freaking much. I accidentally went off on a rant in my review though because tons of reviews were shitting all over the romance genre and I totally understand if you don't like romance but I 100% do not understand reading something you know you will hate. If you don't like romance, don't read romance. There is no rule that says we all have to like the same books. Anyway. If you like historical romance, check it out. I also had to share this quote one more time because I loved it so much:

TL;DR - I recommend Us Against You if you enjoyed Beartown. Other than that... not much to recommend today - obviously I recommend the romances I liked and Iron & Magic, but only if you like those kinds of books.

Read anything decent lately? 

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