Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Books Lately

First Show Us Your Books in 2019 with Steph & Jana!

Becoming - Michelle Obama
the amazingness that is michelle obama
Goodness gracious, I love Michelle Obama even more now. I knew almost nothing about her past and had no idea she was so fascinating. She's done so much! Such an interesting person and a fabulous storyteller. I cried several times, but I'm emotional. I had to switch to the ebook part way through to make sure I finished before book club, but the audio was one of the best I've ever listened to. Basically she's fabulous. There were definitely times it was a teensy bit boring or it felt really long and a bit of a slog, but I can't rate it anything less than 5 stars.

Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J Maas
final book in throne of glass series
I started this series back in 2015 and I rarely stick with a series if all the books aren't out and I have to wait a year, let alone 3 to finish, but it was worth it. I'm glad to finally know everything that happened, though I'm sure more than a few things went over my head because I couldn't remember small details. I do wish it wasn't so long, I struggled until about 25% and then it became unputdownable - and that's almost 250 pages in. Basically, I recommend if you're a fan of the series, in which case, you've probably already read it.
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
psychological crime thriller
Holy messed up book, batman. Seriously. I got chills several times reading this. Now, sometimes when I read a book like this, I think maybe this isn't that good, I'm just easily impressed because it's not my usual genre... but I don't think so in this case. It's messed up and crazy, creepy and nasty. Definitely unputdownable, I didn't guess a single thing. I highly recommend if you like messed up books.
A Dangerous Collaboration - Deanna Raybourn
fourth in veronica speedwell series
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 in this series and couldn't wait for this one. It didn't disappoint, in fact, it's easily my favourite of the series. If you've read them, then yes, this one stuff *finally* happens, but on top of that, it's so well written, interesting and just freaking delightful. I love this series and highly recommend - there's just one left I think, 2020 hurry up.
Received from Netgalley.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
fantasy mixed with fairytale, evil wood, no actual dragons
This has been on my TBR for 3 years, so my expectations were high. I liked it, but I didn't love it. It wasn't quite what I expected. It started out with a bang and I was super into it, the middle was a bit of a slog and started going in strange directions, then it seems to get back on track and wraps up nicely. The writing was great, the world building top notch, I was interested and liked the characters... but something was missing for me. Maybe it was because the middle was a serious struggle, maybe because it was different from what I was expecting. Also, you'd think I would never say this, but no romance is better than a lacklustre unnecessary romance. It sounds like I hated it, I really didn't, it just wasn't what I expected at all.
A Slice of Magic - AG Mayes
I tried, I really did. But one of my book related goals this year is to DNF when I'm not feeling it. I didn't like the characters, didn't believe the plot, could not handle the writing... all telling, zero showing. At 20% I was skimming and barely retaining anything, and what's the point in that? I hate DNFing because I feel like I wasted my time, but it's more of a waste of time to keep forcing myself. So, bye.
Received from Netgalley.
Luna and the Lie - Mariana Zapata
I've not been quiet about my love for MZ, Winnipeg is one of my faves of all time and I have enjoyed her other books. So I had super high expectations for this one and was prepared to be blown away. I'm still getting my feelings together and don't know if I'd recommend this one except to those who are already MZ fans. It's a little too slow. Not bad, just doesn't compare to her others. I don't mind the slow burn, but you need the other stuff to make up for the slow burn. I wanted more heart warming adorable stuff and I don't feel like I got that. Overall, I liked it but didn't love it.
Three Little Words - Jenny Holiday
Not my favourite of the series but still adorable and enjoyable. The heroine in this one was a bit frustrating and hard to like at times, but eventually she mellows out or we start to understand her better. It was well written, funny and cute - everything I've come to expect from this author, though the first is still hands down my favourite.
Received from Netgalley.
How the Dukes Stole Christmas - Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe
This was such a fun collection of short stories/novellas - they were all connected, kind of. I liked or loved the first three, the fourth I could take or leave but it wasn't horrible. I don't normally like christmas specific books but because these were all short and historical (different time periods), they weren't super in your face and I really liked them.
Muffin Top - Avery Flynn
I know this series/author is getting a bit of flack because she's writing about characters that aren't conventionally beautiful or whatever, like the first heroine in Butterface was, you know, a but-her-face and this one is a bigger girl. I do get people saying 'everyone is beautiful' and all that, but it gets a bit old reading about the same perfect gorgeous heroines every single time, especially in romance books. So I think the author is handling these sensitive topics really well, in a funny realistic way. I love her writing, her characters, everything. Her books are adorable and so enjoyable, definitely recommend if you like lighter rom-com style books.

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend Becoming, Jar of Hearts and the Veronica Speedwell series. I really can't recommend the Veronica Speedwell series enough - Heather described them as historical kind of cozy mysteries and I think that hits the nail on the head. Yes, there's a smidgen of romance, but seriously, it's a teensy tiny smidgen, you'll barely notice it. Much recommend. Bloody delightful.

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