Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana!

The Forgotten Home Child - Genevieve Graham
based on the true story of the british home children
This reminded me of another historical fiction book but couldn't put my finger on it. Very emotional, as books told in that old-person-recalling-their-youth way tend to be. I honestly had no idea this all happened, so I appreciated learning and thought it was very well written.
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
ya fantasy dystopian, slave + soldier

I used to read books like this all the time, I'm sure I would have loved it even more years ago. The fact that I still really enjoyed it even though it's not my preferred genre anymore, makes me feel like it must have been really good. It's action packed and fast paced, but not confusing - the world building is fantastic. Very unique, liked all the characters, felt all sorts of emotions, can't wait to see where this series goes.
Our Darkest Night - Jennifer Robson
couple must pose as married couple in world war two 
I really enjoyed this one. It was very emotional, of course, but also inspiring. I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, from the main characters to the supporting, they were all fantastic and felt so real to me. I thought it was written really well, definitely recommend to historical fiction fans. I will say, not quite sure how to word this, but even though it was set in WWII, it seemed... light compared to other books like it. Which I wasn't mad about.
court of thorns and roses series but different main characters 
This was.... great because it was SJM. Buddy read with Heather, which is always fun. It was written well, paced fantastically, familiar characters I knew and loved, grew to love the characters I didn't necessarily like in the previous books... didn't really feel all the feelings between the two MCs romance wise, maybe that's because I'm used to SJM dragging stuff out over several books and this was just one book? It was good and fine, but not the star of the show in this book. I liked the friendships and sibling relationships better actually. It was good, I'll read everything she writes, the end. Hate the cover.
Today Tonight Tomorrow - Rachel Lynn Solomon
young adult, hating game meets nick and norah
This was entirely predictable, adorable, delightful and thoroughly enjoyable. Really not much more to say about it.  I got a teeny bit sick of being beaten over the head over things I already agree with, it was a bit heavy handed. But overall, it was very cute.
The Survivors - Jane Harper
body shows up on beach, buried secrets, guilt
I really loved the lost man by this author, and enjoyed the dry well enough. I love the australian-ness of her books, and how much she can do with so little (like in the case of the lost man, so few characters and such a deserted place) and I expected the same in this book.. Instead, I had a lot of trouble keeping the numerous characters and storylines straight. In the end it all made sense, but it was also a very anticlimactic ending and I was kind of disappointed. I'll still read her next book, she's still an auto read for me. Just didn't love this one.
Received from Netgalley.
A Vow So Bold and Deadly - Brigid Kemmerer
third in cursebreakers series
The problem with feelings about books in series is it's very hard to look at them on their own, objectively. On its own, this book is good. Good writing, interesting, complex characters. Compared to the first two.... what? How? Hard to connect to. Kind of slow. So much left unresolved. Maybe it's a series that needs to be read back to back, I don't know. I didn't hate it, my expectations were just probably a bit too high. I'll still pick up more from this author, just kind of bummed about this one. 
Quiet in Her Bones - Nalini Singh
socialite vanishes, turns up dead 10 years later
You do not understand how much I adore Nalini Singh and therefore how much it pains me to put this book in this category. I love all her romance books, contemporary and paranormal, and I was prepared to pretend to love her first mystery/thriller just because of how much I love her, but there was no need because I thought it was fanfreakingtastic. So yeah, high expectations for this one. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but. Blergh. I feel like the meat of the story was good but the pacing was a bit off. I didn't see the whodunnit coming, but it was all just a little convoluted to me.
Received from Netgalley. 
This Is How You Lose the Time War - Amal El-Mohtar
two women on opposite sides of time war fall in love over love letters

Fully admit I picked this up because of the title even though I was 99% sure it had nothing to do with Doctor Who. I was right. This is one of those books that is written beautifully and all, but a bit dull. Lots of words about emotions but not making you feel any of those emotions. Also, took me ages to work out what was going on, which isn't the most fun when reading a book. Maybe I just wasn't the right audience.
The Lucky Galah - Tracy Sorensen
narrated by a galah, australia in the 60s
I came across this one when looking for more aussie authors and when I saw it was narrated by a galah, I was like um, yes please. I think I thought it would be kind of an adult's version of the one and only Ivan? But, meh. It's certainly unique, and I enjoyed some parts, but it felt a bit disjointed and a little too descriptive rather than plot driven. Also, while I could get behind a galah telling me a story, I couldn't get behind it communicating to a satellite dish. Bit of a bummer, really.
Thunderhead - Neal Shusterman
sequel to scythe
Oh, what a disappointment! I really don't even think I had high expectations, I just don't understand how Scythe could have been so unique, so interesting, so unputdownable, and this was a big steaming pile of blah. Gah. The ending was slightly intriguing, but not enough for me to pick up the third book.

The Forever Girl - Jill Shalvis
I liked this. It was not my favourite Shalvis, probably 3.5 but enough to round up to 4. I liked all the characters, I liked how everything went, it made me laugh and smile and it was an enjoyable time. It took me a long time to read, but that was me/covid life and not necessarily the book, but it was hard to feel connected because of that. Anywho. I liked it, I like the series, I love me some Shalvis. can't really complain.
Received from Netgalley.
Chasing Lady Amelia - Maya Rodale
Didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the series, which I read back in 2019. It was fine, I laughed a few times, didn't really connect with the romance but that just might be me these days rather than the book. A solid historical romance.
Only When It's Us - Chloe Liese 
College + sports = not my jam. But everyone kept talking about this series, including my book bestie Heather, so finally gave it a go. It was super cute and definitely not too much with the college and the sports stuff. I laughed, I felt feelings, I think a couple tears spilled out. What was said about grieving really hit me. I can understand how it would be hard for someone to read if it was a little too close to home for them. I do think there was a lot packed into this book, maybe a little bit too much? But it was good, enjoyable, sweet, cute. looking forward to the next one.

The Four Winds - I've heard it gets better in the second half, I'm waiting for that to happen...

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I also read The Ordinary Princess, which was thoroughly enjoyable and definitely recommend if you like kids books.

TL;DR - I would blanket recommend The Forgotten Home Child and Our Darkest NightAn Ember in the Ashes if it sounds like your jam. 

Read anything decent lately? 

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