I tried to convince myself multiple times the past month that, as an introvert and reader, a stay-at-home order is something I welcome because staying at home and reading is my happy place and now I have no choice but to do so. And yet … and yet I found myself obsessively reading/watching the news, aka my new favorite pastime/nightmare, versus reading.
Eventually I did manage to crack a few books open and actually read them from start-to-finish too. A true accomplishment, if I do say so myself! Best of all – the books were good, even great. And I really needed some great news.
The Books I Loved, Liked and Loathed
Yay, no loathe books this month!!
The Books I Loved
Proof that my cold, dead heart does still beat.
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Book Description: The curse may be broken in Emberfall but all is not well. The true heir, Grey, remains hidden but must decide whether to stand against Rhen to protect his country and the ones he loves.
Book Review: I won’t lie: I was both incredibly eager to read this book and also full of trepidation. You see, the first book, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, broke a reading slump for me and the second book in trilogies are often the weakest, only existing to bring us to the final, good book. Well, I was a fool! This book was not a let-down, nor was it full of blah, blah, blah that put a girl to sleep. Nope. I love Grey even more than I did in the first book. Lia Mara is awesome. Basically everyone is awesome in Grey’s new crew, except for Rhen. Boy. I’d like to punch him. To an extent, I understand why he did the things he did to Grey but he also crossed a line that’s going to be hard to come back from and be a hero again. I am also excited to see how Kemmerer resolves everything too between Grey and Rhen.
To Read or Not To Read: YES! I love this series so much. The characters are great and I cannot wait until the next book comes out.
The Books I Liked
These are the books I liked, from most liked to liked. Star rankings would be 4 to 3 stars.
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
Book Description: After being released from prison for poisoning her daughter (munchausen by proxy), everyone is shocked when daughter and mother reunite.
Book Review: So how much of a pass does a Mom get due to a horrible childhood? Or, perhaps, the more important question is whether it’s nature or nurture that now forms her daughter? Patty, the Mom, is a pretty straightforward, love-to-hate character but Rose Gold is complicated. You love her; hate her and everything in-between. In the end, she is her mother’s daughter, which may be something her mother comes to regret.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It’s a fast read. It surprised me how much I alternated between feeling heartbroken for Rose Gold to really, really hating her, even if I felt a little bad about it. Sometimes.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
Book Description: A beautiful young woman aspires to be an artist, while a chance meeting leads to a man’s dark obsession which may destroy her world forever.
Book Review: This is a fine, pass-the-time read. Oddly enough, the main character, Iris, I found less interesting than Silas or Albie. Nothing happened that surprised me, which is not intended as an insult. I prefer predictable (thus logic) over unnecessary and often poorly done twists. In fact, its predictability or formula was a welcome respite during such an unpredictable time overall.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It’s not as cat-and-mouse as I expected, which is probably a good thing. My psyche might not have been able to handle psychological terror right now. 😀
To More Great Books
Once again, I recommend all the books I read last month. A Heart so Fierce and Broken is a must-read for fans of a Curse so Dark and Lonely and I highly recommend that series to those who enjoy YA fantasy. Those who enjoy complicated and generally unlikeable characters should check out Darling Rose Gold. The Doll Factory is a good choice for those who like historical fiction with a bit of romance and mystery.
It’s only been a month since our last link-up, but it feels like a year and whole different world we’re living and reading in. I didn’t get as much reading completed as I expected but I have a handful of books I’m hoping to get through the next month. And I’m trying harder to read a wider variety of genres because it’s a no-go on books with a world-ending virus, too dystopian, or freaking depressing (I’m not in a let’s learn a life-lesson mood right now). Interestingly enough, those stipulations eliminate a lot of books I would typically read! Not sure what that says about me. 😀
As always, I’m linking up with Jana and Steph for their wonderful Show Us Your Books link-up. Be sure to visit the link-up and see what great (or terrible) books everyone read last month and just plain connect with one another.
How are you doing with social distancing and life in general? Reading, eating (or overeating like me), binging (what shows are you watching) or something else? I truly hope everyone is doing well (or the best one can) in this weird, scary time. Stay safe, wash your hands and don’t hoard toilet paper!