The whole month I had a quite a few books sitting on my nightstand. Did I read them all? No. Did I read some of them? Yes. And I’m calling that a victory! Even better, I really, really loved one of them. That I’m calling a freaking miracle! Or a tale as old as time.
The Books I Loved, Liked and Loathed
A love book, a couple of like books and no loathe books, so a pretty good month for me!
The Books I Loved
I read a book and I loved it. Woo-hoo!
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Book Description: Break the curse, save the kingdom. It’s that simple or not in this classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Book Review: I love this book SO MUCH. I’ve had several people suggest this book to break my reading slump. They were right and I regret not reading it sooner. It’s immensely enjoyable and while it looks like a long book, it just flies by. I love Harper. And Rhen. Plus Grey. Zo, Jamison, Freya, Jake and Noah too (and look forward to getting to know them better). They are all great characters, even the smaller side characters who were thankfully not written as red shirts (throw-away characters). While it certainly has Beauty and the Beast DNA, it’s very much it’s own story too, which I appreciate. I like that the romance, while important, is also not the sole focus of the story so it’s not an icky, overly sweet, insta-love story. Plus, no freaking love triangle. And that might be the greatest miracle of all.
To Read or Not To Read: Yup. This is a great choice for fantasy YA fans. Lots of solid world-building and I can’t wait for book 2.
The Books I Liked
These are the books I liked, from most liked (4 stars) to liked (3 stars) and everything in-between.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Book Description: A troubled young man begs Strike to investigate a murder he believes he witnessed as a child.
Book Review: This runs about 650 pages and it could be at least 150 pages shorter. The detectiving (yes, it is too a word, WordPress) was fine, slow but true to real life. But the more personal stuff going on between Strike and Robin got old fast. We know they are suppose to be together and all this dithering around is annoying. I sincerely shouted at one point, “Ron was a less a git when Hermoine went to the Yule Bull with Krum.” Seriously, it got annoying. It just felt both weirdly basic (the relationship) and complex (the case). I never feel it’s a good thing when a character basically has to explain point-by-point (to the killer too!) what they did for the audience’s sake. Greedy douche bags is an acceptable enough explanation for me.
To Read or Not To Read: Fans of the Strike series should find this pass-the-time (trademark Steph) fine. I plan to continue the series because I like Strike and Robin (more their detectiving (yup, still a word) and less the romance possibility)) and I have great faith in Rowling too.
Past Tense by Lee Child
Book Description: Jack Reacher begins another cross-country journey but gets sidelined by something stupid.
Book Review: I’ve read every Jack Reacher book (the movies are not like the book. Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher) and they are not remotely believable but cathartic for me. Yup, I derive deep pleasure from Reacher meting out justice against bad, no good and definitely not fine people (he may have killed a bunch of Neo-Nazi’s in Night School) because a lot of bad people get away with bad things in real life. His books tend to move at breakneck speed but this one was soooooooo slooooooooow. It toggled back-and-forth between Reacher doing ancestral research (YES, I said ANCESTRAL RESEARCH!) and a couple being held captive at a nearby motel. It finally got good in the end when the two stories connected but that was about 75% into the book.
To Read or Not To Read: The Jack Reacher series? Yes. And by the time you get to this one, it will make a you a tad grumpy (ANCESTRAL RESEARCH!) but you’ll have enjoyed enough Reacher to forgive an okay book.
TL;DR: The Books I Recommend
A solid month overall. If you love fantasy, re-tellings of classic stories (Beauty and the Beast) and YA, then you should definitely give A Curse so Dark and Lonely a try. It’s earned those rave reviews! Lethal White and Past Tense are fine, pass-the time reads for fans of each respective series. Neither are my favorite books in the series but still enjoyable.
To More Great ReadsI’m actually moving in the next couple of weeks so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll do this month. But I’m sure I’ll find time to read a book or maybe even two or three or none. 😀 As usual, I’m linking up with Jana and Steph for the Show Us Your Books link-up and this is SUYB’s 5th Anniversary. Congratulations ladies for creating such an amazing link-up! I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community of book lovers and have read so many fantastic books, thanks to my very favorite link-up and its super cool participants. Please be sure to visit Jana and Steph to see what everyone read last month.
Your turn! Tell me what great books did you read last month?