It has been months since I updated. Aside from super bad summer allergies along with my summertime vampirism, I have been working and August was not my best month.
August was a comedy of errors Shakespeare would have loved to write a play about. Frankly, I would love to see how he could stick a few weddings and a funeral into that comedy, but I am sure he would have found a way. He did have legendary imagination that we are still reading his plays roughly 500 years later.
Speaking of reading and authors, I have still been reading books like they were the air that I breath (do not roll your eyes at me. It was the best I could do on short notice).
From this moment forward, I am not going to keep a list of books to review. I think I will review when the mood strikes. It is simply too much pressure to keep up with it, work, and write an appropriately witty review.
I do not intend to leave my readers with nothing. Some were likely expecting my opinion and I will give my abbreviated version for each book on my review list. BTW I embedded the Amazon link to each book in case anyone is interested in reading these books.
Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace (eBook box set on sale for $.99)
Pros: Wonderfully imaginative. I love how the author wove facts into their fantasy world. Jace was detailed in his research and it definitely shows. A reader can tell when the author puts their heart into their written work.
Cons: It used to be available through iBooks, but now it is only available through Amazon. If a reader has a Kindle, this is actually good news for them. Not very good news for the rest of us. Sure I can read Kindle books on the iPad, I just hate having eBooks stashed in several apps and getting used to several different reading formats sucks. If it ever comes out in hardback, I would spend my hard earned cash on it, which makes this book (and likely the rest of the series) a must read.
The Glittering Court by Rachelle Mead
No pros for this. I read it, I gave it away, it was not even good enough for me to remember months later.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Pros: In the review post I did for A Court of Thorns and Roses, I thought Thorns and Roses was a stand alone book. I am incredibly happy that I was wrong! In the second book, we watch Feyre adjust to her new powers and watch her be incredibly heroic under ridiculously gross circumstances. Who said being a heroine was clean work? Sure I liked Tamlin as a love interest in the last book. I should have known better. All I can say is reread the first book very carefully. There are clues I missed the first time around that are explained in Mist and Fury. BTW I am on team Rhys.
Cons: It ends on a freaking cliffhanger and we have to wait till MAY for the last book. It is enough to make a grown woman cry – even more than I do during sad book passages.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Did not get passed the first five pages.
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles Book #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Pros: This was not a bad Post Apocalyptic series since it managed to keep my interest until the very end. Strong female character.
Cons: I was disappointed in Rafe. Would have loved to see the main character end up with the assassin. It would have made the ending more satisfying.
Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
I liked it, it was imaginative, but it was too much like Harry Potter for me to morally keep it around.
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
It was okay. I hated the best friend and it felt like it lacked that special spark that makes me feel like I am falling in love. Either get the eBook or borrow it from the library.
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
I must admit, I had reservations about this book. I am happy that I ignored them because this book was great! It was imaginative, well written, and well thought out. Even though it reads as a stand alone book, it is actually the first book in the series. I eagerly await the second book.
Pros: Wonderfully written and highly imaginative. It reminds me of Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan and Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. The author creates a mythology for the world in the book and turns it upside down as the series continues.
Cons: Yet another cliffhanger only this time, I cannot get a release date for the third book, The Scarecrow Queen.