I just got back from vacation with this minx and will be talking about that and other excitement soon, but in the meantime I shall talk about books. I’ve read quite a few since my last book post. I keep meaning to write about what I’ve read and then I don’t and then my list gets longer and then writing sounds hard and then I’m like, “hey, what’s for dinner!?” My reading has really slowed down since school started back up, so I figured this is the time to share what I’ve read before the list gets any longer:
(Title links go to the Goodreads description.)
Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
Like the first Veronica Mars book, if you like the show, you’ll like this book. I thought this was even better than the first. It’s just like reading an episode and makes me sad the show is gone. *sniff* Lots of Mac and Logan sprinkled with a bit of Leo makes me a happy girl. Incidentally, the book name is appropriate for the mystery unlike the first book that could have had a million better names than it did.
Touch by Claire North
I didn’t want this book to end. I was apprehensive about giving it five stars on Goodreads because I don’t throw five stars around lightly, but it in the end I feel that’s what it deserves. It was so unique just like Claire North’s other book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Like Harry August, Touch jumped back and forth in time a bit. While I didn’t feel all the extra stories were necessary, it was so interesting that I didn’t mind. This one is worth the read for the concept alone. I said the same thing about Harry August, but it’s true. It’s unique and interesting and I can’t wait to see what Claire North writes next.
Unsouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman
In this book, we have a lot of back story/character development and not a lot of action. I didn’t find the character development all that interesting. I read whole pages and thought, “why was this necessary?” But, overall, I thought it was OK. Like the second book in the series, UnWholley, it doesn’t even come close to the engrossing awesomeness that was the first book. I can see where the story is going and can probably predict how it will end, so it’s unlikely I’ll read the final book.
Unstrung (Unwind #1.5) by Neal Shusterman
This is a novella about one of the characters from the Unwind series and I bought it because it was $1.99 and I’m a sucker. (See feelings on Unsouled above.)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
I read this one because I have two friends that love the series. I liked it well enough to keep reading but I wasn’t completely engrossed. I know the book is YA, but something about the writing was too elementary. It might be the lack of contractions and the 19th century lingo, but it annoyed me only intermittently so I’m not sure that’s it. Also, the Tessa and Will characters are too immature for me. Mama doesn’t need that angst in her life. I did like it enough to give the second book a shot but I’ll probably get around to that in 2018.
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
Like Red Rising, this one was a little hard to get into at first. There are so many characters that it can be overwhelming to keep track/remember who was who from the first book. With that said, I really liked it. The writing is so smart. I rarely read a book and find myself appreciating the writing, but I definitely did with this one.
Also I find with a lot of YA books, authors pander to readers who can’t remember anything about the previous book by over-explaining something that already happened. Pierce Brown does a really good job of reminding you who characters are without hand-holding you through the story. Golden Son isn’t as amazing as the first book but it’s a really decent follow up and I’m looking forward to the third.
In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
I really wanted to like this book. The story had a lot of potential. It got better toward the (very) end, but there were too many things going against it that I didn’t dig. It had overly simple writing and over-explanation like, “we were sweating from running” and then “sweat dripped from her cheek to her chest” and then “we kissed and it was sweet and salty” and “the kiss was salty because we were sweating!” I get it. You’re sweating, dude. There was also detailed explanation of boring and irrelevant things like track meets (I had to skip a page of it) and the end had some out-of-place religious overtones that were weird. With all that said, somehow I did not see the ending coming. I liked the idea of the story, I liked how the book wrapped up, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the journey getting there.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I read this one on Lindsey’s recommendation and man, I loved it. It was just a really fun and fast read. It was also very 80s-inspired so there were all sorts of references, including one in the first chapter about the movie Heathers which instantly won my love. This is also the next movie Steven Spielberg is directing if you need a celebrity endorsement.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This was on a 2014 Buzzfeed list of top YA books. It’s a vampire book. I’m kind of over vampire books, but this one had a bit of a different spin on it. Basically, vampires are known to the world and they live in quarantined “coldtowns.” I won’t go into detail about the story because the linked description is better, so I’ll just say that I really liked it and thought the ending was great. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a sequel or not but I would be satisfied with the ending either way.
That’s all the books for now. I’ve read a few more but I’ll save those for later and get to the vacation shenanigans next.