Ohhh, what is this I see? A conglomeration of some EXCEEDINGLY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED book reviews?!
As you know, I read a lot and never have enough blogging room for all my reviews. AKA you should be following me on Goodreads. And considering I mentioned most of these in various “books I’m so desperate for in 2017 I may eat a wall” lists, I thought it’d be nice to review some on the blog and not just on Goodreads!
And also, ahem, because I’m super behind on my physical ARCs so here have some ebook ones while I sob in the corner because what is my TBR. Why is it on top of me.
Thank you to Netgalley and Edelweiss for the e-galley ARCs!
Published May 2017
Royal Bastards was one of my TOP most anticipated books this year! Did it live up to it? CAN I GET A HECKIN’ YEAH. There is sass and blood and love/hate friendships. So basically the ultimate Cait-Book.
SMOL LIST OF THINGS I’M OBSESSING OVER:
- Sass levels are A+, which is everything I need in a book.
- Brother / sister relationship which includes making fun of each other and then saving each other. <3
- Huge cast of characters, but they’re all interesting and complex! Tilla is badass and sassy. Jax, her half-brother, is an adorkable darling. Zell is Closed Off And Emotionless™ but secretly a big squish. Miles is a nerdy bookworm. Lyriana is a POC princess who grows plants and slays things epically.
- THERE IS EPIC MAGIC.
- AND BETRAYAL AND MURDER AND STUFF.
- The writing style is actually quite modern. So Tilla literally says “woah that was freaking badass” but it’s still a medieval setting. And I loved it?!? It made the story so relatable and fun.
- Much blood. Much death. And I think I got stabbed in the feels. I say “think” bECAUSE I’M STILL IN SHOCK. WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME.
My only dislikes were that it was a bit predictable, there’s a lowkey triangle, and as much FUN as the story was…it did involve a lot of travelling which tends to make me nap.
But still SO SO GOOD. I loooooved the characters and how much nonsense shennanigans and banter went down.
Published June 2017
This was such a cutely great book about internet fame! Of course obviously I read it in order to glean tips so I, too, can get like 50,000 followers over night. Did I get any good tips? HAHAHA HHAHA HAHAHA. No. But the book was still sweet and nerdy, so that saves things. It also features an asexual protagonist! And also a lot of Russian literature which I have no clue about. #Nice
I’m not super into Youtube?? I watch iiSuperwomanii and Liza Koshy and I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! But otherwise, eh. But I still think the book is enjoyable if you’re not a youtube fan.
WHAT I LIKED:
- Internet appreciation!
- It showed the internet is not ALL loveliness. Hahaha…which we know. A good reminder to be kind online, though!
- Friendships are SO SO EXCELLENT.
- Tash’s childhood friends are Jack and Paul. Tash and Paul are THE most unrequited deluded and oblivious ship to each other I have ever seen and I shipped them so so hard.
- Plus Jack and Paul are #siblinggoals.
- Paul is like an adorable puppy whom I loved.
- I loved the easy and relatable writing style! Bit o’ wit. A bit o’ introspection. A lot o’ food.
- Lovely parents! MIND BLOWN.
- Always always in need of more ace representation! (It is not aromatic though.)
WHAT I LIKED NOT SO MUCH:
- I was such a fan of Tash by the end. She’s a bit selfish/controlling and it gets called out but urughguhg.
- The triangle was just annoying.
- There are a LOT of characters and I got all their names confused 9 times ever 4.2 seconds.
Published June 2017
This is the kind of book that makes me SUPER ANGRY. And since literally every review on goodreads (except mine) is 4 or 5 stars, I did want to review it here to bring a bit of awareness: this book has a horrible and derogatory and inaccurate portrayal of Autism. It’s harmful, folks. The entire plot centres around an 18-year-old sister, Kiera, talking her 16-year-old brother to Paris on a holiday…only a FEW WEEKS after he’s had a suicide attempt and been diagnosed with schizophrenia and Autism. Not only is it dangerous to mix something like schizophrenia and ASD together in a book because they are HUGE things and it’s very easy to confuse people about them — the book just used them as a tragic plot device. All the trials and problems in this book came about because of her mentally ill/disabled brother. IT’S INFURIATING AND DEGRADING. Plus the book doesn’t explore either condition, PROBABLY BECAUSE IT DOESN’T HAVE A HECKIN’ CLUE ABOUT EITHER.
It’s a frighteningly ableist book.
And leaving an 18yo who has no idea how to care for a person with a disability with her brother on a trip to Paris??? ARE U DUMB.
OTHER THINGS I COULD NOT FATHOM:
- Kiera’s #1 goal is to just find a boy to kiss her.
- Any will do.
- Literally any.
- She literally blows her entire life savings on a trip to Paris to. find. a. romance.
- Kiera is VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY anti-medication. She spends the whole book talking about how medication ruins people and turns them into drooling mindless zombies. She never retakes this. Also fyi medication can save people’s lives.
- It features “professional” doctors who don’t have a cLUE.
- WEIRD WRITING! (Lines like “He’s awkwardly silent, but his eyes are alive…” Wow. The living boy has living eyes. I’m super relieved about this.)
- ABLEISM with lines like this: “I wish I could tell everyone “he has Autism or something” but I don’t want to write him off with one word, like he isn’t a full person.”
- Because GOD FORBID we think someone with AUTISM could be a WONDERFUL, HAPPY, AND FULFILLED PERSON.
- And a climax at the end that just fully centres around saying “people with disabilities are destined to screw things up”.
- How about you stop.
Published June 2017
All I can say is that this is one of the CUTEST BOOKS OF EVER. It’s totally nerdy and full of adorkable socially awkward characters and so. much. delicious. food and features the absolute best romance. Plus it’s #ownvoices featuring an almost entire Indian cast! You want it. Okay? You just do.
Both Dimple and Rishi are HUGE nerds. Dimple is into coding and computers and Rishi is (in denial though) a huge comic book artist. Like excuse me while they are the perfect pair. Their parents have arranged their marriage and Dimple is 5000% opposed while Rishi is more traditional and is happy to let his parents choose. So it’s a really positive arranged-marriage book and has a LOT of twists and it’s unique and cute and loveable. Plus so so much banter and wit!
Rishi is the so pure, so perfect, so kind. And Dimple is just so relatable and intelligent and skeptical of everything including your face and I love her.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Even though some of Dimple’s decisions really riled me at the end and I was #confused #so #much. But SQUISHY HAPPY FEELS. I don’t even know what this happiness feels like. Ugh get it off me. I must return to my darkness.