This last month I’ve been away from home and visiting my sister who…has a marvellous public library system.
Have I tried to read the whole library in a month? Why yes. Yes I have.
Actually I used to live in this town so I still feel like this is MY library. I miss it so so much. And I just freaking miss having access to free books?! I’ve never had a lot of money to spend on books (not until a year ago when I got a freelance blogging job that could pay for a few books per month!) so like libraries have always been my #1 one to sate my voracious bookish appetite. Also it’s a great way to try books you might not like. No wasting money. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also guess what I found on the library shelf!??!
There is a very very pleasant and circular feeling that comes from seeing YOUR OWN NOVEL in the library you spent your teens trying to read every book on the shelf. I am most gloriously happy.
anyway onto some mini library reviews!
also I apologise for not being caught up on comments/reading your blogs OR actually posting on Paper Fury afhsigosgso abandoning everything is new for me. But being away for a month really sent me behind and I’m rushing to do NaNo in like, um, 5 days. So bear with me!
★★★★☆ | Goodreads
I’m SO pleased I finally read this! I do love faeries and I loved Julie Kagawa’s Talon (although I still need to finish that series whoops) so why did it take me like 8 years to pick this up?! ShaME.
➸ IT’S FULL OF VICIOUS FAERIES AND BEAUTIFUL WILD WORLDS. Which is 1000% my kind of book. The plot was super fast, like you don’t get a chance to breathe with how much it throws at you. And it managed not to be graphic BUT be very bloodthirsty.
➸ IT DID HAVE TIRED TROPES THO. I’m so over boring love triangles and instalove lmaooo (not to mention you could fit all the diversity rep into a thimble).
➸ MEGHAN, ASH AND PUCK ARE ALL EXCELLENT. Well Meghan is about as dynamic as a smol loaf of bread and Ash is kind of funny with how melodramatic he is. But PUCK is the sassy light we all need. I know it’ll turn into a love triangle but Ash and Puck have actually more history, so like maybe they can just all kiss and move on to saving the world from freaky faeries. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
★★★☆☆ | Goodreads
Ok this just hurtled my limp body of the edge of Plot Twist Cliff and for that I am grateful. It’s not the antihero origin story I was hoping for though…it’s more like this chill/kind fisherman’s daughter gets forced into being the sea witch. I was hoping for morally grey mURDER JOHN. What does this say about me. One can’t say.
➸ SLOW START BUT THE ENDING WAS WOOOOAHHHH. Like it’s just Evie and this mermaid she rescued (Annemette) vying for the attention of two princes. There’s a fair. They chop wood and stuff. Threats to burn witches. Evie does lowkey magic and hides it. IDK. It also had a sort of love square happening which I actually liked for once!
➸ …BUT THEN THINGS WENT DOWN. The ending is PLOT TWISTS and vengeance and stabbing and dark magic!! It was perfect and surprising! But it like took 200 pages to get to?!
FURTHERMORE & WHICHWOOD BY TAHEREH MAFI
★★★★☆ | Goodreads
This was such a spot of delightful whimsy nonsense…!! It’s like an ode to Alice in Wonderland but not a retelling. And it totally reminded me of the magic and delight of middle-grade ahhhh.
➸ TAHEREH MAFI’S WRITING IS A DREAM, LET’S BE REAL HERE. I will read anything she writes just because of her style!! SO BEAUTIFUL. It’s a sensory feast. And this world is based heavily on colours so it was like falling into a shiny, glittery patchwork quilt. Although there were a few times when the prose got so purple it was a bit confusing. But mostly I just wanted to eat the paperback. They eat flowers and snowflakes that taste of sugar so I feel this was Mafi’s ultimate goal tbh.
➸ FURTHERMORE IS MORE RAMBLY THAN WHICHWHOOD. Although they both kind of suffer from the beginnings being really solid and interesting…and then the endings are rushed?!
➸ AND WHICHWOOD IS BEAUTIFUL AND MACABRE. Thriving on that combo. I truly am. Laylee (in Whichwood) washes dead bodies and if she doesn’t do it in time, they’ll take the skin off living people and zip into it like an ill-fitting dress. Lovely image!! I’m so glad children’s books like this exist to freak me out!!
➸ I PARTICULARLY LIKE OUR HEROINES. They’re both stubborn and intensely themselves and quite stolidly opposed to the unfairness of life. They weren’t squishy “likeable” girls either, and I looove this. Give me the fierce argumentative ones who jump into trouble and wear bells around their ankles or ancient armour and will start fights AND FINISH THEM.
★★★☆☆ | Goodreads
This cover is an actual gift to the world and blessing to my eyeballs. And cover judging aside? This was fun but I was pretty unsettled by the romance yikes. It’s also a Pride and Prejudice retelling! But the protagonist, Emma, finds this book where whatever she writes comes true. So basically a soft gentle version of Death Note because Emma didn’t become a mass murder. But fine. Each to their own.
➸ I DID HAVE FUN READING IT. It’s set in Germany (it’s actually a translated novel which is lovely) and there’s an old castle turned into a boarding school. Emma has two epic good female friends! And there are creepy woods behind the school and people disappear but nobody’s super worried etc etc. I mean kids wonder off and magically disappear sometimes. It happens.
➸ IT READS LIKE YOUNGER YA. Emma is pretty quirky and bouncy…and it’s not passionately romantic or anything. ALTHOUGH…that brings me to…
➸ THE ROMANCE IS ACTUALLY CREEPY. Darcy is 20 and Emma is 16 and apparently this isn’t unusual for Europe, but it’s actually illegal in Australia. Not to mention a gross imbalance of power and maturity. They’re not madly in love or making out the whole book, but my opinion is: a heck no.
★★★★☆ | Goodreads
My first question is: HOW DARE YOU. I am actually broken here because I come to Riordan books to have a funny, safe, and gOOD time and yet my heart has been punched across the Pacific Ocean. That death better have been a typo is all I can say.
BECAUSE HOW DARE YOU.
➸ UGH I LOVE APOLLO’S SERIES. I didn’t remember much of the previous two, whoops, so I can’t remember even what their goal is lmao, but I still just love the action! The adventure! The freaky emperor’s and the super high stakes (which were made higher by actually going through on a dARK THREAT AAFJKSDAL). Apollo continues to be hilariously vain and I love him.
➸ THE PACING WAS PERFECT FOR THIS ONE. I just wanted to burrow into the pages and read forever basically. Also the poor characters barely got to eat one cheese enchilada in the whole book. My children need a nap. Pls.
➸ WE ALSO GET MORE OLD FAVES BACK! The last book featured Leo again, this time we get Piper and Jason. I actually want to reread Heroes of Olympus now because I don’t remember how it ended??? (Why do I not have a brain.) And I love that Grover starred here too. He’s such a tin can eating dork.
➸ OH AND YEAH IT RIPPED OUT MY HEART AND I’M STILL NOT OK. Thanks for that. I had literally no. idea. what. was. coming ajfdsladfjkls. Best or worst Riordan book yet?! WHO KNOWS. But I’m so entirely pleased I can never grow out of Riordan stories. Love it.