Down the TBR Hole | 8/15

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Well of Loneliness

I’m definitely keeping this one. It’s lesbian fiction and I know that I want to see if I like it. Plus, I own it and it’s been on my shelves for years.

Verdict: Keep


Salammbô

Thanks Goodreads for having NO DESCRIPTION. I had to Google it until I found something that told me what it was about. But, it sounds interesting? But I’ve read something by Flaubert and I don’t know if he’s my kind of author.

Verdict: GO! (to maybe shelf)


Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)

Admittedly, meta fiction doesn’t usually interest me. So, I don’t think this one will work for me.

Verdict: GO!


The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England

Perkin Warbeck is very interesting. Usually, he’s a footnote of Henry VII’s reign (which is eclipsed by Henry VIII’s in general) and I rarely see it mentioned at all. So, I want to read something that’s about it.

Verdict: Keep


After Midnight

It sounds interesting, but when I see it’s blurbed by Koontz I get a bit nervous. That and I don’t know how well it’ll have aged.

Verdict: GO!


Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey, #1)

Yeah, this looks like it would have been my thing in 2014, which was when I added it. Now? I’ve been Fforde a try and I don’t think he’s for me.

Verdict: GO!


Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power

This is more recent than the other Catherine the Great biography I’ve read. It sounds a bit more updated, which is something that I like the sound of.

Verdict: Keep


A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France

I’ve read a little bit about their relationship, but not much. But I think it’d be an interesting read because this is an interesting period in general.

Verdict: Keep


The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King

I’ve never read anything about Henry IV. I think that it’s time to remedy that.

Verdict: Keep


The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

Massie is a great Russian historian. However, whenever I see his name I think about how old the thinking in the book might be. But, still, it sounds interesting because it focuses on finding the bodies and the DNA that proved we finally found all of them.

Verdict: Keep


Last TBR: 1536

Books kept: 6

Books removed: 4

Current TBR: 1530

What can I say? I have a weakness for historical nonfiction.

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ARC review – Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

I received this from Edelweiss and HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review!

4.5/5

CW: sexism, forced marriage, human experimentation, cutting (for blood magic), execution, starvation/not eating, and burning at the stake


I was completely blown away by this debut! When I went into this, I was pretty sure that it would be a good book but damn! Apparently, this year is all about debut authors shocking me by how amazing their stories are. This is on the upper-edge of YA — I’d say 16-18 — and I was so here for it. Alternately, I was laughing and on the edge of my seat. Sometimes at the same time, honestly.

This book follows Louise (Lou) le Blanc and Captain Reid Diggory. Lou is a witch from a very important lineage who is trying to escape from her life with her best friend, Coco, who is a blood witch. Reid is a Chasseur, or a part of the Church. And he kind of burns witches at the stake from time to time. And works for people who do a bit of human experimentation. You know how it is. Common stuff, every day stuff, right?

It’s set in a fictionalized France and I loved it. It was so much fun to read it while keeping in mind all that I know about France. This France hates witches. Hates them so much and will do anything to get rid of them. It’s rather sexist, admittedly, going with the belief that a woman becomes her husband’s property.

But the world was so rich and developed. I could really get a feel for it and place it in my head. Sometimes the world is the hardest thing for me to get down because they can blend together. This one stood out, which I really loved. I could keep it straight in my mind despite all of the moving parts — Lou’s old life and those connected with it, the people she’s with now, the Church, etc.

And that plot? So damn fast-paced. It was a whirlwind to read and I kept wondering exactly where it was going towards, even though I had an idea of where it might end up. It kept me wondering because it was so broad. There were little things here and there that would catch my attention as a reader, then the story would come back to the story/ending that we were being worked to.

The biggest win for me with this book was the trope that it had running through its veins. Enemies, although Reid doesn’t know who/what Lou is. They just don’t like each other. Lou is very boisterous and opinionated and loves a song about Big Tiddy Liddy. (Not joking there.) Reid is reserved, quiet, pious. He takes his church vows very seriously. Doesn’t curse and finds her horrifying, although he doesn’t agree with some of the church’s mandates.

Even better, it’s a forced marriage. They are forced to get married and, from there, start realizing they like each other more than they should since, you know, they should hate each other. I felt my aura enrich and grow, and my grey hairs slowly turn back to brown by reading this trope.

It’s so hard to get right, too. Because if you go too fast, it’s not believable that they really hated each other at all or there was any bit of force at all to get them married. Go too slow and it wears at my patience. Mahurin was like Goldilocks. She got it just right for me and what I didn’t even know that I wanted.

Really, what else do I have to say to convince you to give this witchy, twisty book a try? I preordered it when I was around 30% in because I knew that I had to get my hands on a finished copy because this was just so much fun to read. Definitely a favorite of this year!


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WWW Wednesday | 8/14

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words.

All you have to do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish recently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

As usual, you’re going to see just how many books that I read at once. And, believe it or not, all of them are new! I read all the ones that I was working on last week.

American Psycho

I didn’t mean to, but I jumped into a buddy read for this one! I’ve wanted to reread this for ages. My original can be found here! It’s a good book, but not for everyone.

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

I’m slowly easing back into horror (if you can’t tell) and this is one I really want to read. I read it back when it first came out, but it warrants a reread! My review is here, but it’ll get updated by the time I reread it.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate

I was surprised by getting this ARC! So, I had to bump it up on my reading list. I’m enjoying it and I know I’ll finish this one really soon since it’s a very short novella.

The Wives of Henry VIII

I’ve really started loving Antonia Fraser and I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time. I think it’s going to be good. She has some very defined goals for this book and I want to see how well she meets them.

Lust Killer

I’ve been dying to read this book for a while and they happened to have it available as a downloadable audiobook. Snatched it up!

Just finished

This list is going to be long. Sorry, my friends. Let’s just get it over with. I’m not going to post pictures of the covers this time!

I did finish this one! My review will be on the blog on the 17th. Another fantastic addition to this series.

Another one I finished! And, if you stick around a few hours, you’ll get to see this review. Totally blew me away and I’ll be recommending this for ages to come.

I finished this in record speed, but the review will be up on the 18th! It was just as good as the first one for me.

I didn’t like it. I gave it 1/5 and the review is only on Goodreads, but I’ll link it here for anyone who wants to read it.

I read this over two days because I knew that I couldn’t handle the subject matter. I didn’t want to read it over the span of a week or something. I had to get it done ASAP. And I did. 4/5 and my review is only on Goodreads, but I’ll link it here.

No review and no rating. I gave it a try and didn’t like it. Basically, I read a chapter and could tell that this one wouldn’t be for me.

Omg, I read this in less than 12 hours. It was… amazing. The review will be up on the 18th as well, but in the afternoon!

I wanted to like this one but it really didn’t happen. The story didn’t work for me. I basically outline that much in my Goodreads only review, which is also here.

I read this one for Chantel and the NEWT challenge. It was very good. 4/5 and my review is here on Goodreads.

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and finally have done just that. But it wasn’t really what I was looking for. 3/5 and the review is here!

This was a reread for me because I was in the mood for some Austen. Enjoyable! Still a 4/5 for me and my review is only on Goodreads, but here’s the link.

Up next

Alright, here we are. What I’m thinking about reading next, which might change since I have a ton of library books right now that I need to go through and purge. Oops.

Mother Knows Best

This is going to be an interesting one. I think once I finish To Be Taught, If Fortunate I’ll dive into this one. I’m getting geared up to read all the ARCs I have.

His Hideous Heart

I’m super excited for this one. I’m a big Poe fan and I really want to read this one. It’s going to be so much fun.

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House, #1)

I really want to get to this one soon. I’ve read that it needs a lot of time dedicated to it. So, probably one of the first I’ll be reading to get through before the hell that is school starts up.

The Garden of Eden

I’m not a big Hemingway fan, but when I read this book in 2013, I really enjoyed it. I want to see if I feel the same way now! Fingers crossed, right?


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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Book besties. We all want them desperately. And I know I have a fair few. When I was drafting this, I kept wincing to myself at how many kept coming up and that I was going to have to limit it. Here are a fair few of them!


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  • Fred and George Weasley

My fellow Aries! I’d love to be friends with them. They are, in a word, hilarious and amazing. We would be great birthday buddies, too.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

  • Lou le Blanc

Hilarious? Check. Bit of an Aries? Check. Stubborn as hell? Check. Slightly rash? Check. Lou and I would get along well in real life because I loved her in that book.

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  • Death (The Book Thief)

Gotta be specific, right? Either way, Death was one of my favorite characters from the book. He was so poetic and human. I’d love to be besties with him. And terrify everyone in the process.

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  • Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy is me and I am Mr. Darcy. Someone I can be awkward with and vaguely rude, especially without realizing that we’re being rude.

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  • Elend Venture

My baby Elend. I think he’d be fun to be around because he’s honestly pretty funny and also reads a lot. Totally here for someone who reads a lot.

Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)

  • Wen

Wen is a side character in this series, but Jade War cemented my love for her. She’ll do anything for her friends and family. Once you have her trust, you have it forever. And I love that in friends.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

  • Charlotte Holmes

Charlotte was a complex character. She was fantastic, too. I loved her smarts — I’d love to listen to her talk — and her personality. I bet she’d be a lot of fun, and she needs all the people possible to help her work through her trauma.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

  • Felicity Montague

I need more aroace friends. So if any of y’all are aroace (or just ace) you need to hit me up so we can chat more. And I love Felicity’s passions. She’d teach me a lot and I definitely need that in my life.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • Evelyn Hugo

As I need more aroace friends, I also need more Slytherin friends. And Evelyn is the Slytherin we all need in our lives. I think she and I would get along pretty well.

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  • Cardan Greenbriar

Finally, Cardan seems like he’d be a fun friend. Maybe not fun for me as a human, but he knows how to have a good time. And to plot hella good.


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Book review – I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

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I Was Born for This

4.5/5

CW: transphobia, accidental outing, panic disorder and panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation, alcohol abuse, parental abandonment, talk about death of a loved one, and physical assault


This is my third book by Oseman and, happily, I loved it just as much as Radio Silence! I was hopeful that I would enjoy it because one of the MCs is a transman (which my heart always needs because there’s just not enough transman rep for my liking).

The story is kind of random. It reminded me of Radio Silence in that there was no real plot to it, just a lot of meandering until the climax was there. I think that’s because I’m not used to reading lots of contemporary. Fantasy and sci-fi typically have a very overt goal that they’re going towards while contemporary doesn’t necessarily need that.

In this, there are quite a few characters. The main ones are Angel/Fereshteh Rahimi and Jimmy Kaga-Ricci. Angel, which is her online name because Fereshteh means angel, absolutely adores a band, The Ark. She’s 18, just finished school, and is Muslim. Also, like Melanie pointed out in her review, I got major ace vibes from Angel. Then, there’s Jimmy. Jimmy is a biracial transman who has depression and anxiety. That makes things interesting since he’s the frontman of The Ark.

Also included in this is Juliet, Angel’s best friend; Bliss, Rowan’s secret girlfriend and the catalyst for Angel and Jimmy meeting; Rowan, cello player in The Ark; and Lister, the drummer. All of these characters are incredibly diverse. As I said, Angel is Muslim. Jimmy is Indian and Italian, a transman, and possibly queer. Bliss is Chinese and white, and queer. Rowan is Nigerian. Lister is queer. (When I say queer, it’s established they’re LGBTQ+, but I don’t know their exact identity with sexuality.)

I love Oseman for having all of these incredibly diverse characters, along with having fantastic mental health rep. It was beautiful to read very accurate depictions of anxiety and depression. I know that if I worked with teens for social work, I’d have a good list of books for them to read for bibliotherapy. This would be on there. (And, yes, bibliotherapy is one therapy that I want to use in my practice because I know how much books have helped me.)

One thing that I didn’t love about this book, though, is that it felt almost like a repeat of Radio Silence. There were very similar themes in it. A girl who has an obsession with some fandom. Ends up meeting and befriending a creator of the fandom. The creator has extreme depression and/or anxiety. It felt like a real repeat, but it was a lot better than Solitaire.

Overall, a very good book. Enjoyable to read, although it dealt with hard topics.


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Book review – One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway and its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad

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One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway -- and Its Aftermath

5/5

CW: white supremacy, bullying, bombing, racism, Islamophobia, and VERY graphic scenes of violence/shooting of children and child death


This review needs to really start with a warning. While I will recommend this book as an amazing true crime novel for the rest of my life, this book is not for everyone. I have a very strong stomach (so to speak) around acts of violence. That’s because I love horror and true crime and I just don’t get bothered.

But this book bothered me.

Hell, I’m even familiar with the case. I listened to the episodes of My Favorite Murder and Casefile that it’s featured in. So, I knew the case. I was familiar with Anders Behring Breivik and the despicable person that he is. Yet nothing really prepared me for this case. Okay? And I’m going to be discussing the crime that he did, which was, largely, against children.

Anders was never a normal child. He had issues and constantly strove to fit in with people. In the end, he gravitated towards white supremacy and trying to cleanse Norway of the liberal party and, by extension, the Muslims who went to Norway seeking asylum from their war-torn countries.

The book that Seierstad put together was beautiful in a horrific way. My copy of the book is a little over 500 pages and it takes a little over 300 of them to get to the actual crime. The bulk of the book is showing you what Anders was like through the years and how he was radicalized, along with showing you the lives of immigrants who had their lives cut short by him. Amazing kids, too. Kids who would have changed the world if he hadn’t committed this crime.

As I said, I’m going to discuss the crime that he committed. I’m going to start that now, so turn away if that’s something you don’t want to read.

On July 22, 2011, Anders set up a bomb in front of the Prime Minister’s office. It exploded, as he had planned it to, and killed eight people. Everyone was rushing there because they weren’t sure if it was the first of many terror attacks or what was going on at all. While everyone was rushing there, Anders went to Utøya where a youth camp was for kids a part of the Labour Party (which was the governing party).

On Utøya, he was dressed as a policeman and he killed sixty-nine children. In two hours, he went around the island and shot children who were trying to get away from whatever was going on. As I said, a lot of them were immigrant children. At least, the ones featured in the book were immigrant children who wanted to make Norway more open for them, more multicultural.

Seierstad wrote an amazing book. The chapter that covers the actual crimes is, like, 70 pages long. I’m not joking. It was huge and I read it in one sitting, feeling the horrific nature of these crimes washing over me. The podcasts I listened to did not really do it justice, but Seierstad did. She allowed you to get to know the kids, then you watched them die. It was incredibly heavy. It physically pained me to read that chapter and the chapters after while you found out who lived or died.

What sticks with me is the impact of crime. Many true crime books I read focus on the actual act without letting you know much about the people affected by the crime, the victims’ friends and family. From Ander’s mother to the parents who had their children taken away from them, Seierstad showed what impact the crimes had.

I’m so glad that I read this book and, hands down, it’s the best true crime novel that I’ve ever read in my life.


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August’s YA Book of the Month!

It’s August, so you know what that means! I’m here to talk to you about Book of the Month YA, their new subscription box!

Look at how awesome they look! If any pique your interest, you can click that picture. It’s my affiliate link and will have you sign up! You can even get your first book for $9.99 (instead of $14.99) with the promo code FLEX. (Or, if you have a regular BotM account, you can add any of these on for $9.99.)

Here are some individual pictures of them:

But, as an affiliate, I get a book for my rep box! I picked:

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#partner I'm very happy to announce the book I chose for my affiliate box from @yasofthemonth! Hands down, this was one of my favorite books that I read in August. It's a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, which blends in grief and loss of family members and an amazing mystery! 📚 For me, this was a cathartic read. When I started reading it, I wasn't sure whether now was the right time because of the content of sibling death and grief. But I am so glad I decided that I was ready because it was beautiful! 📚 Want this book? Go to my linktree and sign up for YA Book of the Month! I get a little bit from the purchase at no extra charge to you, and it helps me out financially! (Or, you can add it on your regular BotM account!) 📚 #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bookblogger #booksubscriptionbox #haveread #favoritebook #amreading #reader #ilovebooks📚 #ilovereading #bibliophile 📚 [Image description: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig held up. Background blurred and no extra props.]

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Y’all, House of Salt and Sorrows was amazing. It blew me away and hit all of my needs. So, of course I picked it for my box! I honestly cannot recommend it enough. And, you can get it from them by signing up today and gush about it with me!

Also, Book of the Month is now doing a lovely incentive program to get new affiliates! If you sign up through my link — which I’ll post in a second — we each get $10 for your first enrollment. Pretty good deal, right? Here’s the link if you’re interested! You get affiliate boxes and can earn a bit of cash from it.


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First Impressions Friday | The Monster of Florence

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First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. It was created by J.W. Martin.

Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.


This is my first time doing this tag! I really like the idea of it and, today, I want to talk about The Monster of Florence.

The Monster of Florence

I mentioned in WWW Wednesday that when I hear about this book, I think of Hannibal. That’s because the series — books, movies, TV show (but the TV show is the best) — makes it out that Hannibal himself was actually the Monster but it could never be tied to him because he’s too damn smart. So, that’s basically all my exposure to the case.

Right now, I’m a few chapters into it. It’s definitely not bad, but I’m not sure if I’ll like it. It jumps around a lot in time. One chapter is about the case. Another is about some random bit of Florentine history. Another chapter is about a random person. That makes it hard for me to figure out the timeline, people, and what’s going on in general. It doesn’t help that I’m not super familiar with the case.

Right now, I can see this going a few different ways. Either I’ll read Wikipedia to catch myself up on the case and reference it throughout or I’ll give up on the book. I don’t know if I’ll rate this one very highly, even though it’s, by this point, a true crime classic. It’s compared to The Devil in the White City, which I didn’t like (my review), and I can really see why it’s compared to that. And not in a good way for me.


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I Should Have Read That Book Tag

Not too long ago (for once!) I was tagged by Hamad @ The Book Prescription to do this tag! If you’re not following this blog, you really ought to!

But, there are many books that I should have read. Many of them I haven’t read, but let’s see what books come up with these questions.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

How to Make a Wish

I don’t know how long Chantel’s been yelling at me to read this. But, what I know is that she really loved it and here I am going to check it out.

A book that’s been on your tbr forever and yet you still haven’t picked up

Twelve Angry Men

Right now, this is the oldest book I have on my Goodreads TBR! I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up because I know it’s a play so I can read it in a day.

A book in a series you’ve started but haven’t got around to finishing

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

I read the first book in April but, alas, it didn’t stick. I swear I’ll read it later this year. Maybe November.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of but never actually read

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

I don’t know why, but I’ve always found this classic super interesting. Yet I’ve never read it. I don’t know why, but wow I feel like this tag is calling me out on my shit.

A popular book it seems everyone but you has read

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

And I want to say this with absolute certainty: I will never read this. Period.

A book that inspired a TV /film adaptation but you haven’t read yet

The Body

I’ve watched the movie, but never read the story! One day, I will. I think it might be required King reading.

A book you see all over instagram/twitter but haven’t picked up yet

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

I keep seeing this one all over social media and I really, really want to read it. I already have a hold on it at the library.


I tag:

Sam | Virginia | Ally | anyone else who likes this tag!

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ARC/DNF review – Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

DNF at 64% – 1/5

CW: graphic violence, graphic sex scenes, sexual banter, and groping

  1. Nevernight – 3.5/5
  2. Godsgrave – 4/5

Okay, all. Here it goes. I requested this book because I was honestly excited about it after finishing up Godsgrave. That one was a solid revenge story — better than Nevernight was hands down — and I was excited for the trajectory that Darkdawn would have. I was very pumped and even took a shot in the dark with requesting it from Edelweiss. For once, they approved me!

And then I went to pick it up. Months have passed since I finished the second book. It had started to slightly sour in my mind. I realized just how little I remembered of that book. I will be honest. I was actually nearly done with it when my sister passed, so, well, I didn’t entirely absorb the ending of it or a lot of what I read when she was sick.

However, thanks to this book, I firmly believe that Jay Kristoff is a one-trick pony. I am pretty sure that I’ll never pick up another of his books. I started to believe this after reading his Illuminae series, which I probably will go and rerate to two stars each. They all followed the same plot pattern. Have some banter, some action, lots of boring stuff, and then repeat. And, not only that but the characters were all carbon copies of each other and I couldn’t tell them apart.

Cut to me reading (or DNFing) Lifel1k3. Same kind of thing. Banter, action, nothing really going on.

And then I went for this series.

While I was reading this, I couldn’t help but notice how the book felt like the last two books. There was bantering, graphic fight scenes with lots of blood and murder, then there were graphic sex scenes (more on that later), and, finally, dull shit to move the plot along. Then another burst of action!

It was fun for the first couple of books, but now I’m tired of it. I want something new. I don’t want to reread the first two books in this “new” book. And this book dragged so much. I could literally predict the way the story was going to go, as I said in a status update on Goodreads. There was fighting/action, some kind of sex scene, and dull stuff. Rinse and repeat.

It doesn’t help that in the middle of that pattern the plot disappeared. I literally got to 50%, paused, and realized that I had no fucking clue what was going on and why they were doing any of this. I got so bored and the book meandered around so much that I entirely lost what was going on. And I was so bored that I didn’t even care that I wasn’t going to find out if my theory was correct about how Mia would die.

That’s not good.

Now, I’m jumping back to the sex scenes. I expressed my discomfort with them in my review of Godsgrave. I just find it incredibly uncomfortable that a 40+ man is writing voyeuristic F/F sex scenes. I already talked about that and it didn’t change from book two to book three.

The sex scenes also are just… there. They don’t contribute to the story. They don’t enhance the relationship the characters have with each other. They’re just there. They were entirely pointless and just took up space where, you know, the plot could have happened. I have no problem with sex scenes, but God I cringed every time I realized they were going to happen because I was so done with reading Ash and Mia getting it on.

In short, I do not recommend this series. I cannot recommend anything by Kristoff. He’s not my author and he’s joining my list of authors I probably won’t read ever again just because I know I’ll be disappointed.


Talk to me!
What’s a series that disappointed you?
Are there authors you won’t reach for?