January Wrap Up
Clicking on each book cover will jump you down to my thoughts !
Queen of Myth & Monsters by Scarlett St. Clair
Book two in the Adrian X Isolde series by Scarlett St. Clair didn’t do it for me. I wanted to like it. I liked the first book, King of Battle and Blood, but this one left a lot to be desired. From start to finish, it was just Adrian & Isolde bickering and fucking. Maybe I expect too much from St. Clair. I never went back to reading the Persephone & Hades series but Adrian X Isolde appealed to me because it was new and originalish.
I’m starting to get the impression that St. Clair’s books are just not my cup of tea. If Adrian X Isolde remains a trilogy, I’ll probably finish off the series. But if this is going to start to drag out like The Plated Prisoner series by Raven Kennedy, I think I’m done.
❥ Previous Review : king of battle and blood
Glow by Raven Kennedy
I feel like I lost the plot on this one. Seriously, where was the plot? Gleam ended with Auren killing Midas. I get it, the girl has got some serious trauma but did I need five hundred pages of character development? No, I personally did not. I understand that it is important for some people, a lot of people even. I rather my character development go hand in hand with the plot. Not pause one in sacrifice with the other.
❥ Previous Reviews : gild & glint ♥ gleam
❥ My thoughts on Glow can be found here.
The Osseous Chronicles by Ivy Asher
This series was a quick paced fun read. I was instantly swept up in the story and couldn’t click the page-turn button fast enough. It’s not deep, and it’s not complicated. Every once in a while I find you need that kind of book. The ones where you don’t need to think about things too much, you get to just sit back and enjoy the story.
I devoured this series one book after the other. Would I have read them all if I had to wait between releases? Perhaps. I really enjoyed the personality of the main character. We had similarities. Would I read a fourth book if Asher suddenly released one? eh, probably not. The story is over for me. I’m done with the characters, even if I liked them.
The House Across the Lake vs. Sundial
Sundial. I don’t even have a reason other than if I was to recommend a Riley Sager novel, it would not be The House Across the Lake. Oddly enough, Sundial wasn’t the only ‘disturbed child with the warrior gene’ as a stage left character that I read in January. Give Me the Child had a similar concept, albeit very different.
❥ My thoughts on Sundial by Catriona Ward can be found here.
❥ My thoughts on The House Across the Lake can be found here.
Saint by Adrienne Young
I absolutely adored Fable and Namesake. Getting Fable’s parents’ origin story? Glorious. If Fable was a delicious chocolate cupcake, Namesake was the icing. & Saint is the sprinkles on top.
My review for Fable & Namesake can be found here. I read Saint before I made the decision to start reviewing again. So consider this, a mini-review. Ultimately Saint added to the original story in my opinion, but the story is also done as far as I am concerned. Could Young write another 23423473298 books about these characters? I mean, sure but I don’t know how into them I will be personally.
Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath
Under different life circumstances, I may have liked this book. The twists and turns and big reveal just didn’t do it for me. But I get how they could do it for someone else.
The Syren’s Mutiny by Jessica Taylor
This was another one that just wasn’t for me. Now if I had a Time Machine and could go back to when I was a preteen? Well, I probably would have loved it. As far as I am aware, The Syren’s Mutiny was Taylor’s debut release as an indie author. For that, she deserves all the praise.
❥ Check out my thoughts on The Syren’s Mutiny here.
The Cult by Penelope Sky
I’m honestly still not sure if The Cult was supposed to be as funny as I found it. I haven’t decided if I want to read book two in the series, The Catacombs. I enjoyed reading The Cult, but the ending had been a bit lackluster and I dont feel compelled to continue reading the series .
❥ My thoughts on The Cult can be found here.
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