Wow – what a week! As some of you may know, I was in Italy from Monday to Friday, making reading a bit of a challenge, but I had such a great reading week! I didn’t quite complete all my reading challenges and all of my TBR, but lets get onto what I read!
The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Melinda Salisbury
Right, I’m gonna need to be constrained here. I’ll start with the facts – I started this on Sunday, finished it on Tuesday, it was 333 pages long, it completed the book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube challenge, and I rated it a (generous) 3 out of 5 stars. This book made me angry. I finished it, and I was confused. Now, I’m just angry! Ok, I’m going to try to explain why. I started it, and it was slow. I got about halfway through, the romance was HEATED, it was building, I’m a happy reader. Then, the first twist. I couldn’t sit still, I was amazed, it completely almost abused the genre ideas, it was so cool (I don’t think I’m explaining this well, but I’m trying to be spoiler free!), I was SO HAPPY!!! Then, Lief. Just, LIEF. You’ll understand if you’ve read it. Basically, it’s a big twist that I was ANGRY about. And then I realised there were only around 20 pages left. Stuff needed to be sorted out. And before I knew it, the book was over. BUT IT DIDN’T END! It wasn’t like the whole Dimitri Belikov ending, where it’s dramatic and you can’t wait for the next one. It was ‘I have a choice to make’ and then 3 pages of an epilogue that didn’t make sense. It made sense, but it basically tied nothing up. Oh and also, did I mention the fact that the plot was just … no. Just no. I later found out that it’s a series, but I’m so annoyed with it that I won’t be continuing with it in the near future. That felt so moany, sorry! The writing was beautiful, and the first three quarters were phenomenal, but I was just so annoyed with the ending that wasn’t an ending.
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire
Right, and breathe. I loved this book crazy amounts! It was 176 (Kindle) pages of yummy goodness, completed the LGBTQIAP+ challenge and the throwback (Author you’ve never read before) challenge, and I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. What a book! I loved every minute of this, the characters were so well developed, the plot was outstanding, and it kept me guessing until the very last second. Also, I believe it’s the best ending of book that I’ve read ever. It didn’t end it so that every single reader would be happy, but it ended right, and beautifully! Please read this book! So diverse, I can’t sing its praises enough! I’m more than certain I’ll be reading Down Among the Sticks and Bones very soon, I can’t wait! Wow, what a book …
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
I really enjoyed this story! It was 232 pages long, ticked off the book to movie adaptation challenge (Yes I watched it and I really enjoyed it, what a cast, but preferred all the extras that were in the book) and the ‘Banned book’ challenge. I really liked this, I loved all the characters and the plot was fantastic with so many lovely messages, but I didn’t feel super attached to any of the characters or messages. It was really good, don’t get me wrong, I loved the style of writing, it flowed so effortlessly, was relatable at times, but felt like for me it was missing a little something. Can I just take a minute to say (potential spoiler) I HATE aunt _ _ _ _ _ but LOVE Charlie and his sister and Sam and Patrick and BILL so much!
Flame in the Mist, Renée Ahdieh
Urrmm … so this book I was reading for the group book and the favourite genre challenge. I made the rookie mistake of starting this … on the last day … and only read 15% (59 pages – perks of having a Kindle) of the book. I know … I know. I enjoyed what I did read! Never mind …
I really enjoyed this readathon! Hopefully next time I won’t be in Italy for it, but never mind! In total, I read exactly 800 pages which is OK but I could’ve done so much better! Next time, I’ll definitely make sure I read an audiobook because The Sin Eater’s Daughter and Perks were paperback, Flame in the mist and Every Heart a Doorway Kindle, so that’s a lot of physical reading! I think I’ll also pick books more in my comfort level to inspire me more, and start with the group book so the main one gets done!
I’m planning on doing more readathons in the future, so please let me know if there’s anything I should be reading or doing and if you’d like more posts like this!
Lots of love,