April 17, 2017

Quick Lit: March 2017

One of my worst blogging habits is my inability to write about what I've read in a timely manner. So, I'm trying something new: recapping what I read at the end of each month and linking up to Modern Mrs. Darcy. I feel like "traditional" reviews have declined in popularity, although I'll still be writing some every month, so I'm hoping this will be a fun way to share what I'm reading. The exception will be review books that I can't discuss yet! 

If you missed it, I recently read and reviewed Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley, Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu, Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams. Three of them were new favorites!

I'll have reviews for more March reads soon - The Bone Season, The Mime Order and The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, Disruption and Corruption by Jessica Shirvington and First Comes Love by Emily Giffin.


THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTNER | This book wasn't on my radar at all until I kept seeing it on "Best of 2016" at several blogs I follow. And when I investigated further, I discovered so much praise for it on Goodreads that I couldn't resist snagging it for my Kindle when the price dropped to $1.99. Set in rural Tennessee, this book follows three friends (Dill, Travis and Lydia) at the start of their senior year of high school. The writing immediately captured my interest, the Southern gothic vibe was unique and I liked the small town setting. But... I didn't really care about the characters. I was skeptical about the romance, felt no emotion at a pretty critical moment in the plot, and just struggled with the bleakness. So, I was So Okay With It in the end.

A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING BY DEANNA RAYBOURN | Earlier this year, I loved A Curious Beginning, the first book in the Veronica Speedwell series. I knew I wanted to read this follow up while the first book was still fresh in my mind, so I started the audiobook at the beginning of the month. Once again, I loved the narrator, Angele Masters. She brought so much to the characters! It was fun to spend more time with Veronica and Stoker, to savor the witty dialogue and to follow along with another adventure. But it took me a lot longer to finish this book than I expected, and I think it's because the mystery was a little dull and the pacing was uneven. Plus, the sexual innuendo got old quickly. I So Liked It, but I truly hope the third book will recapture the magic of the first.

GEEKERELLA BY ASHLEY POSTON | I was so excited to read this book for review because I'd heard such good things about it! This cute and charming contemporary retelling of Cinderella is a love letter to all things nerdy. I loved the nods to its inspiration, the geeky references to current pop culture, and the way the fictional sci-fi series at the heart of the book felt completely real. If you've ever been a part of a fandom, this is a must read for those aspects alone. I was hoping for more from the characters and the romance, but both aspects fell a little flat for me. The chemistry was lacking, and the "evil" characters were too one-dimensional. But I still I So Liked It and would recommend it to anyone who wants to celebrate the joy of fandom. *

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review.

What have you been reading lately?

2 comments:

  1. I'm also planning on reading Geekerella soon. Just waiting for it to come in at the library.

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  2. Geekerella was one I had in mind for my 13 year old niece's birthday coming up!

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