Hey everyone! I'm back with another quick review of the books that I've been reading that are at the top of my stack.
1. Shopaholic to the Stars--You might be familiar with the Shopaholic series about, what else, a shopaholic. Through the years we've seen Becky overspend, get married and have a little girl and now she's moving to Hollywood. I don't know if I picked this book up at the wrong moment or if I've just phased out of these books or if the writing just wasn't as good as the past ones but I just couldn't get into this book. I gave up and returned it but I would possibly pick it up at a different time to see if it struck my fancy then.
2. Kiss of Deception--This teen fantasy is the first in a trilogy by Mary Pearson and it started off a little slow but with a great premise. I ended up enjoying it and I recently saw the cover for the second book on Instagram, and I am waiting eagerly. This was a good read if you like YA or fantasy or an adventure. And I just have to know what happens because there was a good cliffhanger at the end!
3. The Firewish--Another young adult fantasy and another first in a series but this one has a jinni/human twist. This was good but I wished there would have been more details about the Middle Eastern setting and about the jinnis and the mysteries and myths surrounding their race. Overall the book was good and I would read another in the series but this just didn't satisfy my desire to read an updated 'Aladdin' type story.
4. Maid Marian--I love a good historical fiction, especially one set in Arthurian times. Admittedly, my bar is set pretty high with "Mists of Avalon" but this book just did not grab my attention and I gave up on it within just a few pages. Bummer :(
5. The Monogram Murders--For those that may not know, this was a book written under Agatha Christie's name with the permission of her grandson. It features Hercule Poirot and I think that's why I didn't get into it as well. Honestly, I read until the part about the cuff links and I am still curious about what happens, but it just didn't hold my interest well enough to continue this book. Maybe it's because I'm a Miss Marple fan?
6. We Are Not Ourselves--This novel by Matthew Thomas started out good even though it is a more dry book. But that's its style, and it kept me interested, for awhile. But then it just felt like it dragged. I got distracted by other books that had more action in them.
7. Good Girl--This is an update from last time. I did finish this book and the ending surprised me, although later I felt like I should have figured it out. Overall, I liked this book but I think I didn't like the style with the way it went between the past and present. I already knew what happened to Mia, so I felt like there wasn't enough suspense even though there were obviously some unknown elements. But it was good. I would recommend it.
So, it feels like I set a lot of books aside this time. But honestly, I just like to give my opinions. And this is a portion of the books I read/tried since the last book update. And I didn't really include any e-books this time. That's why I check so many books out--because there are duds and life-changers. And because working at a library I get a ton of recommendations :) Any you've read lately that I need to check it out? Any you want me to read so you can get an idea of if you'd like it? Let me know!
Until next time!