Books #24 – 30

So I thought this format would be easier to do than posting at the end of every month what I’ve read due to how long they end up being. However, doing it this way might mean I’m a little bit behind in them so when you read this, I may be quite a few books ahead, but as long as nobody minds?

The Hawkweed Prophecy
Irena Birgnull

the hawkweed prophercy

Summary

A girl, Poppy, is born into a world that she doesn’t belong in. She later finds out she’s a witch, and she was meant to be Queen. Ember is currently in her place, but she doesn’t know it. She makes a really bad witch…and that’s because she’s a human. One of the Hawkweeds are going to be Queen, but everyone knows it won’t be Ember. They both love the same boy, bonding them rather than making them enemies.

Review

This sounds really interesting, doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t. Most of the story wasn’t set in the world of witches, which I found upsetting because…that’s the interesting part. A majority of the book was about Poppy in the human world (which I already know enough about) and the love she feels for this not very special boy, his personality wasn’t developed at all. The writing style was good, but the plot was not.

Dark Light
Jodi Taylor

dark light

Summary

A supernatural thriller featuring Elizabeth Cage. She has fled her home with no plans and no friends – not the best idea. She arrives at Greyston, and finds herself in a cult-like ceremony that ends in death. The Sorenson Institute wants to know where she is, might just be worse. Michael Jones is still out there. Trouble will always find Elizabeth Cage.

Review

This was actually really good, and not at all what I was expecting. I didn’t know it was the second book until the end, actually, when it said it was a sequel. It made a surprising amount of sense. Well…kind of. Weird things just kept popping up from all over the place, and I actually kinda liked that.Now I want to read the first book, but I think I just spoiled it for myself by reading the second book first…

One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus

one of us is lying

Summary:

Bronwyn has never broken a rule, hoping to get into Yale. Cooper only knows what he’s doing when it comes to baseball. Nate is only one step away from a major crime that ends up with him thrown into jail. Addy is a perfect prom queen, trying desperately to hide all the cracks in her life. Simon is famous for making a gossip app for everyone that attends BayView High. He dies 24 hours before all of their secrets are posted on the gossip app. How far will they go to protect them?

Review:

This was really good and I loved the writing style. However, it was really predictable. I knew what the ending was going to be long before it happened. Maybe it was because this was made for an audiance younger than me. Despite that, it was still enjoyable.Probably not worth the hype, though, it was just an okay thriller at the end of the day.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo – Lodge

white people

Summary

Reni posted a blog post to her blog with the same title as this book, which is where it all started. In it, she spoke about her fustration with how race and racism was being dealt with within the UK, and how it was being led by people who didn’t understand race and racism due to their lack of experiance. It explores the topics of black history, feminism, white dominance, and the links between class and race. It explores what it’s like to be a POC in the UK today.

Review

It really doesn’t feel appropiate to review this book, because it was just such an important piece of work. It was informative, interesting and so well structured. Some of this I already knew, which was good because it started from a point that was easy for me to follow, and some of this I didn’t know. I think this should be required reading in schools, personally.

Ruin and Rising: The Grisha Book 3
Leigh Bardugo

ruin and rising

Summary

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his throne. The fate of the nation rests on the Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker and the remains of a shattered army. A weakened Alina has to submit to the protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Instead, though, she wants to search for the firebird and for a lost prince. She unravels the Darklings secrets, and discovers they have a bond. On the way, she could lose the future she has carefully built for herself.

Review

I actually loved this, and I wasn’t expecting to. I usually don’t like reading the series’ last book, because I’m always worried how people will end them, but I really enjoyed this one. It was amazing. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I love Alina, the plot, the suspense, the constant action…five stars.

Bird Box
Josh Malerman

bird box

Summary

If you’ve seen what’s out there, you’re already too late. Malorie raises her children the only way she can. Indoors, with the door locked, the curtains closed, and mattresses nailed over the windows. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall, but soon she will have to wake them up and blindfold them. Today they will risk everything. Today they will leave the house.

Review

It’s not bad, but it wasn’t good either. The writing, first of all, was so monotone. For a thriller, that’s really not what you want. Maybe it would be more suspenseful if I hadn’t seen the movie first, because the book was actually really close to the movie. There was very little differences. There was no explanation behind what they were seeing that killed them, which is a shame because that is the most interesting part. Some of their actions didn’t really make sense. It wasn’t bad, though. I liked it. It just wasn’t the best thriller I’ve ever read.

 

I think I like these much better than the other way I did it because I can talk about the books in more detail. Although, I want to write them closer to after I’ve finished reading them in the future because it was diffcult to remember what I thought about it!

A.W

 

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