Hey, hey! April went by faster than I anticipated. And it looks like I’m not alone, quite a few people tweeted the exact sentiment!
What I’ve been reading
In April I had announced my participation in the Magical Readathon, which is Harry Potter-themed, and I’d set myself a modest goal of 4 books. Guess what happened?
Now, I did put in effort to stick to the list but I got sidetracked by other things and also got put off by one of the books I was supposed to read.
If I had to sum this book up in one word it’d be: family. Morgan Matson’s contemporary romances are never just romances. They deal with solid issues and real-life challenges we may face, and this one is no exception. Save The Date had the perfect blend of love, family and heart. The family hijinks know no bounds, things go wrong at every turn and it’s got the kind of chaos only a sizeable family knows how to pull off. A lot of the frustrating and hilarious behaviour from the characters are so relateable! And the story wouldn’t be realistic without some hard-hitting growth experience, which Save The Date certainly has. It was a wild ride, I tell ya, and Morgan Matson has yet to disappoint me.
The two books by Margaret Rogerson didn’t enthrall me. Not much in Sorcery of Thorns gave that sense of wonder and elegant beauty that I found in her debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens. Especially the way she described the paints and the lush words used. However, I do like the dark notes woven into her works, where the faerie folk and magical creatures actually look and are cruel and evil, as opposed to when something seems dark but actually isn’t. In short, she doesn’t sugarcoat the bad sides of her characters, and I like that duality. This one felt like a loooong story and the romance was pretty obvious though it took a while before it amounted to anything. The plot wasn’t particularly original and I was just waiting for it to end. There was also no real repercussion to certain aspects of the plot which kind of took the air out.
This one. Argh. It was putting me to sleep! I was bored before the half-way mark and still trudged on, partly for the sake of the buddy-read and partly to see if things got better. I gave up in the middle because my Scribd subscription had ended and it wasn’t worth the effort. I was expecting to love it after seeing all the rave reviews, but, alas. The one good thing that came out of this was making new friends in the buddy read, I didn’t expect to have hours-long chats with them!
What I’m currently reading
You remember me saying I was going to read The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi last month? Well that’s off the table for now because I got locked out of my kindle account that had the book and after lots of back-and-forth with the Amazon customer service I still haven’t gotten my account back 😩 And now it seems that you can’t even contact the customer reps anymore!
This is The Archive and The Unbound in one volume, I started on the sequel recently after some reluctance(even though I greatly enjoyed the first one!) but found myself absorbed into the story soon after. How weird is that? Has that ever happened to you guys? I feel that the sequel made us understand the antagonist better, which is something I always appreciate, rather than a one-dimensional villain. There are themes of moving on after losing a love-one, distancing oneself to protect others and loneliness because you have a secret life you can’t tell others because they wouldn’t believe you. This duology is my first taste of V. E. Schwab’s works and I’m vastly enjoying her writing. Also, no suspiciously absent parents in this YA novel! 😂