In today’s blog post I’m going to be sharing with you, books I read in January. One of my big new year’s resolutions was to get back in the habit of picking up a good book, getting comfortable, and falling in love with fictional characters. So that’s where we are today! I’ve had a successful bookish January if I do say so myself. Without further ado let’s get started with the reviews! Don’t worry, these don’t have spoilers. If you’d like to join me on my reading adventure, check out my GoodReads!
One last thing before we get started! This post is a collab with the lovely Ask Alex. Alex is a super sweet girl and writes mainly about fashion and lifestyle. She’ll also be making a post about books she read so definitely check her out after this!
Book #1: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris lives in a post-war world where her society is now separated into five factions. When she turns 16, she must take a test that determines which faction she will be part of for the rest of her life. However, something goes wrong with her test, making her dangerous to others, and herself. (My summaries aren’t the best I highly recommend the ones on GoodReads.)
Review: Ah Divergent, my favorite book when I was in middle school. This was a reread, and I sadly was not as in love with it as I was before (my 6th-grade self would be so disappointed with right now. She probably wouldn’t even recognize me). The beginning of the book was actually really good. It was fast-paced, intriguing, and exciting. However, I’d say that a big chunk of the rising action isn’t necessary. I felt the Dauntless compound fighting scenes were quite repetitive and could’ve easily been left out. I did enjoy Tris’s character development, but some things she says OH MY GOSH. She’ll say some super angsty and cringing quote that’s suppose to be deep but actually leaves you confused. I also didn’t love the romance as much as I used to. So overall, it was a big nostalgic moment for me, but I definitely would not consider it one of the best dystopians.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you love dystopian YA books, you’ll probably like this one. It’s also such a popular, hyped up YA book that I think it’s worth the read to form your own opinions on it.
Book #2: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Quick summary: Jude, a human, and her two sisters and taken back to Faerieland by force when their parents are murdered. Years later, Jude wants to be part of the Faerie Court and is willing to do anything to get a high up position. However, many hate humans and don’t want her to be part of the court.
Review: It’s safe to say, I am madly in love with this book. I’m typically not a big fan of fantasy. In fact, most fantasy books I don’t resonate with because I find the plots to be extremely intricate and sometimes confusing. However, Holly Black painted Faerieland so beautifully and simplistically to where I could really see the world coming to life. I love all the characters and how they all are so important and unique to the plot (even Cardan hehe). I hope you all fall in love with this book like I did.
Would I recommend this book? YES. YES. YES. If you love fantasy you should love this book.
Book #2: The Wicked King by Holly Black
*no summary, don’t wanna spoil anyone*
Very specific rating, indeed. I flew past this book and I’m so mad I have to wait a whole year for the third one (Holly, if you’re reading this I’d much appreciate an early early early copy). I won’t get into too much detail with this one because it is a sequel. To summarize, I still love everything about this book, the writing is amazing, that ending was heartbreaking and I’m still so upset and sad. The only reason why it’s not a full five stars is that I felt like the beginning of the book was a little slow, but then it quickly paced up. I NEED THE THIRD BOOK!
Would I recommend this book? Yes, but only if you’ve read the first one!
Well loves, that’s it for this week’s post! I’d love to have a conversation with you in the comments so be sure to let me know if you’ve read these books and how you think about them. Also, feel free to leave some book recommendations! I’ll see you all in next week’s post!
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