Shotgun Reviews of 5 Books I’ve Read Recently.

Hi guys, so I haven’t posted anything in about a month and I guess that’s because, although I’ve been reading constantly, I haven’t really read much that stood out to me. Here’s a list of 5 books that I’ve read in the last month that stood out to me in either a good way or a not-so-good way. Spoiler free and not super in-depth because I’m not too good at detailed reviews yet.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 3/5 stars.

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I grew up watching and reading fairy tales like most people; I lived and breathed classic Disney princess movies. I can remember seeing Cinder back when I was still working at the library years ago and I was intrigued by it. From memory I think I started reading Cinder maybe 5 years ago and DNF’d it after the first chapter. Now, with Booktube and Bookstagram I have seen this series hyped up so much and I finally caved and finished reading Cinder in July this year. It took me possibly a week to read. I wasn’t invested in the characters or the plot and I just couldn’t be bothered. Everyone that I’ve spoken to about this series keeps telling me that I need to push through and read the 3rd book because it’s the best but after reading Scarlet and still not loving it I honestly don’t think I can continue the series.

This series is a collection of fairy tale re-tellings. Each book is centred around a different character (one of my least favourite writing styles) based on a classic fairy tale character with a futuristic-science-fiction twist; Cinder is Cinderella but cyborg-edition (yeah, different…), Scarlet is Red Riding Hood (her love interest is called Wolf, uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh), Cress is Rapunzel and Winter is Snow White (I think; don’t quote me, I haven’t actually read the last two books).

If you’re a fan of more science fiction novels then you might love this series but I felt the whole thing was kind of a cringe-fest and the characters just fell flat with me. I couldn’t relate to the characters and I also found that I guessed the “twists” way too early. The books weren’t terrible but they just weren’t for me.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bridgid Kemmerer 4/5 stars.

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Another fairy tale re-telling but this time of Beauty and the Beast (possibly one of my favourite fairy tales ever). I have read/watched so many versions and variations of the classic story but this one really stands out to me. This re-telling is set in a mystical and magical land but our heroine Harper is actually brought over from modern-day Washington, DC. The thing that I love about Harper is that she’s not your regular kicking-butts-and-taking-names-while-being-breathtakingly-beautiful main female character; Harper has cerebral palsy which is depicted not as a disability but as more of a nuisance to her. She acknowledges her pain and discomfort but doesn’t let it effect her. The characters are interesting and the plot kept me intrigued. I’m definitely looking at picking up the sequel soon. One thing I will say is that I didn’t see the “twist” coming but I did guess the truth before it was fully revealed.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and Furyborn by Claire Legrand 2.5/5 stars each

I’ve lumped these two together as they’re both books that I did not finish. I really wanted to love these books but I could only make it a few chapters in due to the fact that these books both switch points of view with each chapter. I really don’t like this style of writing as I feel like it’s too much information. I like to stick to one character so that I can commit to them and properly follow their story. Switching viewpoints often means that I get peoples’ stories mixed and sometimes I forget to check at the start of the chapter who its actually about and I tend to get lost.

Both these books promised magic, politics, fighting and a bit of romance but I just couldn’t get into them. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind different view points then you’ll probably love these books because I know so many other people do. I’m just so sad that I couldn’t enjoy them.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 4/5 stars

I loved the Divergent series (except for those last few chapters of Allegiant; if you know, you know) so I was really excited when I discovered that Veronica Roth had written another series. I got strong Shatter Me vibes when I read the blurb (mainly from the whole my-touch-can-kill-you thing) so I was definitely intrigued. I loved the warring “clans” vibe and the fact that everyone seems to have a different power but I wasn’t that much of a fan of the outerspace travel side of things. The descriptions of the different planets was really well written and I found that I was really invested in the characters and their stories throughout the book.

This story is full of magic, drama, revenge, romance, destinies and space travel. Each character had a purpose and I felt like there wasn’t really a whole lot of “filler” chapters either. I definitely want to pick up the next book The Fates Divide and find out what happens next!

What have you read recently that you really enjoyed or that was just a bit “meh”. Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think? Until next time!

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