Oh, hey. *dusts off blog*
Actual summer weather combined with Wimbledon = not enough time to blog. But I’ve some time to kill before the women’s final starts, so here are a few books I’ve read recently – no real standouts unfortunately. Or maybe I’ve just been grumpy.
Miranda Kenneally‘s JESSE’S GIRL: Enjoyable fluff. Very enjoyable, mind, but also total fluff. I was expecting a bit more after last year’s BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE (one of my 2014 favourites), so a bit of a letdown. It reminded me a bit of Jennifer Echols’ BIGGEST FLIRTS (which I read last year). That was also a sweet and fun YA romance, but with no surprises plot-wise. I’ve been wondering if I’m expecting too much from YA romance though – I’d probably have loved both these books as a teen, so is it fair for me to be judging these through an adult lens now?
Sarah J Maas‘s A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES: An impulse borrow from the library, as I hadn’t really cared for her debut, but this turned out to be a surprisingly engrossing fantasy that stitches together various fairy tales to come up with something a bit more modern, if not exactly unique. There’s not much depth in world-building nor in characterisation, and it took me a while to settle into the book. But things got better as the story progressed, and I needed to know how things would end. There’s something about Feyre and her story that makes me think this would appeal to those who’ve liked Anne Bishop’s recent books.
Sophie Kinsella‘s FINDING AUDREY: Another library borrow, as I wasn’t entirely sure I’d love a Kinsella YA, and this was probably a good call. Kinsella’s well-known for her chick-lit… and this was YA chick-lit style. One I’d recommend for a light beach read, but I never really connected with Audrey and her family. I adore the cover though.
VE Schwab‘s A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC: I’d been hearing good things about this fantasy, and grabbed the Kindle edition when it was on sale recently. I loved the concept of alternate-Londons, but again, never quite connected with the protagonists. It’s also a bit on the grimdark side, which is not a mood I particularly care for. I’m on the fence as to whether I’d pick up the next book.