Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Books I've Read Recently: August

Last week, I went on vacation to a cottage in Maine. In said cottage is no internet and very spotty service, so even the internet on my phone didn't work well. So I was left with the three books I'd brought. And all of them turned out to be so very enjoyable.

The first I one I read was MYSTIC CITY by Theo Lawrence. While I had some problems with the plot (a bit overdone with memory loss and a Romeo/Juliet storyline, but it was published two years ago so maybe that was before it was overdone), the setting was absolutely grand (that's the only way I can think to describe it). It was so atmospheric, gritty, and just overall what I want my current WiP to be. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romance and atmospheric settings. I'll definitely be reading the second book to see where he carries the setting.

The second was Natalie Whipple's HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW. I loved how the magic was only in women and gets passed down that way; I just thought it was so creative and a really unique idea. I loved the relationship between Jo and her grandmother, which was really the heart of the story. And the grandmother was such a good character and I loved how there were reasons for the common witch themes (the no teeth etc). I don't usually do "witch" novels, but I couldn't put this one down!

And the last was THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab, the second in her ARCHIVED series. And I absolutely loved this book! I think maybe even more than the first which is so rare in sequels! Wes is probably my favorite book boyfriend/love interest (probably because of the guyliner) and finding out more about him in this book just made me love him even more. We also get more of Mac's life including school and her meeting new friends which is what I thought the first book was missing a bit of. Obviously the premise/world is awesome (which we knew because of the first book). I know there was some talk about the third book not getting published? I really hope that was resolved because this series NEEDS to be finished. Victoria Schwab is gradually becoming one of my fave authors (I really liked her adult book VICIOUS as well).

Now that I've finished these, I need some new recs! What do you guys recommend?

4 comments:

  1. I LOVE Victoria Schwab's books! The Archived series really needs to be finished. Sooo good. I haven't read either of the other two, but I love Natalie Whipple's blog, and I need to pick up more of her books!

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    1. I also really enjoyed Natalie Whipple's TRANSPARENT, though I think I liked HoIaS better. Definitely check them out!

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  2. I really want to read The House of Ivy and Sorrow, which is just an awesome title!

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    1. It *is* such a great title!! And goes with the book really well!

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