Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Books I've read lately: July edition

This is a little late now, but better late than never. I finished RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab about two months ago and I finished MADE YOU UP right before I went on vacation a few weeks ago.

I'd heard a bit about RED QUEEN, namely that it had an unusual book deal story, that the author is from a small town in Massachusetts where two of my friends lived (weird coincidence!), and that it became a NYTimes Bestseller that first week it was out. All of those things made me want to read it. And it was good. It definitely is a page turner; I found myself laying in bed at 9:30 pm (waaay passed my bedtime) still reading and kicking myself that I'd be so tired the next day. But I couldn't put it down. I also can't say what I like so much about it. The powers were cool, the writing is good (I think? I'm not the best judge), the characters were good, there's a sort of love triangle but the two guys aren't that different in personality. So I don't know. I liked it, I couldn't put it down, but I couldn't say exactly what I liked about it. But in the end, that doesn't really matter if you can't stop reading. I'll definitely read the sequel.

I'd also heard a bit about A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. It has one of my favorite titles (and I am BIG on titles), from one of my favorite authors, about my favorite genre. It has an unusual premise that I really appreciated. I think this book had a bit too much set up (I'm all about action action action), and didn't dig deep enough into the characters for me, but that just means the sequel is going to be awesome. I'm really looking forward to reading A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (another fantastic title!)

MADE YOU UP has been getting some hype, so I figured I'd check it out. I looove the cover and had never read anything with an unreliable narrator which is what this book touts. I started reading it at 11 pm before going to bed and ended up staying up waaaay too late (again) because I couldn't put it down. It was different than books I usually read, and while the narrator wasn't as unreliable as I thought, I couldn't put it down. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary YA.


Next on my list are WE WERE LIARS and THE WISE MAN'S FEAR.

What have you been reading? Any suggestions for me?