Evening you guys! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic start into the new year! I honestly have no idea what I should talk about for this ‘intro’ as I had originally planned to post this at the end of December rather than almost a week into January, but oh well! If you read my previous post about my 2017 reading statistics, you already know that I read a total of 5 books, so now it’s time to find out what exactly those books were and what I thought of them! Hope you enjoy this last 2017 wrap up! 🙂
In some really fantastic turn of events, I got accepted to read an eARC of The Girl In The Tower (the sequel to this) early and I was super excited until I realized I hadn’t even read the first book yet. But I had that really positive experience with Now I Rise earlier this year so I figured ‘Oh, this is going to be alright!’. And then I kept pushing off actually reading The Bear And The Nightingale. I don’t even know why? But yeah.
And while I wanted to absolutely love this book (it is set in the Russian wilderness and is based on old Russian fairytales – this book basically screamed ‘READ ME. YOU’LL LOVE ME’) I ended up just liking it? It took me ages to actually get into it and I kept confusing characters with each other? Especially side characters like Vasya’s siblings who disappear to Moskow early-ish in the novel and only pop up here and there. I kept thinking someone was the brother when it was the nephew? Which definitely didn’t help towards me enjoying this book.
Another thing that I didn’t like was how the story kept jumping ahead in time without every really saying how much time has passed? I still have absolutely no idea how old Vasya is by the end of the story. No clue. And I couldn’t tell you much about the age of her other siblings either. Or their names, for that matter? The only ones that stuck with me are Alyosha and Irina.
And now that I’ve had this rather ‘meh’ experience with this particular book, I’m really worried that it’ll affect how I feel about the sequel too which makes me not want to pick it up in the first place. Which annoys me because I’ve been looking forward to it for so long now??? But I will pick it up and read it soon because I kind of still have hope that the second book is going to be better.
As I mentioned in my November wrap-up, I’m currently rereading The Lunar Chronicles to read Cress as part of a traveling book project I joined with a couple of Germans over on Goodreads and I am finally ready to get into Cress now that I’ve finished reading Scarlet!
The story definitely picks up more speed here and things are put into motion even more that are going to affect the next two novels and I am honestly so excited to get to them, especially because of the Cress and Thorne dynamic. It’s one of my favorites in the entire series, to be honest. And just Thorne in general! He’s such a fun character to read about and see interact with the rest of the crew!
I feel like I don’t really have much to say about this book because I just really loved it and think everyone else should read it too? But I also want to keep this one a bit shorter seeing how I’m already at 600 words and I’ve only talked about two books. This wrap-up might turn out to be much longer than I want it to be.
The last book I finished reading this month was Renee Ahdieh’s Flame In The Mist which was once again an impulse decision because I needed something to listen to on my way to my parents’ house and I had this audiobook waiting for me on my phone.
And I have to say, I really enjoyed Renee’s writing style in this book! It almost felt like ‘coming home’ in the weirdest way after having read a German book previously which honestly baffles me quite a bit.
Renee also has a way of writing character/romantic dynamics that makes it impossible to stop reading? I kept finding myself wanting to listen to more of the audiobook and to find out how certain dynamics would work out and how the story would play out as I had heard this book being compared to Mulan before and knew (to an extent) what would have to happen at some point. And despite that, I still really enjoyed this book and with how the story ended, I can’t wait to read the next book in 2018!
And as I mentioned in an earlier post this month, I’m now also even more excited to read The Wrath & The Dawn because I liked Renee’s writing and storytelling so much here! And I just love whenever that happens with an author!
How about you guys? Did you have a good reading month in December? What was your favorite book you read and what was your least favorite? Is there a book you wish you had been able to get to but didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!