You guys, I keep thinking I’ve got time to write my Recently Read posts and then I suddenly read a number of books within days of each other and suddenly I find myself multiple books behind already. HOW. WHY.
So, here I was trying to find a common thread between these books that I haven’t talked about yet and when I checked to see when I marked them as read I realized that I had read them all in a single sitting/day (for the most part).
These books are also part of different genres which surprised me quite a bit – especially since one of them is fantasy and I rarely read a fantasy in one day. We’ve got mystery/thriller, contemporary and the just mentioned fantasy novel. So, let’s just jump right in, shall we?
Courtney Summers’ Sadie is a Young Adult Mystery/Thriller novel which was released on September 18th, 2018 by Wednesday Books.
I listened to this book via audiobook and I would highly recommend you do too if you can get your hands on the audiobook – it brings the story to life in a completely different way, especially since it heavily features a podcast that investigates what happens in the book.
There are actual interviews with different people throughout the story and they each get voiced by a different narrator which is something I haven’t experienced before that made this book even more awesome.
However, I feel like it’s important that I also mentioned that this book deals with sexual abuse of a child. I wouldn’t want anyone going into this blind – especially if they are sensitive to the topic. Please be careful and take care of yourself if you do decide to read this.
I ended up giving this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it to people going forward – especially if you’re looking for a podcast element to the story (which, if you are: Radio Silence is an amazing book too!).
Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling of Beauty & The Beast and was released on January 29th, 20019 by Bloomsbury Children’s.
I was actually really lucky and got approved for an eARC of this book months ago, however, I kept having issues with it so I put off reading this book until after release. And then another two weeks (for whatever stupid reason) but then I finished reading this in a single day because I needed to know what happens and how the story plays out?
This book is told in dual POV between Rhen, the cursed prince and Harper, the girl that gets kidnapped and brought to the castle to hopefully break said curse. Here’s the thing: while I really enjoyed both of these POVs I actually often found myself wishing we’d gotten another one too: Grey’s!
He’s Rhen’s guard and the only other person still alive in the castle. He was such an interesting character with fantastic moments in the background and I just wish we’d have gotten his perspective on everything that was happening.
I loved the author’s take on the curse that’s placed on the beast and how the beast manifests so much! To be fair, I haven’t read too many Beauty & The Beast retellings in the past but we all know how the story plays out in at least the Disney movie. It’s so different here and I loved it.
Rhen keeps reliving the autumn/fall of his 18th birthday over and over and over and over again, trying to break the curse. Rhen is actually human for the majority of the season and ‘only’ turns into the beast if the curse doesn’t get broken.
Harper, oh Harper. She honestly is filled with so much compassion which does get her kidnapped at the beginning of the book but is one of her strongest characteristics throughout the novel. That, and her badassery. Harper has cerebral palsy but she isn’t going to let that stop her or let you think of her as weak because of it. She’s still capable of a lot and she most definitely shows it.
Overall, I adored this book and these characters and I cannot wait to read book two next year – there were quite a few interesting bits and pieces put down here and I cannot wait to see how they’ll play out in the sequel! I ended up giving this book 4 stars as well and please if you haven’t picked it up yet: DO IT. You won’t regret it, I promise!
Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game is an Adult Contemporary novel that was published on August 9th, 2016 by William Morrow.
Here’s the book I literally read in one sitting.
I woke up in the middle of the night one day this past February and just couldn’t go back to sleep. What does a reader do? Reach for their phone to start listening to an audiobook, hoping they’ll fall asleep again soon enough. Hahahaha, the joke’s on me because I stayed up until 9am or so listening to this audiobook.
But what was I supposed to do? This book features one of my all-time favorite tropes: hate to love. There’s a reason why I’ve read a million and one fanfictions with this exact trope. I actually keep going back to the same one over and over again because it’s that good. Even on the fifth reread.
ANYWAYS. Back to this book. xD Not only does this have the hate to love trope going for it, but it also puts the characters in some really interesting positions that are just bound to make for great storytelling (working together in the same small office, ELEVATORS, cars, etc. It’s all there and all so good). Sure, I would’ve loved to hit them over the head at times to tell them to just communicate but it’s all part of this particular trope in my eyes so I let it slide.
I actually ended up enjoying this particular book so much (I also gave it 4 stars) that I’ve gotten the author’s newest book 99 Percent Mine via audible!
For my fellow hate to love fans out there – this is definitely something you’d be glad you picked up! And if you’re looking for something in the Young Adult genre, The Cruel Prince has this trope going on too (I haven’t read the sequel yet though)!
The last book we’re talking about in today’s post is another Sally Thorne book 99 Percent Mine, an Adult Contemporary novel, which was released on January 29th, 2019 by William Morrow.
While I was really excited about this book after reading The Hating Game, I have to say, this book ended up disappointing and at times infuriating me.
In 99 Percent Mine, we have an alpha male type of love interest but also a female lead who often sees herself in that role too, depending on the situation. And that’s where my problems stem from.
I’ve read my fair share of alpha male type of characters (let’s say hello to Rhysand but also Cassian) and sure, at times they get annoying. But Tom? He was on a different level and it felt weird coming from an actual human? Like, with Rhys and Cassian being fantastical beings I put some of their behavior on that, right?
But to have your everyday guy go about calling someone ‘mine’ over and over again and basically pulling that ‘territorial fae bastard stuff ‘ was so annoying and off-putting.
And that sucks because the premise of this book is so good and I am certain I would’ve loved it if it hadn’t been for the alpha male BS. Yes, I’ll keep bringing it up because it just annoyed me that much. It ruined the story for me, to be honest.
I ended up giving this book 3 stars, though I might lower it to 2.5 or just 2 stars, I haven’t quite decided yet. I really hope the author writes another book (minus the alpha male BS) because I do really enjoy her writing and storytelling overall! This book just didn’t click with me, unfortunately.
But hey, if you love that alpha male type character and don’t mind reading a YA fantasy, I can definitely recommend A Court Of Thorns And Roses – especially the second book when we meet a bunch of awesome characters that all have cemented their places in my heart forever.
And with this post, I’m officially all caught up talking about the books I’ve read so far this year which feels great! I kept being unable to write my review for A Curse So Dark And Lonely for some reason so I’m even happier that I was able to put words on the page this way!
Now I want to know, have you guys read any of these books too? And if so, what did you think of them? Or are they on your TBR too? What are some books you’ve read recently that you really enjoyed and would recommend? Let me know in the comments down below – I can’t wait to hear from you guys!