Recently Read #5: The 3 To 3.5 Star Edition

Hello and happy Monday you guys! I hope you’ve had a good day so far. Where you able to enjoy the sunshine today or this past weekend? I have to say, I’ve been in the best mood all weekend due to all the sun we’ve been getting. And then daylight savings on top! So much light! I’m not used to it anymore.

As you can see, today’s post is all about my recent reads and let me tell you, I’ve had such a great reading month overall in March! I ended up finishing nine books. Nine. I don’t know how that happened but it did. You can read about the first five books I read right here and the rest is wrapped up underneath! 🙂

This post is long enough as is, so let’s just jump right in.

Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West

The first book we’re talking about for today’s post is Kasie West’s Listen To Your Heart, a young adult contemporary novel that was released on May 29th, 2018 by Point. I was sent a translated review copy of this book by the German publisher.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I got super excited as it sounded like something right up my alley. I can’t even tell you how many movies I’ve seen with this exact or a similar plot in the past 15 or so years. I love these movies. I will rewatch them over and over again and still have a fantastic time. 

Unfortunately, that feeling didn’t quite come through with the book for me. I still very much enjoyed the concept of an advice podcast by highschool students for highschool students and thought it was executed well, overall. I liked that the main character tried her hand at something new and that she actually took it seriously and tried to learn as much about it as possible. I also loved how the characters interacted via the podcast with each other and how there were little clues left outside of it in regular conversations too. 

But that’s also where one of my biggest issues with books come in: the lack of communication. I feel like if people had just opened their mouths and talked to each other we would’ve gotten somewhere much quicker. Instead, it was all drawn out for the big reveal at the end of the book (which makes sense, I know. But it’s still an annoying trope/thing to use in books).

I liked that the love interest had interests and struggles of his own and that he wasn’t reduced to just being the love interest. He had a family and hobbies and relationships outside of what was happening romantically. I just wish Kate had gotten a bit more aspects to her too.

She’s really, really focused on everything related to her family’s business and only slowly comes around to the ideas of checking out other podcasts as a hobby. But what I loved a lot about her is her relationship with her family, both her immediate and extended. Plus, the fact that they all lived so close together was super fun and something I’ve always enjoyed personally too. 

Overall, this was a good book and I ended up giving it 3 stars. I feel like this would be perfect to read on a warm/hot summer day by the lake or pool. It’s short enough where you could probably read it in a sitting or two if you tried

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The next book we’re talking about is Holly Black’s The Wicked King which is a young adult fantasy book and was released on January 8th, 2019 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers.

I ended up listening to this book via audiobook as I did the same with the first book in the trilogy too and I like continuing to consume a series the same way throughout. I did really like the narrator for this and had an overall good time listening to this book.

However, I once again found myself in the position where I just didn’t love the book as much as everyone else did. According to my rating, I even liked The Cruel Prince more than I ended up liking The Wicked King.

I enjoyed the love to hate element of the story but that was to be expected as it’s something I’ll always enjoy if it’s done right and I feel like Holly has definitely been doing it right so far in this series.

Unfortunately I also got spoiled for the ending of this book at some point so it didn’t come with as much of a punch as I would’ve liked it to. But as I said in my updates on Goodreads, I’m pretty sure I’ll still read the finale – I’ve gotten this far, why not close the trilogy out too. xD

The Wicked King ended up getting a rating of 3 stars overall.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Up next, I finished Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence, a young adult contemporary novel that was released on February 25th, 2016 by Harper Collins Children’s Books.

This was actually a buddy read I attemped to do with my friend Sandra but that I ended up finishing in one day while running errands and on public transport. I just know that once I get to a certain point with Alice’s books, there’s no stopping me. Which is exactly what happened here.

I actually first read (or, listened to this) book in April of last year so I already knew what I was about to encounter but it never took any of the punch out of the story. I was still as furious about the abuse as I was last time. I still worried as much about the characters as last time. And I still cheered them on as much as last time.

Alice Oseman has a way with words that just sucks me in and makes me love her characters. Plus, I adore how naturally her books feature a diverse cast of characters and with how much care she discusses topics of mental health and abuse (in this particular book).

And while I did really enjoy this book, I only ended up giving it 3.5 stars overall. I’d still definitely recommend it to you guys! Or Alice Oseman as an author in general! She’s awesome and you’re definitely missing out. 🙂

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The very last book we’ll talk about today is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six an adult historical fiction novel that was released on March 5th, 2019 by Ballantine Books.

I feel like most of us have probably at the very least heard about Daisy Jones & The Six at some point in the past few weeks or probably even read it. This book has been absolutely everywhere since it was released and I finally gave in to the hype too and got the audiobook for this as pretty much everyone said that was the best way to go with this book, considering it’s the members of the band and people working with them retelling their story years down the line.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well I’d get along with this book but I loved it! I listened to most of it in one sitting this past weekend because I got so wrapped up in the story and just needed to know what was happening.

We start out meeting Daisy and then are slowly introduced to the members of The Six and we see them finally cross paths which is where the story really took off for me. I adored the dynamic between Billy and Daisy so much even if it sometimes hit a little bit too close to home.

For some reason, as I was listening to the audiobook I kept being reminded of what I’ve seen of A Star Is Born (mainly a CinemaSins video, I think) and Bradley Cooper’s characters in certain situations.

And while I wanted to absolutely adore this book, I feel like it maybe didn’t give us enough of the side characters? I feel like we only learn very basic details about the other band members and they aren’t that well developed in my opinion. Daisy and Billy are fleshed out fairly well though and draw you in and demand you pay attention to them, that’s for sure.

Overall, I’d say this is a 3.5 or maybe 3.75 star book for me but! It definitely has me exciting to read Evelyn Hugo as I enjoyed the author’s voice and I can’t wait to see what she throws at me with Evelyn Hugo because I literally had an OMG moment while listening to this audiobook!

That’s it, that’s all the books I’ve recently read but not talked about on the blog yet. How has you guys’ reading been lately? What are some books you’ve finished recently and what did you think of them? Would you recommend them to your fellow readers? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear from you guys. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Recently Read #5: The 3 To 3.5 Star Edition

  1. I feel kind of ridiculous that with all the comparisons everyone has been making between Daisy Jones and the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I never realized that they were written by the same author until now. Wow. Good job, Malka.

    And I felt the same way about Listen to Your Heart! I was so happy to get a copy at BookCon, but I felt a bit let down after reading it. Kasie West still has some of my favorite contemporaries, but I don’t think her new works are for me.

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