Hi, my name is Clara and I run a book blog that has completely forgotten to talk about reading books.
I have been reading lately, I promise– I just haven’t fallen in love with a lot of books and have taken a long time to read quite a few of them. If they even managed to catch my attention in the first place.
But. There have been 2 books this year that I have downright adored, so that’s something.
So far, in 2019, I have completed 6 books and 1 novella. Not bad, actually. Here they are, with a little bit about what I thought:
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Ah, Christian fiction. I do not usually care all that much for it. I say that as a Christian girl myself…sometimes I feel bad about not liking it but I just feel like it’s of a poorer quality in terms of writing.
Redeeming Love was good; I rated it 4 stars. It’s decent; it’s proof that you can still write Christian fiction and talk about sex (I’m looking at you, Melanie Dickerson), and I did definitely appreciate that Francine did not sugar coat the fact that the main character was a prostitute. I just have a great appreciation for bluntness, okay?
However, the writing was slightly awkward at times. It was just a style thing, I think– again, I just don’t care much for the writing in Christian fiction so it may just be me as a reader.
I also feel like Michael very suddenly went from “this woman is a headache and I have no clue how I’m ever going to deal with her” to “Angel I love you” and that is still driving me crazy. Where was the actual development? I didn’t find it.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
5 stars. I felt betrayed and didn’t touch the stupid thing for an hour after finishing. That is all you need to know.
The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (novella)
I actually forgot I read this, but apparently I rated it 4 stars. It was a nice, quick afternoon read, but nothing really special.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
So. We have established in posts past that I have a deep love for arranged marriage stories. My friend suggested this because the main character has an arranged marriage, and I got super excited because character development potential was everywhere.
Aaaaaannnnndddd it went in a completely different, extremely disappointing direction. However, Elisa delivered in the character development department so I gave it 3 stars.
Ranty spoilers below:
So the romance, right? Elisa gets married at the beginning. Great. Alejandro seems like a super attractive man with tons of potential as a character and a love interest.
Nope. We get Humberto, who was great, but then of course he died. So I got excited because there are two more books in this series to make Alejandro a strong character (he is established as a weak king, etc. and you can’t tell me he couldn’t have changed throughout the series) and he and Elisa could fall in love.
Nope. Alejandro dies and I was angry for the next three days and I still get mad thinking about it.
I won’t be finishing the series.
End ranty spoilers.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
4 stars, because it got really good, but it took a long time to get really good.
I was also a bit confused because it was my first LaFevers book ever. The lore/gods/magic/etc. was a bit confusing.
However, it was good in the end and I plan on finishing the duology. And I really love Maraud.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
So. Much. Fun.
I’m telling you, I laughed so much reading this book and I can’t wait to get around to the rest of the series. 4 stars.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I actually hadn’t planned on reading this as I wasn’t particularly intrigued by the summary, but I am so glad I gave it a chance! 5 stars.
I loved the romance, the adventure, everything.
So that’s it! All 6.5 books I’ve read so far this year and what I thought about all of them.
What books have you been enjoying this year? Any you completely hated?