Wow. I haven't done a book review in a few months. I think the last one I did was back in February. Maybe March. I'm not going to list all the books I read in these missing months because that would be an insanely long post and we all have better things to do than write/read such a post. So I'll only be reviewing what I read in May.
Here we go:
Catamount- Rick Davidson- Life is too short for books like
this. And yet, I read the whole thing anyway. Go figure. Anyway, this
story’s about a mountain lion that’s terrorizing the New Hampshire
north country. I could write pages and pages on what’s wrong with this
book (Flat lifeless prose coupled with flat lifeless characters uttering
flat lifeless dialogue, for example) which I kind of want to do but
won’t do (you’re welcome) so I’ll just say this: Certain scenes are
told from the mountain lion’s POV. It’s stated early on that the
mountain lion sees in black and white. But that doesn’t stop the
catamount from having an excellent grasp of color. And New England
architecture. And human speech. Guess the catamount spent some time in
night school. Good for it.
Knee Deep- Jolene Perry-
I find it to be a mark of a good read when I’m tense and stressed and
sincerely worried about the main character. That said, this is a good
Ready Player One- Ernest Cline-
I’m not much of a gamer (not for a lack of trying. I just suck at
gaming) but I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the 80’s
references. Especially the stuff about Adventure because that was
seriously my favorite Atari game ever. But here’s the thing… I just
can’t wrap my head around virtual reality. I had a hard time reading
parts of this book because I don't get it. Sad, but true. Still, if
you're a gamer or love the 80's, you should read this book.
Bitterblue- Kristin Cashore- It kills me to not have loved this novel more. I enjoyed Graceling and Fire
so so much and I anticipated I'd have the same love for this book that I
did for the first two in this series. But I just didn't. I spent too
much time wanting the book to be over and that's just never a good
sign. There are good moments to be found but they're rather spread out.
Chasing The Bear- Robert B. Parker-
A Young Spenser mystery. Read this book because I adore Robert B.
Parker and Spenser. This book gives readers a glimpse into what Spenser
was like as a kid living with his father and two uncles. I have one
real complaint: I am probably the only Spenser fan who does NOT like
Susan Silverman and I really thought that maybe, just maybe, I'd be
spared the Susan Silverman lovefest in a book that's about a fourteen
year old Spenser. No dice.
Fairy Tale- Cyn Balog-
Meh. This isn’t a very long book and I was left feeling like it was
over long before it should’ve been. I’m also curious if there was some
kind of endorsement deal worked out because there were so many brand
names mentioned. I know specifics are good but this felt like overkill.
The Iron King- Julie Kagawa-
I wasn’t sure about this book when I started it. It was probably bad
timing on my part to start a second fairy themed book after reading a
Meh fairy themed book so it took me a while to get interested in the
characters and the story but eventually I got there. It’s definitely not
the best thing I've ever read but it's not a bad read. I enjoy Robin
Goodfellow (assuming he’ll reappear in the next book) and Ash the Winter
Prince. They’re the real reason I’ll read the next book.
The Iron Daughter- Julie Kagawa-
While there are parts of this series which I find annoying, the overall
story is interesting enough to make me want to read the next book. And
by that I really mean Puck and Ash are interesting enough to make me
want to read the next book.
My Heart For Yours- Jolene Perry and Stephanie Campbell-
A dual POV story about two broken up high school sweethearts who are
brought back together when tragedy strikes. Very flashback heavy, which
made it made it hard to follow at times. I had to go back and forth
more than once to figure out what was happening and when it was
happening. I was also expecting some revelation surrounding Eamon’s
death. The way certain things were written, it just made me think there
was more to come, some mystery to be solved. All that said, there is
some lovely writing to be found here.
The Iron Queen- Julie Kagawa-
Apparently, I am determined to read the entire series this month.
Still like Puck even though much of his dialogue in this book feels
likes it's trying too hard. I still like Ash. Not wild about the main
character, Meghan, but I’m dealing with it.