monthly wrap-ups

October 2018 Wrap-Up

This month, I read 4 books. I seem to mantain the pace of 1 book per week.

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1. Mirage – Somaiya Daud | review

I like the idea of this book a lot – I think it has a lot to offer in terms of exploration of the dynamics between the Vathek and the Andalaans in terms of colonization and cultural oppression. Unfortunately, the writing style bothered me because it heavily skewed towards telling and glossed over some opportunity for important character interactions and convos. Maram as a character and the romance could have used work, since the political uprising sort of takes a secondary role in the story. – 2.5/5 stars

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2. Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Perez | review

I loved this book a hella lot. Branwen is such a relatable character who’s caught between her duty to her family and country, and to her personal desires. The Tristian x Branwen romance was up my alley as well, even though I knew they were doomed to fall out since I knew this was based off Tristian and Iseult. Essy, Branwen’s cousin, was an aggravating character to read, but I loved to hate her – she also had some layers which I don’t think characters of her archetype are susually afforded. I loved how Perez developed the political climate between Tristian and Branwen’s respective nations and how hatred on both sides has caused the conflict to endure rather than conclude. The only downsides of Sweet Black Waves are: 1) how much the conflict between Essy and Branwen lasts; 2) how pushy Keane is; 3) and the way how magic was (under)developed and needed more explaination. – 4/5 stars

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3. The Reader – Traci Chee | review

My god… the cover was so amazing I was ready to embrace this book as my next fave. But the writing was such a let down. It felt like I was reading a sequence of events following the main card-board cut-out characters. The twist ending was pretty nice, though it would have been more impactful if I cared an iota of a damn about any of the characters or the world, which was also sorely underdeveloped. For a book that’s supposed to be celebrating the impact of books on people, this was a dull, soulless read.  2/5 stars

 

4. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White | review

BookCoverFI-948x640As always, Kiersten White’s prose is top-notch. And as always, her stories always seem to hit the mark for me, along with how she develops her modern feminist ideas in a period piece. Pretty anachronistic. I didn’t have a problem with wanting to portray Elizabeth as a darker character, but she just seemed too aware of Victor’s descent at times, I had a hard time believing she could be so complacent and continue to enable it until someone she actually cares about suffers at his hand. It almost seemed like Elizabeth’s moral dilemma was solved too quickly and she was absolved of her guilt without much time to redeem herself except for the very last scenes. It seemed too easy.  – 3/5 stars

 

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