Happy Sunday, everyone!
I hadn’t been posting any content because of the holidays and some health issues that I’m still going through, it will be a long journey to get better (likely 6 months of treatment) but I’ll remain constant with my uploads and avid reads since the most unlikely book got my interest back in reading. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish my Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge but I’m definitely going to finish this year’s.
The first book I read was the first one in the new godly Rick Riordan series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, named The Sword of Summer.
Magnus has been living in the streets since her mother’s mysterious assassination, afraid of his own family and trusting nobody but two kind homeless new friends he made. He learnt to survive and avoid danger, until his obscure uncle tries to convince him on a Nordic quest that drives our new hero to his grave, literally, only he’s not really dead Dead but in Valhalla with people that claim his estranged father is a god.
A LITTLE TOO ‘MEH’ FOR ME.
I tried really hard to get attached to the story line and some moments were fantastic, the characters felt real and fantastically ingenious to the core but there were just so many preludes in between good scenes that I got bored in little time and wanted to move fast forward. Then I knew technically nothing about Norse mythology other that what you can find in Wikipedia about Thor (the movies) and that there was a goddess named ‘Freya’ so… I wanted to learn about the gods and the magic involved and the brutality, I was clearly interested however I got a feeling of being totally excited and getting half of what I was expecting, I know this book was not meant to give me some religious/mythical lessons but still I needed more. I really hope the next one is better, cuz besides my inner issues I felt the writing pace was a little slower compared to the PJ books.
The second book I read was the funny new-adult stand alone named Smut by Karina Halle.
Amanda is just learning who she truly is in the world, until now she has broken up with her high school sweetheart, living with a eastern European beauty school roommate and dedicating herself to become a legitimate author by going to college against her parents’ wishes. But if there’s one thing she’s sure of is that Blake Crawford is a shameless troglodyte/manwhore, so when their teacher makes them write a manuscript they discover that they only aren’t good writing but in more than one extracurricular activity.
THE FINAL RESULT WAS EXHILARATING.
There were flaws and weak spots but none of them made the book awful, it was entertaining and lovely. The character development was exquisite cuz it was one of those times you don’t realize when the character started changing but you’re amazed with the results, that’s what I felt with Blake such a progress from generic broken hearted bad boy to loving and appreciative friend. I know one’s not supposed to learn things from smutty novels unless is Colleen Hoover but I did found out a lot about kindle options and Amazon self publishing online, so thanks Karina.
The next one I read was the one that brought me back to life after fail attempts to ravish two contemporary novels unsuccessfully, I’m talking about Darker by E. L. James.
After seeing Ana leave his apartment with tears covering her face in fear and blueness, Christian knew she wasn’t like the rest and that she actually meant something for him. That he would change, that he had changed for her sole presence near him, so he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his life dealing with his inner twisted demons and the same reason why they couldn’t be together for good.
I WISH I HAD FINISHED READING THIS SOONER.
It was interesting and surprisingly needed to get Christian’s perspectives in this sequel because of the many easter eggs we were given like his relationship with the ancient troll “lady” or his confrontation with Grace about his involvement with her since he was a trouble teen. I was absorved into his insta brotherly love for Mia when she came into his life, which was sweet as hell and as his interactions with his grandpa Theodore. 😍 I felt connected to characters i didn’t even recalled so thanks E. L. for this praised pov version.
The following book belongs to the Silber trilogy by German author Kerstin Gier, named Dream a Little Dream in its English translation.
Sisters Liv and Mia are used to not get used to friends in every country they move because of their divorced parents agendas, but now their mother is truly in love and ready to settle down with a man in London with his two kids on board; this means they could finally grow some roots with friends and perhaps a little romance. But after a night of dreaming with her popular soon to be step brother and his handsome friends in a satanic nightmare, she begins to reconsider how far will she go to maintain this new family alive.
I MIGHT BE ON TRACK AGAIN.
I ended up with pain in my bones and with the need of analgesics to sleep, but I finished this books-. I must admit this was not like Ruby Red at all but I enjoyed it, not as much as I expected however I still liked it very much. The whole inexplicable experiences and the unexpected romance developing in front of our bare eyes. I also felts this was way sexier than any other work written by Kerstin before, it help us readers set in the mood, and the writing style got me to be half there and half out giving up on this lovely piece of work.
The fifth book was given the name of Dream On by the same author.
Even though Anabel is locked up in an asylum for almost killing Liv, declaring an alliance with an imaginary demon thanks to her cult member dead mother, and Arthur hasn’t been seen around after Liv broke his face; she and her friends still think something is up to no good so when they start seeing a dark figure following them and asking for their heads as Mia starts defying her sanity when a sleepwalking problem knocks on her door.
GOOD ENOUGH, I GUESS.
Was it satisfying? Not entirely. Did it had a nice ending? Yes. Was it a good one? Yes. Anyways, I must recognize that even though i felt i was promised a New slow burning and forbidden OTP that was never effing given, I still want to see how things turn out for Liv’s new growing family and also how the whole Dream realm/travelling is even possible.
The final book I read was the last one in the trilogy named Just Dreaming.
Liv doesn’t know what’s real anymore, it could be Anabel’s demons or Arthur’s powers but one thing’s for sure: one of them must loose so her life and those who she loves the most won’t be ended by that psychotic girl or that sociopath boy that she once considered a friend. All as she deals with her own insecurities about her relationship with Henry, while Mia ends her investigation in regard of the identity of Secrecy.
IT WASN’T GOOD, BUT IT WASN’T BAD NEITHER.
I’m seriously trying to defend the choices Kerstin made for the plot, the characters’ drive and the romance, but somehow i end up hitting myself against a concrete wall so i’ll better name the aspects i did like about this ending: Arthur being the big bad wolf after all, that bitch controlled everything like a disturbed puppet master, then was the fact Lottie grew in Florence’s heart after all this time with her baking and understanding nature. Anyways, I was still expecting Grayson to develop feelings for Liv but that never happened, also we never knew who slept with wicked Anabel before the books even started, and can we deal with the fact that Liv and Henry have some serious relationship stuff to to deal with that was ridiculously addressed and solved like nothing happened? wtf. The book was entertaining but with better plot choices, it could have had a nicer and exciting ending.
PS: the German covers had nothing to do with the story but HELL they are gorgeous and so creative in comparison to the American ones.