Week(s) In Review – August 3rd – August 16th

I try to write these weekly updates every week to hold myself accountable – there’s something about the public humiliation that motivates me to read more. But to be honest these last two weeks it has been kind of hard for me to motivate myself, not only to read but also to do the check-in last week, which is why you’re going to get two weeks worth of books this week.

Title: Late To the Party

Author: Kelly Quindlen

Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age

Page Count: 304 pages

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a cute LGBT+ YA coming of age book. It deals with the concept of growing up and growing apart from your childhood friends, and trying to figure out who you are without set boxes. It’s a cute story and the romance elements feel natural and realistic.

Title: They Wish They Were Us

Author: Jessica Goodman

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Page Count: 336 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have been looking forward to reading this book for months, and it did not disappoint. It was such a great story and the mystery wasn’t predictable to me at all. And even if it had been I don’t think it would have made the reading experience any less enjoyable. The way the characters interacted and their motivations slowly surfaced was amazing and I highly recommend this to anyone.

Title: Cruel Prince

Author: A. Jade

Genre: New Adult Romance

Page Count: 408 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a positive surprise, I went into it not really expecting a lot. But I actually ended up really liking the story and the characters, their problems and relationships didn’t feel too drawn out. And the premise of the story lead to some great angst and I’m always a sucker for that.

Title: Ruthless Knight

Author: A. Jade

Genre: New Adult Romance

Page Count: 608 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a little bit better than the first one in the series, the characters were further fleshed out and once again the problems the characters had with themselves and each other didn’t feel forced and it came naturally, and resulted in a lot of angst.

Title: Thief

Author: C.L. Stone

Genre: New Adult Romance

Page Count: 420 pages

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I decided to pick up this series because C.L. Stone’s other series in this universe is one of my favourite guilty pleasures. I will say though that the other series is much better, the problems and antagonists in this series are harder to care about.

Title: Liar

Author: C.L. Stone

Genre: New Adult Romance

Page Count: 343 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book further confirmed my opinion that C.L. Stone’s other series is better. The antagonists in this series seem more intense than they do in the other series which means the drama between the characters rise as a product of this as opposed to as a product of the characters themselves as it is in the other series.

Title: Fake

Author: C.L. Stone

Genre: New Adult Romance

Page Count: 374 pages

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book was kind of better because it feels like it sets up a bigger antagonist for the rest of the series, which is something that up until now was missing. The previous books had been kind of isolated in terms of the antagonists and the issues the characters face, but this book seems to create an antagonist that can come back later in the series.

Title: Dream Work

Author: Mary Oliver

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 96 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I actually started this poetry collection months ago, but I completely forget it. This wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the collection because I did thoroughly enjoy it all the way through. I would whole-heartedly recommend this poetry collection to anyone looking for some absolutely beautiful poems to read.

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