Week In Review – December 14th- December 20th

They’re back! I’m bringing Week in Review back, at least for the foreseeable future, we’ll see how my spring semester looks and if I’ll have the time to write these weekly checkins. So, this week I managed to finish my yearly goal of 120 books (!!), which I am very proud of and I’ll now hopefully be able to read some of the books I’ve been putting off because I knew they’d result in reading slumps.

Title: Vampironica

Author: Greg Smallwood & Meg Smallwood

Genre: Horror Graphic Novel

Page Count: 144 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This collection of the five Vampironica comics from Archie Comics took me by surprise. I main read this with the purpose of finishing my goal for the year faster, but I really enjoyed it. It was a fun story with some good vampire lore thrown in I wasn’t expecting.

Title: Blossoms 666

Author: Cullen Bunn & Laura Braga

Genre: Horror Graphic Novel

Page Count: 144 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another collection of comics I read from Archie Comics in an attempt to speed up my reading goal process, and this one was just as good if not better than Vampironica. The horror elements in this one were definitely more pronounced and had a bigger impact on the story. The storyline was just generally enticing and the characters were well-written.

Title: Princess Ballot

Author: Jaymin Eve & Tate James

Genre: Romance

Page Count: 252 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book (this entire series really) fell flat for me. The premise of the story in enticing and the world of the story could be very interesting if it had the proper world-building. It’s a series that borders on dystopian, but I personally feel hesitant calling it that because it doesn’t feel like one. The book is very much one of those romances you read and then forget about without really forming any attachment to the characters.

Title: Playboy Princes

Author: Jaymin Eve & Tate James

Genre: Romance

Page Count: 314 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Again not really much to talk about, the angst in this one was slightly better if I remember correctly. But once again the world-building wasn’t in depth enough to really make a lot of sense, and none of the characters were detailed enough to spark emotions in me.

Title: Poison Throne

Author: Jaymin Eve & Tate James

Genre: Romance

Page Count: 290 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As a last book in a trilogy this book was very boring. Not in the it takes me days to finish it, because it didn’t, but in the I cannot tell you really any of the plot after finishing it. The conclusion and climax were disappointing and there was hardly any action, and when I finished the book I sighed in relief.

Title: One Eighty

Author: Marie James

Genre: Romance

Page Count: 232 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When I went into this book I was expecting it to be a typical bully romance, like the ones I’ve read countless times before. But I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out different, it’s a story about forgiveness, and learning to forgive and learning to let others forgive you, which I think was a nice way to turn the bully romance expectation on its head.

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