Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Every time I think I'm getting my posts in order... well that doesn't last long.

Books read since my last post: (Which was a month ago)

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liked it enough.
Not enough to rush and finish the trilogy though. I'll get to them.

Kaitlin's TaleKaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that it kind of bugs me when authors don't let go of a certain universe or idea they created, prequels, prolonged sequels, POV changes, but give me a good spin-off and they can stay in that world for as long as they want.

I love the world these books create; each and every character deserves to have their stories told. They're all so complex and wonderfully done, there are no minor characters here.
These spin-offs are great reminders that everyone has a story and that sometimes (always) they are much more than you could ever imagine.

This time it's Kaitlin's turn. Little background: she had a one night stand with a vampire hunter who then gets turned into a vampire and leaves her pregnant with a child whose powers pretty much almost kill her. Then he comes back and asks her to runaway with him.
Because, why not?
Alright there might be a few details missing there, sadly I had a hard time remembering certain references to previous books*, but that's more or less the gist of what we get for Kaitlin's story.
(*Not that you need to know the previous books to enjoy this one, but it did make it a little more fun.)

And, really, when a book ends with a character considering the option of running away with a vampire how can you not want a follow-up there?

In this we get more of Kaitlin's background and everything that led her to where she is now. I don't want to say everything about her makes sense now, but she might be easier to understand. I think I appreciate her more; I definitely appreciate the telling of her story. It goes so much further and deeper than I would have ever expected, like I mentioned before, it brought Kaitlin into a new light for me.

This story adds so much to the already wonderful universe in these books, I don't think I'll ever get enough of them.


The Ultimate Guide to Solo SexThe Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex by Jenny Block
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At some point while reading this I had a moment where I just stopped and asked "What is this beautiful thing?" (No I wasn't trying anything I really was just reading.) I'm pretty sure that was around page two.

This book gets to the point and makes sure it hits.

It's filled with things I feel like I should have already known, and maybe thought I did, but that needed to be reiterated.

There's a lot of great background and history on the subject, plus the ridiculousness that is everyone's negative views on it. But there's also a lot of stories from women sharing their experiences that I loved reading, I think it has been a while since I've bonded so much with a person in a book.


Royal Wedding Disaster (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, #2)Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will always love these characters.

The HereafterThe Hereafter by Jessica Bucher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First thought right after I finished reading: "Because I haven't been crying enough lately." I was kind of a mess (all for my own reasons) the last few days while reading this, but then as I was getting to the end I knew this was going to shatter me.
I was already cracked this just needed to finish me off.

This had me from the very beginning, I was ready to give it the five stars long before I even hit the halfway point. It's an amazing, one of a kind story that I absolutely fell in love with. It's in a very limited class with those few other books that left me a little sad because I knew I would never find anything like it again.

Instead of stars I think I'd rather give it hearts; because I have so much love for these two characters and their story(-ies).


Reading this week:

And I Darken Still Star-Crossed
And I Darken: Summer Reading Challenge: "Chunkster" Book
Still-Star Crossed: Summer Reading Challenge: Book From TBR List

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