Weekly Reads: February 15-21
This past week’s reads included a contemporary novel, book two in a YA series, and the first book in a series that debuts this June.
Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson
January 24 2017
I genuinely enjoyed this book, finding it sometimes hard to put down as I fell through the rabbit hole and into a world where the idea of family was explored and molded in so many different ways.
I liked being in this world where I felt like there was no possible happy ending for this study, that the ideology would be outstripped by the unfortunate realities of human tendencies, but that I couldn't help but root for everyone's happiness and growth anyway.
I think it's strangely easy to forget that the adults that we know were all children once, and that the children we see now will, with any luck, grow into adults. Is it possible that no matter how we're raised that childhood is something that to some degree we all survive?
The writing style was sharp and yet pleasantly easy to sink into and get pulled along line by line.
An interesting and occasionally thought-provoking read.
The Last of August, Brittany Cavallaro
February 17 2017
This book is occasionally frothy mysterious fun, much like the first book, and that makes for an entertaining read, but overall it felt like a lot of characters in a blender. The Moriarty/Holmes ancient grudge made for some confusing and weak plot-driving.
The push and pull of the Holmes and Watson romance was beginning to chafe, only becoming less arduous when reading Charlotte's point of view that better detailed what her fears were beyond the repercussions of having been raped. I want to root for them as a couple mostly because I want Holmes to be able to heal from her trauma.
Overall, this book was surprisingly hard to follow. The twists, turns, and disguises didn't feel like they resulted in clear cut answers and reveals. When the book was over I felt like I had missed something. I mean, really, what the hell was the point of that ending?
Follow Me Back, A.V. Geiger
June 6 2017
Initially I was worried that this book would be too fluffy, too pop-culture-centric is keep my attention but soon there were a few things that kept me turning pages.
First, it was interesting to see how uncomfortable sexual objectification made Eric. Being fawned over for his studio-ordered abs as opposed to his musical talent was heartbreaking, and a gender reversal since I'm usually more aware of how female artists are praised for beauty above all else.
Second, I was curious about the mysterious origins of Tessa's anxieties. Her narrow world also provided a greater believability for this intense online friendship/relationship.
Then there were some twists, one that was pretty easy to suss out because of strategic writing: not using pronouns or describing features that might indicate gender, keeping other items purposely vague.
And then there was the final twist of the book.
I can't decide if it was purposefully left open to interpretation, or if it's as literal as it seems. Given that this book is the first in a series I feel like there must be more that the author feels like she can explore...
I don't want to include any spoilers, but if you've read the book, please tell me what you think!
This review was made possible thanks to an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley.
That’s it for this week thanks to the fact that my current reads are both epics, still listening (in lieu of re-reading) to A Court of Mist and Fury, and I finally started reading Outlander which I imagine is going to take me a few days.
Have you read any of these books? I’m always happy to talk about books and would love to hear what you think!