I’ve been on a reading spree lately where I finish one book and dive right into another. This is wonderful of course, but it also means I haven’t been stopping to write reviews after I read each book. Sometimes this isn’t a bad thing, but for me I need to write the review soon after finishing otherwise I forget what I want to say. So here are some mini-reviews of recent reads that I never wrote actual reviews for.
Pride and Prejudice
Well. I read it.
I don’t review Classics and I rarely rate them because I don’t really have anything meaningful to add to a book that has been critiqued and evaluated for 100s of years. Also, how am I supposed to rate this?? Obviously it’s an extremely important work of literature to have such lasting power but honestly? I was bored. As I usually am when I read classics. I mostly listened to it because every time I tried to slog through 19th century text I felt my eyes closing. But I did finish it and that is all that matters. I have officially read my first Austen novel and finished the first month of the Classics challenge. So that is all that really matter. Also, I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t Ethan Frome bad and I will probably read more Jane Austen, but not for a few months.
*this book goes towards the 2016 Classics Challenge*
The Rogue Not Taken
Scandal & Scoundrel, #1
The 4 star rating is a bit arbitrary because this is my first ever Adult Historical Romance, so I have nothing to compare it to! I really enjoyed the book, so I defineitly plan on exploring more of the genre, so who knows, this could end up becoming a 5 or a 2 star book!
It’s been about a week since I read the book and unfortunately, I did not take any notes while reading. (I find it often distracts me from the novel and lowers my level of enjoyment). So while I remember the plot and the general demeanor of the characters a lot has already faded.
I do know that I thought Sophie was a wonderful character. From the first page when she defended her sister I knew I would like her. She was funny, smart, and ready to take care of herself even if she did often end up being rescued.
For the most part, I did also enjoy King. However, he might have been a bit too broody for my taste. Give me sarcasm all day long but you need to stop whining about your dead love. Plus he became a huge dick towards Sophie at the end. And he refused to believe she was being honest throughout the entire book. He did have his moments, which saves him from going on my “WTF Love Interest” shelf.
The romance, when King wasn’t being a brooding little bitch, was wonderful. I’m glad my first foray into historical romance was a success and I will definitely be checking out Sarah MacLean’s other work. If you guys have any suggestions of other authors or favorite novels let me know! I’m ready to get sucked into this genre!
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Fey #2
That 2.5 rating is all due to Meghan and how ridiculously annoying and stupid she was in this book. This review comes off a bit like a rant, but I really did enjoy the plot of this book. I just HAVE to complain about Meghan.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Meghan in the first book BUT OH MY GOD. She was so annoying in this one. So obsessed with Ash and so stupid. He literally tells her that he will not be able to talk to her and treat her the same way because he can not betray his queen (um DOUCHE ALERT). I also remember them talking in the 1st book and both of them acknowledging that it is HIGHLY illegal for them to be together and they could both be killed or banished because of it. But what does Meghan do the first time she sees him? Gets SUPER upset and complains for what felt like 5 hours about how she can’t believe he would betray her and believes that he never cared about her. I HATE HATE HATE when characters are this stupid. YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS. HE LITERALLY TOLD YOU ALL THIS.
And don’t get me started on that weak attempt at a love triangle. “Oh Ash is leaving me. How about I try it with Puck because he’s here and he loves me and I realize out of no where, with no prior indication, that I love him too”. Nope. Get out of here. First of all Puck is 500x better than broody Ash and he doesn’t deserve for you to do that to him.
But, as I said, I do actually really enjoy the plot of this series so I will continue to put up with dumbass Meghan and hope she gets better in the last book (or last 2 books I’m still confused about the Iron Knight).
*this book goes to the 2016 Audiobook challenge