So last Friday, the snow started to fall in Baltimore, and it didn’t stop until Saturday night. All together we got around 29 inches (a new all time record!) and I was stuck in my apartment until Tuesday when I finally went back to work. (There are some sections of the city and out towards the county that still aren’t plowed! The DC-Baltimore area is horrible at handling snow, mainly because we don’t usually get THIS much snow.)
But, I was prepared. I knew I would be stuck inside so I decided to host my own personal Snowed In Read-a-thon. I wanted to read 6 books (2/day Friday-Sunday), but by Sunday afternoon and 5 books later, I was pretty burnt out on reading. But still. 5 books in 3 days is still pretty good! So here is another round of mini reviews!
A Wicked Thing
A Wicked Thing #1
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this one. I finished this book in one sitting, but the pacing was pretty slow and not much actually happened. Usually when in doubt, I go with 3 stars.
I liked Aurora as a character and how Thomas updated this fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty isn’t my favorite (probably because I’ve really only seen the Disney version where she has like 7 lines), but Thomas made it more interesting.
Aurora doesn’t need or want to be saved and when she awakens to find a strange guy in her room kissing her she is appalled and creeped out. She learns that her entire family is dead, and that the kingdom has fallen into hard times. She discovers that everyone wants to use her to their own ends and that she isn’t really safe anywhere. There are 3 men, all who can offer her different things, but she doesn’t really like any of the choices so it’s not really technically a love square.
There is a sequel, so the book kind of just ends without that much of a climax. Well, to me anyway. I’m sure other people would disagree, but I thought the ending was a bit weak.I liked the book, and I plan on continuing the series, but it was just kind of anti-climatic. Even this mini review is hard to write, so I’m just going to stop.
*This book counts towards the Rock my TBR Challenge and the Fairytale Retelling challenge
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
by Sarah Strohmeyer
This might be the dumbest book I have ever read. I hated it.
Maybe I could have enjoyed this more if the Fairyland Theme Park hadn’t existed in the same world as Disney. I mean you are seriously trying to tell me that a British Duke would go to a knock off amusement park in New Jersey over the real thing in California/FLorida? NEW JERSEY?? (No offense to anyone from Jersey. I’m from NY, so you know, I’m an asshole.) Or try to say that Disney was lame competition for Fairyland? GET OUT OF HERE. You ruined it for me with that.
Also this book was WAY too juvenile. People who send their kids to fairyland camp so that they can become Prince and Princesses at Fairyland? I don’t think so. I shouldn’t have to suspend my disbelief more in a realistic fiction book more than a fantasy. Nope. sorry. I’m sure I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn’t been younger or obsessed with Disney World.
*This book counts towards the Rock My TBR Challenge
Tell me Again how a Crush Should Feel
I liked this book, but it wasn’t amazing or anything and that makes me sad. I wanted it to be great. The writing was pretty simple which isn’t always a bad thing, but I just couldn’t connect with it.
I mean this book has a lot going for it. It’s about a Persian lesbian. Not only are there not enough F/F YA books, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a Persian MC. There was so much other diversity as well, and it didn’t come off as tokenized either. There was even a Jew, and it is so hard for me to find Jewish characters. Yeah, she was a side character, but I still really liked her.
But something just stopped me from loving it. It was probably the writing style as I had no major problems with Leila. I wish I could have loved this, but it definitely wasn’t a bad book. If you are looking for more F/F YA or a Persian MC with actual Persian culture within the book, this is a great book.
**This book counts towards the Rock my TBR challenge
Jack: The True Story of Jack & The Beanstalk
This one was very cute. I had previously read Rump by the same author, and while I enjoyed it, I definitely think I enjoyed this one more. I don’t really remember much of what happened in Rump, but some of the characters are present or mentioned within this book, which is always one of my favorite things. You don’t have to have read Rump first, but it is always nice to start at the beginning.
I think this is perfect for the younger set of Middle Grade readers who are interested in fairy tales. I liked how there were a bunch of allusions to other fairytales/folktales, such as Tom Thumb, Thumbelina, the woman who lived in a shoe and others. I also really liked how the author tied together the “worlds” of her two books. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this and I’m looking forward to reading Red soon.
**This book counts towards COYER, the NG & EW & Fairytale Retelling challenge.
The Girl Who Fell
Shannon M Parker
I have a full review coming for this one since it was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases. Stay tuned for it.