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Filling the Shelf

Posted by on July 17, 2017 9:13 am in Book talk | 7 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday readers! Hope you all had a great week!

I’m a bit late with my post today, but we’re a few minutes shy from 9 a.m. here, so that works, right?

We’ve had a busy week, but I managed to do a lot of reading. Most of it was Victoria Schwab’s duology, Monsters of Verity. I bought the second book (featured in this haul) as soon as I finished the first, and reviewed them both here. It was a lot of fun!

I am, as always, excited about this week’s new books. Josh Malerman’s novella sounds super intriguing, and I’ve already heard many good things about Final Girls. I also love the idea of Because You Love to Hate Me, an anthology which teamed up popular YA authors with youtubers. I’ve already read through parts of it and it looks good so far.

A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman – Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Final Girls by Riley Sager (audio) – Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Thoughts on : This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Posted by on July 16, 2017 3:20 am in 4 stars reads | 0 comments

This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Genre : Fantasy, YA
Completed Duology : Monsters of Verity, books 1 and 2 

About the Books  :

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection.

All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. 

My Thoughts :

As soon as I finished reading This Savage Song, I went to the store and bought Our Dark Duet.  These books were so much fun! 

Let’s start with This Savage Songthe first book of the duology and, I think, my favorite between the two. From the start, I adored the dark atmosphere Victoria Schwab created. If I were to categorize this duology, I would say it’s somewhere between urban fantasy and horror. Her monsters are merciless, and while some might remind you of vampires and zombies, they are their own brand of evil, created in a unique, unsettling way.

The pace was good, the writing was engaging and, most of all, I loved the characters of Kate and August. I was pleasantry surprised by the absolute lack of romance, and yet, I found their relationship so fascinating! Their transition from enemies to allies is expected, but the pleasant surprise is how naturally it evolves, without ever feeling forced. On top of that, I also loved Kate and August for who they were.

I would have loved to have a worldbuilding that dives deeper into the monsters’ world. I wanted to know more about the “why” and “how” of their existence, but I found this aspect of the book lacking. We know about the “surface” of the world, which left me with so many questions. Fortunately, the story moves so fast, the twists and turns keep coming every chapter, so I never had time to think about the worldbuilding too much : I needed to know what came next!

Which is why I couldn’t wait to read the second part of the story! Our Dark Duet starts six months after the previous book, and again, Victoria Schwab offers a story filled with action, suspense, twists and horror. Here she delves deeper into the worldbuilding, explaining more about what we knew while also adding to it. The pace is fast, and the story keeps surprising page after page.

I loved where the story went, and I think the conclusion suits it very well, too. Difficult, heartbreaking decisions were made, but they made sense with the characters and the story. I also appreciated how Kate and August grew as characters. This being said, for me, this book was too focused on the action and I felt it went a little too long.

All in all, I found Monsters of Verity to be a really entertaining fantasy series, and it would definitely make me want to read more from the author. I appreciated how the author talked of identity, pointing out that what you are isn’t who you are. You can chose to be or not to be a monster, or a good person. That was one beautiful aspect of the books. While I wouldn’t consider it one of my favorite series, I’d say it’s a solid read which combines cinematic horror scenes and fascinating characters. It’s definitely worth a try if you are into YA fantasy, monsters and books with little to no romance!

Filling the Shelf

Posted by on July 10, 2017 2:17 am in Book talk | 5 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello all!

What a great week we had, filled with sunny days! Well, the rain was already back on Saturday morning, but at least we had some variety. I also had a great time with my mom, who possibly found a new home closer to us. She loves the place she found! There’s only one detail left to finalize the sale of her current condo, which should be confirmed in a couple days. Fingers crossed!

Also, new books! Mostly thrillers, and The Wildings, which I’m not sure how to categorize yet. I’m super intrigued by Fierce Kingdom though. It sounds like the kind of thriller that could be read in one gripping sitting if well done. It’s quite close to the top of my TBR now, but I’m considering keeping it for our August vacation.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips – Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

The Dry by Jane Harper (audio) – The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Ten books I want to read this summer!

Posted by on July 7, 2017 2:06 pm in Book talk, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Obviously, I’m hoping to read a lot more than 10 books by the time summer officially ends in September! But, putting aside new releases and books recently acquired, there’s a bunch of books on my shelves that have simply been sitting there too long – some for a few months, others for years! It’s time to dust them off and see what they are about.

 

 

The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (This is one of the oldest unread books on my shelves. I’ve had it since it came out… in 2012! 5 years later, it’s more than time I read it!)
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (I recently read Six of Crows, I’m excited to see how it concludes!)
The Devourers by Indra Das
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (This one is mostly a reread, since I read the first two thirds of it before exchanging my paperback for hardcover. I want to start again, finish it and read the rest of the series!)
We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Euphoria by Lily king

I feel this is a good mix of things, both adult and YA fiction, some fantasy, some small books and some big ones. Of course I’d like to read all of them, but I’ll be happy with myself if I read at least half.

What on your summer reading list?