Hardly Obsessed

A totally unoriginal blog about anything and everything

Book 30: Haven

Book: Haven by Kristi Cook
Goal: 30
Rating: 2/5

This had a lot of potential, but I just didn’t care. As I said in my last comments for The Art of Lainey, that’s fine if you don’t have an original plot, but you’d better do something to make up for that and this book had nothing else going for it. I was so bored the entire time. I didn’t really care about the characters. The whole book felt really superficial. I debated reading the rest of the series to see if it picks up, especially since I really liked Magnolia, but I just couldn’t do it.

This sums up my thoughts nicely.

Book 29: The Art of Lainey

Book: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Goal: 29
Rating: 4/5

This was just as adorable the second time. This is one of those books where the plot isn’t super original but the characters and writing more than make up for it and it feels like a fresh and original book. I’m excited to read more from Paula Stokes, hopefully its just as charming!

Book 28: Magnolia

Book: Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Goal: 28
Rating: 4/5

What a surprise this book was! I was actually expecting it to not be very good but I’ve been buried in fantasy novels lately and was dying for something lighthearted and then this book showed up at the library. I thought that Jemma’s narration was so charming, she was funny, adorable, self-aware, and so relatable. I think I have a soft spot for characters like this, who see themselves as average (see Jessica Darling in Second Helpings). I also have a soft spot for football and southern states so I guess this book was really right up my alley. I really liked that Jemma’s thought process wasn’t “oh wait, I forgot to think about Nan!” it was a much more fluid, like “I was doing all this stuff and still thinking about Nan.” Ryder was a surprisingly excellent love interest, I’m a huge fan of the guy being more invested in the relationship than the girl.  There were a few parts of the story that I thought were too over dramatic – the snake bit, the dance stuff and the resulting fallout from the Patrick situation, in fact, I probably could have done without the Patrick altogether; other than adding to the jealousy at the beginning of the novel, I don’t think the rest of it was necessary for the development of the story.  The imagery in this book was excellent, it kind of made me want to move to Magnolia Branch except for you know, the snakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Shout out to this review for making me want to read this book in the first place.

Book 27: The Raven King

Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Goal: 27
Rating: 5/5

I don’t even know what to do with myself now that this is done. I don’t even know what to think about the book I’m so overwhelmed. Basically, I just want to go back and re-read ALL the books again and come to a conclusion on my feelings for this book. Spoilers below:

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Book 26: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Book: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Goal: 26
Rating: 5/5

This is probably my least favourite of the three, possibly because there wasn’t enough Gansey in it. Though, there are some moments as MS points out: …Gansey touches Blue’s fingers during this car ride and the narrative strongly urges you to consider this sexy, which is a demonstration of how little game any of these characters have. Later, Blue gets even friskier when she secretly calls Gansey so they can talk about Congress and faxes. This is not code. This is their relationship. A little further on, there’s also a sensual yogurt-eating paragraph.

I did really like Blue and her pages with Mr. Gray and Jesse Dittley, or should I say JESSE DITTLEY. Her conversations with him were just so adorable and he called her ANT!

Amber had some good thoughts. 

I do love these series even more (was that possible?) after reading some of MS’s blog posts, like this one about the church scene with Adam and Ronan.

I’m now DYING to read The Raven King.

Book 25: Kindred Spirits

Book: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
Goal: 25
Rating: 4/5

This book brought a smile to my face for numerous reasons, it was cute, and charming, and funny, and that ending – ha!

Book 24: Takedown

Book: Takedown by Meg Maguire
Goal: 24
Rating: 3/5

I don’t know what it is about this book but I just don’t love it quite as much as the first two. Maybe Patrick is too dopey for me? Maybe it was too hung up on Steph’s issues over Patrick? Not enough MMA? Or maybe it’s too relateable and I prefer books to be more of an escape.  An enjoyable book but I missed Mercer and Rich as the main love interest.

Book 23: Kings Rising

Book: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
Goal: 23
Rating: 3.5/5

I don’t really know what I thought of this book. I think I liked it? But I wasn’t as obsessed with it as I was the second book. It seemed like Laurent/Damen spent a lot of time apart. It also didn’t feel quite as clever as book 2. I obviously wouldn’t say it was a 1 star read, but some of my issues are pointed out here.

Book 22: The Dream Thieves

Book 21: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Goal: 22
Rating: 5/5

Oh, Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t even care that there is barely a plot to these books, the writing and the characters are just so, so beautiful, it doesn’t even matter. Which just makes me sad because I’ve started both Shiver and The Scorpio Races numerous times and they’re just not even remotely the same level. I want to like them, I really do, but you just can’t write things this beautiful in first person. And I think I’ve finally made a selection for my Desert Island books. I think I would be pretty happy reading the Raven Cycle series over and over again. After reading a few reviews I realized I missed so many things even on my second re-read!


Book 21: A Gathering of Shadows

Book 21: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Goal: 21
Rating: 3.5/5

Let me start by saying that I love this world, and I love these characters. But I found myself a little bored throughout this book. In comparison to the non-stop action of the first book, this one just didn’t hold my interest as much. I wasn’t a big fan of the Essen Tasch. I also wasn’t a big fan of the wizard tournament in Harry Potter so I guess maybe I’m not a huge fan of this story line in general. However, I loved that we got more Rhy/Kell and I loved Alucard and his history with Rhy and Kell, but it took way too long for all these characters to come together. But once they did, it was pure magic. And I can’t believe I have to wait for the next book. It doesn’t even have a release date yet!


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