Book 8: Midtown Masters

Book: Midtown Masters by Cara Mckenna
Rating: 4/5

I really liked all the characters in this book, and I loved all the dialog, especially the banter with Meyer. Sometimes I find CM’s characters get stuck in their own head but this book didn’t seem to have this problem, it was more action and less thinking which was refreshing. This is probably my favourite out of the series, mostly due to the characters.

Book 7: The Trouble with Love

Book: The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne
Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed most of this book, but parts of it just felt a little too contrived for me. I really liked the Emma/Cassidy banter but the pacing of the book felt off because there wasn’t a hook up until about 3/4 of the way through. And it was frustrating that all of this drama was sort of caused by a misunderstanding, and it annoys me to no end that Cassidy didn’t put up a fight and instead ran away. Oh well. I think out of all the characters in this book series, Julie is still my favourite. Love that she just jumps into their group chat. haha.

Good thoughts here.

Book 6: Brutal Game

Book: Brutal Game by Cara McKenna
Rating: 3.5/5?

As expected, this book was quite unnecessary. I didn’t ever feel the need to go back and revisit Flynn and Laurel (except through rereads!) and this book didn’t change my mind. In fact, one of my favourite things about CM novels is that there isn’t usually a happily ever after forever, it’s always a happily ever after for now. That being said, it was much more emotionally intense than I was expecting and the story line actually really stuck with me, which is funny because when I first realized what the book was about, I was like good god, not this again. On the flip side, the sex scenes weren’t nearly as intense as in the previous book. And I didn’t enjoy the proposal stuff, though I get why he he was doing it. So overall, pretty mixed feelings about it.

Book 5: Order of the Phoenix

Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
Rating: 4/5

I was really surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did, this is the first HP book that I haven’t had to push through to finish and I was genuinely interested in what was happening. Umbridge wasn’t nearly as present in the book as I was expecting, though I did tire of the “toadlike” description every time she was mentioned. Harry was too whiny for my taste, but I loved that we got to see more of Neville and I quite liked the addition of Luna. I also really liked Ginny, she seemed a little more fleshed out. I forgot how many small reveals we get in this book like Neville’s parents, why Harry has to return home every summer, that the prophecy could have been about Neville.  Rowling’s writing still drives me nuts and I agree with this review  especially regarding her characterizations.

Good (positive) thoughts here though.

And I just googled the spelling of Neville’s name and the more recent pictures of Matthew Lewis popped and damn, I had forgotten about grown up Neville.

Book 4: When Breath Becomes Air

Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Rating: 4/5

I really have anything to say about this book other than it was very good and I felt strangely connected to Lucy given her twin sister is Joanna Goddard and I follow her blog religiously. It was a little surreal to actually be able to picture their house as it was then and their family members.