Book 12: Half-Blood Prince

Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Rating: 3/5

I’m back to being underwhelemed by Harry Potter. I think there are good ideas here but the execution is so long and drawn out, I’m tired of reading wordy descriptions, my eyes glaze over and I skim read to get to the important stuff, which generally only happens in the last few chapters. And I feel like for all the time we spend with these characters, they’re not nearly as fleshed out as I would like. I think my favourite character in this series is Ginny, which is pretty unfortunate since she’s barely in this book.

Book 11: The Female of the Species

Book: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Rating: 4.5/5

I really liked this. Good reviews here and here. I agree that the romance was a little too easy given Alex’s loner mindset, but I did really like Alex and Jack together. I actually really liked all three of the main characters, I thought they each brought something special to the book. I loved Peekay’s dark humour.  And kudos to McGinnis for writing what feels like a real male character. And for making me love all the side characters. And all the parents. I had tears in my eyes when Peekay’s parents sat her down for the talk. I thought the end of the book was really fitting, and once I read it, it was like of course the book couldn’t have ended any other way.

Book 10: Something Reckless

Book: Something Reckless by Lexi Ryan
Rating: 2.5/5 for the novella, 1/5 for the actual book.

This book was just all over the place. For starters, the first 1/3 of the book is actually the prequel novella and not the actual book. And I kind of liked Sam/Lizzy in the prequel but once we got to the full length novel, there was just waaay too much happening. Asia/Sabrina/Connor/the texting/the campaign/the baby/etc. And then things got extra weird when it was revealed who she was actually talking to. The last part of the book was also just really boring, I wasn’t at all invested in the characters and I skim read the last 1/4 or so. Not worth continuing with this one.

 

Book 9: A Darkness Absolute

Book: A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Rating: 4/5

I’ve griped about this before, but Kelley Armstrong recycles her characters, this still very much feels like Jack/Nadia, complete with an adorable puppy. But, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I will say, it’s a nice change of pace that the characters are in a relationship throughout this series and not just pining after each other. It’s extra refreshing that they actually have mature conversations with each other over their relationship instead of suffering from misunderstandings. And I still wish that there were a few extra chapters in the book because the ending is very abrupt. Mystery solved, book over. But the book itself was quite enjoyable, I really liked the mystery and loved that we got to see more of Jacob and the settlers outside. This world just fascinates me and I hope there are more books to come!