Book 13: Sugar Daddy

Book: Sugary Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 2.5/5

Ummm… what? I feel deceived by the summary. I was not expecting to read a long sloooow book about Liberty over 10 years of her life. And the two men one woman dilemma was only in the last like 100 pages or so. While I didn’t mind either Hardy or Gage for the most part, there were just certain things that each of them did that kind of turned me off. For example when Liberty shows up at Gage’s at the end and she’s clearly upset and he’s just like ‘hug me’. It was all very weird. And Hardy just shows up out of the blue and Liberty is clearly on a date with someone else and he just starts kissing her and she just starts kissing him back without reserve? All this character building and it feels like it’s thrown away. And I’m fine for them to go out on dates when she’s still “with” Gage but they’re holding hands and kissing. The whole thing felt wrong or I at least felt like Liberty should have had some reservations. These aren’t usually things that bother me but for some reason they really stuck out to me in this book. And after the slow build of the first 80% of the book the last 20% was waaay too rushed. The business thing, the family reveal, the relationship all happened and then all of a sudden, it was the end of the book.

All that being said, about 50% though I was really committed and fairly interested in reading the book so it wasn’t all terrible. Debating giving one of Lisa Kleypas’s historical romances a try but I’m stuck on the fence after this one.

 

Book 11 & 12: Throne of Glass 1 & 2

Books: Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass
Rating: 3.5/5, 4/5

I started Throne of Glass ages ago and thought it was fairly boring and stopped reading a few chapters in (though when I read it this time it turns out I was remembering the first couple chapters of a totally different book). My biggest pet peeve of this book is that it’s all tell and no show.  Celaena kept saying what a bad ass she was and what she would do but we almost never actually see her do it, and we we do it feels like blind luck and no skill. I felt this way about both books. And one of the novellas. She’s just all talk. She didn’t even really steal the horse! She just went along with someone else. Anyway… I loved Chaol and Dorian really grew on me in the second book. They’re really the reason why I keep reading the books since I find Celaena fairly annoying. I guess I only like her when she’s interacting with romantic interests… But I did like that the book was written in third person POV which I wish ACOTAR was so we could catch glimpses of what was going on in other courts when Feyre isn’t there. I will say that Crown of Midnight plot wise was kind of boring up until the last 25% or so, then I couldn’t put it down. Overall, I’d say these books are interesting but not as addictive as ACOTAR. I’m still waiting for book #3 and I’m not dying for it’s arrival.

Book 9: Red, White & Royal Blue

Book: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Rating: 3/5

Hmmm… I both liked and disliked this book. You kind of have to check your brain before going into it, there’s just something that feels a little unrealistic about the whole thing. But it was also very readable (despite the weird POV) and I sped through it in two days. I did really enjoy both Alex and Henry.  I also really enjoyed the supporting characters (June, Nora and the no-nonsense Zahra). But the political drama was a little much and the ending was too happily ever after. Also I thought the email exchanges really dragged. But I’ll probably check out whatever this author writes next.

Book 7: A Court of Mist and Fury

Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Rating: 4.5?/5

Gah, I was obsessed with this. It wasn’t perfect, it was a little too long and parts were a little boring but I absolutely LOVED their little family. I felt like Cassian, Azriel, Mor and Amren were all really well fleshed out characters. I’m both excited and dreading the third book. I desperately want to read it but I think that I might be unbelievably annoyed by the use of the word “mate” I was already tired of it by the end of the second book. So, we’ll see. But excited to read none the less!

Book 6: The DUFF

Book: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Rating: 2.5?/5

I like this less and less the more I read it. I think at the time it was new and refreshing but it hasn’t aged particularly well. Also, I think I just liked both Bianca and Wes and their relationship more in the movie that the book just falls flat for me now.