This week I’ve read Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, the fourth, additional book to the original Shatter Me-trilogy, that has now most likely been turned into suite of six books. I really, really loved the original trilogy, so I was so excited when I found out that the series continued in Restore Me. But unfortunately, I didn’t love this book quite as much as the previous ones.
It’s hard to explain, but this book felt a bit off somehow. The characters that I had loved so much for their complexity suddenly felt one-dimensional and the plot was kind of slow.
I was so taken by the character developments in the series, especially in Ignite Me. It was amazing to see a character grow as much as Juliette did and I really loved the new, stronger her. And the way we got to know Warner, how he revealed his true self bit by bit. I absolutely loved all the Warner and Juliette moments and the feels, the attraction, the way they were equals and supported each other, how they opened up and were vulnerable and honest to each other. But in Restore Me, most of that seems to be gone.
I think the main reason that I’m feeling a bit disappointed is that the story kind of reverted in some major aspects. The strong Juliette that we got to know in Ignite Me is replaced by her old insecure and whining self again. And the romance with Warner just doesn’t fly this time. They are both too occupied with themselves to really connect. And the plot was much slower this time. Honestly, I don’t think very much happened other than spending time with the characters. Not until the end that is. The end was a completely shocking cliff-hanger!
Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t bad. It was just not as fantastic as the previous books in the series!
Overall I did enjoy it and to be back in the world of Juliette and Warner and Kenji. I also really enjoyed the flashbacks to Juliette’s diary, the added a great extra dimension and connected the dots to the first book. But I’m still a bit confused about the purpose of the book and the ending?
But with that cliffhanger... really, I can’t wait to read the next book! I hope that it will get the story back on track, so this can continue to be my favorite dystopian of all times!
Find out more about the book and the author here: Tahereh Mafi
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee was one of my most anticipated releases this year. It's the sequel to one of my favorite books ever, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I loved, loved, loved the first book about the Montague siblings, and it was so wonderful to be back in their world again.
Ever since I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue last year, I’ve been fangirling about this amazing, unique and completely addictive read. It is one of my favorite books of all time, and the sassy, hilarious Monty and the sweet, darling Percy is one of my favorite OTPs ever as well.
So, it’s no exaggeration saying that this sequel was one of my most anticipated releases this year and that I was dying to get back to the wonderful world of the Montague siblings once again.
This time, the story is told from Monty’s sister Felicity’s side, and focuses on her ambition to study medicine and her problems to be taken seriously as an intelligent woman and be admitted to a medical school. Just like in the first book though, adventure comes knocking and the story takes us from Edinburgh to London to Stuttgart and Zurich… and to dragon hunting in the Atlantic… I liked the headstrong Felicity already in the first book and can certainly relate to her and how she’s not able to do what she really wants, as opposed to what society dictates she must do. So I was happy to get a chance to get to know her even better in this book, but I must confess that I really missed Monty’s POV. A lot of what made the first book so amazing and hilarious, was that it was told in Monty’s engaging, sassy voice. When the story is told from Felicity’s POV this time, it loses that unique way of telling the story and, sadly, makes it much less fun.
The story was also much slower this time. Especially the first part of the book, which dragged a lot, until the more adventurous part kicked in. It felt unnecessary that this book was over 500 pages, it would have been better without a hundred of them or so. Where The Gentleman’s Guide felt like a wild roller-coaster ride, this story at times felt too serious and straight forward. I get that some of that is due to the fact that the story is told by Felicity, who is a much more serious person than Monty, but it was still disappointing that the magic and the unique tone and humor from the first book was missing in this one.
But, overall, it is still a really good book! There are wonderful story twists, amazing characters and adventures. And strong women, friendship, love and pirates. And dragons! I loved that part of the book, it added some of the magic from the first one again. The best parts of the book where the ones that Monty and Percy were in. My heart melted every time and I had this goofy smile all over my face! So even though this book did not fully meet my expectations set by the previous book in the Montague series, I still really enjoyed it and certainly recommend it!
Find out more about the books and the author here: Mackenzi Lee
This week I’ve read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’ve had it on my TBR list for so long, after all the hype around it, so I’m glad I finally got around to read it. This is a fast read, with lots of twists and actions, and an intriguing storyline, with the world divided by blood (red or silver).
I have to admit though, that this book resembles a lot of other fantasy books, and that I especially got many flashbacks from Hunger Games. Mare felt almost like a copy of Katniss (just another skill than Kantniss’s bow) and Kilorn like Gale. But the story and characters had still had a lot of creative aspects that made it different enough. (And I do love Hunger Games, so I’m not complaining too much about the resemblances…) An aspect that also stood out and that I loved in the book was Mare and her family and their strong bonds. I also really enjoyed lot the battle scenes.
All in all, this is a fast paced, action-packed book with twists, betrayals, secrets, scheming and romances, and I even though I wasn’t blown away by this first book, I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series.
Find out more about the book and the author here: Victoria Aveyard
King Arthur and Her Knights, books 4-6, by K.M. Shea is the fabulous sequel to the funny, sassy, magical, wonderful retelling of the King Arthur legend and a story about a strong woman and how passion, a sense of right and wrong, and a bad-ass attitude can make wonders and change the world!
This next set of books in the King Arthur series is just as entertaining and with the same great characters and humorous writing style as in the first set.
Britt Arthurs, the twenty-something old, modern day girl, who was transported to Medieval England and the Arthurian legend in the first set, has now come to accept her role and has turned into something of her own liking.
I absolutely adore this series! K.M. Shea has managed to take this old legend and turn it into a sassy adventure, giving it a feministic touch and so much humor. It has a kind of Outlander-flair to it, in how modern day Britt has to adjust to the Medieval customs and how she does it with integrity, fighting for women’s rights and being totally bad-ass and, apparently a hell of a swords man (woman). Just like the first set of books, I binge-read this second one in just one day too. I just love this unconventional twist, and the way K.M. Shea writes, it’s such a great take and so intriguing!
I loved everything about this book, except the ending, which was way too abrupt and leaving too many questions unanswered. But that was until I realized that there is actually another book in this series, called “Endings”...
Find out more about the book and the author here: K.M. Shea