Saturday 4 February 2017

January Wrap Up | 2017 | Faith

Despite my exams being this month, I somehow managed to read a good amount of books. How did I manage to read during this very stressful time? I don't know. Anyway, let's get on with the wrap up.

The first book is called, The Case of Beasts: Explore The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them. I saw this book in the store and was like, I need that in my life and now it is. I have always wanted the original Harry Potter film wizardry books but never got around to it. However, I did read this one and if you're a film fan and love to know things you never knew you wanted to know, I would highly suggest picking a book like this up. It was so much fun to read about all of the different characters, and see the amount of detail that went into the props and sets. It was all just so very fascinating. 

The second book I read was the first in The Trials of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I thought that the premise of this book was very interesting, and fun to read about but it wasn't my favourite Rick Riordan book. It was a very good book but if I were to compare my enjoyment of this one to his other works, I would most definitely pick the other ones. Another thing is that I felt like this was a little too "middle grade" for my taste. I find that when this happens, my enjoyment kind of just spirals down. Anyway, I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalo was recommended to me by Sabrina or Library Luv from Beyond the Book Reviews. I didn't really know what to expect from this book. There wasn't really that much hype surrounding it, but it was a book that I had seen floating around. I love historical fiction--mystery is not something I would usually read but I really loved it in this book. The writing style is something that I found to be unique and the author had a very different voice that I haven't recently seen in YA.

The next book I read was Empire of Storms, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I had such hope for this book, but for some reason I just didn't like it... I honestly feel like this is a very unpopular opinion which it probably is. There are several reasons why I disliked this book as much as I did, I know very few have the same opinions as I do, and truthfully I am very glad that the majority of people who have read this book loved it. I'm not here to try and convince you to hate this book. I still love this series, and remain a fan of Sarah J. Maas. However, I felt that this book did not live up to the potential I thought it had.

In my eyes, there was a lack of care that went into this book. The development felt off to me, I lost all interest I had in the characters and the story. And while written well---it wasn't good enough in my opinion. I kind of feel like with each Throne of Glass book my interest in the books goes down and that is something that I don't want to happen.

Another aspect of the book that I personally did not like but usually don't mind was all of the sexual content. I honestly do not mind it in books but all of the romantic and sexual stuff felt so uncomfortable and forced. To me, it wasn't really there to advance anyones romantic partnership but to merely entertain the reader with all of the "hot" stuff that was happening.

Also, you know what's recently come to my attention? The lack of diversity.

Yeah I know, it's a fantasy but I'm just saying just because it's a fantasy it does not mean that diversity is not important. It's very unrealistic to have all white, all straight characters... Honestly I just really want to see more diverse fantasy out there that's I dunno---mainstream?

Was this book terrible? No.

Was it fantastic? No.

Did I love it? No.

Did I force myself to read it purely based on the fact that I assigned it to myself for a class? Yes.

Am I still a fan of Sarah J. Maas? OF COURSE.

This book didn't live up to the potential I believed it had, and I will continue to read her books despite my dislike for this book. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

That was my wrap up! I hope you enjoyed reading this---and I hope you enjoyed the new layout. It's very new and I decided to try this out as I was never pleased with the way I formatted it before. 

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