These reviews are spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
It’s been awhile since I did a batch of mini reviews and there’s been a few books I’ve read lately that I haven’t felt the need to write an entire review about. So here’s some thoughts on books from the last couple of months:
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author Christina Lauren
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right? (from Goodreads)
This book is the kind of book that I am a SUCKER for. I love a great, quick rom-com and I actually really enjoyed the majority of this and I probably would’ve rated it 4 stars if not for the ending. I totalllly hated it and did not think it was necessary AT ALL. Ugh. Just thinking about it now makes me annoyed.
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
Author Jane Mount
Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will:
• Tour the world’s most beautiful bookstores
• Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes
• Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books
• Sample the most famous fictional meals
• Peek inside the workspaces of their favorite authors
A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms. (from Goodreads)
I’ve been following Jane Mount ever since I first saw her Harry Potter book pins at my college bookstore and I loooove all of her work, so I was very excited to get my hands on this. As a design major, I was super into the layout and illustrations in this book. I started to skim a bit towards the end because I wasn’t as interested in the topics, but it’s a very, very cool book. I especially loved the section about bookstore cats.
Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
Author J.M. Bergen
Thomas thinks he’s an ordinary twelve year old, but when a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes gives him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows, the world he knows is turned upside down. Suddenly he’s faced with a secret family legacy, powers he can hardly begin to understand, and an enemy bent on destroying everything he holds dear. The more he reads and discovers, the deeper the danger to himself and the people he loves. As the race to the final showdown unfolds, Thomas must turn to trusted friends and uncertain allies as he seeks to prevent destruction at an epic scale. (from Goodreads)
I received a copy of this book and I was intrigued because some reviewers had compared it to HP and PJO. Unfortunately, it fell really flat for me. It was super slow and repetitive. I ended up skimming a lot of it because it didn’t have the magic or the humorous charm of either HP or PJO.
The Vanishing Stair
Author Maureen Johnson
All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.
For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.
The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. (from Goodreads)
I just went back and read my review of Truly Devious and was surprised I only rated it 3 stars. Definitely thought I had liked that book more. Buuuut, the sequel wasn’t great either- in fact, I just don’t care about this series anymore. I listened to this on audio and it was just a bunch of NOTHING. I ended up finishing this solely because I didn’t have another audiobook to listen to and it was just something to have on during my drive to work. I don’t care about any of the characters and I don’t care about the plot. Granted, I was really stressed and distracted the week I listened to this, but nevertheless- won’t be picking up the finale.