This post comes a few weeks late, but at least it's finally here. In this post I'm going to share my thoughts on eight books I read a few weeks ago, four print books, two audio books and two ebooks. In the last months I always did separate posts on the good books I read and the not so good books, but I think from now on I will put all read books in one post.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
This book contains a fascinating cast of characters and a special kind of mystery set in a bookstore. I loved the idea of the book, but unfortunately couldn't get into a good reading flow, this of course made it hard for me to connect to the story and the characters.
I'm sure other readers will love this story, but make sure to read an excerpt before buying the book, that way you will know if the writing style is one you enjoy or not.
Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger
Then I read the very entertaining "Waistcoats & Weaponry", it's the third book in this steampunk YA quartet and entertained me a lot. As with the first two books in the series you have a set of special and very charming characters, a mostly light-hearted steampunk world that is so much fun and of course a great adventure.
At the ending of this book some major new developments take place and I'm super excited how Carriger will wrap up everything in the next and final book of the series.
Rook - Sharon Cameron
I love the design of the book, the setting of the story, all of the adventures that were going on and thought that the characters were pretty interesting, and still I didn't fall in love with the book while reading it. Something was missing from Cameron's writing style to completely fascinate me, to let me become a part of the world she created. It was the same for me when reading another book by the author, I guess the reader-author-chemistry isn't the best in this case.
The beginning of everything - Robyn Schneider
Wow, what an emotional story, what an surprising ending, what a great book. Before reading the book I had heard a lot of great things about it and now I can completely understand why so many readers were amazed by the story.
The book is a stand-alone contemporary YA book (yeah for that), it tells the story of a boy whose future was changed by a serious car accident. He is no longer able to do the sports that defined him in the past, he is no longer sure who his friends are and what to do with his time. It's a kind of comeback story, one that makes you excited, you are hoping with everything you have that things will work out, that new plans and possibilities will open up. It's also a book about friendship, families and love, about being true to who you are and going your own way.
The books writing style is one that made it very easy for me to believe in the characters, to imagine them as real people, to feel part of the story and I always love this.
I will definitely read more by the author in the future, "Extraordinary Means" is another stand-alone YA contemporary book she has published and I can't wait to read it.
Trouble is a friend of mine - Stephanie Tromley
I listened to the story in audio book format and loved the first 3-4 hours of it. It's a funny YA mystery and the first book by the author I read. At the beginning the story felt fresh, I was entertained by the witty characters and the crazy things that were going on. But after maybe 4 hours I realized that the mystery was a bit too simple, that in general there wasn't enough content to fill the story. Things started to get a bit boring, the characters began to annoy me.
There is going to be a sequel to this book and I think that this is something you could feel in the story, everything that was going on seemed to be a prequel, but not the main menu. I think as a stand-alone it could have been an amazing book. With both mysteries solved in this one story, with more time to develop the relationships between the main characters this could have been amazing.
The Friend Zone - Kristen Callahan
This was a very entertaning NA sports romance, some things were a bit over the top for my taste, but overall I had a good time while reading the book. After I finished this book I went back to the first in the series, The Hook Up, and reread it, the second time I read the book I enjoyed it more than I did the first time.
I plan to go on with the series, it's not a perfect one, but one that brings me a good time and that's exactly what I want from the NA romances I'm reading.
Alex - Sawyer Bennett
This is an adult contemporary sports romance, it's the first in a series and it's a book that I enjoyed a lot. I had some issues with how some actions of the fathers of the two main characters were dealt with, I thought that everyone was way too forgiving, but other than that I enjoyed the story and plan to go on with the series.
Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley
This is one of the best fantasy YA book I read, listened to, in a long time, I pretty much loved everything about it and can't wait to read the second book in this duology in 2016. The book starts as a contemporary with a heroine, who is so sick that she might die any moment. But then the story changes and all of a sudden you are in this fantasy world that exists in the sky. A world in which Asa, the heroine, is no longer sick, here she is strong, here she can breath without any issues.
The book is told in alternating POVs, Asa and her best friend Jason both tell the story from their sides. I loved reading about both of them, their families were fascinating as well. I'm sure that the world the author created might not work for everyone, you have to believe in certain things to enjoy the story, and you have to love Asa's voice to become a fan of "Magnolia". For me both things worked perfectly and I can't wait to read the second book in this duology next year, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be an epic story with a beautiful happy ending.