Hello there beautiful bookish people,
It sometimes happens to me that I don’t review books I read. It can be for several reasons like I’ve waited too long before reviewing it and now I don’t remember enough, or I don’t have much to say about it and it would not be long enough to be considered a review. As you’ll see, here it’s exclusively books I’ve rated between 2.5 or 3.5 stars and that I don’t have a strong opinion about.
I did a post like this one back in 2017 and I enjoyed writing it very much. I found it was the perfect occasion to do a little wrap-up. So without further due, here are my spoiler-free mini-reviews to give you a sneak-peak of those books I read during the first half of the year.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Read in January 2019
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Turtles All The Way Down is only my second John Green book (the first one was The Fault In Our Stars which I loved), and I honestly thought that I was going to like it more. Aza has a form of OCD and she is obsessed by a germ called C. diff , scared that she could be affected by it without even knowing it. To avoid to be sick, she goes through extreme measures and excessively uses her hand sanitizer. I’ve heard that John Green has OCD as well and I find the representation of her mental illness fairly well written, I especially liked how the author wrote the thought spiralling and the constant second-guessing of things she knew she did but she couldn’t shut the little voice in her head.
“Your now is not your forever.”
However, other than that, this book didn’t have much for it. Aza was a pretty mean character and she was such a horrible best friend to Daisy. Even though Davis was an okay character, I didn’t like the romantic relationship he and Aza had. It was really unbelievable and it actually didn’t look like the character even liked each other. And the ‘plot’ (if we could call it a plot at all) of the missing billionaire was kind of weird and pointless. Overall, the book dragged and I was bored most of the time.
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Read in May 2019
My Rating: 2.8 of 5 stars
I started Magic Bites because my co-worker insisted that I read it, and because I trust her opinion, I did. She warned me that the series would get better in the second book and that the first one wasn’t the one she liked the most. And I agree, this instalment is not one of the best things I’ve ever read. It’s super short, yet it took me two weeks to read it. I found the world-building kind of weak and I couldn’t connect with Kate’s personality and the story was a bit odd and I found it hard to get into.
I knew there was a good chance that I wouldn’t adore this book, but I thought that I could bear a meh book if it led me to an amazing series (hi there, Falling Kingdoms and A Court of Thorns and Roses), however, I still haven’t read the second one. I’ll really try my best to do so but I’m afraid that I’ll wait too long and have forgotten the event that occurred in this instalment, and I truly cannot bear the thought of having to read it one more time.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Read in July 2019
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
I already know that I will have trouble to review The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (or really any Agatha Christie book) without spoiling everything, so I’ll keep this mini-review short. In this story, a man named Roger Ackroyd is found dead, probably murdered. Hercule Poirot decides to come out of retirement to help investigate the death as a favour for our main character and friend of the late Roger, the doctor James Sheppard.
“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”
The thing is with this book, it was heartily recommended by my younger sister, who insisted that it was ‘the most mind-blowing Agatha Christie book she ever read’ and that she ‘didn’t see the ending coming’. Knowing that my sister is a really smart person (and that she reads A LOT of crimes novels) I quickly made my own conclusions and found the murderer on my first guess. Being told that I wouldn’t see it coming kind of ruined the book for me because, well, I saw it coming.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Read in August 2019
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed The Deal, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I already read it before, and I had several déjà-vu throughout the book. And then I realised, this book was fucking basic and cliché. It was that basic new adult contemporary book, with some tropes that are often the same:
Hot and rich college guy who’s a hockey player and a manwhore meets a smart girl who’s the only one immune to him. They have to work together for a common goal, even though they don’t like each other. AKA guy agrees to have a fake relationship with the girl to make another guy she likes jealous and in exchange, she helps him with his grades. The two main characters had no distinctive features, they were so basic that I can’t even remember their name. But you know what, basic and cliché are not always the worst. It was overall a pretty enjoyable book.
Have you read those books? What did you think about them?
What have you been reading lately?