Recent Reads & Reviews

Let’s catch up and chat about some of my recent reads!

I’ve been a reading machine the last week or so. Not necessarily on my own accord, I just can’t really do anything else 😅

BUT

That means there are tons of books I wanna talk about and not enough days in the month to talk about each of them individually.

Plus, my last couple of books have been duds – womp, womp. So I don’t want to post full standalone reviews for those. That’s not fun for anyone.

So here are some of my recent reads + a short review for each!

Grace and Glory (The Harbinger #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m finally getting around to reviewing this! This is still my favorite JLA series (although Covenant will always have a special place in my heart) but I will say this finale wasn’t quite everything I’d hoped it would be. 

This had all the banter I love about this series, and a wild rollercoaster of a plot, but there was a spark between Zayne and Trinity missing. I just didn’t feel their chemistry quite as viscerally in here as I did in the previous 2 books. And I think that was more on Trinity’s character than Zayne’s because I thought his arc in here was great!

But overall this was a really satisfying ending and I liked the direction it took. And I just love this series a whole heckin’ ton 💛💛

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Thank you so much to Celadon Books and Netgalley for providing me an e-arc and ALC copy of this! All thoughts and opinions are still my own.

Unfortunately this book did NOT work for me. I had a lot of issues from the plotting, to the characters, to the reveals. But I’m going to keep this as brief as possible. 

1. The characterization of the females characters in here was… unbelievable at best. There were so many moments were I had to pause the audiobook in frustration because the things the women were doing or saying and the situations they were putting themselves in were completely unrealistic. The dinner scene in the professors office was the turning point for me and there was just no recovering from it. 

2. I’m all for red-herrings, but they need to have a purpose. I don’t like when they’re thrown in and never addressed. There were so many elements – Henry, the pinecones, Fred’s entire existence – that were idly tossed in and completely abandoned. 

3. What. Was. That. Twist. I love when a reveal can take me by surprise, but this was absurd. There was not a single moment of foreshadowing beyond her mentor’s cryptic statement (which HOW WOULD SHE KNOW?!). It felt cheap and gross and I honestly hated it. I’m sorry. 

This book just missed the mark on every level for me. I’m so so sorry. I hate having to write this negative review..

Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by TJ Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m going to try and review this but excuse me if I’m incoherent and ramble-y… This book has my whole heart. I had no idea what to expect going into this. I’ve actively avoided spoilers for this book because I always knew it was something I wanted to read. But despite my cluelessness, this somehow still went above and beyond all expectations.

The writing style in here is so unique (and won’t work for everyone) but I was so in love. It just worked so perfectly with this story and strange, paranormal world. 

I was nervous about the friends to lovers aspect of this since the characters meet so young, but somehow Klune pulled it off. It was all “candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.”

I’m so in love with Green Creek and I just want to jump right into book 2.

Darling by K. Ancrum

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Thank you so much to Imprint and Edelweiss+ for providing me an e-arc copy of this! All thoughts and opinions are still my own.

I have such conflicting thoughts about this book.. So I’m going to break this into a pros and cons list. Because who doesn’t love a good list.

Pros
1. The atmosphere of this entire book is top tier. K Ancrum wove an uneasy tension throughout this entire story, even when nothing dark was happening. I felt uncomfortable and uneasy through the whole thing. The vibe was fantastic and probably my favorite part of the book. I just love when a book can extract such a visceral reaction. 

2. I love the exploration and discussions of family. I won’t go into much detail (because spoilers) but this book really hits on what it means to be family and how many different ways that can manifest. As well as what it means when those relationships turn toxic. 

3. This book is casually and unapologetically queer! And I’m always here for a flirtatious Ace ❤️

Cons
1. This book requires a suspension of belief that I just wasn’t capable of…

2. But most of all, I didn’t jive with the writing style.. I’ve only read 1 other K Ancrum book (The Wicker King) and I don’t remember if I had a similar experience with that one. But something about the writing felt very stinted. This premise is whimsical and dark but the structure and style didn’t match that in my opinion. And this kept me from ever really becoming invested in the characters (which is hard for me since I’m a character driven reader).

3. Okay no spoilers, but I didn’t like the twist… It felt SO convenient how everything came together. And in general I just felt very icky in the end. 

This rating feels really harsh because this book wasn’t bad by any stretch! In fact I think I’m going to be the super unpopular opinion here. But unfortunately I just didn’t have a great time reading this and was left with very lukewarm feelings in the end. 

Definitely pick this up if you’ve loved K Ancrum in the past OR if you love dark, ominous stories with wild endings and amazing representation.

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