I wanted to catch up on all the reviews I missed this year, but it turns out I don’t actually remember enough about most of these books to write a full review!
I know you all feel me on this.
You read a book. Like the book. Close the book. HUH WHAT BOOK?! Who even are you people?! GET OUT OF MY HOUSE.
It’s all very Finding Nemo.
Turns out I need to write reviews not just because it means I get to connect with all you other book-lovers, but because I also need to REMEMBER WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED.
So I’m just gonna take a whack at this, and we’ll see what comes out. I’ll probably end up doing this as a series so I can eventually catch up to myself.
I take notes when I read and that should make this a teensy bit easier…even if they are just nonsense yelling reactions! 😂
SHOULD BE A HOOT.
Everless by Sara Holland
Turning blood into coins is COOL! Using time as currency is an idea I love everytime it pops up, but it’s never done exactly the way I hope (see In Time 🙄) The main problem I had with this is I don’t really like the MC…whose name I don’t recall. I’m delighted with how Holland uses common tropes, but plays with them so they’re a little less predictable.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
WELL. It’s great to be out of Scarlet’s annoying little head! I like Tella a lot more, but still she can be a bit of a boob. Now I don’t actually remember ANY of the plot, but looks like I wrote down that this didn’t seem as well planned as Caraval. Like Garber had figured out halfway through writing the first one that this could be two books (now three) and here we are.
Also the “reveals” never felt like big moments to me because characters lying about the truth is not the same as a well hidden secret, or properly organized plot.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
YAY FOR BISEXUAL BLACK BOY MC! BISEXUAL BLACK BOY LOVE INTERESTS! Who routinely hook up with men! Yay yay! It’s so rare to see that! Though I am hard side-eyeing the Queer-Coding of criminals. (But also YAY for Enne’s mother being casually gender fluid! The diversity makes my heart sing!) The world building is super interesting, I love when magic and gangsters collide! Though it felt like something in the actual plot was missing.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
A criminal partners up with nerdy scholar to go run around ancient alien temples and solve PUZZLES?! It’s a little slow at first but the ending is WILD! One of the rare moments where I’m going to say that this might make a better movie than a book????!
The Winner’s Curse
The Winner’s Crime
The Winner’s Kiss
by Marie Rutokoski
I actually don’t think I finished this? I’m like maybe 30 minutes away from the end of the last book? And now I REALLY don’t remember what happened and can’t get back into it. SO. While I enjoyed it for the most part, it never really reached it’s full potential for me. Plus they used one of my most hated tropes – which is probably why I ended up not finishing.
How are you on remembering all the details of a book?! Do you need to reread before you start the sequel?
Honestly, sequels need to come with a ‘Previously On…’ section. Like how can they expect me to remember anything I read the year before?! I can’t even remember the directions on frozen foods while I’m making the food! Gotta fish that out of the garbage and read it again.