Here are a few mini-reviews of books I’ve read over the past month or two. Since I’m not posting snippets of my books reviews with my monthly recaps any more, I thought I’d try doing it this way instead. I’m leaning toward making this a monthly thing, so you should be seeing more of these in the future.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This is a rare book that is both fantasy and sci-fi. It’s for books like this that the term “speculative fiction” seem made for. (It also has quite a bit of dystopian fiction thrown in in the last third, there.)
But… did I like it? I don’t know. It was interesting, that’s for sure. And I read it quickly. But I only sort-of liked the main characters and I didn’t really like any of the secondary characters. Some of the secondary characters I actively disliked. I thought a lot of the plot was too big and yet also too easy. And lastly, the price paid at the end – even though it was a price paid for something smaller than Saving The World – was barely even a price. They got past the cost way too easily.
To me, this book was a little bit like The Night Circus but not nearly as beautifully done. I can certainly see why it was nominated for & won awards. It makes the reader think. But I don’t personally think it holds a candle to what it could have been.
One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
Enjoyable book about a teenager who discovers he has leukemia but there might be a way to guarantee he survives cancer if he follows the advice of a time-traveller. I don’t know if I would have picked up this book if it weren’t for the heavy use of D&D as a plot device. The D&D isn’t magical or anything, but it is used a lot as a metaphor for what the characters are going through in real life, and the players are all completely believable to someone (me) who started playing D&D at age 13. I know people like that. I have gamed with people like that.
To be honest, the D&D part was my favorite part of the book. The rest of the plot didn’t matter nearly as much to me. Also, while this is book 1 in a series I don’t intend at this point to read the rest of the series because I feel this ended the plot perfectly.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Super cute contemporary romance about a pair of fans who meet and fall in love under unlikely circumstances.
Reading the blurb I was expecting insta-love, since this is a Cinderella story (and the classic Cinderella is kinda the definition of insta-love). However, that aspect of the re-telling was handled much better than I expected, and I really enjoyed the entire thing.
I think my favorite scene was the one that poked at the “geek girls are lying about being geeks just to get the guy” scene. That is something that every geek girl has probably had to deal with at least once. And I love how that is resolved in this book.
So there we go! Three mini reviews of books I’ve read lately. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them?