Today I will be going over the books I read in August and I’ll give a quick review of each of them!
- First up we have John Green’s Looking for Alaska, which I gave a rating of 2 stars. Before reading this I had only read one other John Green book, The Fault in our Stars, which honestly I wasn’t a fan of either. I have a huge issue with cheesiness…it just makes me super uncomfortable, and I found myself constantly cringing while reading this. I really didn’t care for most of the characters, especially Alaska and her incessant toying with Miles. I think the only interesting part was Miles’s obsession with last words, which I genuinely really enjoyed reading about.
- Next is New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, which I gave 3 stars. I know 3 stars is a pretty average rating, but I honestly could go on and on about my obsession with the Twilight series. I know this contradicts what I said above about cheesiness, but for some reason these books just made it work. I do have to say though, this is probably my least favourite book in the series, and yet oddly my favourite film in the series. I actually watched the movies first thinking I wouldn’t like them and wouldn’t want to read the books, but wow was I wrong. I LOVE Jacob (yes I’m team Jacob), so of course I loved the New Moon film, because he becomes a crucial part of the story. However, the book just didn’t have the same affect on me. I found myself quite annoyed at the whole Edward leaving situation, because it made Bella’s character unbearably annoying. Also, I didn’t get to actually see Taylor Lautner while reading the book :/
- I read Henry V for a class I took on Shakespeare over the summer, and honestly I don’t have much to say about it. I gave it 1 star because I just really did not enjoy reading it one bit, and I can barely remember what happened.
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- Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse goes down as one of my favourite books of 2020, so it got a 5 star rating from me. Wow. I flew through this book, and I mean it took me only 2 days to finish all 629 pages of it. Even though I favour Jacob, this book really did have me swooning over Edward and Bella’s relationship, as well as Bella’s growing love for the vampires. However, we also got so much Edward vs. Jacob drama after Edward finally returned, and I just loved it. Best part by far was Jacob warming Bella to sleep on the cold mountain while Edward sat angrily nearby…I could not stop laughing.
- Surprise surprise, I read Breaking Dawn right after Eclipse, and I gave it 4 stars. I really liked this one as well, but I felt like it dragged on quite a bit more than the other books, and then just kind of abruptly ended. While I don’t like to say this, I think in this case the movie – movies actually (Part 1 & Part 2) – may have done it better. I think part of me didn’t really like how Bella immediately went into mom mode, because she seemed sort of like a different character to me, and I definitely found Jacob imprinting on Renesmee to be extremely uncomfortable. Overall I really did enjoy this conclusion – it feels strange to say that since the recent release of the new book – and I’m excited to read Edward’s take on the story in Midnight Sun.
- It was at this point that I realized I was clearly in the mood for reading fantasy series this August. Every summer I tell myself to read some light and fun summer contemporary books, and every summer I get invested in at least 3 new series. I don’t regret it though, because A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer also goes on my favourites list for the year, getting a 5 star rating as well. This is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, though you’d never really know it unless you were told – at least that’s how I felt. I was so deeply invested in Harper, Grey, and Rhen from the very beginning, so I knew I would adore this book. Harper and Rhen’s relationship development made me so happy, and I loved that the chapters were switched between Harper’s perspective and Rhen’s, because I got to know both sides of their relationship. Grey on the other hand did not have his own chapter until the epilogue, and yet I still loved him so much, especially because of the way he treated Harper. The book’s sequel came out in January 2020 and it follows Grey, so of course I read that next.
- I have very mixed feelings about A Heart So Fierce and Broken, the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I gave it 4 stars, but I feel like I read a book from a completely different series. Grey, along with a new character Lia, became the main characters of this novel, and Harper and Rhen were barely heard from until the end. While I liked the refreshing chapters from Grey and Lia, I missed hearing about the progression of Rhen and Harper’s relationship, because I feel like there was definitely more we needed to learn. However, there is another book coming out in 2021 and I’m looking forward to reading that as well.
- Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood is one that I already read back in 2018, but I picked it back up because the second book – The Night Country – came out in January 2020 and I wanted to give it a read. I gave this book 3 stars, because although the beginning started off really intriguing, I liked this book less and less as it continued on. The fairytale aspect of the book was initially what made me want to read it, though I quickly realized I wasn’t the biggest fan of the way the story unfolded. The writing was lovely, but the world and story itself was just not for me in the way I hoped it would be.
- In the end ofThe Hazel Wood, we find out that protagonist Alice is really Alice Three Times, a not-so-fictional character from the Hinterland. I wanted to read The Night Country because I was interested in seeing how Alice’s life changed after finding out she was Alice Three Times, and I had hopes for this book to be quite interesting. To be honest, after I read it I did not feel satisfied with the series, and I probably wouldn’t recommend people continue on after the first book. It just became so different than the first book and the plot – which became a murder mystery of sorts – was not something I was interested in. I gave this book 3 stars.