I swear, every month feels like three at the moment. There has been so much *hecticness* I’ve been neglecting a lot of bloghopping/comments lately, so I’m sorry about that! Other than work (which I’ve is BUSY right now) family stuff took over a lot of April for me. Mostly cos my family celebrate Passover- to save you the spiel about that, I’ll just put a visual here…
Also, for anyone that celebrated Easter…
Passing over all that, let’s get to what we’re all here for: the books!
Blood of the Fold– annnd we’re starting with one that was a tad disappointing. While I enjoyed the first two enough to want to continue the series, I was far less interested in this one. A lot of that had to do with Brogan- who was alright as a villain but didn’t measure up to Darken Rahl’s menace or the Keeper’s threat. I’m afraid I’m giving a very lacklustre review, but that’s cos the book didn’t inspire me to write too much down. Then again, sometimes it’s better to have less to say about a book…
Rating: 2/5 bananas
Bridget Jones’s Diary- I unfortunately have plenty to say about this one- none of it good. I’d say I was disappointed, but I expected nothing from this. Less than nothing. Especially after the films. Hated the writing style. Brings me onto: why’s my review written like this? Cos the whole damn book is written like this (no, you haven’t stumbled on my unfinished notes). And the funny thing is, I don’t think I’m even fragmenting as much. Though technically speaking it’s not fragmentation- it’s just incomplete sentences (mostly missing pronouns, which I’m struggling to mimic, cos my brain objects to this *argh-gravating* sentence structure). So, so very annoying. This is why I said there’s a serious reason not to go overboard in the style piece I did last month. It is also why people don’t go round reading other people’s diaries- it’s not to respect people’s privacy, it’s cos it’d probably be awful and barely literate. Moral of the story: don’t write. A whole. Book. Like this. (Also I know people will ask why read this if you had even an inkling it would be bad? Good question! It’s cos I saw it on one of those “100 books to read before you die” lists and then saw it on overdrive soon after- it seemed like destiny… sadly it was more like fate was conspiring against me). Ah well- at least I got a good idea of the character from this style: barely literate, self-obsessed and boring.
Rating: 1/5 bananas
The Goose Girl– ahh what a relief this book was. The writing was controlled, while faintly mythical; the story was sweet, but not too saccharine; the overarching plot emotional and yet delivers a happily ever after. That ending was particularly rewarding. I think this was technically a reread, though I don’t remember anything about reading it the first time, other than it happened some time in primary school and that I loved reading it back then too. This is a great middle grade and a must-read if you’re interested in the genre/have children in this age-range.
Rating: 4/5 bananas
Immortal Reign– alas- this was underwhelming too! To be fair, my biggest issue with this book was that I stopped caring about the series a couple of books back. It didn’t help that this finale was totally predictable and nothing special. It started off okay for me, but quickly descended into a great big bowl of MEH. Some of the characters I still like (Magnus); others I still dislike (Lucia). Some issues were resolved wayyy too easily. I’ll be honest, I just felt a little flat after. There were a couple of things that irked me and I’m gonna get into minor spoilers about it, so if you do want to read the Falling Kingdoms series now’s your chance to look away. The main issue I had with this book is really similar to my problem in the last book- and that’s the treatment of Gaius as a villain. I know that they went the route of having him semi-redeemed cos he was under a spell (ugh at that again, but whatever) BUT I don’t see how his kids and everyone that knew him would suddenly be cool with him/mourning his death when they only ever knew him as a bad guy!!! I found the *happy reunion* way too out there. Thank goodness someone came along and shot an arrow in his chest and put a stop to that ridiculousness. On the note of significant deaths though, I feel there was definitely room to kill off at least one central character (which would’ve especially helped it feel like there were some real stakes). Somehow though everyone, including the shitty characters, get to ride off into the sunset (metaphorically speaking- though in some cases sorta literally). *Sigh*- at least I got to finish the series I guess.
Rating: 3/5 bananas
So have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!