Goodbye June, you were a rough month. Growing up is hard work, but I am grateful for all the lessons I am learning now. I look forward to improving. Talking about these things in detail gives me intense, gut-churning anxiety. Let’s move on.
Okay, so June, I only read a few books. Some of them were huge. All of them were awesome.
I was surprised that I managed to read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Mostly, I was surprised by how engaging it was, how the second book changed things drastically, and the vibrancy of the characters.
Basically, I want to hang out with Lucien, Amren, and Mor. They are the best people ever. Expect more posts inspired by this friend group. June was a technicolor of light simply because of this friendship.
Rhys and Feyre are cute. I may expand on this later, but I understand Tamlin in a way that is almost alienating.
A Poison Dark and drowning by Jessica Cluess
For a series all about magic, I found this book grounded in a grim sense of reality. Rook and Henrietta have difficult decisions to make. Their natures and temperaments clash. There is a rich sense of mythology and lore to this story. I love it. It’s among my favorites. Blackwell and his awesome sister remind me of Darcy and his sister. The introduction of more female characters who play significant roles is fantastically done.
I cannot wait for book 3.
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
I adore Mirabelle. This book centered on a woman of color who is in charge of her income, her sexuality, her knowledge. She is all kinds of inspirational and refreshing. What I found most impressive was how very different she was from Adelaide.
There are hiccups along her journey, for sure, yet she maintained strength and a firm embracing of her identity.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
It has been a long time since I had read these books. Revisiting Juliette’s story in June was a tender experience as she stumbled through the world set in the novel. She has been isolated for so long that she does not know what the world around her looks like. Relationships are foreign to her. Her own power, metaphorically and literally, is hard to understand.
Besides, I like Kenji. I remain uncertain about Warner and Adam, even though I once favored one over the other.
Legend is a book I had once attempted to read and did not continue. Luckily for me, I was able to give it a second chance. It was such an exciting read. June and Day have a complex world with a nice hint of mystery. The idea of class stratification so intense that plagues and desperate measures are taking place, that’s a scary thing to imagine.