I’m currently taking a break from bookstagram, and I took a short break from blogging, too. But I’m back with some mini-reviews! 😄 And I’ll have my April Wrap-Up posted on Monday. Click on each title below to read a short synopsis.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This book was like a vivid, sumptuous dream. (Which is fitting, I suppose. 😉) Taylor’s writing is nothing short of incredible, and I am head-over-heels in love with the world she has created. This book ends on such a bittersweet — and heart-wrenching — scene. I was WRECKED. I can’t wait for the next (and final!) book in this duology, Muse of Nightmares. October is so far away! 😭
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Having heard so many good things about this book, I was surprisingly disappointed. 🙁 While it did have some enjoyable parts, Penny was an unlikable protagonist to the extreme (judgmental, self-righteous, and, at times, downright mean), I didn’t really feel a strong romantic vibe between her and Sam, and several big issues were either hastily resolved or just left completely unresolved. I feel that this book will resonate with some, but it took me a while to get into it, and I never felt truly invested in the characters or the story.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Vol. 1, 2 & 3 by CLAMP
I was so excited for this new arc in a manga series I grew up reading! ❤️ (I also watched the dubbed version of the anime, but it’s best to pretend that never happened… It was SO BAD, guys. 😂) The artwork is lovely — perhaps a little softer than in the previous arcs, although I have yet to re-read those. The new mystery is very intriguing, and I’m eager to see what happens next. I do wish, however, that each volume were a little longer.
I don’t think I can fairly rate these, mostly due to some pretty intense nostalgia-induced bias. But if you’re interested in checking them out, you can find them for a good price here! (The omnibus editions of the previous arcs are also super pretty.)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This book lived up to all of my expectations, and it may have made me cry several times. (And I rarely cry while reading.) Miller’s writing is simply stunning; it flows like honeyed wine. Overall, it’s a fantastic interpretation of Homer’s The Iliad, as well as a moving tale of love and loss. ❤️ Have I mentioned that the ending broke me? B R O K E M E. My poor heart! 😭
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know!