Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (reread)
**** (4 stars)
I buddy read this with Erin. As was the case with the previous book in this trilogy this was her first time reading it and it was a reread for me. I never wrote a review for this one when I first read it back in 2016 but I loved it. I read this entire trilogy in less than a week and these books aren’t short. I gave it 5 stars the first time I read it and this time around I gave it 4. The fact that I have read this before has taken away from my enjoyment of it. Not it a bad way or anything because I am still fully loving the story but nothing is a surprise anymore. When I first read these books I was hooked on the romance aspect of it (DUH!!) so I don’t really remember much of the main conflict. Erin pointed out that not a whole lot of progress happens with the main conflict in either of the first two books which I never really noticed before but once she mentioned it it was blaringly obvious. I’m still loving the romance aspect of the books and I can’t wait to read the last one again and see what Erin thinks of it.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
***** (5 stars)
I was invited to join a a group on Instagram that was reading this book. When I looked it up I saw that I had added it to my Goodreads TBR back in 2019 and then forgot about it. Because of that I said I might as well go ahead in give it a try especially since I was going to be buddy reading it. I love buddy reads if you didn’t know. Anyways I had no clue what I was getting myself into and honestly I didn’t think I would end up liking it all that much but guys I ended up loving it. I listened to the audiobook while following along in the book which I think helped me especially because there are a lot of characters to keep up with. It was hard at first to keep up with everybody but that became easier the more I read. This book blew me away I am at a loss for words right now. This book was a chunky book coming in at 766 pages and I felt like I was getting through it slowly but I think that was just because of the shear length of it. There was so much happening that I never actually felt like I was slogging through it. I know I just contradicted myself but whatever. So much happens in this book and everything felt realistic natural right down to the romance. There is a time jump in the 2nd half which threw me off a little because I was loving the first half so much but I ended up loving the 2nd half just as much. If there’s one complaint I have it’s that I couldn’t keep up with how much time was passing. I am saying it now this is going to be one of my favorite books of the year if not my top favorite.
Black Lace by Beverly Jenkins
*** (3 stars)
I read this as part of The Swoon Sisters Book Club that I participate in. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter. If it wasn’t for this book club I probably wouldn’t have read this book. This is a romantic suspense and overall I thought it was an ok read. The author did a great job of making the romance and suspense equal throughout the book. The suspense part wasn’t really all that suspenseful. We knew who the bad guy was pretty much from the get go. Plus it was too political for me. I found myself not caring about the suspense side of the story. I did think the romance was cute though. And honestly the romance is what made me continue reading the book.