City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
**** (4 stars)
Thank you to Erin for continuing to buddy read with me even though I keep falling behind. I’m still enjoying the story overall but Clary is so annoying for so many reasons and Clare really likes to drag things out where this series is concerned. I’m enjoying buddying reading these books and talking about them because while I’m hooked on the romance side of the story Erin’s focus is on other aspects so it helps me to notice more of what’s going on. I don’t really have much else to say about this book without spoilers so I guess I’m just going to leave it there which I know isn’t very much but I’ve got nothing else.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
***** (5 stars)
I put off reading this book for so long and I don’t even know why because I knew I was going to love it. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. I’ve never read the original book but I have loved pretty much every Beauty and the Beast retelling I have read and this of course was no exception. First I need to point out that this book has disability rep. The heroine has Cerebral Palsy. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the representation because I don’t have any personal experience but I feel like it was done well. I liked how it was portrayed in the book. It’s my understanding that it’s not the same for everyone so maybe Harpers experience with CP won’t be accurate for everybody. I loved how despite having CP Harper didn’t let it hold her back and she definitely didn’t let anybody make her feel less than capable. I loved how while yes this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling there was a darker spin on it. Honestly I just loved everything about this book. I did see the reveal coming in the end but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I’m of 2 minds about reading the next books. Yes I absolutely want to continue with the series but everything I’ve heard about the remaining books hasn’t been the greatest so I’m scared but I want more of Harper and Rhen.
Vicious by L.J. Shen
**** (4 stars)
When I started reading this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it after only reading 2 chapters. This is a bully romance and boy was Vicious a bully. My issue was the fact that he was being a bully for the hell of it basically. He was just mean for the sake of being mean. It took me a while to pick it back up after I initially started reading it but once I did I was hooked. Vicious continued to be a jerk for basically no reason although we do get a little back story as to why he is the way he is which made me understand a little more. Despite my issues with how much of a jerk he was I couldn’t stop reading it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I had to put the book down. It didn’t hurt that it was pretty steamy as well. Honestly I know there is so much wrong with the way Vicious treated Emelia but I couldn’t get enough of it. What does that say about me I wonder? I can definitely see myself carrying on in this series.
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
***** (5 stars)
It has finally come to an end!! I am sad that it has ended but at the same time I am so glad I gave this series a chance because I absolutely loved it. This is the 3rd and final book in The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin. In this one we get a little bit of back story in the beginning which slowed down the pacing of the story a little bit but beyond that I still absolutely loved everything. The only complaints I have had throughout the entirety of these books is that it was hard to keep up with all of the characters and the timeline but I stopped trying and just focused on enjoying the story which I did. I definitely think that these books are ones where you can benefit from rereading them because I am sure I can pick up on stuff that I didn’t pick up on this time around. I’ve said like 3 times already but I absolutely loved these books and now I want everyone to read them.