It’s Ginny again. Sam is off having an amazing weekend of being a bit of a badass so I’m filling in again.
ITS BOOKNETFEST BITCHES!! I passed my NEWTs, currently in line for Space Mountain in Disney World. I met a fuck ton of amazing content creators and my creative juices are flowing. Thanks to everyone I met for making my first BNF amazing.
What I read this week:
- Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk: this was my last NEWT!!! I was on the struggle bus with this one. It’s a Robin Hood retelling where Marianne was the one in charge of the band of “Mary’s men”. This dragged on forever. I actively didn’t care about any of them lol. I don’t think I’ll be reviewing this.
- Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo: this is a story that was pitched to me as a new Six of Crows. But it wasn’t that and honestly I don’t even remember the plot… won’t be continuing but will be doing a review.
What I’m currently reading:
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte: Listening to this on audio. I feel like this was allll over BookNet for a while. I’m enjoying it so far but we’ll see.
- Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: GUYS! This is the finale to Nevernight. Shit is real. I’m so scared. Help me.
I’ve had the most productive real-life weekend. Made a ton of food, did some laundry, went to the gym, and watched way too much youtube. There was a decent amount of reading, but maybe not as much as normal. My life isn’t nearly as interesting as Sam’s is right now but I did make my own bread this week!
- Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa: She’s a personal trainer, he’s a celebrity. They meet on a vacation to Aruba where they immediately have chemistry, except she doesn’t know who he is. So far there’s a little bit of drama but it’s a perfectly cute meet-cute.
- No Judgement by Meg Cabot: I picked this up at bookcon and I’m enjoying it. Bree has run away from her previous life as a celebrity’s daughter and is now the ex-fiance of a douche mc-douche-face. She has ridiculous chemistry with one of the inhabitants of the island she now lives in. Then there’s a hurricane.
- The Prey of the Gods by Nicky Drayden: This book was set in South Africa and was from the perspective of a demi-goddess, a newly born demi-goddess, a 16 year old boy, a local government official, and a diva. There’s a drug that shows people the form they would have taken had they known they were descended from a demi-god and one of the demi-goddesses decides to take advantage of the situation to try to seize power. There’s a whole plotline about some fledgling A.I. which is absolutely fastinating. Really, this book was a really interesting story. I had some issues with pacing and general character choices. But, this was still a fun read 4/5.
- The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian: He was a rake he was the rakes’ best friends brother, can I make it any more obvious? He wanted to see his nephew, the other him wanted to make up with his sister… and now i”m tried of this premise. This was a cute story about playing with expectations and how to play within the rules. 4/5
- Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh: YESSSS. I was waiting for this for a while, but this series continues to be a delight. Brenna (who was actually a part of the main plot of an earlier book) is attracted to the ex-Arrow assassin Judd, who is dealing with the fallout of his silence. Meanwhile, they’re dealing with assassination attempts on Brenna’s life because of something she doesn’t quite remember. 4.5/5
- One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire: This is book five in the Toby Daye series and man does this continue my desire to leave in an ocean world. Between this and the second book of the pendragon series I know what I want. I’m planning on writing a review for this one I think. So I’ll leave my review there.
- Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan: This was a novella so before it seems like and impressive amount of books, keep that in mind. This book was basically about two people who had to have a backbone to survive in society, who also kind of misunderstood each other until they came back together. 4/5
What Minda finished this week:
- The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Enjoyed this a lot. It came out last week so check out my review!
What Minda is reading now:
- Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman – Picking this back up. Will have some time to read on vacation.
What Minda put down:
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – The mean library took this back, boo.
Oh my god what a work week. I should never go on vacation, karma always comes for me when I’m back in the office.
What Linz read
- The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson – OH MAN THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD SEQUEL. I am loving this series and cannot wait for book 3. It was creepy as HELL and clever and kinda dark?
- The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – excellent YA fairytale-esque, epic fantasy-esque about a gravedigger and the walking skeletons she protects her village from
- Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – the author’s latest thriller is REAL great
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – that book that everyone and your mom is reading for book club
What Linz is reading now:
- The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg – I actually have no idea what this is about. I have a free Kindle Unlimited trial, and this cover and title looked cool, so I downloaded it and read two pages before I had to put it down to knock out Where the Crawdads Sing before Friday
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – this is Coates’ first novel. I actually have no idea what this is about, but I’m like 4 pages in and it’s GORGEOUS prose.