Here’s our weekly wrap up from the WRFB crew =)
Hi everyone, it’s been a great week. I went to go see My Brother, My Brother, and Me, and The Adventure Zone, and I even made it to the Ren Faire! I’m getting ready for a few book clubs and I”m trying to work my way through a few things.
- Love a La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm: This is one of the books I’m reading for a book club. It’s about two teens that get accepted into a cooking school of some kind. I’m not super feeling it, but I am laughing that it was suggested by the person in the book club who would most hate having to read this book if someone else suggested it. (She somehow didn’t realize what the book would be about)
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: I literally just started this so I’m not really sure what it’s about. Reading the summary it sounds like our main character is super magic and is gonna be hunted down, but so far she just got married and does not seem happy that her husband is super attractive (mostly because she’s worried she doesn’t have much to offer, obviously this will be proved wrong).
- Mine to Posses by Nalini Singh: This is book 4 of the Psy-Changeling series. Probably not my favorite. Clay and Talin have a slightly strange dynamic, and I kind of felt like the personal growth for both of them had weird timings. That being said, I love the plotlines that are moving between the books. 3.5/5
- Breathless by Beverly Jenkins: This is the second book in the Old West Series. I read the first book a few weeks back and really enjoyed it. I liked the two characters in this book. Portia knows what she wants and is going to make sure she gets it. Kent has been humbled in his life and also knows what he wants. I will say this book struggles a little with telling rather than showing. The last few chapters of the book covered a lot of ground but it all felt like way too much. 3.5/5
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: I felt a little leery about this book at first but it ended up being a solid read. Yarvi was going to go into religious service (basically) and ended up becoming a king. He also somehow manages to not do that well and becomes a slave and was determined to somehow get his throne back. The story brings in a delightful cast of characters and was in generally crazy enjoyable. 4/5
- Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: This is the second book of the Murderbot series and boy is it great (do we have a review for this one?). I’m trying to figure out how to write this without spoiling. Murderbot is trying to find out about something that happened in their past. Murderbot continues to have an absolutely delightful personality and I love their point of view on the world. This book did a fun job of showing some of the flaws in their thought process, while also showing how fucking good they are at certain things. 5/5
- Partials by Dan Wells: Post-apocalyptic world, humans created superhumans, a virus got sent out and suddenly a bunch of humans die and infants can’t survive. Rules have been put in place so that all women of a certain age have to be pregnant and yet this isn’t treated like a huge fucking deal. A teenage girl decides she’s the one who knows how to create a cure and goes on an adventure. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the teenager saves the world and while parts of this were pretty unique, a lot of it felt pretty rote. 3/5
- The Trouble With Christmas by Amy Andrews: We received this book in return for a free and honest review. so that’s what I’ll be doing. Suzanne is an artist who is escaping to a small town to try and get her muse back. Through quirky events (read: her not having enough of a backbone to let her mother know she needed a break) she ends up fake dating the surly Rancher Jake. Also it’s set in Christmas. Think this is basically a Hallmark movie. I’ll be writing a review.
- After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: I ended up setting this one down. It’s an arc we received and honestly I’m just struggling with it. The book is really really dark and while there’s hope in it, I just found it a little too difficult to push myself into reading it. At this point you can probably guess that I read a lot. I can usually tell if I”m not feeling a book if I keep finding ways to do things that aren’t reading. Which is what happened here, so I set it down. I might pick it back up, but it needed to at least go on hold.
Well I was TRYING to celebrate fall’s arrival but it’s 90 degrees. Climate change is REAL.
What Linz read:
- Recursion by Blake Crouch: Reviewed by Ginny (https://willreadforbooze.com/2019/06/07/drunk-review-recursion-by-blake-crouch/), read by many others. A cop and a scientist try to figure out why a mysterious affliction is infecting victims with memories of lives they never lived. Total mindfuck, really enjoyed it, 4 stars.
- The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess: Perfectly acceptable novel about a 25yo girl having a quarterlife crisis in the ’80s. The writing was fine, the climax and resolution were a little too pat.
- War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi: UM WOW. JFC. WOW.
- Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller: Uh, summer 1969, England, Frances is hired to research a dilapidated historic property for its new owner, along with a glamorous sexy couple. But they’re not all they seem, drama ensues–look, I’m actually a little salty about reading this book because I knew it wasn’t great, I just wanted to see how it resolved, and not much was resolved so now humph.
What Linz is currently reading:
I have The Book of Lost Saints by DJ Older and A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer slated next but I only finished Bitter Orange a few hours ago and I’m pissy so I’m taking a break to work out.
What. A. Week. I feel like I say that every week, but I had my first Tarot reading today, and it sounds like it’s going to lighten up… but maybe not. We’ll see. I also didn’t get much reading done.
What I read this week:
- Steeltide by Natalie C. Parker: This is the second book in the Seafire series, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I wanted to, but THIS book. I liked this book much better than the first one, though it was still not stellar. Caledonia is a fierce leading lady and I truly love that. Drunk review coming.
- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: This story is about a girl on a pirate ship that can travel through time. Her dad, the captain, is tryna get back to Hawaii so he can save his wife, but it may mean that our lady may cease to exist. I… was right. I am not a big fan of this author. There were a few plot holes I couldnt really get behind and while it was better than other books I’ve read by her, I won’t be continuing with the series.
What I’m currently reading:
- The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons: This is the sequel to The Ruin of Kings a demon, chosen-one story but with such flare that I don’t even care. I’m gonna tell you Book 1’s synopsis. Our main man, Kihrin, in jail, and he’s telling his life story that ended him up where he was. It’s such a well-rounded story. It’s also hysterical. This is book 2 and I’m LOVING it.
- Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: This is a YA story about a world where women have like… zero rights. Our main character has been selected to be a “Grace” which I’m assuming is like a harem for the heir to the throne? We’ll see. Listening on audio and I’ve only just started. Linz wrote a review for this when it came out.
- Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: I’ve literally just started this because I needed something to read on my phone while I was bored. I don’t know what it’s about yet.
Amazing weekend. I started nesting aka painting our Pixar-inspired nursery. Any must-do tips for the space?
What Minda finished:
- Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner – All the feels story about two completely different sisters growing up in the counterculture 50s-60s era. Civil rights, LGBTQ love story, and psychedelic drugs, and the ties of a Jewish family. Review to come! 4/5 shots
What Minda is reading now:
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Reading this one for book club this month! During the Jazz Age, a Cinderella-type Woman in a small Mexican town dreams of more to her life. Then a twist of fate finds her life tied to that of the Mayan god of death and send her on adventure into the Mayan underworld to fight for her life.
- On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl – Still haven’t actually opened it, so not sure this counts as reading. This novel is historical fiction based on a brother-in-law and sister in the American west.