Hope you guys had a great week! We are all convinced its still March. K? k.
Can y’all believe it’s May!? Work is about to be crazy busy for me these next few weeks, so we’ll see how much reading I get done.
I’m also your host over on the @willread4booze Twitter account this week
What Minda is reading now:
- The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley – Slow-burn romance set in 17th C France centered around the missing Hope Diamond. The supposed jewel thief’s confession will mean her life or death—and maybe her heartbreak.
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Second in the Wayward Children series with the twins, Jack & Jill, in the high logic, high wicked world. I think this might be a prequel? Listening on audio.
What Minda finished:
- Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold – A twisted retelling of little red riding hood that does not shy away from the reality of womanhood, to say the least. It’s very pro-woman and I liked it, but I can see this as being controversial.
We’ve reached the point of quarantine where I can feel the breakdown about to happen. I need other humans… I did read a fair bit though…
What Sam Finished:
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: I thought this was a fantasy… i was wrong.. it’s a true sci-fi and fantasy. Basically Gideon is blackmailed into being the personal guard to her childhood tormentor and literal garbage person while she competes to become immortal. They are also literal necromancers. There are nine houses and people keep dying. Gideon is also hilarious. I can’t say too much more about my thoughts because this is the book club book for this month.
- The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen: This is a really weird story. The main character is being groomed to be chief of her Crow… clan? i guess? and basically they go to all the towns to collect people who’ve died from the plague. She makes this oath with the crown prince to take him to his allies in exchange for security for her people. This was… ok. I won’t be continuing with the series. Not worth it, really.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Upon A Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker: I’m reading this for Tome Topple. I am like 40 pages in but it’s gonna be great, I can tell.
- Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian: This is the last and final book in the Ash Princess series. I can’t say too much about what this book is about because spoilers, but this was one of the only YA fantasy trilogies I actually enjoyed. It broke a bunch of the stereotypes that I was sure there was gonna be.
I managed to get through a few books this week and it’s very strange to actually say that. Some of it is that I just buckled down and got some stuff read. But hey, who cares how it happened, the important thing is that it happened.
- Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin: this book was a gosh darned delight. There were a few similarities with Pride and Prejudice (only towards the end) but I really enjoyed the push and pull between the main characters where religion and culture and values intersected. I found some of the characters frustrating at times (and I think one of the back plotlines could have been handled a little better) but every character flaw was there to allow for growth, which was a lot of fun.
- Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, Guirihiru: I apologize if I got the author name wrong. This is a graphic novel and we received an ARC, which means half of the art was unfinished. But this book kind of embodied the great things about Superman going back to it’s roots. This book focuses on a Superman who hasn’t come into his own completely, but still stands for what is right and the little guys. This book follows an Asian family who has just moved out of Chinatown, and deals with the racism at the time.
- Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn: I’m probably going to end up writing a review for this. I had been looking forward to this book for a while so I was really excited to finally get it. A hand-letterer writes a code into a man’s wedding invite that the relationship is doomed to fail. He’s a (kind of on-theme) Mr. Darcy-esque character in that he just has trouble talking to people.
- The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune: I may have already written the review for this one… This was an ARC from, I think, ALA. The book follows Nick and his friends who live in a world with superheroes. Nick is OBSESSED with one of the superheroes and ends up actually running into them during an attempted robbery (he was being mugged) which sets off A LOT of plot.
- A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant: This book is a soap opera. Martha is recently widowed and only inherits from her husband if she has an heir. She doesn’t, but talks a rogue-ish neighbor into sleeping with her every day for a month to try to fake an heir. She’s also pretty darn prude. It’s fun.
- Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams: This is also a soap opera but more on person. The Robideux’s are a wealthy tobacco-empire family. The youngest daughter has spent years away after the guy she was in love with married (and then divorced) her sister. There’s still plenty of chemistry. I’m not certain how much I care yet, mostly because rich people having rich people problems partially because of a shitty patriarch forcing the family to conform might not be my fav. I’m still willing to give it a chance, but we’ll see how this one goes.
It’s Minda’s first Mother’s Day so she gets a break 😉 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, MINDA!!!
Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Ginny, and Minda