What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I have a feeling this summer is going to be a lot of me doing shorter book talks especially since, as I talked about here, I’m going to maybe post a little less during the summer.

 

Outrun the Moon stacey lee

Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee

I received this for review consideration but this in no way affected my opinions.

 

About In A Sentence or Two: Mercy, a young determined young Chinese girl, refuses to let the fact that she’s Chinese and a girl get in the way of her dreams. She cunningly bribes her way into an exclusive all-girls school and endures the push back from those who don’t want her there and keeping her story under wraps….until it all changes in an instant when a historic earthquake hits the city.

Thoughts: I loooove historical fiction and, while I loved Under a Painted Sky, this one blew me out of the water and stirred me up emotionally — and by that I mean there were lots of tissues next to me upon finishing. I loved the setting of San Fransisco at the turn of the century during this historic earthquake. I LOVED Mercy and how determined, strong and resilient she was and loved watching her go after what she wants — regardless of the roadblocks set up because she’s Chinese AND a woman. Her resilience in the face of tragedy was inspiring. I thought Stacey Lee tackled racism/prejudice in such a nuanced way in this book and I loved seeing it contrasted in the before and in the after — especially to see these glimmer of hopes that barriers could come down when everyone is mourning this tragedy together as a city. I thought the way she wove it through the novel was so perfect. The secondary characters were incredible, truly. If you like historical fiction, this is a must read for 2016.

 

Rating:

RATING-loved-it

 

Dahlia Adler Last Will & Testament

Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler

 

About In A Sentence Or Two: Once valedictorian at her high school, Lizzie has been struggling with school and partying/hooking up with guys instead of studying until one night when her world changes and she becomes an orphan and is tasked to be the guardian of her two little brothers in the wake of her parent’s death. In order to keep her brothers out of foster care she knows she has to turn everything around and one of those things is her GPA and she finds help, and something more, in her pain in the butt TA for one of her hardest classes.

Thoughts: THE TYPE OF NA ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Oh man, I loved the crap out of this book. It was a sweet and sexy romance that I totally shipped like you have no idea but I also really loved how it explored how hard the college transition can be, family, grief & loss and having to grow up too soon. I have been pining for some books that aren’t just SET in college as a flimsy background setting for sexy times but the main character ACTUALLY is engaging with college life stuff and this book is 100% that. And well…the romance? If you like forbidden romances (a student and TA) that don’t make you feel icky…I highly recommend. I loved the slow build of their relationship and the tension that just kept growing between them — especially since he was her TA so a romantic relationship between the two could really have repercussions. I just could NOT put this one down — it’s compulsively readable and stood out for having a substantive college setting alongside the romance and for having a good guy love interest. My only qualm came with the uber villainy of the antagonist…it just seemed a little overboard for me. I can see jeopardizing her love life because she’s mad but then some of the other stuff she was threatening was a little much. You know I don’t read a ton of New Adult because most of it makes me all eye-rolly but I will heartily recommend this one!!

 

Rating

RATING-loved-it

 

Ivory & Bone

Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

About In A Sentence or Two: Much of seventeen year old Kol’s life has been spent providing for his clan by hunting and gathering and keeping safe from dangers of the land such as saber toothed tigers and harsh weather. When a clan from the south visits, something that doesn’t happen often, Kol meets Mya who shares things he didn’t know about the history between the two clans — a history even more deep and dark than he could have known when another clan and girl his age, an enemy of Mya’s, show up on their shores.

Thoughts: A prehistoric setting? YES PLEASE. I really enjoyed how unique the setting was for this one and I felt like I could just picture it through Julie Eshbaugh’s writing. I will admit that I had quite the struggle getting into it — I was interested but not quite being pulled in the way I had hoped. It also may have been the fact that for a good chunk of the book, because he’s telling her a story, it’s told from second person point of view and it felt a little disconnecting at times because of that. That took some getting used to. I think the best part of this book was how transported I was to this time period of hunting and gathering and I enjoyed the nature aspect of it — to be honest, the land and nature felt like a character in its own because of the obstacles and dangers for Kol and the other characters. I also really loved all the clan dynamics and how we learn about the clan history through the present events in the novel and there is quite a bit of tension in trying to navigate which version of the past actually was true. My other qualm, in addition to it taking a long time for me to feel engaged, was that I just didn’t really care about the romance? I mean, I liked it but I wasn’t swept up in it or feel like I understood it other than there were slim pickings for a mate. If you are looking for an action-packed prehistoric setting, this isn’t quite that. But if you can be patient and let yourself get swept up in it at a slower pace, you might enjoy it. I did like it and plan to continue on with the series because I’m digging the prehistoric thing — though the ending felt like it also could be a standalone.

 

Rating:

RATING-LIKED

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Outrun the Moon! I’ve been looking forward to reading it ever since the author’s first book, and I’m looking forward to the day I can finally make time for it. I also have Last Will and Testament on my TBR – I’m now even more excited to read it. I personally love it when NA’s actually involve college life, so this sounds like exactly what I’m always looking for. I’m not 100% sure what to think about Ivory and Bone (I haven’t read it yet), but it certainly sounds unique haha.

    • Ooh yes I loved UaPs too so I think you will LOVE this one!! I will be so curious as to what you think when you get to it! And yassssss if that is what you are looking for, like me, I def rec LW&T! I’m so so excited to continue on with that series. I wish I would have had these college stories when I was in college/just out of it. And yeah…I feel like if the idea of a prehistoric YA doesn’t grab you right away than maybe it’s a skip. Like it’s not one I’m going to be like EVERYONE MUST READ THIS REGARDLESS OF GENRE.

  2. Holy crap, Last Will and Testament looks SO GOOD!! I have been looking for some NA recommendations too. All the ones I see just don’t seem very interesting. I am adding this one to my TBR.

    • YES GIRL YOU NEED THIS ONE!!! I have SUCH a hard time finding NA that I actually like and this was it for sure!! I hope you will feel the same! It was 99 cents for Kindle I believe!

  3. Love your review of Outrun the Moon. I’ve read a few other reviews of it, but yours makes it sound like something I’d love. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for it now 🙂