Holy mother of gawd how is it August already?? I CAN’T EVEN. Well then, let’s get to talking about two of the books I read in July.
First up was:
About In A Sentence or Two: The Plumb siblings are on the verge of receiving a VERY large inheritance…until they find out their money has been used to clean up their brother’s latest and very large mess up. Privately all of them were severely relying on the prospect of this money so they get together to confront their brother about what he’s going to do to fix it.
Thoughts: Oh man, I don’t know what this says about me BUT I just really enjoy reading about family drama and dysfunctional families in fiction (also #richpeopleproblems). So this totally screamed “PICK ME UP!” and it totally delivered on those things. I mean, what’s more fun than the family eff-up making another dumb decision and being the reason you aren’t getting the HUUUUGE inheritance you all thought you were going to get and were BANKING ON — awkward family meeting ahoy. Though I didn’t feel much connection to a lot of the main characters, I adored a few and I just found all the relationship dynamics intriguing PLUS the character development throughout the novel was excellent. I loved reading about all their various lives and how this inheritance shaped the way they lived and the choices they made and how the loss of it would affect their lives. I love, love loved the ending…like so much. View Spoiler »He is the epitome of that Tara Banks gif from America’s Next Top Model where she was like “I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU. WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU.” Like, getting to read from his POV we know that he did TRY, despite his cockiness and overconfidence and giving up when it got hard, but he is so that person in your family who just unfortunately you feel like will never change and you just learn not to rely on them. But I was rooting for him to make it up to his family and actually become a decent human being. But alas, real life. Some people just never do. « Hide Spoiler Anyways, it was a quick and absorbing read for me but I don’t feel like it completely WOWED me like all the hype led me to believe.
Then I read:
About In A Sentence Or Two: Verity is a city overrun with monsters, born out of violent and dark acts, and is divided by two leaders — one who lets the monsters run free and makes people pay to be protected and one who is trying to keep people safe. Kate and August are the heirs of these men respectively. On opposite sides of this war, they are thrown together when August is given a chance to help the effort and spy on Kate at school but things quickly go awry.
Thoughts: This was my first Victoria Schwab book so yay for losing that author virginity (especially embarrassing since I own most of them). I’m not going to lie — I felt VERY confused regarding the world with this one in the beginning. VERY confused. I’m like I DO NOT GET THIS WORLD WHAT IS HAPPENING but then it started to be pieced together and then I pretty much got enough of it. But that aside — what a unique urban fantasy novel! After I finished it I was like….”man, I’ve never read anything quite like that!” I loved the idea that monsters were born out of the evil and dark acts of the world + turf wars between two very different leaders in one city. There was a perfect amount of important character development where I really got a sense of who these characters were and what motivated them in the depths of their hearts and also a pulse-pounding plot that moved it all forward. I loved August and Kate and their stories definitely tugged at me — the girl who just wants to be loved and accepted by her father and the monster who just wants to be a human. So many beautiful themes pulsing through this dark and lovely novel. Cannot wait for the conclusion and to read more of Victoria’s books!
Have you read any of these? What did you think?!
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