It’s taken me most of May to write about what I read in April. I think because I’ve found it hard to articulate my feelings about a few of the books. You’ll see what I mean.
I must be a glutton for punishment. I had never heard of these books until the third and final of Sally Green‘s series, Half Lost came out in early April. When the…not-so-favourable (read: LIVID) reviews came out, I contrarily decided I had to read the whole series to see what everyone was up in arms about. I loved the first and second books, and most of the third. The trilogy is about Nathan, a half black, half white witch, caught up (literally) in the middle of a war. The books have so much that I love. Magic in a modern setting is pretty much my M.O. for my reading list. The ending of the trilogy was, however, lazy and nonsensical and undid a lot of the great work the previous books had done.
I said after reading The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson,that it was four stars for story and three for execution. Important themes and, mostly, handled well. I think the book is aimed at younger audience than me (which usually never stops me enjoying a book, but felt jarring in this one) and relied a little too much on ‘twists’ and shock value. Enjoyable and sweet, otherwise.
I loved Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa. I found it on one of my first trips to the library in years and remember vaguely seeing someone recommend it on Goodreads. Focused around the friendship between three teenagers, Jeremy, Mira and Sebastian, the book does a great job of exploring the fragility and intensity of relationships (friendship and romance) amongst young people. It’s a little thin on the plot, but that wasn’t the point and despite being a hardcore plot-lover, I was okay with that.
Who am I kidding, most April was just me filling time waiting for The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater’s final book in The Raven Cycle series. This series is, truly, a work of staggering genius, the pinnacle of the YA genre. If I’m honest, some things bothered me. The plot kind of ran away from itself before lurching back on numerous occasions. We met characters who had little to no impact on the story or characters (not including Henry Cheng, the new boy who stole the show a little bit). But what The Raven Cycle does best was all over this book, and I’ve banged on about it enough in previous posts. The relationships, the tangled tumbleweed of connections between the characters is phenomenally written. They are all my favourite characters. The book bumped itself up from four stars to five stars with the fantastic (and potentially spoilery) line ‘Graduated and fancy and driving your boyfriends beemer.’