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Worth the Hype: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Grade: A

So I had heard nothing but good things about this book. Recently one reviewer I follow said it was one of her all time favorites so I finally, finally decided to just sit and read it and I’m so glad I did. This one lived up to the hype and it’s definitely one of my top reads of the year.

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Arya Stark Meets the Fae: The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince

By: Holly Black

Grade:  B+/A-

This book is the first of a series that came with a lot of hype. As much as I enjoyed the book- it’s a little overhyped in my opinion. For like 75% of it. I admit I really loved the ending. It’s got a crazy amount of potential for this series. It’s up there with Now I Rise in terms of my being excited to see where this goes.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Grade: B

*Spoilers (vague I hope) below!

I decided to read this book and it’s sequel (A Court of Mist and Fury) just to see what all the hype was about. This one is about Feyre, a young huntress trying to feed her family when she unfortunately kills the wrong creature in the woods. She’s then given a choice between death or living out the rest of her life in the land of fairies over the border from her own. Which is definitely not a bad deal when you consider the alternative.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and for the most part I did enjoy it but the end left me a bit cold.

Tamlin, the fairy whom she considers her jailer at first, is nice enough to her. He gives her the run of the place. And of course there will be feelings. But I did like him and I liked Lucien and the whole set-up of the fairy world. There’s some good moments too that set the scene for what’s to come later such as fairy deaths and mutilations. There was definitely a darkness to this story I appreciated.

I also liked her family. It was one of those things were you like them more as you get to know them and I hope her older sister especially appears in later books. She’s a fascinating, strong character.

Feyre herself is a good character. Her ability to not listen to anyone, including her own head telling her things might not be the best of ideas does lead to a need to be rescued which is annoying. Though I did like she’s essentially a smart and feeing character. She was affected by the kill of the wolf in the woods even though at first she tried to tell herself that she isn’t bothered by it. And she is affected by the death that is around her.

The weirdest thing about this book for me was that by the time it should have picked up- when the truth comes out and all the challenges begin- that’s when it started feeling like a slog to get through. I didn’t care for the villain she reminded me a bit of the Evil Queen in early Once Upon a Time seasons but without the charm. The real standout here is Lucien. I felt for him almost the entire time and would like to know more about his family and his past life. But other than that I was ready for it to end.

The other problem with this book which I fear is going to color my view of the next, is Rhysand, another fairy who helps Feyre. I think he’s interesting but I didn’t love the way he was presented, his dealings with Feyre or what that seems to portend for book two. Amongst other things he kind of lost me at the whole- let’s strip her down to almost nothing, drug her into oblivion and make her dance for everyone nightly. I might have missed the reason for this but there didn’t seem to be one.

I don’t know. The next book is the one with even more hype- the one everyone seems to love. Maybe it will surprise me but right now I fear I know exactly where it’s going.

Recommend: Yes. Despite my issues with the book it’s still enjoyable and if you want to check out Maas I think it’s a good place to start.

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The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Hyped-to-the-Skies

Grade: B

So I wasn’t going to jump on the hype train for this one but it does fulfill a square for the reading challenge I’m doing. (More than one female protagonist is what I’m using it for.) Judging from the number of reviews on places like Amazon and Goodreads I might the the last person in the world to have read this book.

Rachel has what she believes is relevant information to a disappearance/ possible murder involving a couple she spies on while taking the train into the city every day. Unfortunately for her and the police she has all kinds of other problems. A tendency to drink, to overreact, to cause trouble and as the missing woman, Meghan, lived only a couple of doors down from Rachel’s ex-husband and his new wife and child she isn’t considered the most trustworthy source in the neighborhood.

I thought… that this didn’t really live up to the hype but it certainly didn’t crash and burn. All the characters were generally dreadful but they were so in what I felt was a believable way. You felt bad for Rachel and you wanted to shake her and you may know people like her who cannot let the past go. Meghan was the hardest to like. She’s hiding secrets upon secrets. I liked Anna apparently more than most (she’s an unrepentant mistress/happy new wife) but I admit that could be because Rebecca Ferguson is going to play her in the movie.

My biggest problem though is it’s not to hard to figure out what was going on and who the baddie was and once you do you can kind of see the end coming. I admit there was a couple of minutes reading the end where I thought it might go one way but there were no surprises.

So for the characterization of the three female characters I really liked this book. They were messy, unlikeable, and all too human. For the mystery part it was pretty much what you think it’s going to be.

Recommend: Sure. It’s a quick painless read and I’ll definitely check out the movie when it opens.