I know that it’s actually a few months past the halfway point of 2018, but I actually forgot I had this set up, so I might as well do my wrap up now. I will only go over the books I read before July. So, before July 2018, I read 31 books. Most of them were entire series, so I might discuss those series as a whole rather than go over each book.
The first book I read was Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I loved the premise of the book and the plot, but I didn’t like our main character all that much. She relied too much on the two men in her life, especially when it came to decision making, and she would change her mind a lot depending on what they wanted or said. I did see one of the twists coming, but it actually was a really good twist and made the story a little better, but the other twist which I didn’t see coming was something that I feel has been a bit overdone in both YA books and the film industry.
I then read the entirety of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard and I gave the entire series an average of 2.75 out of 5 stars. There was one 5 star book in the series, but most of them were 3 stars or below. The series had a great premise, but it failed on the execution. The plot started off great, but ended up becoming a convoluted mess that could have been solved in less than 12 books. I do feel that the series should have ended after book 8, which actually had a pretty solid ending with everything getting wrapped up nicely.
I then read series 1 of Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda and I gave series 1 an average of 5 out of 5 stars. I thought these books were great fun. It was a nice bit of nostalgia for me since I did read them when I was much younger. I feel like it’s a series that has stood the test of time.
This was followed by the bid-up edition of Deltora Quest series 2 by Emily Rodda. I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the 1st series and I think it might’ve had something to do with the multiple perspectives. I also felt like Lief, Jasmine and Barda got through things alot easier in this series than in the first series because their adventures had to be shared with the other perspectives meaning less time was dedicated to their hardships.
Next was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. This book got 4 out of 5 stars. I loved the premise, I loved the story. It was a great read. I really enjoyed it. I will definitely pick this one up again when the sequel comes out.
Then I read Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I gave this book 1 star. I really didn’t like it. It had a great premise that gave me circus and magic vibes, but it completely failed in regards to those things. The world I was transported to didn’t feel magical or whimsical or even fun. I felt cheated by the end of it since I didn’t get what was promised which was a magical game.
Next I read Death Note Volume 1 by Obata, Takeshi. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the Death Note anime, so i decided to try the Manga. It was great. The premise was great and was executed perfectly. i love the characters and their dynamics. I loved it and will definitely continue on with the manga.
Then I read volumes 1 of Armoured Science Kung-Fu Cats by Tom Caffrey and I gave it 3 stars. All I can really say is that it is weird. So very weird. I picked it up at Supanova for $5 which is pretty cheap for comics here, so that’s not too bad.
Lastly I read The Dark Hills Divide (Land of Elyon #1) by Patrick Carman. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Again, this was a nostalgia thing as I read the first 3 books when they first came out and I absolutely adore them. I love the writing and the animal companions are just so cute and funny, especially Murphy the squirrel.
So, those are all the books I read before July 2018. Hopefully I’ll remember to do my yearly wrap up in December.