After a very sunny and fun bank holiday weekend, I thought I’d sit down and have a chat with you about my recent reading updates.
You may have found it a little quiet around here lately, and that is because I’ve read some absolutely BANGING books (*yay*) that have quite literally rendered me speechless. You know those books, the ones that as soon as you put them down you’re not quite sure what to say about them? Well, I just couldn’t gather my thoughts to even begin formulating a coherent review for you guys.
So, instead of attempting to write lots and lots of rubbish reviews I thought I’d give you a general update.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This 600-page beast has been chilling on my shelves for a very long time. So once I jumped into this strange story and finished it (!!!!) I felt super accomplished. It was a massive reading-moment for me.
The story itself was everything I needed it to be. Slow, meandering, bizarre, ridiculous and very Neil Gaiman.
I’ve come to realise that these kinds of books, similar to the likes of Jeff Vandermeer and Margaret Atwood, just really work for me. They force me to stop in my tracks and listen to their quiet storytelling and it gets under my skin and works its way into my consciousness. Lovely stuff indeed.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Yeah, yeah yeah. We’ve all heard about this one, right?
I automatically pre-order all of Maas’s books, without the slightest hesitation, and sometimes without even reading the synopsis. Hence why when this dropped on to my doormat last week, I was super disappointed to find that it was only 200 pages long!
However, this story blew me away.
I got exactly what I’ve always wanted from these characters, a quiet moment. All of them, together, living their lives in a post-war world and getting ready for a holiday celebration. It was beautifully simple. I applaud Sarah for taking a risk and creating something so different from the rest of the series so far.
BUT, and it’s a big but, I can’t help but feel that she is preparing us for a horrible plot twist in the next book… Is one of the inner circle going to die? Will Feyre and Rhysand be separated forever? Is Tamlin going to be redeemed? I have so many questions and so few answers. DAMN YOU MAAS.