Books I’ve been Reading: June & July

I actually got a lot of reading done in July! I thought I was maybe going to get through one book, when I really got through two! Yay! In July I read The Magicians with my friends Bree & Ann, and This Savage Song. In June I read Starflight (which was also an Iggle Bookworms pick) and Four. These are my thoughts…

The Magicians by Lev Grossman:

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Like I mentioned I read this with a couple of friends, it was a lot of fun! We were inspired to read this because of the TV show. We were curious if its like the books, or we wanted to read the book first then watch the tv show. I wanted to read The Magicians because you always hear how the book is better than the adaptation. Well, that’s not true in every case…

I think I like what I’ve seen of the TV show better, but they are both something I would not recommend to people. The main character is Quentin Coldwater, he lives in New York, and when we join him, he’s about to start college. But not just any college, one that is consumed in magic.

The concepts for the book were interesting, the plot was compelling, and I truly enjoyed the first half of the book. The second half of the book was awful. It was far to slow, and seemed to just drag on forever. I also had a problem with the writing in areas, like somethings could have been worded better. The nice thing about this book is that it’s an easy read, if you’re sick and stuck in bed for a day or two this is something you could read.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab:

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This my first Victoria Schwab book and it was a good introduction. I really, really liked her world she created. The book takes place in a world where Monsters are born of violence, and the city is divided. The story follows Kate and August who make a fantastic pair, no spoilers but I found their relationship very refreshing for a YA novel.

They are forced to work together and find that they have more in common then they thought. The characters were complex, the world was complex, the plot was complex, it was just great, and dark, and creepy. The other aspect that I really enjoyed was the focus on music. For each of our main characters they have a very different relationship with it, but it’s still a source of “life” (calmness, whatever you want to call it) for them.

I am really looking forward to reading more from Victoria Schwab- at the end of This Savage Song it sounded as thought we might see a sequel, I really hope thats the case.

Starflight by Melissa Landers:

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I found this book as an “often bought together” item off of Amazon. I read the description and was “well this sounds like my cup of coffee.” And I was totally right! This is a fantastic book! If your a fan of Firefly, Stargate,  or Darkmatter then this is probably something you will dig.

If things like “outer rim” take you to a happy place then settle in for a good time. We’ve got a crew, the story focuses in on Solara and Doran, a ship, The Banshee, and plot full of twists. I don’t want to give away to much, because I think everyone should read this book, but I will say the Space Pirate fight scene with Doran was my favorite.

 

Four by Veronica Roth:

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So I really liked Divergent, and when I heard this book was coming out I was stupid excited about it because I love Four. Triss I find, I guess annoying is a good word- and a slight bit dull. I just find Four far more compelling, and his back story a lot more interesting.

This book covers I think around seven different stories from his point of view, some that involve Triss and some that are his back story, and it’s just reveals how Four became Four. I was hooked the entire time, and I think if Four was the main character instead of Triss I would have actually finished the Divergent series (I still have to read one and half books in the series I think…I got really bored with them).

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Also if we aren’t friends on goodreads then we really should be! Add me and I will follow you back! 

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