Monday, June 11, 2018

From the Den: May Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)

*****

a finale I read in April
*Vaguely spoilery*

I don’t even know how to review this book. Not because it was bad. No, in fact, it was quite good. Possibly one of the best sequels I’ve read in ages. But ouch, I’m still reeling after that ending. Like I kind of expected it, but also really didn’t want it to happen like that? It is SO bittersweet, and I loved these characters so much that it just makes me sad. It had the signature Victoria Schwab flair: the morally ambiguous characters, the monster versus human struggle for power and survival, but what happens when people like Kate have to be a little monstrous to live? And what happens when you’ve got precious cinnamon roll August who doesn’t feel like a monster but who knows he’ll never be human no matter what he does or how many people he saves. It’s a hard-hitting series, and it gave me so many feelings, and ugh. I’m just so upset by the outcome, even when I know it fit the book and the overall story. I’m so glad I finally read it and that I took the time to reread This Savage Song first because it’s just so damned good. V has solidified herself as one of my all-time favorite authors, and I will always read her books. 
Rating:4.5 Paw Prints!


Thanks to #CockyGate, this author popped up on my radar. And when I saw that this novella was free on Amazon, I couldn't pass up the chance to get it. I liked it a lot! It's on the shorter side, so the relationship doesn't feel *as* developed as it could be, but I still enjoyed seeing how Professor Wallace and Keira found each other through an English class, and a love that makes them both feel that they can be 100% themselves. But the shining star of the series is the Collins family, and their wonderful pub/restaurant. These siblings and their father love each other so much, and the banter and fun is the only kind that can come from a family that's always been close. So I'm SUPER excited to continue with Teagan's story!
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


Enjoyed this even more than the first book! I really loved Teagan and Sky and the romance they start after Sky wins a singing competition to get Teagan to write songs with him. It was light on drama, which I appreciated (though I definitely didn't expect A Certain Direction it took near the end there. haha), but it was full of sexiness and the Collins family. Because it's a bit older, it doesn't always read well (aka sometimes the subtle, quiet girl hate is there that's run so rampant in romance especially), and there are a few problematic elements. But I can generally brush it off because the stories really have good things going for them. ONTO THE NEXT!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


*eARC kindly provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley*

Not as good as his debut, but I do really like Caleb's writing. It made me want to keep reading, so I'd know who dun it. But the actual mystery left a lot to be desired. It wasn't as thrilling as I'd hoped, and it felt like mysteries I've already read before. And I just didn't really care for the explanations of the killer and thought it was eh. There wasn't much about it that was different, and I did not like any of the characters except for Rufus, Bash, and Lucy (who only had a few cameos, which made me sad because she's the best). I did love that Rufus and Sebastian were able to work through everything that had happened and get a second chance. They were SO CUTE. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the author's next book! 
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


This was REALLY good. It did lose me a little bit in the middle, but once things picked up, I was reading until the end. I adored the characters--Elian, Lira, Kye, Torik, Madrid. I'm a huge fan of found families, so this siren-hunting pirate crew and their banter made me so happy. And Elian's and Lira's voices were distinct enough, and unique, that there wasn't any trouble following the chapters even though they weren't titled with the character speaking. Both of them had shit to work through, pasts to reconcile, and futures they wanted to shape to make the world better. It was a enemies-to-lovers romance, which is my favorite. The world was one that was easy to get lost in, and while I could see how the book would end, it didn't take away anything from the story. This was the dark retelling of The Little Mermaid I've always wanted.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


I set this aside around the first 30 pages, because I just could not get over Iris' attitude. I mean, this girl is getting a trip to Ireland to see the filming of her late grandmother's fantasy series? HOW FUCKING COOL. But she didn't think it was cool, and she hated everything about it, and life. And she had her dad's voice in her head reminding her over and over again that she shouldn't like the Elementia trilogy. But she grew on me throughout the story. You just have to get past her antagonistic nature; she needed to find her way even if it meant many mistakes to get there. The characters were all lovely and three-dimensional. I adored Eamon and Shoshanna and Cate in particular, and I loved the feminist edge to this book. I did just appreciate a lot about this, and the conversations that happened, and I liked that it didn't tie up in a neat little bow when it came to Iris and Ryder's relationship with their dad (who is a genuine piece of work, I tell you what). I thought I wouldn't like this, honestly, which is why I'd put off finishing it. But it gave me FEELS that I wasn't expecting, especially that ending!
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


What books did YOU end up reading in May? Have you read any of these yet? What'd you think of them? Let's talk! :)