Last week I finished reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in the Grishaverse Trilogy. We finally get to meet Nikolai, whom everyone has been talking about and I’m sorry to admit, but he was the most exciting thing about the book. Maybe I’m not the target audience for this series. I was more interested in the characters and there’s some great dialogue, some quotable quotes. But I feel like the villain, The Darkling, and Nikolai shine brightest for me in the series. Alina and Mal aren’t that vivid to me and I’m not that interested in them but I have already started the last book, Ruin and Rising.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read Siege and Storm? What did you think?
This week I read Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and I’m in love. I loved the writing style. I loved the pacing. This book definitely checks all the boxes for my ideal book. We follow Lionel Essrog, an orphaned young man who has Tourette’s. Tourette’s is no laughing matter but I couldn’t help but laugh at the situations it gets Lionel in and his random tics at the most inappropriate times. The novel is heavily character driven and if there wasn’t Lionel Essrog, this would just be another run of the mill crime novel. This book is definitely one my favorites of the year.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Have you read Motherless Brooklyn? If so, what did you think about Lionel Essrog?
I first came across Leigh Bardugo when I came across her book Six of Crows. It’s a young adult fantasy book which, until then, I wasn’t a huge fan of. But that changed when I finished Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom thereafter. I had no plans of reading her earlier books because I already loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I saw no need to read them. But there was a lot of hype when her new book that’s based in the Grishaverse came out, so I decided to give her first three books a try since it’s in the same world.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is also a young adult fantasy book about Alina Starkov as she finds out she’s a very powerful Grisha, who are people that posses and practice magic in the Second Army of the King. I thought that the book was well written and flowed well allowing for a quick read. There were moments that took me by surprise and moments that I was able to guess but not all of it (fine it was only one thing I guessed right). I loved the characterization and the fact that they were morally gray. I just love Bardugo’s ability to create such intriguing characters and lets them make mistakes, lets them be human.
My rating: 4/5 stars
If you’ve read Shadow and Bone, what did you think of it?
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir about Elizabeth’s life after her divorce where she travels for one year to Italy, India, and Indonesia. In general, it was a well thought out and cleverly written book. I think Gilbert is a great writer. I had fun on her spiritual and physical journey towards, I suppose, finding herself. Some parts were long winded especially in India and a little in Indonesia, parts where I skimmed ahead. It definitely made me think about my own life but I think it would do with some editing. Great book for life quotes, though.
My rating: 3/5 stars
If you’ve read Eat, Pray, Love, what did you think about it?
Brooklyn is a historical fiction novel about an Irish girl named Eilis who travels to America and settles in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a simple, well thought out, well-written and slow-burning novel. Eilis was a weak protagonist I thought but that made her more relate-able to me. But it was frustrating reading sometimes because, even though she knew what she wanted, she never expresses it to the people around her. There is no real plot like a rising action, climax, and resolution, just her life with significant and sometimes not so significant events sprinkled in throughout. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. I actually like books like that and I enjoyed reading this. If you like reading books like that, I would recommend Brooklyn.
Have you read Brooklyn? If so, how’d you like it?
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