I thought this book kind of sucked. It was just not memorable. My point is proven by the fact that I cannot remember some of the things I wanted to talk about. But anyway, it was just sort of boring. The beginning was awesome, but not much happened in the middle. There was also a huge information dump and the end, the ending was inconclusive and unsatisfactory, and it was just blah. It also lacked the metaphors I’ve come to expect from John Green.
The Apothecary DNF
I didn’t like the writing style for this one. It seemed really hazy and filtered. Again, this one wasn’t memorable. And also, a bunch of unrealistic things kept happening to the main characters and they responded in unrealistic ways. This book is also blah. But who knows, maybe it would’ve gotten better later.
An Abundance of Katherines 3.5/5
The plotline in this one was lovely and I adored the characters. It also lacked the Green-metaphors, but that may have been because of who the narrator was. I’m just not really into realistic fiction, so if you’re a fan of the genre, I highly recommend this one. There were some funny parts. Some weird parts.
I thought the concept of this one was really cool (time is quite literally money). But I didn’t like the plotline. I think it could’ve gone a lot further, but it was pretty much your average “special girl goes to a palace and falls in love with the prince(ish sort of guy. He wasn’t technically a prince in this one).” It had lots of Red Queen vibes, but kind of like a lesser Red Queen. I thought the characters were unrealistic, especially their relationships.
(This cover is amazing, by the way.)
Minor spoilers ahead.
There’s one part where Jules is willing to sacrifice her life for someone she met three weeks ago. I think this is insane. Why would someone do that? Does she have no sense of self-preservation? Are real people actually that selfless?
Also, she’s in love with that perfect guy. Like, “I haven’t seen you since we were seven, but I have been madly in love with you for the past ten years.” She met this guy when she was seven. Seven-year-olds cannot fall in love.
The timing was also really weirdly spaced. There was a part where it was like, “The days are dragging and blending into each other. I’m starting to get used to my position and make friends. I’m starting to forget my home. Etc.”
So after reading this part, I thought that months had passed. But nope! It’d been a week.
My reading has been slow lately because of midterms, but they’re *thankfully* over now, so I should be reading more now. The books I’ve read recently have been generally bad, but I think that’s probably a good thing because when I’m reading a good book, I’m known to neglect my work. (Spinette chose to Six of Crows during midterms. I pity her midterms for the abandonment they suffered.)
I do have some awesome books I plan to read soon.
I’m currently reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu. The story is good so far, but I haven’t really connected with the characters yet.
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab