Hello again, dear readers. After a crazy week – and the actual arrival of spring – I am happy to be back. We have three more weeks of school, including this one, before I complete my high school years and we all jump into summer life. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I am the least excited about the end of school this year (in all honesty it has always been this way), but I am attempting to set that aside and finish the tasks that are left, while enjoying a couple of good books, wearing shorts and the beautiful weather.
All that to say, I am here to share some long-delayed mini-reviews! I hope that you find something interesting. 🙂
Admittedly, I am a fan of Tucci’s acting, or rather his roles in 1 and 1/2 of my favorite movies (otherwise known as “The Devil Wears Prada” and the Meryl Streep half of “Julie & Julia”), but it was only after listening to an interview with Tucci that I became interested in picking up this book. In the interview he talked about food – mouthwatering delicious Italian food – and as soon as I saw that my library had bought a copy, I picked it up.
Pleasantly enough, Taste did not disappoint. Tucci’s descriptions of the food he has eaten and made were tortuously delicious. So much of it sounded absolutely amazing and I loved hearing his take on Italian food. (It was fascinating to hear a little bit about the complexities of matching pastas with sauces etc.)
I quite enjoyed Tucci’s entertaining writing style. His comments on food and light way of sharing his ‘life through food’ often made me laugh. Ultimately, this is a memoir I would not mind adding to my personal collection at some point. 🙂
I picked this book because although I didn’t really enjoy Deese’s previous book, I did enjoy her writing. Pleasantly enough I found this story to be both entertaining and engaging.
I loved many of the characters! Molly and Silas were great – they work so well together – and I found their (eventual) relationship to be sweet. The secondary characters were very lively and interesting.
I appreciated the way that Deese portrayed both the negative and positive sides of social media and influencers. It was well-written and thoughtful.
The only real negative was the murkiness of Molly’s relationship with Jesus, as well as her lifestyle. It was rather confusing, but ultimately, I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the sequel in the near future.
Roseanna M. White’s Biblical Fiction is powerful, and as much as I love her other books, this is easily one of the best she has written. Her writing is weighty and clear – and characteristically not lyrical.
Abigail is a wonderful main character, completely human and so real she seemed to able to leap off the page. Although I could not relate to her situation or exact temptations, her struggles were deeply relatable and thought-provoking for me personally.
White’s depictions of sin, human heart struggles and ultimately forgiveness are purposeful and impactful. I am truly glad that I decided to pick up this book.
CW note: this book deals with a bunch of sexual content, similar in a way to Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion trilogy. I would not recommend this book to younger readers – at all.
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. That said, this is purely a fun read, part fantasy and part adventure.
The characters were interesting and very easy to become attached to. I can’t say I fell in love with any of them, but they certainly were a fun group to follow through the story.
The plot is far from revolutionary, but it is engaging, full of interesting bits of world-building and completely addictive.
This is a rather violent story, but overall I am having trouble finding the “evil” the MCs seem to be known for. I honestly am looking forward to picking up book 2.
I absolutely loved When Twilight Breaks and had very high expectations for this story. Pleasantly it was a solid read, but ultimately I was mildly disappointed.
Initially I was not a huge fan of Lucie, but she quickly grew on me. Paul is lovely character and Josie is sweetheart. The side-characters were honestly unmemorable overall, but I did enjoy the brief Evelyn cameo.
The bookstore and ballet elements were wonderful! I fell in love with Green Leaf Books and it left me daydreaming about visiting bookstores.
The wartime plot was interesting; very rarely are German collaborators in WWII books main characters. It was a fresh perspective, despite the details.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I don’t plan to re-visit anytime soon.
So, I finally read this much-hyped YA book and I am left mildly unimpressed.
On the one hand, it is heartbreakingly beautiful, a story about grief and the lengths that human beings can go to avoid experiencing its weight. It is a story of brokenness – broken families, broken lives, broken hearts and broken minds.
But, on the other hand, I don’t like ghosts and I simply did not enjoy reading this book.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading right now?
Has spring fully arrived where you live? Is your school year wrapping up?