November Reads

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book 41:
"Our Dark Duet" by Victoria Schwab
Plot: In a world where monsters are bred from acts of violence, "Our Dark Duet" picks up several months after the first book in the series, "This Savage Song." Kate is hunting monsters and August is fulfilling his duties as a monster, reaping the souls of sinners. Tensions between the two sides are rising, and there's a new monster in Verity, different from any others they've seen. Kate must return home to fight – back to Verity, to August. The war has begun.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this series. I read the majority of this book at the airport and on a plane, which was perfect because I didn't want to stop reading. It's such a unique and interesting storyline, especially the way it progressed from the first book to this one.

Rating: 3/5

Book 42:
"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo"
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Plot: Evelyn Hugo is a famous movie star, known for her beauty and judged for having had seven husbands. Now, at nearly 80 years old, she's ready to pull back the curtain and publish a tell-all. She calls upon Monique Grant, a no-name reporter, to be the one to write the book. Evelyn talks, Monique writes. As the story goes on, switching back and forth between present day and Evelyn's past, Monique learns that there is more to a person than meets the eye, good and bad.

Thoughts: Wow, this book. It's different than anything I've read before, in the best way. You knew just enough about what was to come to pique your interest but little enough that you felt compelled to keep reading.
I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and could see, in no uncertain terms, that I was beautiful. But it didn't mean anyone loved me."
Evelyn insists she is a bad person and while you could justify that, you also kinda can't help but like her. In one part of the book, Monique says, "I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much." Same. I sympathize with her. The book overall highlights that people and events aren't always as they seem. Refreshing, eye-opening, enticing, and just so good.
But of course, they got it wrong. They never did care about getting it right. The media are going to tell whatever story they want to tell. They always have. They always will."
Rating: 5/5

Book 43:
"Dear Martin" by Nic Stone
Plot: Justyce McAllister is a smart, well-behaved, Ivy League-bound teenager. One night he gets a call from his ex-girlfriend, Melo, who is too drunk to drive and needs help getting home. As he helps her into the backseat, offering to drive her home, a police car pulls up and Justyce is arrested. Because Justyce is black, the officer assumed he was taking advantage of Melo. Though the charges are dropped, Justyce is shaken up. He recognizes the prejudice everywhere. He starts a journal, writing to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., looking to him for answers, for help.

Thoughts: I was very excited to get my hands on this book. I loved "The Hate U Give" and this sounded like it was going to be similar. It was, in some ways. I love the idea of this book and the message behind it. Unfortunately, I didn't feel as emotionally invested in it as I wanted to be. It's a pretty short book, so much of the story felt rushed, or like we only scratched the surface. I also didn't feel as connected to the characters as I feel I should have been with a story like this. Still, it's an important book dealing with important issues, so I'd still recommend giving it a read.
Every time I turn on the news and see another black person gunned down, I'm reminded that people look at me and see a threat instead of a human being."
Rating: 3/5

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