I’m about to move soon, and on principle, I hate moving. Though the settling in is wonderful, the process is never smooth or glamorous, and it’s also the time when I become the most ruthless. Namely, I throw out or give away things I don’t want to waste energy moving. This time, I’ve realized I have a lot of books, many of which I’ve had for two previous moves that I still haven’t read, so I felt it was time to cull their number.
What I’ve done is a speed-round of reading: I’ve picked up books from my TBR shelf and given the first chapter a read. If I liked what I saw, they stayed, and if I didn’t, well… It’s time to say goodbye.
What follows is a list of books I’m finally letting go, with explanations as to why after reading the first chapter. I figured people might like to see, but I also need it for my own records of why I shouldn’t pursue them further. Sometimes, it’s best to just move on and make room for other interests.
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy Version: Hardback Page Count: 446 Publisher: Razorbill Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: POC characters Recommended Readers: Fans of more brutal fantasy books Rating:★★★☆☆
This book review is going to be very tricky for me because my feelings for it are so mixed.
I will say that, overall, I liked it–although it took me until a bit over halfway for me to really become invested, and it certainly didn’t make any of my favorite shelves. The book also ended with enough mystery and intrigue that I’m going to be looking into its sequel whenever it comes out on paperback, but certainly not hardback as I did with this one.
That being said, I also almost put the book down twice–once because I was bored with the pace and the other because things just got to be a bit too much…
Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy Version: Paperback Page Count: 468 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: Compelling human and non-human characters Recommended Readers: Anyone who’s into monsters and morality Rating: ★★★★☆
My best friend Jennifer and I read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab as both a buddy read and as our pick for the Femme Trash Book Club featured on our podcast. We had a great time with this and hope you guys do, too, whenever you read it.
Ever since Vicious, I’ve been besotted with Victoria Schwab. I love how often and how well she writes about monsters and villains. Oh, boy, do I!
This Savage Song follows Kate Harker, daughter of the terrifying and powerful Callum Harker who rules North City and offers his protection from the monsters–for a price. In South City, we have August Flynn, a Sunai monster who looks human but is all too aware that he isn’t, even after Henry Flynn takes him in.
With the Corsai and Malchai siding with Harker and the Sunai siding with Flynn, Verity is locked in an uneasy truce and a gang war that’s about to errupt, and Kate and August find themselves caught in the middle.