so obviously it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything to here. this started off as a classroom assignment, but since no one else wants to here me go on about any of the books I’ve read while on summer break, I’ll talk about them here. if I don’t have some kind of record, I’ll completely forget which books I read (which really sucks when the book is shitty). does this happen to anyone else?
top reads so far are definitely The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout (one of my forever favorites) and Menagerie by Rachel Vincent. lately I’ve been powering through thrillers and sci-fi/romance reads, but if that isn’t your taste, I’m sure I’ll be reading YA romance again by next week lol.
The Dead List is about a high schooler named Ella who just can’t seem to catch a break. she manages to escape an attacker while leaving a party, but has to face the music later when the attacks continue; with her still a target. though it had a lot of critiques for being a lot like the Scream series in it’s cliche characters, I really enjoyed the slight thrill mixed with romance (if I’m being real, it’s mostly romance). WOULD NOT recommend for those looking for books similar to Gone Girl or Sharp Objects, but if you want something a little less hardcore, this is a good way to go.
now the Menagerie! still not quite sure how I feel about this one. think circus, but with slightly more humanoid characters put on display. with books like Caraval (by Stephanie Garber) getting a lot of press (at least in my circuits), this type of read made a resurface on ibookpile. delilah lives in an alternative reality where cryptids and fae are common, but feared. the author alternates the present day with news stories about the ‘big event’ that brought on the de-humanization of these creatures. delilah goes from being an observer to the show’s macabre treatment of its’ performers to being an exhibit herself–and it only gets more gruesome from there. the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was it’s ending–though you may feel differently. it definitely felt as if the author left room for a potential sequel, but I guess we’ll see! FOR FANS of the creepy crawly, but not exactly horror either. you won’t find any lovin’ in this one.
pls hit me up with any book recommendations you might have. my bookshelf is looking pretty barren right now, and I’m strugglin. thx!