I had no plans to read this book at all…until it was released in hardback with some amazing illustrations! While Zuzana and Mik are two of my favorite characters in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I would have been okay even if I hadn’t read this novella.
I am always and forever late posting recaps of these events, but hey, something is better than nothing, right?! (Or maybe that’s what I keep telling myself? Haha.)
Anyway! Oklahoma hosted its very first teen book con (festival?!) a few weeks ago, and so of course I was crazy excited! And then even more so when Maggie Stiefvater’s book tour for All the Crooked Saints would stop at the con! Was it possible that I could meet one of my favorite authors for the second time in the same year? The answer was yes! Haha.
What a wild and fun ride! While I wanted to devour this book in one sitting, I wasn’t able to, but I don’t really mind. I enjoyed it and savored it. It’s incredibly unique and unlike anything I’ve read in a long while.
Well, what to say? The Testing was so good! Independent Study was fine. Graduation Day, the third and final book, was just…okay. I listened to this entire series via audiobook. Maybe the narrator didn’t help either. I didn’t like her voice acting, and she read s l o w l y that I had to speed up the narration!
Another month down! I can’t believe it. Only two more months until the new year! How did that happen?! I’m always amazed at how quickly yet sometimes slowly the months go by, haha.
In terms of books, this month was fairly good. I was on a book buying ban because of Oklahoma Teen Book Con a few weeks ago. (I write a post about that soon, I promise.) A local bookstore partnered with the con, so I bought all the books at full price (which I normally don’t do). Along with just trying to be more financially aware, I didn’t buy as many books as I usually would. The library has always been my dearest friend, but now it’s even more so, haha.
Sigh. I wanted to like this book a lot more. It mentions World of Warcraft which is my favorite MMO (even though I don’t play it anymore :P), and the blurb on the front flap of the book also sounded promising. Alas.
This review will most likely contain spoilers. There are a few things in terms of the plot that I don’t think I can convey properly without a spoiler warning. Please be aware as you continue. While this isn’t a spoiler, there is some misgendering and deadnaming, which, I believe, doesn’t do the trans community any justice. I can’t speak for the LGBTQIA+ rep in the book, so if I say something wrong, please correct me. 🙂
Elizabeth May, what have you done to me?! My emotions are TOYS in your hands. Gees, my heart! What a riveting, earth-shattering finale to The Falconer trilogy!
This was quite a hard topic. I had to Google a few lists to get an understanding of it and some of the books on the list. Anyway, I think I might have it figured out!
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group here and the topics for the rest of the month.
Oh my goodness, could this book be any cuter?! It’s adorable and poignant, too, with moments that broke my heart but put it back together again.
While I have Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on my shelf, I picked up The Upside of Unrequited at the local library on a whim. Now, I’m definitely going to try to make room to read Simon vs, especially since the movie is coming out next year (until the title Love, Simon).