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IN THE END is the second book in the IN THE AFTER duology. I really, really liked IN THE AFTER, so I was really excited about this book.
Sadly, it just didn't hold up for me.
I struggled to get through this one. I tried to like it, but it was just boring, and the main characters were all a little idiotic. The magic of the first book just wasn't there. I finally got about 3/4 of the way through this one and just gave up. It's not a good thing when you can read 7/8 of a series and not care what happens IN THE END.
LANDLINE is Rainbow Rowell's second Adult novel. I listened to her Young adult books, Eleanor & Park, and Fangirl and loved them both, so I decided to give this audiobook a shot, even though I very rarely read Adult. The narrator, Rebecca Lowman was the same reader for the other two audiobooks, and I really like her a lot, so I was confident I'd enjoy this one as well.
Turns out Ranbow and Rebecca make an amazing team. I absolutely loved this audiobook. It was so different reading about a relationship that was already established, but still, because of the "magic $%&ing phone" it was kind of new. Georgie and Neal are realistic and flawed and totally screwed up, but their love for each other is refreshing, and such a great reminder of what's truly important.
RUIN AND RISING is the third book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. If you haven't read this series yet, you are seriously missing out.
This was such an amazing conclusion to one of my favorite series ever. This was like a mix of all my favorite fantasies (Harry Potter, Graceling, etc) with a completely new and original spin.
Thank you, Leigh, for writing this incredible series, for making a "villain" with complexity, for making a strong woman who can use her mind and not just her power, for giving me Nikolai Lantsov, and beautiful friendships, and a new world to live in, (with a map so I don't get lost) and for making me fall back in love with Mal ;-)
Review of Shadow & Bone, and Siege & Storm.
POISON DANCE is a (free!) prequel novella to MIDNIGHT THIEF by Livia Blackburne.
After I finished reading Midnight Thief, one of my favorite books of the year, I really wasn't ready to let go of the world that Livia Blackburne created. I was so excited when I learned that there was a prequel novella about James. I really never read novellas but I couldn't pass this one up. I had mixed feelings about James in MT, so this was exactly what I was hoping for. I think it was good that I read this after MT, so that I had a deeper connection to the characters and I knew where the story was headed, but it can definitely be read first, though you may not feel as connected to them, I'm not sure.
Overall this was fantastic. Learning about his past, and how he became who he was in MT was awesome. I can't wait for more in this world.
Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts?