Recent Reads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Before this year, I was not fond of rereads. I felt like there were so many unread books on my TBR that needed my attention more. I made it a reading goal this year to reread a book I own once a month. For April, that book turned out to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. When I read it before, I only gave it 3/5 stars and wanted to give it another chance. There are so many people that are enthusiastic over this series and I wanted to see what I missed my first read-through. This time, I did enjoy it more giving it 4/5 stars. The appeal of Caraval is the rich, magical setting of the games. The author does a good job giving us such vivid descriptions which allow us to experience the world as if it were our own. You need to let yourself go to get the full experience intended. However, I felt like there was a lack of action. There wasn’t much quality action to the games.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I was so disappointed with how the book turned out. I ended up DNFing it around 40% through because I found it to be boring. The premise of the story is MC Jack falling for a girl named Kate whom he met at a party. Months later, she dies and he somehow travels back in time to party where they met. He takes this as an opportunity to prevent her death which he knows is coming. I like getting to know Jack and Kate’s relationship, but it was so short. They only knew each other a few months before her death. However, he put this new relationship above each family and long-time best friends. When the story began again, it was so boring to me and I did not finish the book.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This may be one of the most hyped novel I have heard of in a long time. EVERYONE talks about how they love reading this book and they were not wrong. I love a book that has an unique perspective to it. The story is told through 7 parts separated by husbands. BUT that isn’t the only reason I found this book to be exceptional. The book is told as a story from current day Evelyn Hugo reflecting on her past. I think that it is unique in this sense and I enjoyed that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a sci-fi dystopian novel by Pierce Brown. We find ourselves in a society where people are categorized by colors. Reds are the lowest tier and they are considered miners and slaves. We follow Darrow’s journey as he infiltrates the Golds, the rulers of the society, in his attempt to stand up for low Colors. I love getting to know this futuristic world where the moon and other planets are inhabited and the fascinating way that society is ran. Darrow meets Golds along the way that he considers friends and we get to see how different Golds act and think. In a situation like this, we get to experience the conflicting thoughts Darrow has as he attempts to justify his Gold-like behaviors. We get to experience him justifying these cruel behaviors as ‘means to an end.’

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

This is the second book in the Red Rising series, taking place after the events in Red Rising. In this book, we get to see what occurs after the Institute as he furthers his cause. I can’t say much as I want to avoid any spoilers but I enjoy this book as much as the first. I can already tell you that this series is going to become one of my favorites as it is SO GOOD. I will definitely have a book review diving deeper into my thoughts posted after I finish the rest of the book.

Which recent read of yours is your favorite?