1. The Graces by Laure Eve
Initially I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style. I found that it relied a little too heavily on telling. But then I got into the story. A major question looming over the story was whether or not River was good. Also, I only realised when it was brought up 40 pages in that, until that point, nobody had referred to her name. She chooses the name River and from that day she is only addressed as that. We don’t learn of her true name, but I hope that in the next book we do because I think it could say an awful lot about her. Why doesn’t she like her name? Is it too ordinary? Does it mean something? It was curious to me that her birth name was just left out.
I enjoyed The Graces. So much so, that I pre-ordered the next book.
2. Midsummer Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Another book that I have previously read. It’s a simple premise of a one night stand coming back to bite you in the butt: high-school edition. Keplinger has a fascinating way of bringing out family drama that makes you sympathise with the main character. However, I felt like the mother in this story was kind of made out to be the enemy. Whilst Whitley’s relationship with her father develops and becomes more mature, Whitley’s insistence to make her mother the villain never changes. She blames her mother for never wanting to move on, for consistently bad mouthing her father. We never get to see them reconcile, nor do we see the relationship change between her and her mother and I found that so disappointing. It ultimately leaves this story on a low, even though everything else is supposed to make you feel like it’s a happy ending.
Whilst I love Keplinger’s stories, it saddened me to see the disregard to Whitley’s relationship to her mother. Especially as midway through the book Whitley needed someone to remind her that they were in her corner when her father was ignoring her. Having the mother just… disregard Whitley for her own personal vendetta seemed shallow, although that was probably the point.
Whilst The Duff from last month is a personal favourite of mine, Midsummer Nightmare is probably the opposite. It’s one that I might pick up every so often, but it’s certainly not a book that will have me on an emotional roller-coaster.
So that’s it for this month! I haven’t really had a chance to read to my hearts content due to job hunting, but I hope I’ll be able to pick up my old habits of reading a couple of chapters before bed every night. Hopefully I’ll be back to devouring books in no time!
If you have any book recommendations, I would love to hear them! Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to check them out.