Weekly Book Reviews: 11/6/21 Part One

Note: The reviews will be pulled directly from my reviews on Goodreads.

IMPORTANT: I slacked really badly and didn’t write or post any reviews for last week. There will be nine reviews for this week. Rather than put all nine in one blog, I’m going to break them into two blogs and schedule them out thirty minutes apart. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading both.

What Big Teeth by [Rose Szabo]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date finished: October 23rd

Story: I found this story to be very interesting. I really enjoyed listening to it. I have to be honest, it wasn’t the story I thought it would be. That’s the only reason it didn’t get full stars from me. It’s fully worth the four stars I gave it. It kind of reminded me of some stories that I adored very much.
Characters: I have to be honest, it’s been a little bit since I listened to the audiobook. I’m already horrible with names as it is. I can’t really say I connected with any of the characters. I think that’s mainly because our main character is extremely unreliable. It’s really hard to explain. She seems to know nothing at all most of the time. About her family or about real life.
Critiques: There are some disconnects in the story. They aren’t really story-ruining, but I wish that they would have cleaned them up a bit better.
Narration: The narrator did really well. I really felt like I was hearing the main character’s actual thoughts. I actually felt like I was her in certain areas.
Final Thoughts: While the book was not at all what I thought it would be, I really enjoyed it very much. I really feel like this could have been a series. Kind of like a really popular series that I adore so well. The first book was adapted to movie. That’s all I will say.

The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’m not sure where I stumbled upon this book. Maybe I found it in a sale. Maybe it was recommended and I bought it immediately and forgot. Either way, I’m really glad that I came across it. It was a beautiful and very imaginative story. I also learned something very important because of this book. I always assumed that the CIA had been around for a long time. I mean like during the 1800s long time. I was surprised to find it wasn’t formed until after the Second World War. I know this shows my ignorance. I just really don’t remember learning about it in school.
Characters: I’m not great with names. It’s probably for the best. I loved the main characters. The aunt and the niece. They had a beautiful bond. The niece’s husband however….. Well he gave me plenty of reasons not to like him. From the very beginning. I’ll just leave it at that.
Critiques: None
Narration: It was wonderful. The voice really captivated me from the very beginning.
Final Thoughts: I really wish there were more books about this. I would have read them all. I’d of loved to see that beautiful girl grow and seen what becomes of her. This is definitely a “I don’t need sleep. I need answers.” moment.

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’ve been seeing this book on TikTok for a long time. I was so curious about it. I was on the fence about it until I actually stumbled across the author. I don’t know her personally. I just follow her on social media. Anyways, she was talking about a certain point of the book and that tipped me over the fence about it. I immediately bought a copy. I am so happy I did. It was a beautifully imaginative story. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I fully plan to.
Characters: Remy was a force to be messed with. She’s fiesty and she’s strong. She had two brown witch companions that were like family to her. They were just as amazing. I wish I could have gotten to see more of them. We also have Hale and his crew. They were just as amazing. Well, they weren’t as fiesty, but that’s okay. They had their own quirks. We weren’t supposed to trust Hale in the beginning, but I have to admit. I did.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I just know that I’m going to see some amazing things.

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 26th

Story: This book has a very slow start, but I fully recommend sticking with it. It even has a bit of a sapphic story inside the story. The female doctor is actually based on a real doctor from that time frame. It all takes place in Ireland. I really enjoyed the book very much.
Characters: I can’t say I related to or remember any characters in the book all that well. The main character and the girl helping her were pretty amazing. I just didn’t really connect with them that well.
Critiques: None that I can think of.
Narration: I originally bought the book on Thriftbooks. I tried to get into it several times. I just couldn’t. I wound up buying the audiobook for it to see if that would help. It really did. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s Irish accent or what. The beginning was still a little sluggish, but the rest was amazing once I got into it.
Final Thoughts: It was amazing to see how much things mirrored what’s happening now. Except back then it wasn’t as known that washing your hands is important. It became important during that time I guess.

The Devouring Gray by [Christine Lynn Herman]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 27th

Story: My mom wound up enjoying this book very much. I liked it a lot. I just can’t say I was in love with it. There were some dark underlying tones. I also disagree strongly with what it’s referenced being similar to. There’s maybe a five percent similarity if there’s any. That’s not to say it’s not a good story. I would have just picked something else to compare it to. Also, this is just my opinion.
Characters: The book is about some founding members of a small town. It mainly focuses on the teenagers that are living in present day. They all seem to have their own personal quirks. I can’t really say I found any of them appealing.
Critiques: None
Narration: Can’t really remember a lot of the details. I didn’t have any problems with it, so that’s a good thing.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed the read. Especially since I read it in the month of October. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it at any other time. That’s just me personally. I’m not saying that others wouldn’t enjoy it at other times. I am curious to see where the rest of the series will take us.

I’d love to see your book reviews!

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