So...I haven't been reading much lately, but I think I've redeemed myself this month. (Not really. I read some real crap this month.) Without further ado, here we go!
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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.
I would like to start out by saying that I will slog through just about any book, and I mean that. It has to be truly terrible for me to stop reading. This book, with its 4-star ratings, is so awful that I could not finish it.
If you would like to read a sickeningly sweet book that hits all the cliches, then this is for you.
- Young girl that has to go live with charming older Southern lady? Check.
- African American cook that is old, cranky, wise, the best cook In All The Lands and just loooooooovvvvvveees working for the charming Southern lady? Check.
- All the problems they face aren't really problems (they're going to demolish an old crap-heap of a house! Oh no!) and they get solved with absolutely no effort whatsoever? Check.
Urgh. Moving on.
Perhaps because of all that sweetness, I read the The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I own all three, have read them multiple times, and they're great.
That is all.
Eidolon by Grace Draven. This is the sequel to Radiance.
Have you forgotten about Radiance? The book that I have mentioned here and here and then I mentioned the author again here? Well, this is the sequel, and it is good.
In a nutshell, Prince Brishen's horrible (and man, I do mean horrible) mother unleashed demons into the world, and they done went and killed nearly everybody. So three kingdoms that are on the verge of war have to band together to drive them back where they came from.
For a better summary than that, check out the Goodreads page. The reviewers there have excellent GIF usage skills.
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen.
Okay. This is another one of those glowing-reviews type of books that left me sitting there like...huh?
A girl gets kidnapped and taken under a mountain to a hidden troll (yes, troll) city where she must marry the troll prince (yes, troll prince) to fulfill a prophecy that will free the trolls. Because they were cursed and trapped, that's why they live under a crumbling mountain.
None of this sounds bad to me. Trolls? Mountains? Some Tremors-esque worm things that prevent anyone from leaving the troll city? Sign me up.
This book was like the literary equivalent of a belch. A lot of reviews complain about the length, say it's too long. I don't agree, I think the length is fine. It's just...a belch. A big gaseous ball of nothing.
I didn't like the main character (I just had to look up her name, that's how much I thought of her) Cecile. She's just...meh. The troll prince Tristan (of course that's his name) is no better. Just.........meh.
The real problems I had were odd uses of modern language (when the troll king tells you to man-up, it's a little weird) and some stuff that was just too predictable.
- A love triangle! Gag me!
- The prince treats her like crap but deep down inside of course he loves her! Ew!
- Half of the trolls are hideous and deformed, but not Tristan! He's so handsome! OF COURSE HE IS.
- She's forced to marry a troll and live under a mountain and is oddly okay with it! WHAT!?
- Of course she's not a normal girl, no, she has hitherto unknown witchy powers! BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE DOES.
This book is part of a trilogy (BECAUSE WHY WOULDN'T IT BE) and I truly have no desire to buy the next book. That is how indifferent I was to this frigging book by the time I finished.
Ho, I really don't care if you break that curse.
Well, that rant was longer than I expected it to be. But I really did not care for that book. If you couldn't tell.
I will stop shaking my head over that damn book now.
See you later!