Review: The Season

The Season
The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Technically, this is a Pride & Prejudice retelling. It’s cute and sassy with the requisite drama and minimal heaviness. It was just what I was in the mood for after reading about a lot of complex worlds and characters this past month.

It has a YA voice, with NA characters, which is unusual, but I didn’t mind the disconnect.

Pages: 326

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Review: Lifeblood

Lifeblood
Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love creative worlds that explore the gray that exists between dark and light, but what is best about this series is the underlying themes and messages about the power of humanity to forgive, overcome, and/or evolve.

There are not just good characters and bad ones in this series. Instead, there are electric characters with depth who make a series of both good and bad choices for many different reasons. I can’t help but like a book that presents its characters as more than just: the good guy, the bad guy, and their devoted side characters. This world of warfare should be dark, depressing, and brutal, but the story brings a feeling of hope and faith of overcoming past missteps to be a person who is no longer defined by them.

And on top of all that, there are some sentences and phrases in this novel that are so small but also so mighty. I believe they will cling to me for some time.

Pages; 443

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Review: After You

After You
After You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize there was another book after Me Before You. That story was emotionally brutal, so obviously I decided to further torture myself by reading the follow up.

It doesn’t touch book one (Let’s be realistic though–nothing was going to touch that. It’s in a realm of its own), which has me wondering now if maybe it would have been better not to continue this story.

However, that being said, I did “enjoy” this novel, as much as you can enjoy any novel that is about grief and moving on with life after hard times. I read it quickly, but I wasn’t wowed by the last 1/4 of the book.

If there isn’t going to be a 3rd book, I probably should have been stingier with my stars. Although, now that I reflect back on the impact the 1st book had on me, I’m questioning if it actually would have been better to leave this at 1 novel.

One thing to note if you listen to the audiobook is that it is cued to such a low volume for Overdrive that I struggled to hear even at the maximum volume for my headphones and my phone. Also, the narration is good but drags, which is typically not an issue. I listen to most audiobooks at double speed or faster anyway, but this is one that is very difficult to speed up due to the dips of volume in the speaker’s voice, her accent, and a general lack of clarity in words and across sentences that becomes even more present at a higher speed. If you want to try the audio, maybe try Audible (instead of using Overdrive from your library), as they have more options and their files tend to play back at a level where you can at least differentiate all the words in a sentence without some falling away. I almost had to give up on the audio and switch to ebook, because it was so frustrating.

Pages: 353

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