What I Read This Week: March 6, 2022
Due to some technical difficulties, I wasn’t able to post yesterday so here’s my weekly re-cap a day late.
I finished four books this week and they were all very good!
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
Book two in the Crescent City series. This was an epic followup to House of Earth and Sky. This starts out just a few months after the last book finished and follows a similar storyline. There is a LOT going on in this book. There are wonderful, enjoyable side characters and several threads that all eventually come together. I was lost in this world from start to finish, in fact the ending was quite jarring and I had a hard time coming back to the real world for a minute. This book is much sexier than the first, which I appreciate and has a love story thread to it that was enjoyable. I highly recommend this one for readers of fantasy.
Ramon and Julieta by Alana Albertson
One of my goals for this year is to read more diverse romance novels, and this is exactly what I was hoping for. I enjoy getting a glimpse of a culture that is different from my own. The community that’s the setting is vividly described, I could almost smell the food and visualize the buildings and murals. Ramon and Julieta are great characters, and their lives are full of vibrant minor characters too. They go from lovers to enemies to lovers and it’s a fun journey. They each have deep personal journeys aside from their relationship, which I always want in my romance novels. I really appreciated how mental health and therapy were a part of the story as well. My main complaint about the story is that it felt rushed. Everything takes place over the course of a few months but it feels faster because it wasn’t paced well. Overall, this is an enjoyable read. I recommend it for romance readers.
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
Young adult romance/coming of age
I wish books like this had been available to me as a teenager. Yoon writes young characters who are realistic and believable. I also love how the kids’ families also play a role in the story, sometimes that’s positive but not always, which is also realistic. Sunny Dae is such a likable character. Even when he’s messing things up, it’s easy to understand his motivations and root for him. He and Cirrus make a great pair because they both just want to fit in and be liked for who they are. The story was engaging throughout, and I loved all the musical references. I highly recommend this one for readers or young adult contemporary fiction and coming of age stories.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
This is my book club’s March selection so I don’t want to reveal too much of my opinion here. What I will say is this is pretty intense for a slow burn thriller. I was expecting it to be different, faster paced, but ultimately it was a fun read. It kept me engaged from start to finish. We follow the story of Jacob Bonner, a writer who hadn’t achieved the level of fame he hoped for. When he stumbles upon a way to do so, he goes for it, never fully considering the possible consequences.