Welcome back my lovely book worms. This review on July books is every so slightly delayed but better late than never right? July was a pretty slow month for me book wise, mostly because I was stuck on one book that I just could not finish and also because I decided late in the month to binge the entirety of the Game of Thrones TV series (a GREAT decision I regret nothing). Let’s get into it.
- Vicious by Victoria Schwab // Viscous had been on my list after falling in love with Victoria Schwab’s writing in the Shades of Magic trilogy. Viscous follows two best friends from college (Victor and Eli) who are experimenting with EO’s, extra-ordinaries. They become so obsessed with learning about EO’s that they eventually become them. The writing bounces back and forth between college memories and present day, giving the reader snippets of Eli and Victor’s relationship before it all fell apart. The one off series that Vicious is a part of is called Villians which could not be a better word to describe the overarching theme. While I loved both main characters, they are both at various times completely in the wrong which creates a fun dialogue within the reader of, “do I want to root for these characters even though they are actually kind of terrible? Who, if anyone, is in the right?” – 4 out of 5 stars.
- Isadora by Amelia Gray // I have to keep my review on Isadora semi brief for fear of going on a very long and very upsetting rant. Isadora Duncan is known as the mother of modern dance which right off the bat intrigued me when a semi fictionalized book about her life hit the shelves. I expected it to chronicle her path to becoming the successful woman she was in the dance world as well as touch on her crazy personal life that I had read bits and pieces on (she was married a few times and had two of her children drown in Paris at a young age). This book did neither of those things. The entire 400 page affair only chronicles one year in Isadora’s life, the year after her children drown in Paris. She romps around Europe with her sister while grieving and acts in ways that can only be described as insufferable. The writing itself is bizarre and jumps from character view to character view every chapter without much direction. This book took me nearly four weeks to finish (because I am NOT a book quitter) and it was a very painful four weeks. 2 out of 5 stars.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // THIS is how you write the debut of a new series. I was blown away by this new YA fantasy novel. The writing is gorgeous. Stunning sentences filled with the most vivid details and magical nuggets that I ate up like a starving woman. The storyline itself took me a hot minute to understand but once I did I really enjoyed it. There are gods, there are children of gods, there is a forgotten city, there is a (literal) blue girl, there is our main man named Lazlo and there are dreams, so many dreams. This book is a bit of a monster coming in at over 500 pages but it is well worth it. 5 out of 5 stars.