I can’t believe that it’s the end of August already. With the end of the year looming, the reading goals I set in January are starting to seem a bit…ambitious. While I have made a sizeable dent in my Goodreads reading challenge I’ve still got a long ways to go. Check out my thoughts on some of the YA books I’ve been reading this month.
KISSING IN AMERICA
This book caught me off guard. I went into it thinking it would be a light, fluffy, romantic read and it is anything but. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it but it was unexpected. It tells the story of 16-year-old Eva who loves to read romance novels. Ever since her father died in a tragic accident, romance novels have become a way for her to escape from real life. Eva sets off on a road trip to California to see Will, a boy who she thinks is the perfect romance novel boyfriend. The road trip becomes a catalyst for Eva’s self-discovery as she grapples with her father’s death and her troubled relationship with her mother. I loved hearing about the different romance novels that Eva was reading, especially her personal favourite, an adventure romance starring cowboys Ewing and Destry. This is a thoughtful coming of age story about overcoming grief and the complexity of family relationships (romance addicts you’ve been warned).
Emmy & Oliver
At age 6, Emmy and Oliver were best friends and neighbours. However, their lives were irrevocably changed when Oliver was kidnapped by his father. Cut to 10 years later, after years of searching and wondering, Oliver returns home. While Emmy is keen to return to their easy friendship, the Oliver who has returned is not the same Oliver she once knew. Oliver’s kidnapping had a deep and lasting impact on not only his immediate family and friends but on the whole community. The book obviously deals with a lot of heavy issues, but it does so in a realistic and thoughtful way. Despite the sombre subject matter, it has the perfect amount of romance and I loved the sweet slow build up of Emmy and Oliver’s relationship. I devoured this book in a couple of days, and it is shaping up to be one of the best books I’ve read this year.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a fairie twist. Set in an alternative universe, Feyre is an impoverished young girl who hunts and steals to keep food on the table for her crippled father and sisters. When she accidentally kills a member of the fairy court, Feyre is taken prisoner by the High Lord of the Spring Court. Maas does an excellent job of creating a richly detailed world where fairies and humans coexist. The book has plenty of action, a badass heroine, hot guys galore, a steamy romance and lots of twists. I was a bit conflicted about including this book in my YA wrap up as it borders on the New Adult territory. I say that because there are a couple of scenes that are really not for younger eyes (if you know what I mean). I personally can’t wait to see what happens in book two.
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
My tastes tend to be pretty mainstream. If a book has a lot of buzz and the bookosphere’s going crazy over it, chances are I will love it too. Which is why I was super excited to start reading Red Queen. It kept appearing on my Goodreads and there was a lot of hype surrounding it in the book blogging community. Yet for some reason I couldn’t get into this book. I tried. I really did. Maybe I should have pushed through and stuck with it for longer. But after getting 10 chapters in I hit a road block. I didn’t care about the characters (or like them) and I had no desire to keep reading. And because life’s too short I ended up putting this one in the “Did Not Finish” pile.
What have you enjoyed reading this month? Have you read any of the books above?