I didn’t read quite as much as I’d hoped to in July; I went through another period of sickness and TV was my consolation, but I did manage to get three books read.
Heir of Novron, Book Three in The Riyria Revelations
One of the good things about this final book in The Riyria Chronicles was that the author finally gave some back story on the two main characters and upped the game on their complex, brotherly relationship. The ending did surprise me a little and was satisfactory enough, but overall I think this book missed the mark. I had a hard time getting through it due to some boring chapters, and I think there were chunks of the book that could’ve been cut to speed things along.
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Series thoughts overall: Each of these books made me doubt the story at some point, and I think that was due to the disconnection of characters throughout the first book and some of the second, yet I always found myself wanting more at the end of each book. It’s by no means faultless, but I’d still say it’s a solid fantasy series and I would read more by the author.
Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Books 2 and 3 of The Hunger Games Trilogy
These books are written in first-person present and are highly introspective; it’s an unusual style, one I’ve not come across from any other author. First person is not my favorite to read, so to come across a series written in this style that keeps my attention and lets me fly through the books at break-neck speed is rare and a nice break from the “usual.”
I really enjoyed Catching Fire and have nothing negative to say about it. Mockingjay… A good story, good conclusion, but my least favorite of the three. There is far too much of the main character providing detail to and explaining every little thing that it distracted from the story. I felt like the author wasn’t giving the readers credit for putting two and two together or remembering what happened in the first two books, and I ended up skimming lengthy sections.
Goodreads Rating for Catching Fire: 4/5 stars
Goodreads Rating for Mockingjay: 3/5 stars
Series thoughts overall: I love the series. It has its cheesy moments, but the story is dark, unique, and thought-provoking, and I enjoy how Collins manages to end every chapter with a cliffhanger.
Books I DNF’d (Did Not Finish):
The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel Series
This series seems to be fairly popular in the world of fantasy fans, but I made it to about 130 pages in the first book and put it in the donate pile. There was something about this story I just couldn’t stand. The beauty about good fantasy is that, though it’s all make-believe, there’s are still believable elements entwined, whether it be the humanity of characters or common goals, etc. This story had none of those. It was fast-paced yet boring, the characters were nothing original, and the writing was sub-par (the amount of the exact-same adjectives being used at least twice on one page drove me insane). I tried to give it a fair shot, but there are far too many other books I want to read to spend my time on a book I still hated 100+ pages into the story.
What did you read in July?