The following Wrap Up for January are a selection of the memorable books I have read in 2018…so far.
I usually average 5-10 books a month, but I have decided to just showcase the books that I found memorable… either awesome or awful or meh.
Since it is a New Year – I am going to change my format up a little bit. I know what you’re thinking: “Whoa…that lady is one crazy party animal!” I know…I thrive living on the edge.
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy#1) by Sherry Thomas
~ Iolanthe Seabourne is the most powerful elemental mage of her generation…and she’s only sixteen years old. It is her duty to face the greatest mage of the Realm who also happens to be a ruthless tyrant. Her literally electrifying adventure takes her from one world to another world where she has to disguise herself as a boy at Eton. With the help of Prince Titus and his ‘pet’ Iolanthe begins on an adventure full or magic and intrigue. The banter between Iolanthe and Titus…perfect! I also read The Perilous Sea and Immortal Heights to complete the trilogy.
Tropes: Girl disguised as a boy, slow-burn romance, boarding school, chosen one(s)
Rereadable Factor: Very High
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
~ The story begins with Holly inheriting her Grandfather’s wedding chapel, along with a mysterious letter. Now it is up to Holly to save her financially strapped wedding chapel from the rival wedding chapel which is just across the parking lot, who specializes in the dreaded cheesy themed weddings (such as Elvis, Twilight-vampire, alien invasion, and the ever popular…western cowboy theme). Just when things couldn’t become more confusing, Dax – the grandson of the rival chapel’s owner, begins to show interest in her…and it is definitely not one-sided.
Tropes: Feuding families aka. Romero and Juliet, insta-chemistry
Rereadable Factor: Moderate to High
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
~ Morrigan Crow is cursed. She was born on the unluckiest day and therefore blamed for everything bad that happens locally in the area. Therefore, she is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. The dreaded day arrives…but much to her family’s consternation, a strange man named Jupiter North, whisks her to safety into a secret magical city called Nevermoor. The majority of the story revolves around Morrigan’s quest in finding out why she was saved. She also goes through four dangerous trials where is pitted against hundreds of other Nevermoor children, in order to become part of a mysterious, prestigious organization. A lot of whimsical language that bogged down my personal reading experience…but that’s just me.
Tropes: Chosen one, magical mentor, alternate magical universe, magical trials
Rereadable Factor: Low
Meetcute: Some People are Destined to Meet – anthology
~ A short anthology of original short stories featuring various couples and their ‘meetcute.’ A ‘meetcute’ is essentially a “how they first met” story between two people, used for romantic meetings. I first heard the term ‘meetcute’ in the most adorable movie called ‘The Holiday‘ with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Jude Law. If you haven’t seen it yet…well…you should. My favorite short story was by Jocelyn Davies called The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love: about a girl with a knack for numbers, who decides to base a school statistics project on the odds of ever meeting a boy in a blue hoodie she’s seen once in the subway. Cutest story.
Rereadable Factor: Very Low
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
~ A romantic contemporary about two people falling in love despite the odds. The odds being the age gap, the boss and employee gap, and “all the other dramatic things that get in the way of a romantic couple” gap; which includes family, friends and the tabloid media. Lily Lamprey has finally gotten a serious role in a West End production – in the past she had been stuck in a soap opera typecast as the villainous homewrecker due to her appearance. At first her appearance, and her voice, is all that Luc Savage can see. However, things can change in the theater, and between people who share a once in a lifetime chemistry. It was a fun and entertaining read. I love how Lucy Parker writes – the dialogue was funny, and the plot just twisty and lovely enough for me to fully appreciate. And the story takes place in England – so in my Anglophile heart…perfect.
Tropes: Silver fox male protagonist, age gap, soulmate, in a theater/play “the plays the thing!”
Rereadable Factor: Very High