How are you? The weather is getting very cold and I am snuggled in bed with a large cardigan and two blankets on me feeling very warm.
So I thought I would do a reading catch-up since I didn’t upload anything in the month of December.
So this is the third book in the Casey Duncan/Rockton series by Kelley Armstrong. I started the series this time last year and I have already reached the third book. I have to be honest and say that I was not very much into this book, I think it was because I read this after the Tome Topple Readathon and I felt burnt out from it which resulted in me not getting into the book. I felt it be falling into a typical scenario when somebody new arrives into Rockton, Casey and friends try to find as much information as they could on this person and suddenly this person is targetted as well as ran away in the forest outside of Rockton.
I am not sure how I feel about this book at the moment, I think forcing myself to read it was not a good idea.
I don’t know if I want to continue on with the series, so I am going to shelve the series for now.
So I haven’t done a blog post about City of Bones and Cisty of Ashes because I honestly didn’t know how I felt about the book, I was already aware of the plots of both books and didn’t think about it being a good idea to do a review of them.
Throughout reading the first two books, I tried to understand why people liked this series. I never hated them I was just not drawn to them than other readers who read the series when they came out. I didn’t know until I discovered BookTube and how hugely popular they were. But I can see now after reading COG that I knew my younger self would have devoured the series.
I am umming and ahhing about Clary Fairchild, she is a character that I am still having difficulty in liking. She comes off as this whiney teenager who constantly says the same thing and no matter how many times she continues to not listen to her “brother” and Luke, she just does whatever shit she likes. I started to like her a little bit more in this book that the last but still, meh.
I have been wanting to get this book for ages and I HAD TO read this book in December. It’s a collection of stories written by one of my favourtie authors and I really enjoyed this book. Some stories were a bit too long and some fell into the stupid cliche of falling in love on the same day of meeting them which I liked anyway. The stories I like the most are The Christmas Stocking, Dogs For Christmas and The Christmas Fairy.
So around December 2017, I watch ReadbyZoe’s Christmas reading vlog and her sister was reading Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, so I kind of had it imbedded into my brain that I had to read it in December around Christmas. I remember on Christmas day I was in the living room waiting for everyone to wake up and come down to open presents and I am sitting on the sofa trying to get through as much of the book as I could throughout the day.
I found the book to be very funny at times and even enjoyed it. But at times I felt a little lost as to who was who, I knew Susan and Death but I had forgotten who the other characters were in the book. I enjoyed the book a lot and I mich even continue reading the other books in the Death series.
So I picked up this book because of a Hallmark movie called Christmas with Holly, while it had the same premise as the book. I found the book to be more heart-warming. It does have the cheesiness of a romance book, I enjoyed the relationship between Mark and Maggie but I also like the bond that Mark has towards his niece, Holly.
This book is a sequel to Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour but follows Mark’s brother Sam. I have to say something about Lucy’s family, I really hate how authors like to make a sibling to a main character to be someone that you kind of hate and then towards the end of the book, you had to forgive them. But also Lucy’s sister was a bit mean, I envisioned like this snobby dumb woman who only cared for herself and not about anyone in her family. I did get a little confused on the magic, I thought it was quite weird to include but also how it was written, I might not have read it properly but I felt that the transition of magic confused me.