Pages read: 3,063
Books finished: 7
Average Star Rating: 3.15/5 Stars
Favorite book of the month: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Star Rating: I rated each of the five books with 3/5 Stars
Reason for Rating: When I had originally read the first four books, I had given them a higher rating (some at four stars and some at five). However, after re-reading the books I realized that they possess a lot of cliches and several elements I did not enjoy too much. I found myself skipping through a lot of the lovey-dovey romantic scenes because they got so old and repetitive by the end of the series. And, reflecting back on the books I can't clearly remember how it ended, demonstrating that the books are more for spur-of-the-moment fun than for substance. However, I still enjoy the strength of the main character, Katy, and the high-action present throughout the series.
Who I would recommend to: Sci-fi lovers who are looking for a quick and easy series to read.
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Reason for Rating: Although I was very captivated by the concept of this book, in which two people meet on one day a year every year for five years as they wait for the right time to fall in love, I have to say some elements disappointed me severely. I found myself slightly-disgusted in how the male protagonist, Ben, treated the female protagonist, Fallon, as he occasionally stated crude-remarks and seemingly pressured her to do things she clearly wasn't ready for. However, Colleen Hoover has released a statement clearing up some of the unsettling scenes, which slightly made up for it. Other than those elements, I found the book addicting and fast-paced. There were elements of mystery throughout the whole novel and numerous unexpected twists. In addition, the dynamic between Fallon and Ben was very captivating and their relationship development was extremely authentic.
Who I would recommend this to: Romance readers who are looking for something a little different.
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reason for Rating: I completely devoured this book, reading most of it in a single day. Not only did I find the main character, Mariko, highly intriguing but I found her inspirational and relatable as well. Throughout her whole life, Mariko has been deemed as "odd" due to her passion for knowledge and extreme curiosity, which weren't qualities that women typically made obvious. However, Mariko didn't shy away from her nature, but rather challenged people to accept it. Thus, Mariko, as a woman in a male-dominated era, stood up for herself and let her real character shine. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy Mariko's character, but the Japanese folklore elements sprinkled throughout the novel, and strong relationship development elevated the book to a higher level. In addition, the writing style which was somehow simple, intricate, and beautiful simultaneously kept me captivated and transported me throughout Mariko's journey. Although this book possessed numerous elements that I enjoyed immensely, I felt as if there was something missing in the novel. I can't think of what exactly it was missing, it just wasn't a meaningful enough book nor an all-consuming book that would have earned it five stars.
Who I would recommend this to: Readers who love fairy-tale retellings and Japanese folklore.