The four books I’m sharing today are by authors I’ve read and loved before, but sadly, only one of these recent reads lived up to my expectations.
Books I’ve read recently
Twelve (Naturals #4.5) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I just mentioned last week that The Naturals is one of my favorite series of all times, so obviously I pre-ordered this novella via Amazon Kindle. I kind of hate that about novellas in general – that you can only buy them to read in ebook form versus getting them from the library, but I digress.
This story is a prequel and sequel all at once because it gives a little more background on each character at age 12, and it takes the reader into the future, several years after the end of book 4. I loved learning more about the characters’ backgrounds and also seeing where Barnes has them ending up once they become adults.
There is a decent case for this story even though it was so short. And I think Barnes has hinted at it, but it definitely seems like this novella set things up for there to be a second series with new Naturals. That would be amazing!
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
In this book there are three biological siblings – two girls who each got adopted by different families and one boy who is still stuck in foster care. They each have their own issues and secrets, but they come together when one of the girls, Grace, decides that she wants to find their birth mom.
This book follows my favorite writing style – alternating perspectives. The reader gets to experience each of the siblings in their own characters. I really liked Grace, and I connected with her right away. Sadly, I couldn’t get into the other two characters quite as much.
I thought this book was pretty well done. I really appreciated that it focused on the emotions of giving a baby up for adoption and didn’t gloss over that. If you like adoption stories, you might want to check this book out.
3 star ratings can be challenging for me because they can mean I liked the book, but it didn’t stand out (like this book) or that there were some issues, but I generally enjoyed the book. More on that next week in a discussion post!
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
I read this book a couple of months ago, and I’m still not sure what to think of it. I really liked the world-building and the characters, but the plot was rather confusing and then just a little strange. Yeah. I really don’t know what else to say. If you read this book, please talk to me about it in the comments.
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer
I love The Lunar Chronicles, but I have struggled a little with all of Marissa Meyer’s other books. This book was just way too long, and there was way too much detail. The fight scenes were hard to follow.
As always, there was great world-building and wonderful characters, so I am glad that this is going to be a series or at least a duo because that means all that description didn’t go to waste so to speak.
The plot was decent for the first book in a series, but I honestly couldn’t really decide who was good and who was bad. Did anyone else have this problem?
Regardless, it sets up well for the second book, which of course I will read, even though I didn’t love this book.
What books have you read recently?
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