Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, especially for how cutthroat Jude was, and all the scheming and twists and betrayals were just really exciting to read. This final book, however, just felt like one long ode to how amazing Cardan is, how worthy of love and how secretly a good guy he was all along. There is not much going on at all for most of the book, and even what conflict is there was too quickly resolved, too neatly wrapped up. I did enjoy the book, just felt a bit disappointed by it. The audiobook was really good, though!
The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
My favorite thing about this book was how easy it was to immerse yourself in the world. The world building was so great, dark and unforgiving, and the wajinru felt so real. I was a bit disappointed by the middle of the book, where Yetu meets a human woman and falls in love – I think in a full novel I would not have minded it at all, but in such a short book it felt like it occupied too much space and I wanted more of the wajinrus, wanted to know more about the previous historians and how they coped, how they guided their people, how they dealt with the power. I did enjoy this a lot, though, and recommend it for a quick but memorable read!
To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace
This is maybe the third collection of poems by Amanda Lovelace that I read, and I devoured it. Some of the poems struck me as maybe a little too simple to have full impact, but some really resonated with me – as poems go, I suppose! If you like her poems style, I recommend this one. It was interesting and painful to have a book where the ghost of her mom haunts her, and it broke my heart a few times. I didn’t love the poems towards the end about her partner, although I understand they’re part of the author’s healing and a huge emotional support, I wished the poems had stayed focused on her and her family instead.
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by
Another book whose rating suffered probably because of my expectations! I did not really know the authors have a Podcast together, otherwise maybe I would have listened to it prior to getting the book. I think it might have helped a lot. Otherwise, I didn’t see much connection between the title and the content of the book, which are mostly stories (although really funny ones) about the authors’ life. It was an entertaining read but not what I hope for.