I’ve read a good few books over the last few weeks, but I haven’t really had the time to review them and, now that it’s been a while, I’m not really feeling in the right zone to be writing full length reviews of them — so, I figured I’d just write a few short reviews instead! Short reviews aren’t really my strong suit (as I’m sure you’ve all noticed by my usual lengthy ones) but I’m going to give it a try.
Antiquity’s Gate: Three Days Till Dawn by R. F. Hurteau
I got this one for free on Netgalley and it was, to my surprise, my favourite read of the lot. R. F. Hurteau has written a sci-fi novel that is extremely accessible. I wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of sci-fi, but I found this very easy to read, and really enjoyable, especially due to its character-driven nature. Hurteau has a strong writing style, delivering good, detailed world-building and natural dialogue and humour between her characters. The only downside about Antiquity’s Gate, for me, was that the chapters were a little long — but that’s just a personal preference for someone who has to squeeze a chapter or two in before bed at night!
Overall, this was a really great read and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
I’m trying to make a habit of picking up popular books. I started with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine earlier in the year, and I continued with Rooney’s Normal People. Unfortunately, I just didn’t get the hype with this one. I found the characters to be very unlikeable and, as a result, couldn’t connect to any of them. This made this a difficult read, as connecting with the characters is an important part of the reading experience for me. On the other hand, Rooney has a nice writing style, and it kept me turning pages regardless of my lack of connection with the characters.
Overall, this one just didn’t work for me. I left it feeling empty and at a bit of a loss, and that’s not really how I want novels to leave me feeling in the end.
Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause
Speaking of Eleanor Oliphant…, this one was marketed as being very similar — and it was, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good. Initially, I found myself to be quite invested in the story and the characters, but I soon lost interest and found the story a bit of a slog to get through. The end, which had a plot twist, felt pretty unsatisfying and didn’t improve my thoughts on the book in anyway.
All in all, this book had a nice start and some real potential, but it just didn’t follow through.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang
I’ve seen this Paper Girls around a lot and, after enjoying the graphic novel Just Enough recently, I thought I would give it a go. Unfortunately, I don’t think sci-fi graphic novels are a good fit for me. However, I really loved the art style in this. Chiang is very talented, creating bold and colourful illustrations that suited the vibe of the story perfectly.
I probably should have looked into Paper Girls more before picking it up and it would have saved a disappointing read. At least it’s helped me realise something I’m not into reading, I guess?? Anyway, I’d still recommend this one to people who are into sci-fi graphic novels and comics.
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— Shaunna x