By Adventures In Obsessive Reading

Circe

Author: Madeline Miller
Page Count: 394
Rating: B
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Mythology retelling
Keywords: Greece, gods, witches
Kid Appropriate: No

This was my final Book of the Month pick for April 2018. I did truly enjoy this book. If you are at all familiar with Greek mythology (whether from school or Rick Riordan) much of the story will be old news for you, but if you are unfamiliar with it then you won’t feel completely lost at sea. Miller does a good job of covering the basics in a coherent manner.

The voice of our narrator, Circe, is slow. And I do not mean necessarily that it was a boring book, though some people will certainly find it so. Rather, this story meanders along without a care to rush. It matches the immortal nature and timelessness of our main cast of characters. If you’re looking for a relaxing read this is the one.

If you prefer more mystery or action in your stories then I would recommend passing on this one. I did find myself losing focus several times while reading this story and now that it has been a few months since I finished reading it, I can’t remember much about it. That usually is a good sign that the book was not awful but also will not make my favorite books list for 2018

Slight warning: Do be aware that rape is present in this story.

A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 272
Rating: A
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: YA Fantasy Novella
Keywords: Fae, love, family
Kid Appropriate: Teen and older

A lot of people that were already Sarah J Maas fans were disappointed with this one. First, it is not a full length novel in the series. It is just a novella bridging the two halves of the series. That being said there was not as much room for an epic fantasy tale to build and resolve itself the way it has with Mass’s 500+ page books.

Now, if you take this for what it is you may very well enjoy it. The best description I heard while watching reviews on BookTube was that this is like an episode of Friends but populated by the ACOTAR characters. It is easy to skim and you get a much calmer glimpse of the characters you grew to love in the first three books.

I will fully admit the major flaw that most people seem to agree on: the dialogue during the smut scenes. Be ready to cringe. It is absolutely awkward and unrealistic.

Pick it up if you’re a fan though. I enjoyed my time in the story and can’t wait to pick up book four next year, which there is an excerpt for in the back of this volume. There will be three more books in this series while her Throne of Glass series is concluding this fall. Don’t be too sad though! It was announced that she will be releasing a new adult fantasy series next year.

About the Author of Adventures In Obsessive Reading:

Ms. Winkle is an author and book blogger. Bleeding Heart is the first installment in her Guardian Chronicles series and her first novel. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana, an MA in International Security from the University of Arizona. When she isn’t studying she can usually be found with a dog and a book. 

Comments