Let me tell you, my friends—the reading slump is real! I’ve been really struggling to get through things lately so these posts may be few and far between for the next little while until I manage to get myself out of that. But today, as per usual, I’ve got a somewhat eclectic mix of books for you all so let’s get into it.
The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivie Blake
I know this is quite hyped around the online book community—I honestly hadn’t really heard anyone talk about it until my bestie, Angel, told me she’d bought it last year. I looked it up, ended up buying it myself and now I’ve finally gotten to it. I think this is a really interesting book—it’s quite intense and honestly, very smart. I think a good chunk of this just went completely over my head. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I really, really did. I can see why people might not like it though—it’s complex and definitely one of those books you have to pay close attention to. I honestly can’t put into words what I liked about it—it was just a really interesting book. I thought the majority of the characters were terrible people and hated the way they all treated one another, but in a way that I also kind of really enjoyed? I think the next book is going to be really interesting because there are so many places it could go from here!
Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) by Nalini Singh
I just want to start this one by saying that I’m really proud of myself for getting through a couple of sequels lately—I’m usually terrible at that, but here we are. Anyway, I picked this one up this week because I figured it’d be a quick read and I definitely needed one of those. It was exactly that—it took me a few hours spread over a couple of days and I managed to finish the night before I head off for a few days away. I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into actual sentences—I enjoyed this but didn’t love it. But this series so far also deals with a lot—there’s some seriously dark stuff, but it’s also a very unique and complex world. Honestly, I feel like I understand maybe half of the stuff that’s going on but I still really enjoy the story for the characters and their interactions with one another, both the romantic ones and the relationships between pack members and the couple from book one. I’m excited to go into book three—you’re probably about to see it further down in this post.
All The Feels (Spoiler Alert #2) by Olivia Dade
Another sequel, look at me go! I just read Spoiler Alert last month but had to wait for my copy of this one to arrive, but it was so worth the wait. I honestly think I enjoyed this one even more than I did the first one. I just absolutely adored Alex—he was already amazing in Spoiler Alert, but obviously, in this one, he really gets his chance to shine. He’s hilarious but also super sweet—I love how into fanfic he gets as well, it makes it so fun to read. I loved the relationship between him and Lauren and how slow-burn it is. I think my only complaint about this one is that Dade sometimes does this thing where the characters will be talking about one thing and then suddenly they’re somewhere completely different and it’s like they’re remembering that conversation but in a way that makes it seem like it just happened—I don’t know that my explanation makes much sense, but there it is. As a whole, I’m extremely excited to read the next book in this series when it’s hopefully released later this year.
Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) by Nalini Singh
And here it is. Welllll, this is definitely my favourite in the series so far. I absolutely love Brenna who is our female MC in this one. Previously all the women have been Psy, but Brenna is a changeling and I loved the change in the dynamics. I’m a little less fussed on Judd, the male MC, but I do like the way the two characters interact with one another and the other characters too. I think this one followed a bit of a different plot as well—it was less about the serial killer aspect and more about the characters and their mental states. There is still a little bit of the killer aspect in here though, and honestly, that’s probably the only thing I’m not overly fussed about within the series. I hope we get some other books in the series that focus more on the character themselves just like this one did. But I’m extremely excited to move on with the next book.
M Train by Patti Smith
I honestly get so much joy out of every Patti Smith book I read. This is my fourth book of hers and every time I’m just blown away. Though they’re short, all of Smith’s books have hit me hard and this one was no exception. But they also make me want to buy a plane ticket and head off on these quiet but meaningful adventures that Smith does—like visiting places that were important to authors and other public figures that she admires. But above all, Smith makes me want to become a better writer, to dedicate time to my writing that I haven’t been able to for years. It’s one of those books that makes me want to throw out everything and just write like I’ve always wanted to—and then it’s like, oh whoops I’m not Patti Smith and I still have to be able to pay my rent.
Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR? Let me know down below!