1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab- 10/5 stars
I mean this rating so literally! I stayed up way past my bed time to finish this book! It is a serious page turner. I love reading but this is the first book in a long time that I could not put down. Thank you so much for recommending it Leila!
The character development, psychology, and rivalry is just, *chef’s kiss* magnificent. I must wait until the weekend to read the sequel! The book is a modern-day Frankenstein meets X-Men, but the main characters are both from The Brotherhood.
2. It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell 3/5
This book was good for a murder mystery. However, the premise of spoiled rich kids with skeletons in their closets seems a bit overdone. The way the book is written I have a hard time connecting with or even feeling sorry for any of the characters. They are almost always drunk, high, or generally manipulative. I am not sure this is in a genre I would normally pick up but it was a nice change of pace!
3. Have a Hot Time Hades! By Kate McMullan (Mythomania 1) 5/5
This book is a very good take on the Greek Myths. I am reading the series as a before bed read. It is not too intense and speaks to me in a different way than the original myths.
4. Warm Up by V.E. Schwab (Villains short story)
A very short but still very good peek into the world of villains!
5. Phone Home, Persephone! By Kate McMullan (Mythomania 2) 5/5
I have a lot of mixed feelings about the original Hades and Persephone myth given Hades kidnaps his future bride. However, this retelling is more comfortable and more true to what I think may have happened. Besides Persephone being a bit of an air head, it is a good book.
6. Say Cheese, Medusa! By Kate McMullan (Mythomania 3) 5/5
The author is really hitting her stride in this book! The world building, character building, adventure, and suspense is brilliant. I devoured this book!
7. Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society 1) 5/5
I read this book several years ago for the first time but I never got around to picking up the sequels. I was in grad school and had very little spare time. Now that I am reading more I have more time I have decided I would pick up all five books. Bruce Wayne and his angst do not disappoint in this manga style middle school retelling of the DC comics.
8. Fort Solitude by Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society 2) 5/5
The sequel is just as good as the first book. I read it in under 45 minutes. This time it focuses more on the perspective of the wholesome Clark Kent. I wonder if the next book will be in the voice of Diana Prince?
9. Detention of Doom by Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society 3) 5/5
The third installment of the series is just as good as the first two! I love the alternate universe used in this book. The book is a quick read that really pulled my imagination in.
10. Science Fair Crisis by Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society 4) 4/5
This installment did not live up to the previous three books, but it was still entertaining. I felt it was unnecessarily angsty ( I say this and I love batman) and the art style changes were a bit jarring. Though I could not put my finger on why.
11. Field Trip Disaster by Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society 5) 4/5
This installment was on par with the fourth book, but not my favorite. The art style was off still and time travel sequences are not my favorite. I do like a good time travel fan fiction but I have limited tolerance for time travel comics and movies. If you like time travel and DC this book may be for you.
12. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
I loved this book, but not because it was Arthorian, but because of the culture and thought put into it. The exposition is slow, but the book did pull me in. I finished in maybe six hours over a couple days. The romance is interesting, the dialogue on race is thought provoking and timely, and the modern take on secret societies kept my interest. I do not think it was very heavy on the theme of Arthur until the end. I do believe the second book will be heavier with mythological influence. This book was more heritage witchcraft and adventure mystery influenced in my mind.
13. The Kitchen Witch: A beginner’s guide to magical cooking, with more than 100 delicious recipes and simple spells by Amy Harmony 0/5
I do not believe I have ever rated a book so low. I should have known how poor the writing would be from the ridiculous title, alas I did not follow my gut. The book had poor spelling, poor grammar, and the lay out was not great either. The book comes from a place of privilege or entitlement, encouraging diet changes including removing red meet, veganism, and vegetarianism. There is no support of this in Wiccan or Pagan circles. Some people choose to do these things from a position of respecting nature but there are not religious/spiritual based diet changes. Wicca and Paganism is so much about independence and choosing your own path that this book rings false to me.
I also think the suggestions for a kitchen alter are a bit odd, it does not work for me due to limited space. I have always lived in an apartment and counter space is at a premium.