The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey (eArc Review)

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count
: 320

**I was provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

You know that I don’t like giving books a low rating, but I guess no one actually ever likes that. I have the unmistakable feeling that this would have been an even worse experience if I hadn’t buddy read it with Cristina (read her review HERE) and Cátia. Let me explain why I was so disappointed!

When I read the premise of this book, I thought it sounded promising, like an emotional contemporary that we would surely enjoy reading together. Well, it was not and I simply didn’t understand why it wasn’t working for me! Right from the beginning here was a big disconnect with the main character John. I’ve read my fair share of angry teen voices, but he just constantly got mad at things and people for no apparent reason. There were many who genuinely tried to help him, or simply did their job, yet he always felt like a charity case and would lash out. Misunderstood teen or not, I have a real problem with people who refuse to accept help or just simple kindness for no other reason than to keep wallowing in their fortress of misery. It’s not a weakness, it’s nothing to be ashamed of! We all need help sometimes. And still, even after pushing away basically all the people in his life, he still kept inspiring loyalty in everyone he met. I just didn’t understand it!

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In addition to that, John was a very unreliable narrator, but again, for no apparent reason. He stated something in one chapter, just to say something entirely contradictory a few pages later. It confused me so much that I still don’t know what exactly happened during one of the main key events of the entire story. He was prone to taking drugs and drinking alcohol, which weirdly was never really condemned in the book except when he had to take mandatory drug tests, but I don’t think those were the reasons behind his volatile narration. Also, the timeline didn’t really make sense to me. There were too many gaps and oversights.

I wish that some of the other characters could have made up for the lack of likability in John, but that wasn’t the case either. Emily, his love interest, was an odd mix of personalities that made it difficult to figure her out and relate to her. His parents were negligent and/or absent, sometimes for reasons but not always very good ones. Only his little sister was bearable, but lets face it, kids up to the age of ten are mostly cute.

I am afraid it all boils down to me being very sorry, but saying that it wasn’t for me. The pacing was off, the narration repetitive and at times boring. Maybe it would work better for other people, you can surely try if you think that it might, but it is not my recommendation.

Fazit: 1/5 stars! I did not get anything from that book at all.

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What was your last most disappointing read? Let’s talk about it!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Book Review)

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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count
: 624

Ever since A Court of Mist and Fury came out, there has been a lot of buzz (and unfortunately spoiling) going on on social media. Still, that made me realise that it was probably better to buddy read this book, even if we weren’t always on the same page, sometimes you just need to say “OMG!” to someone. And those people, as so many times before, were Cátia and Cristina.

It’s no secret that I really enjoyed ACOTAR when it came out, but ACOMAF is on a whole new level in comparison. We start by getting dunked into this infinite pool of sadness, as it should be after the traumatic events Feyre had to endure in the previous book. She is not happy and neither are you when you see how the people who should care about her most let her waste away. You’d think now it would be time for the hero to enter and save her life and while there was someone who helped Feyre get out of the darkness, ultimately she saved herself, because she is still strong and a survivor.

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Everything just felt so raw and real, it made my heart ache. Maas pretty much took the world we got to know and CHANGED EVERYTHING. It’s no secret that I was never the biggest Tamlin fan, simply because Lucien and Rhys fascinated me more, and this book definitely proved why the latter had every right to grab my attention. Rhys was everything you could have possibly wanted from him and even more. His previous behaviour was explained and there was a complete role reversal with him and Tamlin. But sometimes, really not all that often, but sometimes I wished that there had been some sort of anchor from the previous book to hold on to. An unchanging person to trust, who gives you that air of familiarity. Not even my beloved Lucien could fill that role …

However, I did love the new additions, especially Rhys’ Inner Circle. I seriously fell in love with Cassian, Azriel, Mor and Amren. They all have so much history and I cannot wait to further explore that. Even in the light of some events, I still really liked Tarquin, High Lord of the Summer Court and I even overcame my anger towards Feyre’s sisters. It’s difficult to not just ship everyone with everyone at all times.

Ultimately, ACOMAF just gave me ALL THE FEELS! It was adventurous, steamy (I am serious on this one! The steaminess was REAL!), sad, scary and hopeful all in one. It broadened the knowledge we had on the fae world so far and expanded it to magnificent places and powers unimaginable. By the end, I was just in despair, screaming “Nooooo!” at every other page and afraid for all of my beloved characters. It will be torture to wait for the next book, but at least there is enough fan art to gorge on during that seemingly endless wait.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! An exhilarating read that changed the game for sure! My favourite new release of the year so far!

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Did you read ACOMAF? Who is your favourite character? Which one is your favourite Court and character? Tell me all about it!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Book Review)

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count:
 480

I read this book (sort of) together with Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Our schedules didn’t work in our favour all that much this time, but we at least read it in the same week – yay to us! It’s always a blast to read with her and it’s even greater to have her to discuss ideas and theories about the book with. Make sure to check out her review in the near future!

I am a declared Morgan Matson fan, so before the new release of her latest book (The Unexpected Everything) I just HAD TO read Second Chance Summer and I do not regret that choice. The premise is fairly straight-forward, so I had a rain-cloud hanging over my head ever since page one. This is a book that had me in a sobbing mess by the end, but I am getting ahead of myself.

The book is, as the title suggests, about second chances, but in more than one way since it’s actually “split” into two stories. On the one hand, you have the family plot, with Taylor having that last summer to spend with her father yet also growing closer with the rest of her family. It was my absolute favourite part of the book! It is so very rare in YA fiction that parents or siblings play such an important role, that you get to know them just as much as you would the MC’s best friend or love interest in any other story. So, I am glad Matson made this about a topic that doesn’t get addressed much, even if it was completely heartbreaking. Up until the end I was hoping for some kind of miracle solution … just thinking about it gets me all upset again.

Then there is the other storyline, revolving around Taylor not wanting to come back to their summer house, because she had a fall out with her best friend and boyfriend there five years ago (when she was only twelve). As you can maybe already tell by my tone, I was not entirely convinced by that story. There is some animosity and in the beginning the suspense is incredible – you just need to know what happened! Yet when we finally found out, I thought that it was rather silly to have such a big fight over something like this, especially since they were still so young. I definitely wouldn’t have held the grudge for years like some people here did.

In the end, the friendship and love-parts were a good balance in terms of making the story lighter. I don’t think I could have bared all those glum feelings all the time. It was such a heartfelt story with great lessons of facing your fears and making the best of the time you get with the people you love – and of course about second chances!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! An emotional read to get you ready for summer!

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Have you read Second Chance Summer? Did you enjoy it as much as me?