The Reading Rush Reviews // Amanda

I had such an incredible time reading books for the Reading Rush! It was so fun collecting badges and trying to read as much as possible in a single week. I was on vacation, so I did a lot of hiking and adventuring, and not as much reading as I wanted to, but year one is done!

The Disasters by M.K. England


Stand-alone // YA // Sci-fi 
Read for: A book with purple on the cover

This was a book with absolutely refreshing characters, confident in their identities, with a pretty dull plot and unexplained worldbuilding. There were some interesting parts of the sci-fi, like the description of different types of worlds, but for the most part, everything felt similar, with some interesting details. I was just hoping for some more vivid worldbuilding.

It was just really nice to read from the perspective of a bisexual main character, since one of my favorite parts of reading is discovering different human experiences so I can empathize with real people.

I did like the other characters as well, and each of them had a unique voice and back story, so overall a fun read, just not as good as I wanted!

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd


First in a series // YA // Fantasy
Read for: Read a book with a non-human main character, Read a book in the same spot the whole time, Read a book you meant to read last year

What an incredible adventure! I usually dislike naive main characters, but in Grim Lovelies, it actually felt genuine since our main character Anouk is a “beastie,” an animal that has been enchanted to human less than a year ago. And, several other beasties do play the protector role and her mother-figure keeps her alone at home most of the time. But as the book goes along, she is forced to step out on her own and make her own decisions, and the plot amps up to an extremely exciting place in the end. I’m pumped to see where the second one goes!

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

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Stand-alone // YA // Fairy-tale-esque
Read for: Read an author’s first book, Read a five-star book


Where has this book been all my life? My absolute favorite new V.E. Schwab and it’s her first. I am SO glad this was republished AND I bought the super gorgeous gray special edition. I will be rereading very shortly.

Lexi is a determined and relatable main character, who defies her roll in her small town by investigating the disappearance of children. This book has a fantasy, fairy tale feel, with witchy magic at every turn.

Though the romance ramps up surprisingly quickly, I was shipping it from page one and practically cheered when they finally got together. Yes! I am still all about it.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi


First in a series // Middle-grade // Myth & Folklore
Read for: Read a book with over five words in the title

Actually, I don’t have a lot to say about this one. Now that more time has passed, I feel like just shrugging my shoulders at this book. It was a fun adventure, and felt great to connect with another culture in a more childlike way, but my one critique just stuck with me the whole time – this book almost feels like a copy-cat of Percy Jackson. Since it is his imprint, maybe I’m reading into it to much, or maybe it is because I reread all the Percy Jackson books recently, but it was so similar I felt like I skimmed some parts to get to the real meat of some scenes.

There were some setting in this book that I felt were especially vivid to me, in particular the market with the vendors as seasons, but for the most part the characters were just handed what they needed and everything worked out perfectly down to the last detail. I love middle-grade adventure and this one is sadly pretty forgettable.

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

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This graphic novel is one of those interesting plot twists on what you think you know, and feels like a unique take on something that has been interpreted in a few different ways already (including an unexplainable kid’s cartoon). Since she is unfamiliar with her powers in this timeline, but recognizes their darkness, she feels like the same doubtful, isolated character and have known and idolized. But I liked her team of supportive friends and the writing of the dialogue especially. I have also been following the artist on Instagram for a while and have always loved his interpretation of Raven and know that he is himself a fan, which was a fun perspective to read this with.

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

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Read for: Read and Watch a book to movie adaptation (kinda?)

This one I sorta pushed the boundaries of the badge here, but it was fun watching Aquaman with Jason, even though we aren’t the biggest DC fans, and reading Mera along with the watch. It was good to see a woman’s perspective because the movie was so testosterone-filled, and though she was more of a stereotypical “rebel” without much creativity, her character felt unified.


Other July 2019 Reads:
July 2019 Wrap-up
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Past & Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
Last Things by Jacqueline West
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire
Books Read During the Reading Rush:
Let’s be friends!
The Reading Rush Reviews
The Disasters by M.K. England
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

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