Reading Update

This year I'm really hoping I can meet my goal of 50 books! I've read 6 so far and should finish #7 today. Here are some quick reviews of the books I've read so far, in no particular order:

The Handmaid's Tale was written by Margaret Atwood in the 80s, but somehow I had never read it until we read it for book club in January. It's a great book. It's one of those books that you think about when you aren't reading it and you worry about the characters. It's one of those 1984-type books that makes you wonder if this kind of world is possible... and then you realize not only is it possible, but it is happening right now. There are parts of the world where women have few freedoms, have to cover their bodies the way Offred does, and live lives of indignity and mistreatment. I highly recommend this book.

I really enjoyed Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It's a pretty typical highschool relationship story with a supernatural element. Patch is a dark mysterious hot guy. Nora is a regular girl. They're paired up in biology one day and Nora starts learning more about Patch and his mysterious past (sound familiar, Twilight fans??). I'm not sure if it lives up to the hype of being "The Next Twilight" but it was a fast read and I liked it. I'm looking forward to the sequel, Crescendo, which will be released in September.

Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise and the 3rd and 4th books in the Vampire Academy series. I love this series! Rose and Lissa are students at the Vampire Academy. Lissa is a vampire, and Rose is a Dhampir, which is half-vampire, half-human. Dhampirs typically work as protectors for vampires, and because of the connection between Rose and Lissa, Rose already acts as Lissa's protector even though they are still in school. Dmitri is Rose's instructor/crush (not to mention my book crush!). There are other minor characters who I like a lot because they all feel very real. Since these are the third and fourth books in the series, I don't want to give too much away in case anyone reading this wants to read the series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes teenage vampire books and I'm so looking forward to the release of the 5th book!

The Luxe and Rumors (Luxe #2): Basically, The Luxe felt like Gossip Girl set in 1899. While I have nothing against Gossip Girl, I was happy to find that in Rumors, the second book of the series, I became much more connected with the characters. There are a few different plot lines going on in these books. There are the Holland sisters, Elizabeth and Diana, who are from a prominent and well-known family in New York. Elizabeth is known as an elegant young woman and her family expects her to marry into another well-known prominent family, but her feelings lie elsewhere. Diana is much more quirky and irreverent than the always-proper Elizabeth. Then there's Penelope, Elizabeth's frienemy who is in love with the dashing playboy Henry, and Lina, the Hollands maid with big ambitions. The first book was just ok, but in the second one I really became attached to the characters and I even cried at the end. I checked out the next two books in the series from the library and I'm looking forward to reading them soon.


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