Friday, June 1, 2018

50/50 Friday (87): Favorite/Least Favorite Read in May


50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Read in May


Favorite:


A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Released: 2018
Rating: 5 stars (my review)

Blurb:
"Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court."

I LOVED this!  While it doesn't have the most high-stakes plotline, I loved seeing the squad interact with each other in a more relaxed setting.  This is purely a fandom installment and I loved every minute.  It also makes such a great bridge between the first and second parts of this series.  I'm sad to see the Feyre and Rhys POV go, but they went in the best way possible.


Least Favorite:



The Alfaeren Legacy #1
Released: 2016
Rating: 2.5 stars (my review)

Blurb:
"There are some places in Teynia none were meant to go, hiding secrets none were meant to find. But one morning, sisters Kali and Kilyn Middlethird stumbled upon such a place, and uncovered such a secret. They stood before an enchanted Gate left behind by the Álfaerëns long ago to imprison the Spirit, an evil capable of destroying all of Teynia. If only someone had told the Middlethirds about the Gate, they might not have opened it. Now, Teynia’s fate hinged on the Middlethirds, aided by Ice and the wizard Marac, surviving long enough to find the legendary Portal of Worlds, and the lost descendants of an ancient hero hidden somewhere within the Portal. To save their world, they would have to leave it. Their journey would lead them to Earth, where they would have to decipher age-old clues to find what they were looking for. But if Pennsylvania high school senior, Alexandra Castellano, failed to unravel a thousand year old mystery of her own, buried deep within her family name itself, Teynia would be lost to the Spirit, and Earth was next. And none of them would ever find out who they really were…"


This had such a great concept, I was sad to see that it didn't quite live up to expectations.  On the whole, there just wasn't any feeling to it, even though all the right elements were there.  The characters didn't have any distinctive feeling about them and the overall method of delivery felt like it didn't have an identity.  I think the story and the author have potential, though.



Have you read either of these?  What did you think of them?  How was your May?  Make a post and link up down below!


Next Week's Topic: Favorite Book Starting With A/Z

8 comments:

  1. I keep hearing wonderful things about Sarah J. Maas's writing, but have yet to read any of her novels.

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    1. Personally, I really enjoy her writing! There are generally two camps: those who love her writing and those who think it's overrated so hopefully, when you're able to get around to one of her books, you'll be part of the former camp :) Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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  2. I’ve heard good and bad about ACOFAS so I’m glad to see you liked it.

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    1. Yeah, me too! While I can totally see why some people didn't like it, I loved living alongside the squad and witnessing their squabbles during every day life :) Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

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  3. I've not read any Sarah J Maas either!

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    1. You must!!! Haha but seriously, I think her books are kind of a staple in the 'new' YA fantasy era along with people like Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, etc etc. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!

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  4. I also loved ACOFAS!!! Yaaas! I'm glad you did too. I know some people struggled with it.

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    1. It's so lovely and beautiful and perfect! Yeah, I also talked to some people who couldn't get into it. I'm glad I wasn't one of those people... Thanks for stopping by, Di!

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