This week’s topic:
Top 5 *freebie*
Ugh! I’ve been fighting to understand this Block editor thing, but it’s just NOT working well for me. It either doesn’t work in the way I want it to and includes too many parts in my posts or, when I think I’ve got it right, the preview is in no way what I was shooting for. I’m frustrated and annoyed, so here is a post of books I rated 2 stars that I’d recommend anyway because, yea, I didn’t like them and they frustrated me as I read, but I finished the book anyway. Quite like WordPress: annoying to use but, for now, I’m using it anyway.
(Btw, I managed to get this post to look the way I wanted because I started it out in the Classic block and, just so I could change the size of the photos, had to convert it to all Blocks. This thing is infuriating to me.)
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
It’s a fake-date romance novel about a girl and a guy who meet on an elevator when they were stuck on it together. Everyone loves and raves about this book. I… do not see what’s so great about it. It was a quick read, it was entertaining in some spots, but it was just aight. Just okay. Nothing special about it. Nothing to rave about.
Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock
A children’s picture by a Swedish illustrator about the long distance a girl in Zimbabwe must walk to get to school. There isn’t much to the plot; instead, our attention is on the art and the protagonist’s surroundings as she walks to school. I didn’t mind this, but I gave it two stars because I really wasn’t feeling the art. The art isn’t bad. The illustrator is actually quite talented; it’s just not a style that I favor.
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth
This is such a cute comic book and I’d eagerly recommend it — although I gave it two stars, lol! It’s a fantasy story set in a college town and is about a werewolf barista named Julie who wants to be normal. While on a date at a magic show with her girlfriend, a magician casts a spell on Julie’s best friend, a centaur named Chet, and now the friends are trying to track down the magician to help Chet. The story is fun and has a very diverse cast of characters. What I love the most, though, is the art. It’s so cute!! I love the illustrations and the colors. I gave this one a low rating because I began to lose interest in the story after a while, but I would really like to read the second volume.
Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks
This is a paranormal romance about a young woman who’s a witch and is unable to leave her small town because her family is cursed, and a young man who cohosts a paranormal investigator show and is visiting a small town with his best friend and cohost for the holidays. The two fall in love, of course. I got the book because I hardly ever come across such novels where the protagonist is Black. For the most part, I enjoyed reading it; I just had some issues with the plot and certain details.
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
It’s the last book in the middle grade fantasy series the Chronicles of Prydain, which begins with The Book of Three and is about a boy who is an assistant pig keeper for wizard but yearns for adventure and manages to go on one when the pig runs away. I enjoyed the first four books in the series, but by this one, I don’t know what happened, but I didn’t like it and was frustrated by everything and criticized everything too. Maybe I was in a foul mood, I don’t know, but I’ll reread it and see what’s up one of these days.