Hiya bookish people!

I’ve been participating in the 2020 OWL’s Magical readathon, and I thought y’all might enjoy a small checkpoint about what I’ve read so far, and what I still have to go. This is my first ever readathon and I am having heaps of fun!

You can read my OWL’s TBR in my last OWL’s post, but here’s a quick recap on my books to become a Librarian :

Here’s what I’ve read so far and a small cluster of mini reviews 🙂

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ / 5
Me Before You set up my expectations for After You to be five stories high, but I found myself stuck on an elevator that couldn’t get past the third floor. While this book has the same addictive writing flow, and the same Louisa that I loved ( to an extent ), I felt that this book did not live up to the epic romance of Lou and Will.

Louisa has gone through a lot in losing Will, but while I can recognise and empathise with her grief, I feel like losing most of herself only to be semi-rescued by Lily, Will’s supposed daughter that no one knew anything about, made me feel like Moyes was kinda trying to say that Will was still saving Lou. I also found Lily to be really annoying and ungrateful, and while I understand she had stuff happening, she was more than happy to use ( yes, I doubted if use was a word ) Lou as a stepping stone to get to her ‘real’ family, and then leave her behind. I also kind of wish part of her clothing had still stayed in action when it wasn’t just Lily going through her stuff so it didn’t feel like Louisa was a completely new character ( but thank God that the striped leggings made a return! )

Sam was an awesome character, and I really enjoyed the journey that he and Lou took to build their relationship, and I am interested to see how they do long-distance. Yes, this means I want to read Still Me, but I now have a much lower expectation than I did after Me Before You going into After You.

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ / 5
This book got a lot of hype, and I will admit that I bought it rather impulsively. And I don’t have any regrets. Louise was an amazing character to read who I felt was one of the best written anti-hero females that I have ever heard of. And yes, I do think she is an anti-hero, and I have got the feeling that not everyone will agree with me. Louise was a character who did not want to fight for the greater good, but her greater good and that happened to line up with our other characters eventually. She wasn’t a damsel in distress until she was in an impossible situation, and was a vulgar character who was not vulgar just because she was emotionally vulnerable.

Reid was an amazing character, and I love how he developed as a character. I also loved the entire setting of the book, how the different parts of France were shown in this book without making the country or city a character itself, because although that works well in some fantasy books, it would have been out of place. Coco was also amazing! She was such a strong character, the sass, the everything. She reminded me a lot of Morrigan from ACOTAR.

The cover for this book is stunning, as is the cover for Blood and Honey, and I can’t wait to see what the ten year editions, or the collectors editions! Until that point, there is a lot of amazing fanart out there by brilliant artists. I’d also love to hear about your guys favourite fanartists!

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ / 5
I have probably mentioned this a million times, but I’m going to say it again because I love it so much. A Curse so Dark and Lonely was my first major publisher ARC, Bloomsbury to be exact. I loved the Beauty and the Beast retelling that Brigid Kemmerer had created, and I love the sequel equally. I can say next to nothing without revealing every major spoiler in this book, so read the damn book so I can cry about it! I can’t wait for the next Cursebreakers installment!

I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did when I first heard about it because we wouldn’t be following the main two characters from the first book, but reading about Lia Mara and Syhl Shallow added a unique and diverse set of fantasy to this series, more than just the traditional princely fantasy set up in the first novel.

I dislike Harper a lot more now even though I do still like her character – in theory, she feels like she isn’t a part of the plot anymore other than to have someone there to emotionally antagonise Grey, but I am glad I am seeing more of Grey because he is my all-time favorite character for this series now. I found Grey’s predicament to be really hard, and I found myself matching his debate step-for-step every time Rhen asked him to reveal the other heir to the throne.

As for Rhen, I didn’t like him very much anymore, his ruling seemed dictated by fear and it seemed to dilute his character from one ruled by a love of his country. Lia Mara is an amazing character, and I ship her and Harper as bff’s so hard, and I want this friendship now! LM often mentioned she thinks she could be friends with Harper, so why hasn’t it happened yet?!

And for a little bit extra… Here are Book Roasts three most recent OWL’s booktube videos!

How are your OWL’s going? How many books have you read so far this month? Are you enjoying them?

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  1. You are killing this OWLS readathon Em! WHOO HOO! *Throws confetti* 🎉🎉🎉 And I’m so glad that Serpent and Dove lived up the the hype. I was honestly prepared to keep swimming but EVERYONE’S been raving so I’m thinking I have to pick it up. Good luck with the rest of your OWLS [not that you need it, hey Potter? 😉 ]

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    1. Thank you! I am super happy with my progress! I even finished Sorcery of Thorns after three months of having it on my monthly TBR??
      Please do! I am in love with it!!
      Of course not, pfft 😅

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  2. I’m glad your OWLs are going well and you’ve picked decent sized books as well!! I’m glad Serpent and Dove lived up to your expectation as it has been a very hyped book !! the character and plot both sound interesting!! I will have to look into it one day !! I hope you enjoy the sequel just as much!! Best of luck with the rest of the readathon! ❤

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    1. I have! I was worried they would be too long but I have rocketed through them!
      It has been, but I loved it. Maybe I am just a sucker for a good hate-to-love trope *swoons*
      Thank you Sophie ❤ ❤

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  3. Ahh happy to see you are doing well with this readathon! I am so, so curious about the Brigid Kemmerer series, I’ve heard amazing things about it and the fact that you love it so much makes me impatient to read it… well, the first book a little more than the second one ahah, but still 😀

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    1. Ahaha, definitely! I was worried since the POV changes and we see nearly nothing of the MC’s from book one, but I think it actually worked super well!
      If you pick it up, let me know what you think of it 😉

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  4. I’m reading ACSDAL and AHSFAB for my OWL’s and I’m excited but also nervous?? I’ve heard a lot of mixed things so we’ll have to see. Congrats on doing so well already, and best of luck with the rest of the contest!

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    1. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did! I am a sucker for retellings so I loved them heaps ❤
      Best of luck to you, too! I am hoping to blog hop today so I will definitely check out your posts soon, Charis!

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