When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.58
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 because the plot sounded so awesome. However, this is so far one of my biggest let downs.
This follows a group of teenagers who are all familiar with tragedy, which they experienced when the steel mill in their town blew up. They all lost someone. The tragedy brought them together as friends. They often film their adventures for their YouTube channel. One night, they witness a crash and bright light and then extraordinary things begin to happen, leaving some in the group with super powers. But what did they see? How did this happen?
First, there were too many characters, and I couldn’t keep up. Second, there were a lot of flashbacks which I didn’t think added anything to the story. If anything, it just made me more confused than I already was. I’m not sure where the plot was supposed to go, but it didn’t go there. It was a lot of pages of boring nothingness. Then when you get to the end, your face is all screwed up looking because you are genuinely like WTF?
Originally, I gave this book 3 stars, but after further contemplation 2 stars will do.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.21
I picked this up after several people on Booktube were gushing about it. Why not? I’m not much for contemporary, but I was willing to try something different. And guess what? MIND BLOWN.
This follows a boy who periodically gets abducted by aliens. The aliens never hurt him, but they always bring him back unclothed with no cell phone, totally in a different time and place from where he left. He’s verbal about his abductions and it leads most people to think he is extremely weird. He’s also recently lost his boyfriend to suicide. And he blames his other best friend for this as well, so he is utterly alone. He goes to school day in and day out to get beaten up and bullied. One day, the aliens abduct him and basically tell him that the world is ending. They give him the date. They give him the option to save the world. All he has to do is push a button. But why is this world worth living?
This book is EVERYTHING!! So many feels. I can think of one other book that left me with chills at the end. This is the second. So much heartbreak. Great portrayal of depression, bullying, and homophobia. The writing is superb. Definitely made it to my list of all time favorites.
The Battlemage by Taran Matharu
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.3
Really great conclusion to this series. The only thing that I have to complain about, like I have in all the other installments as well, is the pacing. It’s really good at the beginning. Then is lulls forever. Finally, it picks back up at the end. The end of the epic battle was far too short. I mean didn’t we go through all this series just to get to this?
I won’t go into plot because I think I have talked enough about this series. Go read the synopsis of the first book.
Overall 3 stars.