This is another episode of “What can go wrong, even as I’m still struggling with that reading slump-lets not talk about reviewing shall we?
Let’s start by “What can go wrong” by counting wrong shall we? Because what is math? 🙄
I’m actually not upset at this pick. The first book The Ruby in the Smoke was good but not my favorite Philip Pullman. I can also add this to making my way in finishing a series and young adult fiction tends to read fast. I’m hopeful that this is good, and pleased I didn’t pick another chunkier like the Pickwick Papers that I ended up dnf’ing at 350 pages. 😔
Wait a minute…
I’ve already read this!
Okay. So apparently I don’t have any of the rest of the series so let’s do this again! Isn’t this fun?
Well, apparently I’m reading another classic.
This is a classic called The Treasure of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizza. It’s thankfully much shorter than the Pickwick Papers, at 200 pages. I’ve been sure that I won’t like this at all but am still curious enough to try it. Here’s to fingers crossed!
I read this book over the course of yesterday, and it reminded me very strongly of a cross between the Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked the idea of it, but I didn’t care for the ending, and I definitely didn’t care for one of the characters-Mucus Markus, the boy who spits a lot. I did like the girl Frankie, she made up a large part of the book that I enjoyed, and I did like Stevie as well. I won’t tell you the ending of the book, because that’s rude and will have massive spoilers for the second book to come of which I don’t believe I’ll read because I’m just not invested.
Overall, the writing was good. The plot moved decently, if not very quickly in some spots, and it seemed a decent story, though it read more for a younger audience-or so it seemed to me.
While I do appreciate getting an ARC copy of this, I don’t think this will be one of my absolute favorites and that makes me sad. I always feel bad for leaving not raving reviews on books that I’ve read, and this is yet one more book that I’ve read this year to go into the “meh” pile of books for me.