“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.” ― Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited
This book is just soo good. Simon is such a fun character and he is so relatable. It was just so nice reading from his point of view. There are lots of other characters that I had to keep track of, and except for Martin, no one else is a hot effing mess. I really liked the fact that both families were absolutely cool with their son coming out. I just felt so good and I loved how supporting they are of him. Of course, there are tons of moments of his internal dilemma of Simon before telling his family and friends.
This book was really a unique experience because, this was my first time reading a book co-written by two authors, Laura Tate and Jimmy Rice. I had not even given it much thought but at the end of the book, there was this little interview where the authors talked about the writing experience and all that stuff, which made it all the more interesting. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I was hoping for a cute, fluffy contemporary read, I was 80% satisfied, I’d say. Because the characters are in their late twenties there was a lot more aspects of the character’s life that had to be explored. Their careers, their relationships with their parents, all that stuff made it a bit more diverse.
So, this book picks up six months after the disastrous ending of This Savage Song. Kate has gone to a different city, Prosperity and begun hunting monsters. But Prosperity has like a different breed of monsters and they are also very rare and kept from the public’s knowledge. On the other hand, August has to take Leo’s place as the leader of FTF, and now he has no choice but to do the things that need to be done in times of war. To be the monster and to embrace it.
Okay... What a book. First thing, it has been a while since I have read a fantasy book, with a different world and different problems and different monsters. So, in the beginning, I was like what is this? Am I reading the first book? Does this not have a prequel? I was certain it did not have a prequel because I was waiting for the second book to release before I started reading it, still, I had to check a few times just to make sure.So get this, there are monsters, like real monsters some feed on blood and some feed on flesh and some feed on souls. The malachai drink blood, the corsai feed on flesh. The sunai feed on the souls of people who have sinned. (they only feed on the souls of sinners which appear red)
Here is an overview for the month of July and my TBR for August. From the beginning of July, I had accepted that I would not be reading a lot of books this month, taking into account that I had my midterms from 10th to 18th. And foolish me, I had decided to do the Hobonichi Challenge for July. My brain was probably on overdrive trying to balance out my priorities. I mostly just randomly browse books and pick something that sounds interesting or looks glorious. TBR lists intimidate me, to be honest. Nevertheless, this time I am going to make a specific TBR list for August. I hope that this will be a productive month in terms of reading books! 😀