Wow! This was my first Read-a-thon and it was a great success! Not only was I able to read books that had been sitting on my TBR-pile for years, but I also managed to do that before the week was even over. I finished all three books that were in my TBR for the week and read one more that had nothing to do with the read-a-thon.
On Monday I started reading the Return of the Viking Warrior by Michelle Styles. As I mentioned on my TBR-post I had won a signed copy of this book on a goodreads giveaway some time ago, but I hadn’t managed to finish even the first chapter until now. I cannot say that I loved it, but neither can I say that I hated it.
The writing was good and I liked the descriptions. But the female protagonist, Kara, was sooo frustrating. She knew from the very beginning of the story exactly what was going to happen in the end. Even as she denied him and hurt him and tried to drive him away. So why, may I ask, must you torture the poor man thus? Why don’t you just end his misery and take him back sooner rather than later? Throughout the whole book I wanted to grab her and give her a good shake while screaming at her that she was an idiot.
But it wasn’t all bad. On the contrary, it was a very well written, very believable story and the ending was good. I think I could have liked the story a lot more, if Kara hadn’t been such a fool. You can read a full review here.
I gave it 3 out 5 stars.
Then, on Wednesday, I picked up Wither by Lauren Destefano (Greek edition). I liked this book a lot. The translation was very good and the writing was just as good. Admittedly, it’s not an easy book to read. But that has nothing to do with the author’s writing style and everything to do with the world in which the book is set. The fact that people are destined to die by the age of 20 for women and 25 for men is quite gloomy. It makes you look at the world we are living in now through a very different perspective. What I didn’t like was Rhine. I thought she was too self-centered. Yes, she was going through something horrible, but she was punishing the wrong people for it and ignoring everything good that had happened to her because of this experience. And I also didn’t like the ending, even though it was obvious to me from the very beginning that this was how the story was going to end. Anyway, I’d like to talk more about my thoughts of this book, but I don’t want to spoil anyone. I will write a review of all three books as soon as I’ve read them.
This was a 4 out of 5 stars read.
On Thursday I decided that I just couldn’t read the tome I had been putting off. So I decided to pick up another book that I had been waiting to read for a looong time. I finished Dark Debt by Chloe Neill on the same day. It had nothing to do with the Read-a-thon, but it was a quick read and after that I was able to finally finish my last book. I’m not going to say anything more about Dark Debt, except that I liked it (just like most books in this series), because I’m planning to post a series of reviews for each of the books twice a week, every Tuesday and Saturday, starting this Tuesday. At first I was planning to post the reviews weekly, but we are talking about 11 books. It would take me almost three months to post them all and I have other series that I’d like to review after this one. So twice a week it is. Look for the Some Girls Bite review (the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires series) on my blog tomorrow.
Lastly, I read A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, which I also finished (hallelujah!!!). Yes, I’m very proud of myself. Throughout the whole week I had been trying to read it, but after ten pages or so I would put it down again. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, on the contrary, it was a great book. The problem was that I had already watched the episodes on the TV. Reading the book was like watching the episodes again and that made it a bit hard for me to concentrate. But I did like it, though I did find reading from all these different points of view a bit hard. Now I want to read the rest of the books. I am determined not to watch the last season before I have read the last book. Again, I won’t say anything more about the book, because I want to write a full review of all the books right after I have finished with the Chicagoland Vampires series.
This was a 3 out of 5 stars book.
(If anyone can help me find out how to put stars instead of write the rating down, please don’t hesitate to help me.)
On Sunday, since I had already read all of the books on my #AYEARATHON TBR, I decided to start reading the books I had picked for March. So these are all the books I read for the Read-a-thon this month. It was a total of 1,135 pages. That is, of course, minus Dark Debt that wasn’t included in the Read-a-thon (368 pages) and minus the 285 pages of A Game of Thrones that I had already read and didn’t re-read.
This was a great experience. I will definitely be participating in the Ayearathon again. Next month’s theme is Fantasy & Sci-fi. The dates are April 6-12. I can’t wait!
Did you participate in the Ayearathon this month? If you did, tell me how it went in the comments below.
What are you reading right now?
You can purchase the books I mentioned here:
Return of the Viking Warrior, Wither, Dark Debt, A Game of Thrones
Find out more about the #AYEARTHON group here.