Hello everyone! I’m back to blogging! I had a lot going on this month, so I had to set posting aside for a bit, but I sure hope that the disaster of the month of June is over. I’m ready for July! So here are three mini reviews featuring strong women! How wonderful!
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Trilogy #2): I didn’t enjoy this entry in The Winner’s Trilogy as much as I enjoyed book one, The Winner’s Curse. The Winner’s Crime really dragged for me, and I almost stopped reading it because nothing was happening. I will say that I was going through some heavy personal stuff at the time I was reading this, so that might’ve had something to do with the fact that I didn’t connect to the first 2/3rds of this book. However, the ending was really good and sets up book three nicely. I wasn’t sure I would continue on, but after the wonderful ending I’m eagerly waiting for book three. Unfortunately, the great ending doesn’t make up for the slog to get there, so this one just gets a 3 star rating from me. My Goodreads rating: 3 stars (out of 5). My favorite quote: hmmm … I don’t have one! You know I didn’t love the book when I can’t even find a suitable quote to use! Read my review of The Winner’s Curse here.
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables #3): This was another enjoyable entry in the Anne of Green Gables series. Anne is now 18 years old (this book takes her from ages 18-20), and she is going off to college, joining friends Priscilla Grant and Gilbert Blythe. Anne makes a new friend, Philippa “Phil” Gordon, a wealthy, pretty girl stuck deciding between two men, Alec and Alonzo. (We should all be so lucky). The scenes between Anne and her friends were a lot of fun, but one in particular was absolutely shocking to me. There is a point in the book where a cat comes round their house, and the girls don’t want a cat, so they decide to try and kill it. This short scene made me drop the book down a star on Goodreads. It was the strangest scene and didn’t seem to fit at all. But, the book was published in 1915, so perhaps this is just a product of its time. I’m concerned, because in the previous book, we had a random swearing parrot and a bizarre storm that felt out of place, and in this book we have an attempted murder of a cat. What will the next book have in store?? At least Anne of the Island ended well, with a gorgeous classic Anne scene. My Goodreads rating: 4 stars (out of 5). Favorite Quote: “I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you.”
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman: This is a cute, powerful book by the author of A Man Called Ove. Britt-Marie has left her cheating husband, and needs a job. She takes a temporary position at a recreation center in Borg, a dried up little town where the majority of people are out of work or have moved away. Britt-Marie unwillingly becomes the coach of a soccer team, filled with lovable misfits. I didn’t know anything about this book going in, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book does deal with difficult topics (grief and family breakdowns), so parts of it are extremely sad. Britt-Marie Was Here made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me want to play soccer. A beautiful story with an ambiguous ending, Britt-Marie Was Here is a wonderful story about a woman who learns how to live, and the unforgettable people who help her. My Goodreads rating: 5 stars (out of 5). Favorite Quote: “A year turned into several years, and several years turned into all the years. One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it’s happened.”
Have you read any of these three books? What did you think?