Welcome to Karmen’s Korner! If you are a new reader, be sure to follow my blog to get notifications on future posts. If you are a returning reader, then welcome back. This week, I am wrapping up the books I read in 2020. It was definitely not the year of reading. I only read 17 books, which may seem like a lot, but not when you compare it to the 40 books I hope to read this year. Quarantine is what really sparked my reading of 2020. With nothing else to do, reading quickly became my daily routine. Now let’s discuss the books I read in 2020.
*Books not pictured are out on loan to others*
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (5/5)
This is the first book I read in 2020. It had recently come out and I could not wait to read more about the world of Panem and the events that created the monster we know as President Snow. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 because it was actually quite interesting to see how he became so spiteful. It was also really cool to see where his hatred for Katniss and district 12 really came from. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, then I highly suggest picking this up.
Bones of Faeries by Janni Lee Simner (3/5)
This is a book I have had on my shelf for maybe four or five years. I got it at my high school book fair and just now finally got around to reading it. It was okay. It was definitely a book fair book. The writing was so-so, and the plot was a little everywhere. The character was very flawed, and I felt like she could have been developed a lot more. I actually just found out this book is the first of a trilogy. With the way the first book ended, I thought that was it. This only leads me to believe that the rest of the series is probably very drug out. Three out of five from me on this one.
Ghosts of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare (5/5)
This book is a unique one of Cassandra’s. It is actually a collection of stories involving Jem/ Brother Zachariah and the shadow market. I listened to this one through an audiobook. I don’t typically do that, but each story was read by someone new, and some were actors or actresses I admire so I thought it would be fun to listen to them tell it. It was a very good listen and definitely helped to set up the premise of Chain of Gold. I gave this a five out of five for thoroughly keeping my attention and for bringing some well-loved characters into the fold.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (4/5)
This one gets a four out of five for me, which isn’t typical of me for a Cassandra Clare novel, but this story just didn’t keep me as enraptured as The Mortal Instruments and the Dark Artifices. Same can be said for the Infernal Devices. I think I just struggle with reading books based so far back in time because I have a hard time picturing the scenes in my head. I am one of those readers that plays a movie in my head as I read, and it is very hard for me to do that when reading about eras I don’t know a lot about. I did love getting to see Tessa and Will again in this novel and the plot was very capturing nonetheless, still a good read.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (5/5)
This book was absolutely amazing! If you are a fan of Stranger Things, then I highly recommend you pick up this book asap. It was very capturing off the bat with the initial mystery of The Gray and the powers that inhabit the local founding families. Each character was very compelling, and I finished this book very quickly. Five out of five hands down.
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman (4/5)
I gave this one a four out of five because in comparison to the first one, it lacked in the crazy factor. It was still an incredibly good sequel, but I feel like the first one had so much intensity and mystery, and the sequel was about finishing off what the first book opened.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (5/5)
As a major fan of the film, I found it time to finally sit down and read the novel and it did not disappoint. Charlie is just as lovable and innocent as he is in the film. I thought it was actually quite interesting to hear Charlie’s thoughts behind some of my favorite scenes. Lovely read if you like coming-of-age books. Five out of five
After by Anna Todd (5/5)
This one and the next were rereads for the upcoming movie. I just can’t say enough about this book. Five out of five doesn’t even begin to describe how much I love this story. It’s raw, relatable, and reeling. Anna Todd finds a way to take the reader on a quite a journey. When she is mad, so are you, and when she starts to lighten up, so do you. It’s quite compelling. The film really doesn’t do this story justice, so if you liked the movie, read the dang book.
After We Collided by Anna Todd (5/5)
Again, five out of five doesn’t begin to explain how much I love these books. This sequel is just as compelling as the first one with just as many crazy turns and emotional rollercoasters. If you like romance novels, these are PERFECT!
Lore by Aaron Mahnke (4/5)
As a fan of supernatural creatures, this book was highly anticipated by me. I love the way the author/narrator puts in little bits of humor in the stories. It keeps the reading light and fun. I gave it a four out of five because I felt like it could have been given some better stories. I do love the way he interweaves stories with historical facts, but I feel like it just needed more. Not really sure how to perfectly explain it.
Darkness on The Edge of Town by Adam Christopher (4/5)
This is obviously a great read if you are a fan of Stranger Things as this center around Hopper and his time as a detective in New York City. It was interesting to learn more about this beloved character. I gave it a four out of five because I feel like it did fall a little short of the craziness it sets up in the beginning of the novel. Jim really stresses that it is an intense story, but it’s really not nearly as intense as what is happening in Hawkins.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (5/5)
This book easily got a five out of five from me as I finished it in one day. This story is so compelling, and it definitely lived up to the hype I had heard so much about. I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the series for the upcoming Netflix adaptation.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 3
This book is an internal conflict for me. I really want to love it as much as everyone hypes it up, but it fell a little short for me. I really expected to love it as much as I loved Throne of Glass, but it just didn’t hit like it should. I feel like three out of five is an accurate representation. The whole prophecy thing is really what irked me the most. It felt TOO specific and a little cheesy. I also did not like that so much backstory is given up all at once towards the end of the novel instead of dropping little things here and there throughout the entire novel. It just fell a little short for me. I will still be finishing out the series, but I do not have high hopes.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (5/5)
As stated above, I loved this novel. I love the characters, the plot, and the world that is created. I loved it most for creating an anti-hero as our main character. I relate this back to Catwoman, who is not a villain and is not a hero. She is rather an anti-hero, someone trying to do the right thing, but not in the typical save the day manner. This main heroine does things her own gruesome way. Five out of five stars represents my love for this perfectly
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (4.5/5)
I gave this f=one four and a half out of five purely for messing with my emotions. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say don’t hold thy breath. All in all this sequel was a very good follow up and gave me more of that edgy nature I love.
Weregirl by CD Bell (4/5)
If you are a fan of Teen Wolf, I highly recommend this one. It definitely felt like the female led version. I gave this a four out of five because I do think it is a little unrealistic that they don’t question how she is able to run so dang fast but okay. Overall, this was a very good read and definitely surprised me various times. It did not go in the direction I thought it would and it was refreshing.
Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan (5/5)
This one is one I cannot recommend enough. Five out of five does not do it justice. Whether you are a fan of her or not, you will love this read. It is raw, emotional, and so very real. This is an autobiography, but it is so much more than that. Hilarie Burton Morgan finds a way to tell her story in such a revealing way and I am truly in awe of her.
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