A feature section to highlight my favourite posts from my fellow bloggers that were posted this month.
63 Prompts to Help You Write That Book Review! – Even though I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now, I always struggle to write a review. Some days I can’t force the words out of me and I can’t seem to say what I want about the read I’ve read. The lovely bloggers over at The Quiet Pond have made a huge post with prompts to help get the words rolling. I’ve used this while writing two reviews and I’ve seen the immense boost it has given. I found myself writing a lot more and thinking more deeply about my review in places that I would’ve otherwise missed.
There Are No Small Parts in Jeanie Finlay’s ‘The Last Watch’ – A post that reflects on the final season of GOT. Despite whatever thoughts you have about the writing, getting to see the heart of the production was why I particularly loved The Last Watch documentary so much. Daisy, an old school friend who studied film, really summarises her the documentary really well!
That’s it for this month! Tell me what went on in YOUR life this month! What sort of things was important for you this month? New obsessions? New TV shows? Or book? Any new song recs (I’m always open to new music!)? Best books you read this month?
*I received a copy via the author in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*
After Blythe witnesses her family being kidnapped
right in front of her and her best friend injured, she’s forced into a road trip
like no other. In search of other powerful magicians like her or “Guardians”,
she must make her way to Electric City. But in a world where magic thrives and
an imminent war between the two magician governments forces Blythes and her new
friends to think on their feet and discover magic in a new way.
I found The Black Veins an interesting read. The writing is easy and
enjoyable, and I found myself barrelling through the book with much ease, despite
my own issue with the pacing. I particularly enjoyed the way Monet brings
together all these teens who seemly have nothing in common. It was hilarious
and sweet, watching them fall apart and come back together as a team. All the
guardians have their own quirks that make them stand out. At first, I wasn’t
too sure about the comedy aspects of this book, but I found it so funny, and I
really loved how realistic all these teens came alive.
Blythe is the leader whose family
kidnapping kickstarts her journey across the states. Slowly, she comes in contact
with the guardians. Cordelia is a stuck up hacker, Daniel has never left his
parents side, Antonio is confident and brash with a hilarious comedic flair.
The last three I’ll keep unnamed were equally exciting and fun to experience.
I found the pacing to be quite the biggest
pitfall for this book, and the lack of consistency in its pacing is where I struggled
the most in the book. The overall journey we witness was quite exhilarating,
and Ashia Monet is clearly a talented writer, but the story felt quite long and
what we’re given in terms of worldbuilding doesn’t feel the gaps as well as I
expected it to. Given the number of Guardians we meet, I feel like I didn’t
really connect with the last three as much. But I do believe this is something that
will most likely be worked upon in the sequel.
Overall, I found The Black Veins to be a strong debut. A YA urban fantasy that
follows a group of teenagers. I found their journey to becoming a found family
quite sweet, and I would definitely recommend this book. I might just chalk my negativity
as the result of myself never really enjoying the first book as much as the
rest of the series. If you’re interested in an urban fantasy road trip that
follows a ragtag group of teenagers with enough power to destroy the world
basically, then The Black Veins is definitely
a treat for readers. And considering the ending of The Black Veins, I’m excited to see what happens next.