A Week of Reading #2 [January 8th – January 14th] // Weekly 2020 Book Review

As mentioned in A Week of Reading #1, this series is a weekly wrap-up series of the books I’m reading and finishing each week. Each post will pick up where the last one left off, in terms of the number book I’m on for the year.

Book Three: Final Girls by Riley Sager (4/5 stars)

In this book we follow Quincy Carpenter who is the sole survivor of a brutal massacre that took place about a decade ago, only she can’t remember a thing about the actual happenings of that night, except the moments prior and the moments right after. She is one of three women who are in the same instance, hence of the moniker ‘Final Girl.’ When one of the Final Girls ends up dead, Quincy is plunged back into her past. This did not go at all in the directions I thought it was going, and it was a great read that definitely kept me guessing the entire time. I didn’t see the reveal coming at all, and I will absolutely be picking up Riley Sager’s other thrillers.

Book Four: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (5/5 stars)

Is anyone else surprised that I loved this (again)? We pick up at the end of Percy Jackson’s seventh grade year, where he miraculously has not gotten expelled and has also made a friend named Tyson. What Percy doesn’t know just yet is that his friend Grover is in deep trouble and Camp Half-Blood’s only means of protection has been poisoned. Knowing how to both save his friend and the camp, Percy sets off on another quest that’ll have huge ramifications with the Titan Lord. Great second installment in an amazing series, and I’m excited to pick up The Titan’s Curse next! Out of the entire series, I mostly remember things from the first two books, so I’m excited to see what amazing things I forgot from Book 3.

Book Five: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2) by Tomi Adeyemi (4/5 stars)

This was a pretty solid second installment of the Legacy of Orïsha, and I’m very excited to see what comes next in the last book. Amari still remains my favorite character; she has even more character growth and development in this book than the first one, and she’s steady in her resolve and convictions. Zélie got on my nerves for the majority of this book, and I find that she’s very wishy-washy at times and kind of erratic. Which I mean, I guess that’s a change from the beginning of the first book but also…she kind of needs to grow up, which she eventually does later on in Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I truly do wish we got more of Tzain, however. His love arc with Amari is golden, but I still wish we got more of him; he truly is a gem of a character.

Book Six: Mind Games by Shana Silver (3.5/5 stars)

This is a quick sci-fi mystery that is definitely fast-paced and brings up some interesting points about the fear of losing one’s memories and self. I will say, I figured out who the unknown antagonist was about halfway through the book. The premise is definitely striking, but I found the execution a bit lacking. I think I would have liked this book to be a little bit longer and to explore more. It went by pretty quickly, and I think the reveal would have been a bit less shocking if more character development and possibly world-building had occurred. Otherwise, it’s definitely not a bad read.

That’s it for this Week of Reading! Look out for my next one, which will be posted sometime next week! Let me know in the comments what books you read in the second week of 2020!

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