I love a book that does not pretend to be more than it is. Overflowing with smart ass comments and flirting in every instance, this series is for those who want to explore a complex fantasy world filled to the brim with hotties and hot-heads.
That said, the plot that unfolds in these pages is intensely compelling and makes the books fly by.
The best kind of brain candy. Enough fun to relax you with enough action to keep you moving through the series. The world is vibrant and new with gloriously complex lore that makes the rest of the series fly by. Sarah J. Maas has mastered the "romantasy" archetype.
The main character has more quirks and problems than Swiss cheese has holes, each more niche than the last. You can never guess what someone might say next, which really immerses the reader into the confounding nature of the book. A story of love, loss, trauma, and guilt.
"Big Swiss" is a wacky ride, but worth the quick read.
Mungo must shed his naivete and face a hard truth; just because love is amorphous, does not mean we should accept it unconditionally, and that when someone says they know what's best for you, they might be lying. A beautifully ugly foray into how love and family clash with class.
"Young Mungo" is a gay-romance spin in the tried-and-true West Side Story archetype that is wrapped in brutally honest accounts of family matters similar to Ottessa Moshfegh's writing. This combines with an unashamed portrayal of real world trauma that reminds one of "A Little Life."
I think about Jude St. Francis, and this book in general, almost every day since I read it. Yanagihara has composed a masterpiece of a modern tragedy. An epic that spans the lifetime of one of the most heart-wrenching complexly loveable main characters to ever exist.
A story that unfolds in perfect timing. The more you learn about Jude, the harder it is to understand that this is a letter to a life that had ended, you just don't know when.
Greek mythology knowledge is NOT a requirement to drown in the beauty of the world Miller has created. In fact, I'd argue that going in blind is an even more immersive experience of this beautiful work. While the real Trojan War carries on, a separate battle of love and fate takes place between Achilles and Patroclus. Every moment of heartbreak is counteracted by one of the most poetic love stories to exist. A story retold a thousand times, a book to be read a million times over again.
Kuang uses a sleek and fantastical analogy to emphasize the invisible labor behind modern capitalism and its luxuries. She creates beautiful characters who unearth the ugly truth of the world they live in, cling to each other for comfort, and fracture under the pressure of revolution.
Kuang goes above and beyond by using "academic" formatting in a fiction work to force the reader to reflect on what one regards as the authors of truth, and just how honest those historians are about how the world goes 'round.
An intriguing story of class, love, and loss, wrapped in a ribbon of one of the best endings ever.
This book has stuck with me since the first time I read it, over a decade ago, in the 5th grade. An intense and immersive point-of-view that is almost never explored, this story is one every able-bodied child and parent could find value in reading and is perfect to read alongside your kid.