So I went to the library the other day and only picked up one book, which is rare for me because I usually leave with more books than I could ever possibly read in the two weeks they allow you to keep them, but that’s what I did. I am also getting that book returned today before we fly out to Illinois to visit family. I am someone who likes to have a book with me but I have a thing against traveling with library books because I am afraid I will lose them, so I’m only taking books I own. Anyway, the book I got from the library was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because I was so eager to read it, and I’m so happy I was able to finish it before we left.
June Mini Reviews
Legendary by Stephanie Garber: 4/5 I was much happier with this book then I was with Caraval. The plot was better, the characters and relationships were better, and there was much more world building. The story picks up the morning after Caraval and is told from Tella’s perspective, which made me iffy at first because I didn’t like her in the first book, but this one really brought more to her character. Tella is funny and sassy and brave, and her story was much more captivating and complex than I expected. There are still too many metaphors for me, but they didn’t bug me as much as they did in Caraval.
“To say that what I have to tell is a sin is misleading and hurtful. I don’t feel regret for the things I’ve done—at least, not the things you might expect—despite how hard they may have been of how repugnant they may seem in the cold light of day.”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is beautiful and enthralling, and I had a hard time putting it down the moment I picked it up. This isn’t just the story of a glamorous and sultry woman and her many marriages. Eveyln Hugo is a multifaceted woman in her late 70s that has lived a complex life who finally wants the truth out; she wants her story told the way it happened and not the way it had been spun her whole life; she wants to be seen and heard and understood. Evelyn Hugo was so well written that I began to believe she was real. She is raw, manipulative, and scheming, but she is also sensitive, charming, and completely devoted to those she loves.
This isn’t just a good read, but an important read. It’s not just a frilly romance or about exposing the grime behind the glamour. It’s about truth, love, and family and touches on so many social topics. If you haven’t read this one I recommend adding it to your reading list IMMEDIATELY.
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty: DNF I can’t give this one a solid review because I didn’t finish it, but from what I did read, I just couldn’t get into it. I enjoyed the complex world-building, but the plot was too slow for me and I didn’t like the characters. I plan on picking it up again at some point because I have heard mixed reviews and would really like to finish it, but for now, it’s going in the DNF pile.