I told you I wouldn’t be able to read many books this month. I read two books. Literally. I mean, I read 50% of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire but DNF’d it because come on, it was ridiculous. Anyway, other than that I watched one movie and one show so….well, it could’ve been worse. Also, tomorrow is my English final and I’m still writing this post because I’m an excellent student and had prepared for it ages ago (don’t give me that look, let me at least lie outright in peace).
1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Man, The Cruel Prince got viral. There was no way I couldn’t not read it after the hype. This is actually my first Holly Black book- I know, I know, shameful- and I’m so glad it lived up to the hype. I loved how dark, vibrant and clever this book was.
Reasons Why I Loved It-
- Jude is literally such a badass, I totally stan her. She’s fierce, determined and dark. She’s definitely not a black and white character. The gal is complex.
- I loved how vibrant the world building was. You would absolutely feel like you’re living in Faerie- the colours, the food, the scents, the fae, everything.
- Complex Relationships: I was so unsure of how I felt about so many relationships in this book. Madoc and Jude- I don’t even know? I’m supposed to hate Madoc but I actually liked him being a father figure to Jude? (At least until the end). Jude and Taryn? (Okay, Taryn is straight up annoying, I’m sorry) and most of all, Jude and Cardan?? I mean, how?? I’m supposed to be hating Cardan here! But…. I like him? And I ship them together?
- This. Book. Is. Dark. And. Murderous. Fine, so, personally- I think it could have been a bit more darker (I’m okay, ha ha ha ha. Ha.) but it definitely didn’t shy away from some cruel scenes.
- It made politics sound interesting. To a teenager.
- The end. No spoilers, but if you’ve read the book, you know what I mean. The end. Holy freaking shit. I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING UNTIL IT HIT ME IN THE FACE AND HI, DOCTOR, I’VE DISLOCATED MY JAW BECAUSE IT’S STILL ON THE FREAKING FLOOR.
Just read it already, you guys. It’s worth internally dying for the second book to come out for.
2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I’m going to probably get a lot of hate for this but… I didn’t really like this book that much? I’M SORRY. I know To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is right up there next to Stephanie Perkins’ books in the “Cute Fluffy Contemporary” shelf but, personally, I didn’t really feel it. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it. But not enough.
I kept getting annoyed by the characters at some point or the other. Every single major character in the book has annoyed me at some point. I also just didn’t much care for Lara Jean and Peter’s ship? I did find them cute and everything but, by the end, I didn’t really care about how they would turn out to be.
That being said, the book definitely had its cute moments. Even the love triangle- which was basically the reason I was avoiding reading it- wasn’t that bad. I can see why this is such a well loved book- I just don’t necessarily feel the same love. Maybe it would grow on me if I read the entire trilogy but, right now, I don’t see that happening.
1. The Shape Of Water
I had originally planned to watch all the Oscar noms before the awards on March 4th but of course I had the brilliant idea a mere week before my finals so, yeah, that’s… not happening. The Shape Of Water was the only movie I was able to watch.
This movie was so goddamn unique! I went into it completely blind- having no clue as to what it’s about and, boy, it left me completely shook. The cinematography was beautiful. A mute protagonist, a gay supporting character, a mermaid-ish sea creature and psycho cruel scientists- you get the idea. Some parts were a bit weird and I didn’t know how I felt about them….
…. but it’s all fine.
1. The End Of The Fucking World
The End Of The Fucking World is a Netflix Original series about two messed up teens running away together and all of the incredibly messed up crap they get themselves into.
Whoa. That’s all I can manage. I blew through the show in two days (which is a lot of days, btw). This show was… unusual. In a good way- a really interesting way. It was incredibly unexpected as well. I didn’t know what to expect from the narrators or from the plot. You just kind of went along with it.
It was super dark, intriguing and downright fun. The genre is supposed to be contemporary comedy… but on the darker, murderous side. Which was really fresh.
And I somehow loved the characters despite how unreliable they might have seemed at the start. And JAMES IS ALREADY MY BABY. Honestly, I really, really hope the second season gets the approval and it comes out fast.
Also, by the way, I really liked the songs featured in the season too- they were edgy, sort of creepy (in the Annabel version of “You Are My Sunshine” kind of a way) and fit right in with the overall theme.
And that’s it for me! Finally, I know what it’s like to write a Wrap Up that isn’t fifteen years long.
Let me know if you’ve read or watched any of the above stories and what you thought of them. What books, movies or shows did you guys ate up this month?Which one was your favorite?