Here are reviews of some of the books I read during the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.
Title: The Demon King and I
Author: Candace Havens
The Demon King and I is a fantasy meets chick lit book. As a result, it’s fun, sexy, and full of fighting and slaying. Havens did an excellent job setting up the mythology and history of the book. She doesn’t go into so much details as to alienate chick lit readers, but it should satisfy fantasy readers looking for something a little lighter. The main character, Gillian, is well-written and sympathetic. Arath, the Demon King, is very appealing and a real mystery. Havens knows how to keep readers hooked, and those who don’t take this book too seriously will really get a kick out of it.
Title: French Milk
Author: Lucy Knisley
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel
I’ve heard a lot of good things about French Milk, so I was looking forward to picking it up. I thought it was really cute, and the drawings were great. I also loved that Knisley mixed in photographs with her drawings – it really made France come to life for me. This was an incredibly easy memoir to read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read more non-fiction, but has trouble getting through regular memoirs.
Title: Queen Takes King
Author: Gigi Levangie Grazer
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Though I’ve heard great things about Gigi Levangie Grazer’s books, this is the first time I’ve actually picked one up. I honestly wasn’t that interested in the subject matter of this book, but I decided I would go ahead and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Queen Takes King. The characters were well-written, the plot was engaging, and the book was funny. I was pleased at how well it kept my interest, and will definitely give more of Grazer’s books a try in the future.
Title: The Season
Author: Sarah Maclean
Genre: Historical Fiction, Teen/YA
I’ve been wanting to read The Season for awhile, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to pick it up. Because this is a historical fiction teen novel, it’ll inevitably be compared to The Luxe. I actually think I enjoyed it more than The Luxe – the mystery was fun, and the main character was very appealing. It was also much less gossip-y, with more endearing characters and a great romance. This is one I highly recommend, whether you’re a fan of YA or historical fiction.