Hello, all! Here are some quick reviews of the books that I’ve been reading lately (a bit spoiler-y):
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- genre: Non-fiction, essay
- rating: ★★★★★
- A short essay on the topic of feminism that everyone should indeed read. Adichie uses examples from both Nigeria and America to show how women around the world are treated differently because they are women. She uses examples from her own experience to illustrate that even she, a successful woman, is treated like a second class citizen. She describes how both women and men are affected by sexism, leading readers to understand why we should all be feminists.
My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’
Some people will say a woman is subordinate to men because it’s our culture. But culture is constantly changing. I have beautiful twin nieces who are fifteen. If they had been born a hundred years ago, they would have been taken away and killed. Because a hundred years ago, Igbo culture considered the birth of twins to be an evil omen.
Culture does not make people. People make culture.
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
- genre: sci-fi/fantasy
- rating: ★★★★ (4.5)
- series: Mistborn
- The final book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Hero of Ages completes the story of Vin, a young but powerful Allomancer, and her husband, Elend, a discontent nobleman turned Emperor. After defeating the Lord Ruler and unleashing the evil god, Ruin, upon the world, the original crew must fight new threats while trying to save the world from starvation. This book was intense and a lot more fast-paced than The Well of Ascension. The ending was marvelous and melancholy, yet exciting. It was so unexpected and I commend Brandon Sanderson for bringing such a refreshingly original story to the world. I’m eager to get to the next Mistborn series, the Alloy Era.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- genre: fantasy, romance, retelling
- rating: ★★★★
- series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
- Question. Why is this book considered YA? The only reason I can find is because the main character is 19. Although, all the other characters are older than her. And she doesn’t act like/have a regular 19-year-old life. This is not a YA novel in my opinion.
- I did not review A Court of Thorns and Roses because I didn’t like and it felt sort of a waste of time to write about it. I almost didn’t pick up ACOMAF because the first book just didn’t hook me, but since it was getting so many good reviews and there were so many vague comments about Rhysand, I just had to. And it was a great decision. I loved this book. It was so much better than the first one. Since it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast I found it absolutely delightful that the actual “beast” (whom the beauty falls in love with) was not Tamlin, but Rhysand. It was such a good twist, and also a bit curious that the author would waste a book on Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship. However, it is also the beauty behind this series that there was such time used to develop the world and the characters. I can’t wait for the next book and to see how this wonderful story will come to fruition.
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen–and the dreams that are answered.”
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- genre: fantasy
- rating: ★★★★
- series: Infernal Devices
- This book was such a pleasant surprise. I knew the series was a prequel and took place in the 1800s, but I wasn’t expecting it be so well done. Cassandra Clare uses the era in such a clever way to introduce readers to new characters and a new heroine. Tessa is definitely not what we’re used to in terms of capable female characters, or so it would seem in the very beginning. However, Tessa does develop beautifully from a girl who believes that women can’t be warriors into a strong young woman who fights to protect the people she cares about. The combination of the new (well, new to me) characters and the new evil the Shadowhunters have to fight bring such a fresh new glance into the Shadow world and I am excited to see more of this era. Also, since I read the other series I’m excited to see how Jem becomes Brother Zachariah and how that leaves Tessa.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for they have the power to change us.”
What have you been reading recently?