Aug 20 – 26, 2023 | Little Sparks #16

Hello friends!

How was your week? Thankfully, work wasn’t as busy as I was anticipating. I was able to do quite a lot of reading.

Here are my highlights:

The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh
4 stars

As someone who likes werewolves, I was disappointed that the vampires and werewolves had a decades-long conflict. However, while reading this book, I definitely preferred the vampires over the werewolves.

I enjoyed the historical element of the book and the character Celine. I enjoy reading the fantasy genre because they always have strong female leads (or at least all the ones I have read).

The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh
4 stars

I won’t say too much in order not to spoil book one for you. In this part of the series, we learn more about Celine, her past, and more about the mystery behind the murders in book one. This book had several plot twists and ended with quite a big one. The characters in this book keep unravelling.

I haven’t decided yet if I will continue with the series. The series has two more books, though the last one isn’t yet published. If I do choose to satisfy my curiosity, I would like to wait until the final book is published so that I am not left waiting with a cliffhanger after the third book (as I suspect from the way the first two books ended).

One more thing: I was also puzzled by why Sebastian didn’t think of using his vampire abilities at the end of the book.

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
3 stars

I read books one and three of this series one or two years ago. I didn’t read book two back then because I didn’t like the premise – it felt like a mail-order bride tail. However, it was better than I thought – Esme had agency and was a robust character.

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