This month was all about super fast reads—for most of the month I actually wasn’t reading. Three of these four I read in a day or two, and I finally finished The Gunslinger!

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The only Colleen Hoover book I’d read up until this point was It Ends With Us, so I figured it only made sense to read the sequel, especially when my friend had a physical copy she was willing to lend me for a night.

This novel is really short and definitely unnecessary, but I liked the discussion of what happens after a rock break-up like the one in It Ends With Us. Some of those plot twists were wild choices, and of course there were some cringy moments, but overall I still think Hoover treats her subject matter for this series with aplomb.

Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I really liked the first novel in this series, but I’m not unsure about it overall. The resident TDH (tall, dark, and handsome) is honestly really good. Like, Rhysand-level good. Everything else is entertaining, but not necessarily something I’d phone home about. I’d still recommend this series to anyone looking for another Armentrout-Maas-like hit to the veins of fantasy romance.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m not sure what I expected out of my first Stephen King experience. I definitely wasn’t expecting speculative fantasy, which might be my fault for not paying much attention to Stephen King. It’s like his name was too big on the covers of all his books that the books themselves lost meaning.

This novel was pretty slow and clearly a setup for a much longer series, but it was a really pleasant audiobook and I really liked his style of writing.

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

My first Penelope Douglas was over before I realized it began. It’s not great, let’s get that out of the way. But I couldn’t point my finger at anything particularly bad. It does a lot of telling instead of showing, sure, and it does that montage thing where the character remembers something that happened about thirty pages ago…but for a really quick romance read, I’m not really complaining.

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