Happy Friday everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week filled with lots of laughs and reading! I mentioned in my last post that I felt as though my reading slump was finally ending. I’m happy to report that it has officially taken a hike! Over the last two weeks I’ve read 5 books and it feels so good to actually WANT to read again! But when I started thinking of my first impressions of all of these books, I couldn’t help but laugh! I guessed wrong on almost every single one! This is going to be a very interesting first impression Friday!
First Impression Friday is a post that was created by the brilliant Joe from J.W. Martin – Storeys of Stories Instead of doing this weekly like he does, I decided to do this one biweekly. So every two weeks, I take the books that I’ve finished within that time period, and I compare my first impressions (from the first 1-2 chapters) with my final thoughts and how I rated it. Here are my first impressions of the books I’ve read in the last 2 weeks:
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot to go on from the first chapter. I did struggle a little bit to get used to the writing style, and I worried that the “bad ass” lady pirate wouldn’t be as bad ass as I hoped. She was very excited to see a friend of hers and she didn’t seem like a pirate at all. She seemed like a normal girl with a really great friend. I guessed that I would rate this 3.5 stars…..
HOW I RATED IT – Kind of close! I ended up rating this 4 stars (possibly even maybe a 4.5 having had some time to think on it). The writing style that I struggled to get into…. OMG I loved her writing!!! That was possibly the biggest draw in! And the bad ass lady pirate? Turns out she’s 100% bad ass and I loved her!!! Click HERE for my full review.
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS – This first chapter had me sooooooo worried. Right out of the gate we meet two very young boys on their birthday. One of them has a confession that they’re really meant to be a girl. I hope to convey my fear here properly. I was worried that there was no way that I would relate to the situations and emotions that he/she would be going through. As a girl who has always been confident in my femininity, I wasn’t sure how I would grasp all the emotions that he would be going through as he grew up. I guessed that I would rate this 3 stars…..
HOW I RATED IT – My fears were irrelevant! I ended up rating this 3.75 stars. And I wasn’t supposed to relate to this character – I was supposed to learn what it feels like to be a girl in a boys body and all that it meant. This was a very eye opening and awakening experience! I did have some issues with it, but none were related to the transgender/LGBTQ aspects. Those parts I LOVED! For my full thoughts, click HERE for the full review.
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Yet another book that sparked immediate fears that I wouldn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped. This book hinted at a haunting, but there was none of that in the first chapter. Instead, we meet a girl, who’s biggest worries were cliche’s and an unknown threat that made her whole family move, as she’s going to a new high school for the first time. I was terrified that this was going to relate back to that unknown threat, and it wouldn’t be a haunting at all. I guessed that I would rate this 3 stars…..
HOW I RATED IT – And, yet again, my fears were proven irrelevant! Yes there was a haunting! And yes – it was creepy as hell and gave me goosebumps! Ok, there was an aspect of the “school drama” and cliche’s of “mean girl” groups, but the actual haunting and the story behind it – stellar! I ended up rating it 4 stars. Click HERE for my full review.
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS – This was the one book over the last 2 weeks where I was confident in my guess of how I was going to rate this. It took me only a few pages to fall in love with the characters and I spent the whole time smiling and laughing. I’m not normally into books about politicians or royalty, but these two characters proved to be different from your normal assumptions. I guessed that I would rate this 5 stars…..
HOW I RATED IT – … I would have rated this one 500 stars if there were that many available! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I know I just finished it, but I already want to reread it! The romance was just freaking adorable, the characters were all so alluring, it was sprinkled with humour, and the writing was phenomenal! This will most definitely end up on my favourites for 2019 list!! Click HERE for my full review….. where I gush more and more about my love for this book!!
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Now this book knew how to start off with a bang! Actually…. I kind of mean that literally! We meet a boy who has no friends or desire to go on a trip with his fellow students. But in the end, he decided to go. He’s woken by a loud bang and the plane shaking. Moments later, the plane is split apart and he’s sliding down the side of a mountain. I guessed that I would rate this 4 stars…..
HOW I RATED IT – Wrong. Just no. This was NOT the book for me! I rated it 2 stars. It started off so strongly too!! But within about 75 pages I was getting so bored I almost didn’t want to finish it. Luckily the writing was big and I managed to get through it quick. I don’t know if I expected too much? Or maybe this book promised things and never followed through? I’m sorry to say, that this one was a flop for me. I will have a full review explaining my thoughts next week.
So those were my first impressions for the last two weeks. I only guessed one right! Luckily I guessed low and ended up rating them higher than expected – that’s a good thing! Just goes to show that you can’t write a book off too early or else you’ll miss out on some really good reads!
Until next time, happy reading!