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Recurring Reading Reflections: Feb 2015

Featuring Snicket, King, Grant, Bracken, and a whole lotta Kingdom Hearts!

Every month (give or take), I post all the new-to-me books that I read the previous month, and make rambly remarks that sort of resemble reviews, but not really.

I don’t fancy myself a critic, but I do like talking about books and sharing my love and appreciation for really good stories (and ranting about the not-so-good ones). So these aren’t so much critiques, but rather, my immediate thoughts after completing a text.

Here are the books I read in February 2015!

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

By Lemony Snicket
3/5 ✦ – Finished 2 Feb 2015.
A companion novel to All the Wrong Questions series.

Better than I thought it was going to be, this collection of mini-mysteries. I assumed it would have typical Whodunits that any mystery lover would know from experience, but they were the odd fare of typical Snicket style, where it seems to be one thing, but is really another. (P.S. There are 13 incidents, but 26 conclusions…)

Shouldn’t You Be in School?

By Lemony Snicket
4/5 ✦ – Finished 4 Feb 2015.
The third book in the All the Wrong Questions series.

These books really ought to be read all in one go, as each novel’s individual mystery ties into a much larger arch, with complicated elements that are confusing to remember. Snicket (the author) has a gift of turning a phrase, and prefers prose over dialogue, which actually works in this and his other series (which I really want to reread now…).

BZRK: Apocalypse

By Michael Grant
3/5 ✦ – Finished 7 Feb 2015.
The final book in the BZRK trilogy.

This series is messed up. It’s been a game of “do or die” throughout, but in this final book, all stops are pulled, and you wonder if maybe the author isn’t slightly mad himself. Sure, there may be a larger message of humanity and sanity and morality, but mostly a lot of people die very gruesomely.

In the Afterlight

By Alexandra Bracken
4/5 ✦ – Finished 10 Feb 2015.
The last book in the Darkest Minds trilogy.

Bracken has a wonderful way of writing in that even when there’s not much going on, the plot never stops flowing. It’s a big novel, and to be honest, not much happens until the very end, but you just love being with these unique, interactive characters throughout. All questions are answered, and justice is FINALLY served – a satisfying ending to a fantastic series.

Doctor Sleep

By Stephen King
4/5 ✦ – Finished 11 Feb 2015.

I went into this not expecting it to be like The Shining at all, and so I wasn’t disappointed. If anything, I was relieved because the thought that Danny had ended up just like his alcoholic father was heartbreaking. Wonderfully, the book goes beyond that: if the first was a horror story about loss and desperation, this one is a supernatural thriller about hope and change. It’s quite a safe book (for King), but still can’t-put-down suspenseful. Another all-nighter.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 21 Feb 2015.

I ACTUALLY FINISHED THE GAME, I’m so happy for me~ The manga adaption is really good; it goes into a bit more detail about Organization XIII, even some scenes that weren’t in the game. It’s also much sillier, making it a very fun read.

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Vol 1

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 23 Feb 2015.

I never finished the actual game for the DS, and the PS3 remix version only has the cutscenes “movie”, so I can’t attest for its total accuracy, but so far it actually expands on the story, if not so much delving into detail on the Disney worlds. Very funny interactions between all the Organization members, and it’s well-paced, especially if you know where the characters all end up.

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Vol 2

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 25 Feb 2015.

The manga is, in TV Tropes terms, Lighter and Softer than the game, but that makes it quite enjoyable. Xion has quite a bit more personality, as revealed in this book, and there is a surprise appearance by Pluto!

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Vol 3

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 26 Feb 2015.

Lovin’ this series! So much more detail in the character interactions, and in this one, you get to hang out with Luxord! (One of the nicer members of Organization XIII.) There are actually two Disney worlds in this one, much expanded from the game. And there’s quite a few EXTREMELY funny scenes.

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Vol 4

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 27 Feb 2015.

Riku has a much bigger role in this version of the story, and I kinda like it! The Neverland plot gets wrapped up in a satisfying way, and things are all starting to come together as we head toward the finale. SHIZ BE GETTIN’ REAL.

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Vol 5

By Shiro Amano
5/5 ✦ – Finished 28 Feb 2015.

The ending is pretty similar to the game, though it keeps certain elements still a secret and reveals a few others. It’s just as sad, in any case. Still funny and wonderfully drawn. A great ending to a great series. (Gonna miss you, Axel!!)

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