Monthly Reads: September

*September by Earth, Wind, and Fire randomly pops into mind*


FICTION

THE GOBLIN AND THE DANCER / Allison Tebo

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

*squee* This is such a sweet story! I kind of got a Disney-vibe while reading it-like, a 90s Disney movie that was meshed with the fairytale-ness of the older Disney princess movies and topped off with the aesthetic from the 2015 Cinderella.

It’s so good, guys. It’s such a good story about appearances. The romance was sweet, and now I want a side-story about Paul…

Also, the villain weirdly reminded me of Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective??? That scene when they meet her was so comical though, like…I could totally see the interactions in my head!

If this were a movie, you can bet I’d wear the disc out by watching it over and over again. xD


BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED / Anna Grace

I…am not sure how to rate this, probably because I don’t exactly know what I think of it. It was…distant? I’m not sure if it’s because it was written in third-person present tense (which I think I’ve read before) or because I myself have no physical memories of 9/11, since I was four and asleep on the West Coast when it happened.

That being said, it’s a good story. I’m just not sure what…maybe I was expecting…more? More…depth? Characterization?

I really don’t know, so I don’t think I can give it any stars.


DAYLIGHT / Grace A. Johnson

Like the prior, I don’t know what to rate this one, so no stars. Now that I think of it, it seems weird to rate something that’s about an event that’s still fresh in American history. I did like it a little more than the prior, but again…it feels kind of distant, though not quite as distant as the other one.

Or maybe the word I’m looking for is surreal? I don’t know.


A PROMISE OF REFUGE / Jayna Baas

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

original ‘review’: brb gonna buy Preacher on The Run.


PREACHER ON THE RUN / Jayna Baas

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

WELL. This was an excellent story! With well-written romances to boot! Like yes, can we have more romances like those please, especially with married couples.

The theology was a little ‘off’ to me (probably because I’m no longer Baptist and no, it’s not the immersion by water; that I definitely agree with), but it didn’t detract from the story. It’s also not preachy, even though the main character is a preacher. Everything was woven in seamlessly!

Also, I never heard of the Regulator uprising until I came across this book! Makes the whole ‘freedom of religion’ thing that came up during the Revolution have a whole lot more background and meaning to it. I seriously did not know that Baptists were being persecuted by the Anglican Church. (Though I’m not surprised…*glares at England*)

(And it also sounded realllly similar to what’s been going on lately…cough cough)


Stars Only

The Beast & The Enchantress / CAMILLE PETERS

⭐ ⭐ ⭐


How was your reading this month?

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