I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m so wrong it’s almost funny. So I’ve decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words, and write about my first, middle, and last impressions of each book I read.
The first impression is based solely on the cover and description. What do I think it will be about?
The middle impression is kind of a check-in on how the story is going about halfway through.
The last impression is my final thoughts on the book, what I’m left thinking.
I hope you have as much fun with this as I will!
Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece – Women’s Fiction, Fantasy
First Impression: For some reason, the book description won’t stick in my head, so I’m just hoping for a charming, magical story about finding home. Maybe also with a bit of a dark overtone considering there’s a killer on the loose?
Middle Impression: This is turning out to be witchier than I expected, but it’s also making me want to garden and bake, so, all in all, a fun read for me!
Last Impression: Such a magical read! I loved the reverence to nature and discovering just how interconnected everyone is to each other and the wildwood.
Check out how my review turned out.
A Song of Flight by Juliet Marillier – Fantasy
First Impression: I’m really not sure. This is the third book and I have no idea how long this series is. I’m just hoping it isn’t too different from the first two and that there’s further character development. Though the title makes me think there will be lots of movement going on in the story.
Middle Impression: So far, this is following the same format as the first two books: slow first half followed by a second half that never stops. Considering I’m at the halfway point, it should start moving at a gallop now!
Last Impression: A really solid addition to the series. It’s magical and heartwarming. The character relationships develop in leaps, so it’s kind of jarring, but I also like that I’m not kept waiting.
Note to Boy by Sue Clark – Fiction
First Impression: This is about a woman whose heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s and a 17 year old boy, so I’m thinking this is about an unlikely friendship that ends up being heartwarming and beautiful.
Middle Impression: So far this is fast-paced with some fun character interactions, albeit with some questionable terminology despite those term usages fitting with the characters (could be an uncomfortable read for some). My impression at this point is that this is definitely not a heartwarming read.
Last Impression: My last impression of this book is that it is less heartwarming and more weird business-like relationship. Certainly, there’s an interesting bond, but it isn’t exactly sweet. The characterizations were exceedingly well done, but I didn’t like the characters.
Shackles of the Storm by D. & L. Kardenal – Fantasy
First Impression: This is about a djinn and a mercenary on the run together. My impression is that this will be a fun, fast-paced story with magic and city politics.
Middle Impression: Well, it’s not as action-packed as I expected and there are more characters and political intrigue than I thought. It seems more muddied than the description led me to believe.
Last Impression: This book has an interesting premise, but I constantly felt like I was missing something, so my last impression is kind of confused.
What about you?
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2 thoughts on “First, Middle, and Last Impressions – August 18, 2021”
I really like what you did with your reads! I had a lot of similar thoughts with Wildwood Whispers! It took me a while to get into but once I did, I loved it. So magical!
Thanks! I find doing it this way actually helps a lot when I write my reviews. The rough start was really worth it! I loved the way it turned out, especially by the end.