First, Middle, and Last Impressions – September 15, 2021

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!


The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher – Fantasy

the orphan witch paige crutcher

First Impression: A book full of magic and finding one’s place.

Middle Impression: This is a fun and magical book and quite witchy, if a bit simplistic. Interesting characters lurk around Wile Isle, though, helping to create a magical atmosphere with a sinister edge.

Last Impression: This is a lovely witchy read full of sisters and magic. It’s a bit predictable during the second half with a rather quiet ending, though I thought it was very fitting as the end of Persephone’s story.


The Bone Ship’s Wake by RJ Barker – Fantasy

First Impression: First of all, I’m so sad this trilogy is ending! Book 2 left me utterly speechless and I’ve been anticipating this one for too long, but now I’m so conflicted about finishing the series. I just know it’s going to be an incredible conclusion.

Middle Impression: Halfway through and my impression is there’s going to be a lot of pain, physical and emotional. It feels like it’ll be a fitting conclusion to the trilogy, but also incredibly heartbreaking.

Last Impression: I honestly have no words to express what my last impression of this book is. It’s breathtaking and heartbreaking, but so gorgeous. Just imagine me stuttering around, not quite sure of exactly what to say, because that’s what thinking of this book makes me feel like.


Miss Bennet’s Dragon by M Verant – Historical Fantasy

miss bennet's dragon m verant

First Impression: A delightful fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice. What else can I say? It has Lizzy, Mr. Darcy, more of Mary, and dragons. Of course my first impression is this is going to be quite interesting.

Middle Impression: This is an interesting blend of being a faithful telling of the original merged with a fantasy story. It feels, oddly, like two stories with the same characters were spliced together.

Last Impression: A thrilling retelling of a classic. It really took on a life of it’s own in the second half and now I want to go re-read all of Austen’s books.


The Craftsman and the Wizard by Joel Newlon – Fantasy

the craftsman and the wizard j

First Impression: Sounds like a fairly generic fantasy, but with a softer core to it. I’m anticipating it’s about an odd group traveling across the world to save a group of children.


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