First, Middle, and Last Impressions – September 29, 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 Craftsman and the Wizard by Joel Newlon – Fantasy

the craftsman and the wizard joel newlon

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.

Middle Impression: So far, this feels more like little more than a series of events happening to two characters on the same quest, but not actually questing together.

Last Impression: I hate to say this, but my last impression is that it’s a series of adventures, but they’re not exactly the most interesting when strung together. It feels like an overarching story put together by stitching together smaller stories.

Nostalgia is Heartless by Sarah Lahey – Science Fiction

First Impression: Well, I haven’t read the first book, but was assured it wasn’t necessary, so I’m hoping for a fun story about a pregnant lady and lots of family issues as she tries to time travel to save her mom.

Middle Impression: It’s a bit slow to actually get into the plot and I feel like it’s holding me at a distance, but it has a cute creature companion, so he makes up for a lot of it.

Last Impression: This kind of feels like impending motherhood + time travel + science fiction setting = a book that kind of felt a little all over the place, but ultimately got where it was supposed to.

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper – Fantasy

First Impression: A witchy read with women seeking revenge on a man. With that title and the book description, I’m expecting a really fun, magical read about women scorned. Ought to be interesting!

Middle Impression: Set in October and involving a tournament of sorts called a Gauntlet, I can’t help thinking of Harry Potter, of which I have to admit I’m far from being a fan of, but more grown up.

Last Impression: Such a fun witchy read! I felt the romance overtook the Gauntlet and the revenge, but I really liked the main character’s journey. Definitely a fun October read, even if I did read it in September.

The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski – Thriller

the mother next door tara laskowski

First Impression: Halloween plus an exclusive group of moms plus secrets. I mean, nothing can go wrong, right?

What about you?

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