First, Middle, and Last Impressions – October 27, 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!

Merry Arlan: Breaking the Curse by Will Soulsby-McCreath – Fantasy

merry arlan breaking the curse will soulsby mccreath

First Impression: Seriously, no clue what this is about, but it’s by one of my favorite author bloggers whose short stories and flash fiction I absolutely adore, so I’m expecting this will be just like those and will be an incredibly fun ride.

Middle Impression: Whoops…I was kind of enjoying this one too much to stop and notice when I got halfway through. I somehow went from 40-something percent to about 67% without even realizing it.

Last Impression: I adored the characters so much! The story was on the simple side, but there’s so much layered on it and the characters are so incredible that this book really reeled me in.

All the Feels by Olivia Dade – Romance

First Impression: Cute, but serious, just like the first book, Spoiler Alert. But my favorite is that Lauren is super short, just like me! It’s hard to find really short adult characters.

Middle Impression: So far, this is okay. Alex is fun, but his playful insults have seriously got to stop and it just makes Lauren feel more like a doormat to me and I keep wondering where her spine is. Or is she only willing to stand up for herself when people call her fat? And even then, not really? It’s also taking absolutely forever for the romance to start, and I’m already halfway through!

Last Impression: Definitely nowhere near as good as the first book. It feels like Dade forgot she was writing a romance until halfway through and just decided to hit the reader over the head with it. Whereas the first book was packed with so much goodness and personal challenges, that isn’t really the case here.

The Seventh Queen by Greta Kelly – Fantasy

the seventh queen greta kelly

First Impression: I’m only reading this because the first book ended with a major cliffhanger that really felt like only half the book was being given to readers, otherwise I hate Askia and the world feels like a poor imitation of our own. But I want a full story.

Middle Impression: Eh, this is probably pretty interesting if you love court politics and a feisty queen with a huge impulsive streak, but I feel like I’m itching for something more interesting to happen.

Last Impression: Due to this duology being told primarily from one perspective within a huge fantasy world, the story feels a little narrowed, which bothered me because I really wanted to know what was going on outside of Askia’s suddenly tiny world. Fortunately, Askia didn’t annoy me as much and it was nice to see some growth and maturity in her.

The God of Lost Words by A.J. Hackwith – Fantasy

the god of lost words aj hackwith

First Impression: Literally no clue because I’ve looked at neither the description nor cover, but this is the third in the series and I adore the characters, so my impression is this will be a fun adventure.

What about you?

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3 thoughts on “First, Middle, and Last Impressions – October 27, 2021

    1. Haha, thank you! I like doing these since it gives me a chance to write more informally about books, so I’m glad you enjoyed this as well. The romance one was a lot of fun to write.

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