First, Middle, and Last Impressions – February 23, 2022

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!


Black Truffle & Spice by Mathis Bailey -Fiction, Romance

black truffle and spice mathis bailey

First Impression: I’m so excited for this one! It sounds like it’s full of diversity in so many ways and it has food AND it’s received praise from one of my new favorite women’s fiction authors who also writes books that make me seriously hungry and gets me into a cooking mood.

Middle Impression: It’s all about the food. There’s so much food. Even people are described using food terms, the way they smell, the way they move. I’m so hungry. This book has food, romance, and mystery, but all the story lines and character arcs are a little uneven with jumps that take my mind a minute to piece together and catch up on. I’m looking forward to how it’ll end, though.

Last Impression: A delicious food-filled story with romance, but the story lines were uneven with big jumps, which contributed to a dearth of tension throughout the story when some would have offered so many more shades of interest. Things were just a little too easy, but I adored Zola.


The Olympus Trinity by Brian Coggins, Jr. – Fantasy

the olympus trinity brian coggins jr

First Impression: No clue, but it’s based on Greek mythology and revolves around Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, so I’m really excited about it.

Middle Impression: I’m finding myself really liking the sci-fi setting and the reimagining of the gods in what appears to be far in the future (meaning it’s set long after the myths), but there’s an immature quality to the writing and it feels like I’m reading an action sci-fi movie. I’m really missing the emotion.

Last Impression: So, this is an interesting take on Greek mythology, but it’s all tell and no emotion and feeling. Just one thing happening after another. There are tears, but no way for the reader to be drawn into it emotionally. Zeus felt like a grandfather, Poseidon was more like a teen bully, and Hades kind of felt like a lovesick coward, but he didn’t get as much page time so I can’t be sure. I did enjoy the story of family, but it was too much action and not enough feeling.


For the Love of Alison by Sahlan Diver – Mystery & Thriller

First Impression: I’m expecting a ride of a thriller. The idea of the murderer not seeming to exist is fascinating to me.

Middle Impression: This started with an exciting beginning, but it was followed by a slower section that didn’t make a ton of sense until the next section hit, but now that I’m halfway through, I have no clue what’s going on and it’s driving me crazy (in a good way)!

Last Impression: This was a fascinating, twisty story that lay somewhere between a mystery and a thriller. It kept my mind turning around and around just trying to figure it all out. Easily one of the best mystery/thrillers I’ve read in a long time!


In Ora: The Land of the Superior by Sotto Voce – SFF

First Impression: I don’t really know what to expect, but, considering it involves a world divided between those with biomedical advances and those without, I’m anticipating a story that will leave me with a lot of food for thought.

Middle Impression: So far, this book offers an interesting divided world, but I don’t really know where the main story is going. There does, though, appear to be a sweet love story.

Last Impression: This book certainly raises some interesting ethical questions! I loved how it presented both sides and offered the reader a chance to take their own stance. I also loved how consistent the characters were, how they never acted out of character even when they had the chance. I wasn’t fond of the attempt to set up love triangles and I wished for deeper world building, but, overall, I really enjoyed how thoughtful the story was and how much it made me ponder a few things.


The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – Fantasy

First Impression: I’m anticipating this will be an intriguing fantasy, and maybe a bit on the dark side. I mean, look at that cover…

Middle Impression: So far, I’m enjoying the story and like the slow unraveling of what’s going on and what the characters are going to do about their small and large problems. The story does not shy away from anything so far. The only thing that seems a little odd to me, though, is that all the heirs are about the same age. Considering they come from different families and considering these families who don’t seem to socialize with each other appear to be having children at about the same time, well, it just seems like too much of a coincidence and I would have liked differently aged heirs. But I do love the world building and am dying for more of it, and the magic and the way it’s used is fascinating.


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8 thoughts on “First, Middle, and Last Impressions – February 23, 2022

  1. I think you talked about the food one already. Or, I follow another blogger who read a similar book. 🙂

    Did that mystery one resolve well, considering you were so lost midway through?

    Can you come watch my boys and clean my house so I can read books again?

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    1. There’s 2-4 weeks between my impressions posts, so I was likely still reading it when the last one posted; this one just completed my impressions from beginning to end.

      The mystery did resolve at the end! It was surprising, but I loved it. It did challenge me a little to keep up, but half of the fun of reading it was getting those light bulb moments.

      Haha, I’m barely keeping my own home clean as it is! I’ve heard audiobooks are a great way to read and get things done…

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  2. Oh my goodness, Kat. I am so constantly in awe of your ability to churn through books! I’ve struggled to even get to the two fiction books I’ve got my eye on, but I’m so looking forward to gifting myself a good reading session. You’ve inspired me! xx

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    1. Aw, thank you, Brooke! I’m constantly surprised by how much I read sometimes, too. Time has become a very funny thing over the past few years. I hope you get to squeeze in some reading and hope it’s enjoyable!

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      1. So true! Home schooling and lockdowns have warped time, massively. I feel like I sneezed and 2021 happened somewhere within the sneeze. 😂

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    1. Thanks! Haha, I hadn’t even noticed that about my first impressions! I suppose that means the cover and descriptions were spot on, which is always great considering some descriptions just don’t match at all.

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