Hello everyone! I finally made it to the thrilling conclusion of the FolkoftheAir series and I really wanted to go all out for my Queen Of Nothing review. Stay tuned to see my Jude Duarte inspired looks.
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One day in October, I was living my best carefree life-blissfully unaware of the Folk of the Air series until my dearest friend Nessa decided to ruin my life by casually mentioning this series followed an enemy to lover’s trope.
In case I haven’t made myself clear on my feelings about this Trope, I loved them! This trope is top-quality writing, redemption arcs, soft moments. I live for it all.
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Remember when I made my October reading list a thick stack of Spooky literature? I had Cute Spooky books such as Babysitters Coven and Mooncakes, to Nostalgic Spooky with Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel, to Mystery Spooks with Wicked Fox and Ninth House. I knew my October TBR was ambitious, but after completing my Latinx heritage month reading binge, I felt extra powerful.
I started October by reading Permanent Record, a book that was not on my spooks list. However, Permanent Record decided that it was the book that I needed to start my October by arriving early at the library. Since Permanent Record arrived at the library during the first week of October, I simply could not refuse adding it to my pile.
I enjoyed the book, but it was not getting into the
spooky spirit. In fact, Permanent Record had more of a winter in February feel.
Next, I decided to jump on the nostalgia boat and pick
up Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel. I saw this title all over Instagram last
year, and although the reviews for it were not that great, my stubborn heart
wanted to know more about Max and Alison. My fave couple turned out just fine,
Alison as a lawyer and Max as a history teacher, oh, and they have a daughter
named Poppy. However, my curiosity about Alison and Max could not keep me
entertained throughout the book.
Hocus Pocus is a movie that premiered in the 90s and stars famous babes, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Freeform is streaming Hocus Pocus every day in October for this year’s 31 Nights of Halloween. Given all these factors, I felt that the 200-page novelization of the movie was unnecessary. Although the novelization of the movie would guide new readers through the cult classic, a recap would have been quicker.
I considered myself a Hocus Pocus expert because I
grew up watching this movie so, I decided to skip this whole section. Once I
moved onto The All New Sequel, I realized I made a mistake because the
characters bring up the legend of Elizabeth Sanderson. Someone who is not in
the movie at all, but was added to this story for the sequel.
I flipped back to the beginning to find out who Elizabeth was and then returned to the present-day chapters. I was hoping to settle into the sequel with this additional information, but I could not. Poppy was bland and uninteresting her hobbies, included photography and a crush on her best friend. Once the story kicks off, Poppy and her friends sneak into the Sanderson Sister Cottage and summon the Sisters which results in horrible consequences very much like the original movie. But in order for the sisters to anchor themselves to this realm, they must trade their places in hell with Max, Alison, and Dani. At this point in the story, I was bored. I didn’t care about these characters anymore and I began my next read.
My next book was The Babysitters Coven, one of my most anticipated reads. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read any future sequels. Check out my review here.
The Fourth book I read for October was Wicked Fox, and I found this book to be more interesting. I loved the reading about the mythology of the Gumiho and the way the author used Korean words in the dialogue. However, this book is heavy on the teen angst, and towards the end, I was tired of it. You can read my full review here.
Although I did not read as many books as I did in September, I still managed to get into the spooky spirit.
So quick disclaimer this is not my first dive into twilight. I actually got swept up in the twilight craze when the movie came out and after watching it I ended up diving into the series. Twilight holds a special place in my heart, mostly because it opened my eyes to literature and made me want to read more books.
However, after I got to high school I got slapped in the face with Twilight hate so I distanced myself from the series. Wasn’t too hard to do since by then I was a wattpad addict.
But now I’m in my last year in college and I like to think I have come to block out the pressure from others. I mean I love YA books but I’m always reading classic literature for school because that is what is considered scholarly. But I don’t really care now a days if I’m seen clutching a YA novel while walking around campus. So, after seeing a fellow instagramer, myhoneyreads, talk about wanting to reread Twilight I dmed her and said we should buddy read it. So here we are.
So my intial thoughts after the first chapter were: I’m so bored. I don’t remember these books being so boring.
But since I like to torture myself I decided to kept reading and chapter 2 was a lot better and so was the chapter 3 and before you know it I was hooked.
Now one of the big questions I had about diving into Twilight was whether I was still on Team Edward. I loved Edward because he was polite and mature. However, I noticed that Edward is initially really moody and although that is because he is trying to keep Bella at a distance, Bella is super persistent and manages to worm her way into Edward’s life. However, as their relationship progressed I noticed that Edward was still a bit of a shit head. And by that I mean he’s kind of arrogant.
“Drunk?” I objected.
“You’re intoxicated by my very presence.”
Plus there’s that whole scene where they kiss for the first time and Edward gets pissed off at Bella because she was too into their kiss. Although, Edward claims he’s not mad at her but rather himself. I was put off by this scene because Bella is just trying to have a normal teenage relationship.
So am I still Team Edward? After this first book definitely not. I think I’m more on Bella’s side because like Bella, I was also mad at Edward when he was being super confusing.
As for their Love story. I really wasn’t feeling it. I don’t know if I am use to slow burns and angst fictions now. But for me it felt like Bella and Edward fell in love very fast. I felt what they really had for each other was a fascination. Edward is intrigued that Bella’s blood entices him and that she’s overall an old soul. And Bella is intrigued by Edward because he is mysterious and handsome.
But their love story itself, felt a bit rushed. Right from the beginning we know that Bella is infatuated with Edward especially after he disappears and heads to Alaska for a bit. It was weird because after he came back they started flirting a bit and snapping at each other. Then once Bella finds out that Edward’s a vampire they start dating soon after. So that felt a bit fast for me.
Now here are some things that hit me sideways while rereading. First, Lauren. I know right who is she? I don’t remember a Lauren in the movies. Well she’s not in the movie. Lauren is the mean girl in Bella’s friend group. I think Lauren is meant to represent another Rosalie type character or as a foil to Jessica. But other than that I’m not sure what her purpose in this first book was as she is kind of a background character. Second, Jacob Black has sisters. Two older twin sisters who do not live in Washington. Whoa right? I wonder what his sister would think about the Cullens. The third and last thing that kind of blew my mind during this reread was Bella’s topic about her Shakespeare paper.
“Wednesday?” He frowned. “That’s not good…What are you writing yours on?”
“Whether Shakespeare’s treatment of the female character is misogynistic?”
So this blew my mind because I didn’t expect this from Bella. However, I think I should have since although she’s in charge of cooking for her and Charlie it’s mainly because she refuses to eat the junk food that Charlie has been eating, she’s not afraid to talk back to Edward or Jacob’s dad, Billy, when he tries to persuade her to drop Edward. Even towards the end when Edward is so focused on getting Bella to leave Washington so that James doesn’t find her, she convinces Edward that his plan sucks and hers is better. So what I’m saying is Bella does have some agency even though a lot of people argue she’s fulfills a traditional women’s role in this series. I guess I’ll have to read the rest of the books again to find out. But for now I think I might try to tackle my tbr pile for the rest of the year.