Stay Awhile: Wilfair Book 3 by Alysia Gray Painter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m waffling about my rating a little bit, so for now let’s split the difference and call it 4.5 stars. If I reread it and donut space it out into little bite-sized bits over nearly an entire month, I might have a clearer idea about what to rate it.
So. This book. This series. I love how, when I read a Wilfair book, I start typing kind of like how Fair narrates. Anyway. It’s charming, and she’s delightful, and in the third book she really starts to evolve and grow, too, taking more risks and chances and control. It’s great to see, and I really cheered her on a lot. Also, this book is when the slow-burn-is-it-or-isn’t-it-a-ship really just took off into OMG THE SHIP IS SAILING AND I’M SO ON BOARD THE SLOW BURN IS FIGURATIVELY KILLING ME AND I LOVE EVERY BIT OF IT. At least for me. It’s super cute, and totally awkward and hot, and basically the very best kind of slow burn super shippy-ship.
And as a bonus, this book FINALLY starts answering some of the questions. Like, way more questions also happen as a result, and some of them get answered too, and everything gets SUPER surreal for a while (even by Wilfair standards), but then it all kind of settles back into place and becomes the new normal. These books are amazing as guides of how to just kinda go with things as they happen, no matter how strange or improbable. They’re pretty great like that.
The TL;DR version is that the third book is even more whimsical and strange and wonderful than the first one, and I enjoyed it even more than the second one (which basically just felt like a road trip for the entire book). Now on to the fourth book!
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Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I reviewed the Lunar Chronicles on my blog back while waiting for Fairest to be released. Now that I’ve read Winter and the series is complete, I’d just like to officially place all of them on my personal THIS SERIES/BOOK IS TOTAL PERFECTION MY FAVORITE FOREVER list. That’s a little hyperbolic, but you get the idea.
I stand by my gushing in the old post, and especially by my saying this series just gets better with each book. Winter had me on the edge of my seat for, well, a lot of the book judging by my progress updates. I still adore my precious OTPs (all of them. I ship them all so hard), and the writing is so accessible and easy and fun, and the characters and dialogue and relationships (friendships included because they are just as precious and perfect and shippable) all sparkle off the page, and the act is tense and nerve-wracking and…
Ahem, anyway. Again, all that comes across very strongly in my progress updates. Along with a lot of shouty-typing. I love this book, I love this series, and I never want to say good-bye to this world. I’m not sure I can coherently say much more than that about it. But that’s what happens when I love something this much: too many feels = diminishing eloquence. Everything becomes gushing and flailing and shouting and hyperbole. So let my shortened review of this final installment of the Lunar Chronicles stand as testimony of just how incredible it is, and how much I think everyone should read all the books in the series.
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