A couple of mini reviews of two books I’ve finished recently: Such a Fun Age and Velvet Was the Night.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid — ☆ ☆ ☆ ½
I have such mixed feelings about Such a Fun Age. On the one hand, the writing is phenomenal; Reid is clearly an extremely talented writer with a fresh voice. On the other, I don’t think I’m sophisticated enough to truly appreciate character-driven stories with complex, flawed, and unreliable narrators. I’ll definitely have to sit on this one for a bit longer though because while I found the middle to be slow, the first and third parts of the book had me hooked. I would say that if the premise intrigues you, go for it. This is a book that I wouldn’t necessarily read again, but that I would definitely recommend if you’re someone who enjoys character-driven stories that don’t necessarily end in resolution or with a clear ending.
Velvet Was the Night* by Silvia Moreno Garcia — ☆ ☆ ☆ ½
A very slow burning mystery, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend reading this book if you’re looking for a plot that will keep you hooked. Still, even a slow-burn Moreno-Garcia book is a good book, she’s that talented. And what this book lacks in excitement, it makes up for in atmosphere and imagery.
This was a very different book from Mexican Gothic, which I read and loved last year, and if you’re looking for a book that is as magnetic and captivating as that was, this isn’t that. It is, however, beautifully written. And while the characters are very difficult and flawed, they were fantastically written in terms of their complexity.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my review or opinion in any way; all opinions are my own.