Mini Reviews: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell & Belladonna by Fiona Paul
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Rating: 4/5 stars
With the success of Rowell's Eleanor & Park, I knew that Fangirl was going to be extremely hyped throughout the book blogging community. And of course, I was right. But the question is, was it worth the hype? I say, heck yes! It wasn't as deep and dark as Eleanor & Park, but it still had meaning to it. Our main protagonist, Cath is shy and scared to try new things. She's holed up in her dorm, writing her fan-fiction stories rather than drinking or partying. Even though she's shy, Cath has a huge heart for her family. With frequent visits back and forth between home and her dorm, she always makes sure that her dad is being watched over, fed properly and getting enough sleep. Not to mention, she looks out for her twin sister, Wren, who always seems to get in trouble. After finishing the novel, I didn't like how the relationship between Cath and her mom wasn't resolved. I was expecting Cath to forgive her mom, but she didn't. And because of that, it brings Fangirl to a four star novel.
The previous novel to this series, Venom, had a slightly better plot than Belladonna. Venom had more thrill and mystery to it while Belladonna had a slow, excruciating start. By the time, it picks up, you're 40% into the book. If I wasn't anxiously waiting for Falco to appear, I would have DNF'ed it within eighty pages. But after waiting for Falco, he turned out to be a jerk and some other words I prefer not to say. I understand that he wants Cass, but how dare he say that he wishes Luca be dead so that he could have her back! Sorry Falco, but I'm no longer on your side. But, I wouldn't say I'm on Luca's team either because I don't feel connected to his character at all. Though he's sweet and responsible, he's quite dull. I'm hoping that the final book, Starling will show a side of Luca that will eventually win me over.