After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel story to Me Before You and takes place after the events of Me Before You with Louisa trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she get’s an unexpected visitor and gets into an accident.
I devoured this book, I really did. But I saw a review on Goodreads that I couldn’t help but agree with. After You was not needed. The first book ended well. Tragically. But well. Jojo Moyes could have left well enough alone but she didn’t. The fans wanted more so she gave them more in a truly fanfiction-esque style. Which was probably why I liked it as much as I did. I love reading some good fanfiction. But there was just so much in this book that was extra. The only reason why Lily existed, really, was to move the plot forward and to give Louisa a purpose and a conflict in her life. And while, due to the ending of Me Before You, Will wasn’t in the book at all we were never lacking his presence which I appreciated. A lot. Will was just as much a part of the story as he was at the beginning of the journey, but it also wasn’t the same. The fans flocked to this book because of their need for more Louisa. And Will and while they did get that they also got so much more. All in all, I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but i don’t know if it was necessary. I’d give it 4/5 stars.
The Golden Yarn is the 3rd book in the Reckless series by Cornelia Funke. I also thought it was the last book in the series till I had less than 100 pages left then I found out it’s not! I’m super excited. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors and the world inside this series, mirrorworld, is so elaborate and well thought out and I love it! I do need to go back and reread the first 2 books again and then reread this one because while I knew all the major plot points there are small little details and some minor characters that I completely forgot about. Some of those was easy for me to remember after being reminded about it while others I still have no clue about. That’s the problem with reading the 3rd book in such an elaborate world after not reading the first 2 books in a couple of years.
Anyways, on to my actual review.
One thing I hate and I’ll almost always hate in any books is the amount of switching between POVs. Each chapter is a different POV and sometimes you didn’t know who’s till the second paragraph. I don’t even know how many different POVs there were. Some characters only had 2-3 chapters dedicated to them. Where those chapters really that important? Probably if I’m honest. But still. Another thing I didn’t like was all the weird difficult to pronounce names from characters to cities and countries. Funky seemed to have pulled names from french, japanese, russian, and some straight up fantasy. Also, the font they used for the main antagonists letters to the main character could be difficult to read at times. But all that is just me being nitpicky. Overall this book took turns I was not expecting which I loved. There was a POV from one of the pervious antagonists and while in the previous books I really didn’t like her, I thought she was cruel and evil with no redeemable qualities, while in this book I really felt for her and her position. Her pain was all too human for her to be that evil. Her entire plot took a turn I was not expecting and I loved it and her character. I wish there were more chapters with the main character, Jacob Reckless, than there actually were. He’s been the main character from book 1 yet I feel like his chapters only took up half the book if that. This book did not go where I expected it to which is, in some ways, a good thing. It wasn’t cliched, it didn’t have those common over done themes that are in most books anymore. Unlike previous books in the series, this one was definitely a love story between 2 couples. I definitely love how in-depth all of Funke’s characters are. She really took the time to flesh them out and make them all human with flaws and real emotions. It really made you connect with even the villains really.
All in all, I gave this book4 stars on goodreads and can’t wait for the next book. Though I definitely need to reread the first 2. Maybe I’ll re-review this one after I have a better understanding of it after rereading them all. We’ll see.