Was It Good For You? | Hope’s Reign

March 31, 2015 Was It Good For You? 8

Was it Good For You

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Every couple of months Michelle @ Because Reading and I take a look at our very long To Be Read shelves and select a book that we both want to read. And then we read it and chat about it. We’ve changed it up a bit to make it simpler. Instead of a lengthy chat, we’re interviewing each other on our respective blogs and asking – Was it good for you?

Hope’s Reign by Selena Fenech

Michelle and I chose to do Hope’s Reign by Selena Fenech for this because we both read and loved the first book in the series Memory’s Wake. We figured we’d finally have one where we agreed on the book. We weren’t so lucky. As you may have noticed from my review yesterday, I gave Hope’s Reign 4 stars, while Michelle barely gave it 3 stars. She would have DNFed the book if I hadn’t told her it got better. So let’s see why she didn’t agree, shall we? I know I want to know!

Note: This is the second book in the series, so there are some series spoilers to follow.

Berls

Let’s start with the good stuff, shall we? What did you like most about Memory’s Wake and why were you eager to read Hope’s Reign?

Michelle

The characters were my favorite part in the first one and I loved the story, so I was looking forward to reading Hope’s Reign. The end of the first one left you with so many questions I wanted to see where it took the characters next.

Berls

I agree I love this characters and it was hard at first for me because I didn’t remember them very well. So we already know that Hope’s Reign didn’t live up to your expectations. Do you think that the big time gap between reading it and Memory’s Wake was part of the problem? How long was it between reading the books?

Michelle

I think I read the first one last year but the gap didn’t bother me as much, I tend to remember stuff as I read and this book was good a reminding what happened along the way. I also tend to read my review before reading the next one just to give a little refresh.

Berls

Oh that’s a good idea! I should start doing that! You ended up finishing the book (in part because I convinced you, I know) but you even gave it three stars, which indicates you kinda liked it. So what DID you like?

Michelle

I didn’t hate it so I gave it 3 stars but it was painfully slow in the beginning however, throughout the book I felt the characters were kind of at a standstill not really moving forward it wasn’t until about 70% in that I noticed they FINALLY started to progress which is what kept me reading, (I almost DNF again)

Berls

I felt like that standstill – or even backwards pedaling – was part of the plot. *shrugs* but I can see why that could make it a hard read. One of my favorite things about this series are the illustrations. I own book one in print and fully intend to own book 2 and 3 just so I can stare at the pictures. What do you think of them? How do they impact the story for you?

Michelle

The illustrations are my favorite part. She is an amazing artist, I love how they give a face to the characters and the story, I LOVED this picture of El (I can’t remember how to spell her name lol) and Reon kissing.

Michelle's favorite

Michelle’s favorite and I have to agree, it’s pretty great. Not my FAVORITE, but they’re all beautiful

That was my favorite in this book like the picture of all 4 of them was my favorite in the first book.

Berls

I remember that one – I had Selena send you a signed poster of it as a surprise. Kind of wish I’d asked her to send me one too, but I’m happy with my signed paperback :) So here’s the big question – there’s just 1 more book in the trilogy and you own it. Will you read it? If no- why not? If yes – When?

Michelle

I will read the next one only because of they way it ended and I do want to see where the next story takes the characters and how it ends. When will I read it? I don’t know, maybe soon but I need to be sure I am in the mood to read it since the slowness really got me in this book. It was another build up to the next book and you know how much I am not a fan of a build up book. :)

Well that’s why Michelle wasn’t gung-ho! Now see what I had to say about Hope’s Reign and head over to Michelle’s Was It Good For You? Post

And if you’ve read Hope’s Reign I’d love to know – Was it good for you? If not, are you interested in it?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

8 Responses to “Was It Good For You? | Hope’s Reign”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL! Well looks like you can pretty much count on Michelle and I to at least slightly disagree 😉 There’s like the perfect number of pictures too, placed perfectly! I hope you read it!

  1. Ramona
    Twitter:

    Already added the first book yesterday, but if I hadn’t this little back-and-forth would’ve convinced me for sure :) There’s a lot of energy in these exchanges – maybe I should consider a similar feature on my blog… Hm. In any case, excellent post and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into Memory’s Wake :)
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    • Berls
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      I’m glad you’re convinced 😉 We have so much fun doing these – especially since our opinions are ALWAYS different. Even if we both like a book the reasons are usually way off. Keeps it fun!

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