First off, I loved LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed. Mostly a romance, but also one of those books where I really learned a lot about another culture, I loved everything about this book.
Confession: I had never read A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle until I picked it up last week. Confession #2: I didn't really like it. Like at all. Maybe if I'd read it as a kid I'd have different feelings about it, but... ugh. There was just so much I didn't like, especially the MC who whined practically the entire time, but also the backstory, the unrealistic dialogue, the constant talking about looks and how dumb Meg supposedly was, how the ending just happened and I wondered how I'd gotten to the end already (despite really wanting it to be over). I saw the movie a day after I read it, and the movie to me was so much better. It's so rare when I say that but in this case, it's true.
After that disastrous read, I picked up NOW I RISE by Kiersten White, the sequel to AND I DARKEN. Here's my mixed feeling about this book, and I'm pretty sure I felt this way about the first one too: this was the kind of book where I was into it WHILE I was reading, but when I wasn't reading, I never got that itch to pick it up. I never thought, man I really want to read right now. In fact, I usually wanted to do something else. SO. Not really sure what this means. It's weird, I know, but it's the truth so there you have it. Another weird thing: I found myself liking Radu's chapters way more than Lada's for most of the book, and then the last few was opposite. Anyway, a solid four star read.