March TBR Jar Challenge Wrap Up

plotline near where you live

Hello readers! March has ended, and a new month is upon us! You know what that means for ARMW! Another TBR Jar Challenge Wrap Up post! 🙂 This months TBR Jar Challenge was: a book with a plot line near where you live. All three of us live close to larger cities, which gave us a lot of options of what books to read. Here are our mini-reviews for the month!

Christina: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough   three-star-rating-black-hi

the game of love and deathThis book takes place in Seattle, WA in the 1930’s and I live roughly 2.5 hours north of Seattle. It’s a historical fiction read with a fantasy aspect, as “Love” and “Death” have been engaging in a millennia-long game where they try to best each other. As one would expect, “Death” has won for centuries. This book is about their newest players set in the jazz scene in Seattle. Now, I was really torn with this one – there were moments where I loved it and moments where I didn’t enjoy it. Overall, I loved the notes around racism and sexuality, as it related to this era. I also loved the historic Seattle jazz scene – it added to the darker ambiance of the book. The ending felt a little too cliche for me, which is a bummer because it was definitely built up to be this dramatic, epic end. Overall, fun read, definitely had potential to be more though.

Val: Too busy with grad school this month, and has failed this month’s challenge 😦

Rachel: I’m a little under halfway done with Devil in the White City. Besides going out of town and not having as much time to read, I’m having a really hard time getting into this one! Part of the book I find sooo dull, but I’m hoping to still finish this one up!

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