You might be confused by the title and thinking “is this a list of her most recent reads?” Nope, it isn’t a list, but rather a discussion about two books that I read recently. One was borrowed from the library and the other is an ARC. I normally don’t post too much about the books that I read, but due to some of the content in these books, I figured I would discuss them. The books are marketed towards two different age groups.
The first book that I am going to discuss is Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly. “Beauty and the Beast” is my all-time favorite Disney movie, it always has been, so when saw this book I was really excited for it. It is marketed for kids aged 12 and older. When I started reading this book, I noticed that it had issues right away. The issues I had were with the adjectives that were used to describe one of the characters. While the character is a side character, she still plays an important role in the story. In my Goodreads review, I acknowledged the issues not only with text but with the exact page numbers as well.
The other book that I read recently that I found issues with is Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl, this book won’t be published until April 4, 2017. I requested an ARC of this book from NetGalley and was approved. This book is marketed towards young adults and has its issues. The biggest issues I have with this book are the homophobia and body shaming, I wrote about them in my review.
Were there things that I liked about both of these books, yes, however I could not overlook the issues and those issues were addressed before anything else. What am I saying is this, a book may have a mix of offensive/problematic material and non-offensive/non-problematic material like these books did. It is important to read reviews and make informed decisions on whether to read these types of books or not.