Mini Reviews (THE YEAR IS ALMOST OVER)

I’M NOT FREAKING OUT, YOU’RE FREAKING OUT. Honestly, where did the year go? Wasn’t it just 2013, like, last month?! I’m OLD now, and another year is almost over and have I finished all the books I wanted to read this year? DEFINITELY NOT.

NOT EVEN CLOSE.

But instead of focussing on that fact, today I’m going to share some mini reviews for books I’ve read recently because FULL REVIEWS ARE NO LONGER A THING IN DECEMBER BECAUSE I NEED TO SHARE ALL MY FEELS BEFORE THE NEW YEAR MAKES ME FORGET 2017.

Though I wouldn’t be that sad if I forgot the mess that is 2017. We had some good releases, sure, but beyond that? #NotImpressed. 2017 can go have time out in the corner because I’ve had enough of it. BRING ON 2018 PLEASE.

But also… don’t take me one year closer to death. I still have to read all the books on my shelves before then, so spare me for another 274 years. It’ll take me that long to get through everything – please and thank you.

 

Nexus

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Honestly, I don’t know why more people aren’t raving about this series. Ever since I read Zeroes, I’ve been desperate to see how this amazing trilogy would play out — and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I love all the characters so much, and I connected with all of them equally and in a way that both intrigued and fascinated me. I couldn’t have been more pleased by the third book and after the cliffhanger of the second one, oh man, I was so eager to get my hands on this one. If you like books about teens with powers, or are just looking for another SF/F #LoveOzYA to add to your TBR, I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

Rating:

5-stars

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

A Skinful of Shadows

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I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, but I don’t know why I found it so hard to get into. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t in the mood for this kind of book when I started reading it, but I just found it difficult to connect to the protagonist and I couldn’t get into the narrative. I definitely want to give this one another go when I’m more in the mood for it and when I have more time on my hands and I’m not trying to rush through one book to get to the next. This isn’t a book I’ve forgotten and I’ll never come back to, I just need to find the time.

Rating:

2-stars

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Last Namsara

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Goodness, high fantasy really isn’t the genre for me. It took me quite a while to get into the story, but when I did, I will admit that it was quite enjoyable. However, I wanted to love it so much more than I did. Dragons and badass female protagonists and all that sounds amazing to me in theory, but when it comes to reading a high fantasy, my brain is just like NOPE. There’s a reason why I read so much contemporary. But I do think this is worth a read! It just wasn’t really for me. BUT I CAN STILL APPRECIATE THE DRAGONS.

Rating:

3-stars

Thanks to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Truth or Dare

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Wow, I absolutely loved this book! It’s the first one I’ve read by Non Pratt, and it definitely won’t be my last. AND THERE’S AN ARO/ACE CHARACTER. Excuse me while I flail. I rarely find books with characters on the aromantic or asexual spectrum, so this one was just so pleasing to find. This book is just full of diversity, which was amazing to see. But that’s not all that made this book spectacular! It’s cute, and heartwarming, and I loved the way it was told from the two perspectives. If you’re looking for a unique and diverse YA contemporary to sink your teeth into this month, I highly recommend checking out Truth or Dare!

Rating:

4 Stars

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You

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So… this book was pretty meh for me. I loved the premise and I’m so interested in these kind of ‘love’ experiments (I mean, I did this test with my girlfriend and I think it worked? Or maybe we just were already in love? It’s hard to tell), so I had high hopes for this novel. It just felt really young to me. The dialogue was predictable and while the way it was written made it a quick read, but I just didn’t care about the characters. Maybe if I were a bit younger, I would have enjoyed this one a bit more.

Rating:

1 Star

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Nearest Faraway Place

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This book was nice, but nothing spectacular. I mean, it passed the time, and that’s more than I can say for other books. I went into this one hoping for something like History is All You Left Me or They Both Die at the End — with strong friendship elements, emotive, poignant writing that makes your heart hurt, and the type of book that stays with you long after the final page. I liked seeing these two boys affected by their grief and the way they had to deal with it, but beyond that, this book was pretty average. There was nothing outstanding about this novel. I was just… a thing that I read. So yeah.

Rating:

3-stars

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Kids Like Us

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WOW. This book was just so, so beautiful. I haven’t read too many books featuring characters with autism, but I felt like this aspect was written about with authenticity and sensitivity. Martin just felt like such a genuine, three-dimensional character, and I loved how he wasn’t confined to stereotypes or portrayed in a cliched manner. He was his own person, and everyone experiences autism differently, so that was wonderful to have such brilliant representation. And this book is set in France! The way the French slang was seamlessly intertwined into the narrative and the way the gorgeous setting seeped into the narrative was simply divine. I wanted to fall into this book and never get out. This is a book you need in your life. Simply stunning.

Rating:

4 Stars

Thanks to Text Publishing Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Taste of Blue Light

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Let me be honest – I didn’t expect to love this book. I went into it with pretty mediocre expectations, and while I wasn’t wowed, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a spectacular read and I didn’t feel connected to the character (who’s pretty unlikeable), it definitely wasn’t the dull “teen with amnesia” story we all know that’s been done to death. Not knowing what happened to the protagonist made this a book one that I didn’t want to put down, but at the same time, it wasn’t because I particularly cared about the characters. I just wanted to know for curiosity’s sake. The way that PTSD and trauma was portrayed in this novel was well-written, but overall, nothing about this book made it stand out or made it one that I want to push into people’s hands. It was enjoyable enough to pass the time.

Rating:

3-stars

Thanks to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Let's Talk

Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? What did you think of them? What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year? What’s been your favourite book of the year? I’d love to know!

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11 thoughts on “Mini Reviews (THE YEAR IS ALMOST OVER)

  1. I loooove the cover for A Skinful of Shadows. Omg, it’s so beautiful!! Right now I’m reading a novel called ROOM, which isn’t YA, and unlike anything I’ve ever really read before, it’s strangely addicting though in a weird, unexpected way. After that I’m not sure what I’ll read, I’m pretty slow so it might take me awhile to get there.

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