Mini Reviews Make a Return (just kidding… they never left)

Ahh yes, the infamous mini reviews. THEY’RE BACK! Yes, it’s true that they never really left, but I’m known to include a touch of the dramatic. *throws glitter*

So today I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read recently with you! I know we still have a bit of time left in February, but I just have SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS about the books I’ve been reading, and I have to share them with you! WHAT’S NEW?!

So without further ado, here are some of my February reads so far!

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Ironheart

WOW. YES. A thousand times yes. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Valentine, when I read it — but I was absolutely blown away by the second instalment! This novel threw me back into the world where faeries are real (and can be deadly), the Seelie and Unseelie are after Finn, and Pearl is being isolated from her classmates. I’d honestly forgotten how fun these books are to read, and how much I love Pearl’s voice and the way Jodi incorporates humour into the storytelling. The pop culture references are on point, and I just adored this Aussie urban fantasy. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. JODI, HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS.

Rating:

4 Stars

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


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Zenith

LONG SIGH. I wish this was a novel I enjoyed, I really do. I was skeptical about it before everyone started reading it and expressing their disappointment, mainly because I’m wary about picking up novels set in space as I’m fussy about that genre and what I like, but I was still willing to give it a go. What a mistake. You’d think I would have learned by now that if I think I won’t enjoy a novel, I probably won’t once I get around to reading it? I just felt like there were too many characters introduced too early on and I wasn’t able to get a firm grip on the narrative, which is why I wasn’t able to become fully immersed in it and enjoy it to the extent I had hoped. I do think that some sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy this novel, but it just wasn’t for me unfortunately!

Rating:

2-stars

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


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You’re Welcome, Universe

This is a book that had been on my TBR since it was released last year, and I’m so thrilled I FINALLY got the chance to read it! I loved the way the Deaf community was portrayed, and I think it’s the first novel I’ve read with a Deaf protagonist. But I also loved the way graffiti and art was integrated into the narrative, and I felt that the voice was incredibly unique and I just loved being taken on this journey with the characters. While there was nothing that stood out about this novel and made it a spectacular five-star read that I’ll be recommending for years to come, it was still very enjoyable and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.

Rating:

4 Stars


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Foolish Hearts

I really wanted to love my first Emma Mills novel, but unfortunately it just wasn’t a novel that stood out for me. Maybe I’m being excessively critical just because I read quite a lot of books in a month and want them ALL to be phenomenal, but Foolish Hearts was nothing special. There wasn’t anything that KEPT ME READING ON. I did really enjoy the protagonist’s sense of humour and how there was a big emphasis on a high school play and having to work on that with someone you dislike (which is a trope I adore, not gonna lie), but beyond that, this book just fell flat for me. The characters didn’t feel especially unique to me, and the storyline wasn’t something that made me desperate to reach the end. It was just a meh book for me, unfortunately. However, I’ve heard amazing things about the author’s other novels so I’ll have to give them a go soon!

Rating:

3 Stars

Thanks to Walker Books for providing me a copy with this book in exchange for an honest review!


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Midnight Sun

I was initially really excited to get my hands on this book, firstly because it’s apparently becoming a movie really soon, and secondly because it sounded reminiscent of Everything, Everything and I was interested to see how this novel would differ from Nicola Yoon’s. However, I felt as though this novel was incredibly clichéd and the characters felt underdeveloped and difficult to relate to. This novel is basically just an excuse to write about a romance between a popular guy who falls head over heals for this misunderstood girl who can only come out at night. It was just… so overdone. I wish this book could have surprised me by being original and a new take on all these tropes we’ve seen a million times before, but it was just disappointing.

Rating:

1 Star

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


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As You Wish

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. Wow. I can’t believe this book isn’t getting the love it deserves, because it was such an intriguing, thought-provoking novel that I didn’t want to end. I think one of the reasons why I loved this book so much was because I am a fan of quieter novels. I don’t need a fast-paced plot or a fantastical world to keep me intrigued — sometimes, even just an interesting protagonist or an intriguing hook is enough to make me adore a novel. As You Wish gave me Adam Silvera vibes, and I also loved how it raised questions about whether having the ability to make one wish would be worth it, and what you would wish for. While the protagonist was a bit of an asshole, that didn’t make me enjoy the novel any less and I especially liked reading the chapters about other people in the town. If you enjoy contemporary novels with a speculative twist, I highly recommend giving this one a go!

Rating:

4 Stars

Thanks to NewSouth Books for providing me a copy with this book in exchange for an honest review!


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P.S. I Like You

GAH THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE. I’d been meaning to pick up a Kasie West book for ages, but when Danielle Binks started talking about them again on Twitter, I immediately went online and ordered myself three of her gorgeous contemporary novels. I knew these would be books that’d I just DEVOUR, and I was right. There’s never a day where I’m not in the mood for a light, fluffy contemporary! While the ending of this novel was so obvious it was like I WAS THE ONE WHO WROTE IT, I definitely don’t think that made the reading experience any less enjoyable. I adored falling in love with these lovely characters and I’M JUST A BIG BALL OF FEELS. I’m also currently reading another Kasie West novel — On the Fence — and that’s amazing so far too. I think I found a new favourite contemporary author to add to my shelves. ADORBS.

Rating:

5-stars


Let's Talk

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Are any of these on your TBR? What books have you read recently? I’d love to know!

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