Fabulous things come in mini-portions. Ever heard of mini-cheesecake? Mini-pizza? Mini-cake?* Therefore it’s completely logical to have mini-reviews every now and then. (They’re also handy when I have too many books and not enough review-space.)
Today we shall be sampling 3 books: Unwanted by Amanda Holohan and Soulprint by Megan Miranda and All Fall Down by Ally Carter.
Let us begin this mini cupcake deliciousness.
* I believe these are often referred to as cupcakes. Which is adorable. Cake! The size of a cup!
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
It’s not about spies! Or espionage! I guess it’s unfair to assume it will be, but Ally Carter has written two series about spies and crime, sooo, crime capers were my first assumption. It’s set in a fictional country where there’s an entire street of embassy houses. So Israel, Brazil, Russia, USA, etc. are all next-door-neighbours. The story is about Grace, who has PTSD after witnessing her mother’s death/murder. Basically she spends the entire book getting into raucous trouble, making bad decisions, snarking, and chasing after an elusive killer that no one but her believes is guilty.
I enjoyed the book…but a few things bothered me. LIke Grace…felt bad for her, but she was so rude. Alexei is an over-bearing surrogate brother whom I despised. Stuff Alexei. But there’s also self-appointed best-friend, Noah, who is hilarious. I could easily read an entire book (or series!) about Noah.
“Ok,” he says. “First lesson.”
Noah broadens his stance, taking his place firmly on the embassy side of the threshold. “in the United States,” he says. Then, with both feet, he leaps on to the sidewalk. “Out of the United States.” Quickly, he jumps back toward me. “In the United States.” Another jump across the threshold. “Out of the United States. In. Out. In –“
“Is this the part where I hit you?”
I don’t really think it has a love-triangle. It has the potential, but there was no romance. The writing was quite light and the characters felt…young. They could’ve been 14 instead of 16, to be honest.
- Grace’s extremely rude attitude (hey! It rhymes!)
- Repetition. Seriously, everything is repeated. The thoughts, the actions, the suspicons. Again and again. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked Grace “are you okay” I could buy a small planet.
I enjoyed the book a lot! The storyline wasn’t 100% captivating but OH MY FREAKING GOSH, that cliffhanger. I must read the next book.
Soulprint by Megan Miranda
I really parts, but (overall) the book felt really really slooooow. I just wanted to move on! CUT TO THE CHASE. (HAR HAR! Yes, um, that is an incredible lame pun since the narrator’s name is Alina Chase, but there is nothing as beautiful as a lame pun, yes?)
It’s a really fascinating premise…basically reincarnation with a sci-fi twist. No soul ever “dies”. You just get reborn into someone new…which means you have a string of lives. You can be blackmailed by your past life. Alina Chase has the soul of the notorious criminal, June Calahan. Which means ALINA COULD BE BAD RIGHT? LOCK HER UP! She’s spent 17 years locked up and (when the book starts) gets busted out by two siblings, Casey and Cameron. Why? Eh. Who knows, who cares, right?
But no one had “motives” because it was all “secret”. I didn’t understand why anyone was doing ANYTHING until the end. I loved the dynamics (and uniqueness!) of having 2 siblings + possible-notorious-criminal! Cameron and Casey had a real awesome relationship.
Solid book, but I felt uninvested.
Unwanted by Amanda Holohan
This was a serious surprise! UNIQUENESS ALERT! YAY! I went into UNWANTED not knowing very much because the blurb is teeny tiny. It’s basically a dystopic city where all the inhabitants are trained to kill the monsters (Erebii) outside the walls.
It’s a bit of dystopian, bit of apocalypse, and a squidge of magic.The world felt really dusty, a little ancient, and very desperate. They call their warriors Dreads (!! so cool !!) and as they move up the army ranks, they get covered in tattoos (called getting “inked”). And the tattoos move. It’s creepy and yet cool and so well written.
BUT, I didn’t connect with ANY of the characters. Like, nope, nada. I felt the book was devoid of the emotion. Bea felt 12 instead of 18. There’s no romantic hints until the very very end when Bea yells “I LOVE YOU” to one of her boys (yep, there’s a cliche dystopian love-triangle) because (I quote) it’s easier than saying goodbye. I admired Bea but she never did/thought/felt anything to make me care.
I loved the world, didn’t love the characters, and was seriously impressed with the ending.
all these books do have one thing in common…action and adventure! SO! tell me: what’s the last awesome action/adventure story you read? also, have you read any of these? thoughts? love or hate? and can we all agree that mini-cake is delicious?
Cait is still editing and it’s basically frying her brain. RIP sanity. To distract herself, she’s plotting a book about magical crickets and serial killers (as you do) and also updating her wattpad story. It was Friday the 13th today, which also explains why her cupcakes flopped. Currently she’s rewatching X-Men because….NO. SHE NEEDS NO REASON.