Despite deciding I need to read 93483 books this year to keep up with all the epic releases…I really haven’t reviewed many on the blog.
Goodreads, of course, is another matter entirely. I review EVERYTHING there. Literally everything. I’d probably review the back of a cereal box if it was an option, let’s be real here. So go follow me on Goodreads. I’m super fun and make fun of everything. Good times.
So I thought to myself, “Cait,” I thought, “why don’t you do a whole smattering of mini reviews of the eARCs you’ve been devouring off Netgalley/Edelweiss because that would be a genius thing to do and you claim to be a biannual genius.” So here we are. I basically never review ebooks here because taking photos of them = boring. And my reviews are 87% photos and 13% me snarking.
But enough! And onwards!
Well this was downright BEAUTIFUL. Which, I mean, duh since I loved Aristotle and Dante which I read back in 2014 when the world was young. And hey! I’m not even the biggest contemporary fan, but this book seemed intent on just being full of things that make me happy. SUCH AS:
- No romance (!!!!)
- Very close and loving platonic friendships
- Diversity of race and sexuality
- Lovely father who deserves father-of-the-year at least a million times and who will feed all the stray sad children tacos
- Beautiful writing
- Realistic people doing realistic things
- Teenage life crises, because THEY ARE A CONSTANT THING
- Nice dog that stays alive
- Sal cries because REAL MEN CRY
- One of the saddest things in Sal’s life is getting sick at Thanksgiving and missing out on dessert. #relatable
I had to look for the plot with my small telescope but otherwise, I solidly adored this one. Sal was adorable and relatable and books with nice parents??? Like yes please and thank you????
I need a taco.
What did I just read, good sir. I liked the premise and there were some neato plot twists, but it was so freaking political that I actually had no idea what the heck was going on. People standing around talking about politics is not my idea of a good time.
Plus I felt totally disconnected with all the characters. ALL 52 OF THE POINTS OF VIEW I GOT SMACKED IN THE FACE WITH. They all sounded the same. And the only one that interested me was the morally grey grape of Silyen and he got like 2 chapters. I protest. So many dull characters doing dull things. Evil did sleep. Evil took a long nap, to be honest. Plus add in (A) super disturbing slave/master romance, (B) convenient plot events, (C) parents that were about as active as a peanut butter sandwich, and (D) altogether dry as a bone, darling.
But hey! If you happen to like politics, you might like this one! I just didn’t caaaaaaare.
That’s a NO FROM ME while I throw up my hands and also scream into the void. I loved The Distance Between Us by this author but this one = no no no. Because you know how the premise is a girl gets locked in a library overnight? Well guess what. She (A) does no reading, (B) is not a bookworm, (C) she could be locked in the back of a pizza parlour for how much the library even MATTERS to the storyline and (D) IT IS SUCH A WASTE OF AN EXCELLENT PREMISE HOW CAN SHE NOT EVEN LIKE BOOKS WHY DOES THIS WORLD WANT TO HURT ME SO.
No. bookworm. or. book. appreciation. at. all.
Also why couldn’t Autumn just, like, unlock a door and walk out? Use one of the library phones? Use the computer? Open a window? Who can know.
Also it features Autumn with an “anxiety disorder” which involved her being able to turn it off when needed and never actually acting anxious in VERY anxiety-inducing situations. Oh and there’s a love triangle, a bunch of “friends” who are awful, zlich personalities, and I don’t even know what the point of the book was??
Moral: don’t go anywhere without snacks in case you get locked in a library????
This was completely disappointing and I’m sad because I was so looking forward to this one. A princess who “accidentally” inherits the throne due to the whole kingdom being poisoned??? And she’s a scientist?? And she seems to have a social anxiety disorder? YAS AND YAS!
Except no and no. For me, the biggest problem was that it’s a really light fantasy. I expected something hardcore from that premise?? But it’s all younger teens doing convenient awesome things with tons of dumb adults. I think I’ve just grown out of this type of story, so not necessarily the book’s fault! But it was super political, not much action, and the mystery was pretty anticlimactic.
I liked Freya at first because SCIENCE but she can turn her social anxiety on and off when convenient (#PleaseStahp) and felt like it had cure culture. Freya also looked down on people who didn’t like science/liked pretty clothes because OBVIOUSLY SHE IS SMARTER THAN THOU.
But! It focuses on female friendships, the fantasy world IS NOT SEXIST, and there’s a cute psychotic cat.
Overall disappointingly light with a simplistic plot and not a lot actually happened after the initial exciting beginning.
Very sad they poisoned the cake though. THE CAKE. THE CAAAAAAKE.
Okay I lied. This is actually a library book. BUT I HAD TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST BRILLIANT AND MIND BLOWING BOOK OF 2017. Go read it immediately. Like this isn’t even an option. Hustle, my little pineapple fiends! Read it!
It’s about a girl who murdered a baby when she was 9 years old. OR DID SHE???????? It’s absolutely brutal to read because features (A) child abuse, (B) sexual harassment, (C) and extreme bullying. If you see a heart broken on the floor THAT’S MINE. It’s so messed up and horrifying and painfully unfair. Any time a teeny tiny microscopically good thing happened to Mary, I just braced for the pain that would be coming afterward because this book has two moods: unfair and also unfair. Especially when Mary gets out of prison and then gets pregnant with a boy she loves but like there’s nooooo way the world will let her keep her baby after what she allegedly did when she murdered a white 4 month year old.
The writing is excellent! The story is a bit slow, but EXCELLENT. And it’s #ownvoices. The protagonist is black. The storytelling is everything. This author is ONLY A DEBUT so like holy kelp I want all her books of ever. And also it will fully mess with your brain. I recommend going in knowing as little as possible because tHE PLOT TWISTS.
I’VE BEEN EMOTIONALLY MANIPULATED BY A BOOK. ALL THE STARS.