It’s MINI REVIEW time and do you know what’s endlessly fun?!
Inheriting an ancient castle full of books in Scotland! Um, wait, haha, sorry I have mixed up my notes. Ok what is really fun and what we are about to talk about today is: LIBRARY BOOKS.
I love libraries! I also don’t have a good local one since I moved…which is pretty much like having my soul in a permanent meltdown on the ground. The library here is one room and there’s one shelf of YA and I’ve read them all??? I’ve been moved for 8 months and not even bothered getting a card. What is this life.
But whilst I was away visiting my sister this February (surprise: I am back home now by the way) I devoured her library like the starving skeleton I am. And then I visited ANOTHER SISTER’S LIBRARY on the roadtrip home.
From this we can take away:
- I have too many sisters.
- But this is a good thing when they have library cards!! So no more complaining from me!!
- I will not threaten to sell them this time!!
- I read a lot this February.
- I actually got to read a lot of books I’ve wanted to read for ages because LIBRARY! Free!! How lovely!!
- Now it’s time to hit you with some mini reviews of them.
- But I won’t put all of them here because I’m kind and I realise you have planets to eat today and can’t read my blog for 25 hours. Which is odd, but I’ll try to be understanding.
WHY DID I WANT TO READ IT? Um everyone keeps talking about this?!? So while I know I’m not a huge fan of Marie Lu books (IT PAINS ME TOO), I still couldn’t resist!
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? It did because I had none ah ahah.
- Sooo predictable. I saw every plot twist from a mile away.
- Zero’s identity was laughably obvious?!
- I don’t understand a world where 90% of humanity is addicted to this game…like I wouldn’t be?! I don’t understand the gaming lure that much!
- I couldn’t quite visualise if they had to move to play Warcross…or stand still!? Because sometimes you got points for like watering a plant in THIS REALITY. So how where they not moving in the virtual one then?!
- Emi was an hopeless do-gooder but also complex and slightly badass!
- Hideo was SUPER interesting. I like where his character went ah haha.
- The whole thing was visually arty and colourful and nice?!
- TOKYO! It’s awesome to see other countries featuring in YA!
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? Woah NO. It was a wild fail and I was surprised.
- LIKE EVERYTHING. I’ve read more compelling cereal packets, but that’s because you can eat them and that makes them more useful.
- It was slow.
- Literally nothing happened except hunting and walking through the woods.
- Yeva’s ONLY passion was hunting and like…I enjoy books where they hunt to survive, but Yeva hunted for pleasure…at the same time as being portrayed as this nice sweet girl. And I just?!? Eat/kill animals to LIVE not because you enjoy the sport.
- I’m frowning.
- hOW DO YOU EVEN FALL IN LOVE WITH A WOLF IN THE WOODS.
- WHAT IS THE DRAW.
- GET THIS WOMAN SOME PEPPER SPRAY.
- Exceptionally and endlessly sexist.
- Nothing h a p p e n e d.
- I did enjoy the historical-fiction Russian setting!
- The mythology was SO FINE and A++ I love Russian fairy tales, let’s all run off, live in the would, we can make it 5 miles and turn into a beast.
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? It did! Probably exceeded them too because I don’t generally like Historical Fiction but I liked this!
- It was soo predictable. (OR DO I READ TOO MUCH?!) But I’ve literally read this whole plotline in These Shallow Graves whoops.
- I did get a bit bored in the middle because I’d guessed everything.
- I’m glad all the sexism WAS fought against, but I still am so. tired. of reading sexist books. (I mean, obviously this is Historical Fiction. But still.)
- LOTS OF BLOOD AND A SPOT ‘O TEA WHILE CUTTING UP BODIES.
- I loved the forensic parts and how it actually went into details about cutting up the corpses.
- ….um yes I am a worry.
- I loved how feminist Audrey Rose was. It was refreshing and all her quips were perfect.
- Plus she loved being feminine AND was into medical forensics. Like this is great?! I never get to read this! For once the book doesn’t equate masculinity to strength. #HERE FOR THIS.
- Thomas Cresswell was still a gift. He flirts shamelessly the whole book and then at the end Audrey Rose is like “Oh you like me????” While Thomas is there all: “YOU ARE DENSE AS A BRICK OMG.”
- Loved the writing!
- Want the next book!
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? Nooooo. It definitely wasn’t as good as the original series.
- SO MANY THINGS UGH I’M WEEPING ON THE FLOOR.
- Like I am complete trash for the original series and characters (SAM FRIKKIN GRYFFINDOR TEMPLE) but the author is super problematic and I can see a lot more evidence in that in the diversity rep.
- Like one of the main characters is trans which is great! But it starts off with the trans kid getting beaten up and rescued by a straight kid…and then the rest of the book the trans kid is the tag-along sidekick. Plus deadnaming.
- Most of the bad characters were mentally ill…and I just??? Why would you do this.
- I didn’t even LIKE any of the new characters.
- Lots of boring government conspiracies and honestly it just was boring in parts.
- I didn’t understand the “Dark Watchers” and I preferred the superpowers in the first books.
- I LIVED FOR ALL MENTIONS OF SAM TEMPLE.
- Plus Dekka narrates and I love Dekka!!
- I’m basically here for the nostalgia okay.
- I still got emotionally invested because of the old characters eughgihg.
- And I DO love the writing and the world and I need Villain so badly and this frustrates me because obviously I can’t say goodbye.
- Seriously considering rereading the Gone series but also don’t want to know all the problems with it?! #Pain
WHY DID I WANT TO READ IT? I love reading books about mental health AND my friend Maraia recommended this to me waaaaay back.
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? Absolutely AND THEN SOME.
- Literally nothing ah haha.
- I mean it just didn’t hit me as emotionally as other books, but it’d be like a 4.5-star rating.
- EVERYTHING?! IT WAS SO GOOD!
- Excellent mental health rep that was respectful and the author’s note talked about how she (a) based it off someone she new with OCD + talked to multiple health professionals to get an accurate depiction. And wow wow you can tell.
- Also it’s positive about therapy and medication + has family support + no romance cures!
- The whole book really cares about mental health rep and just was so downright healthy?!
- Sam was an excellent narrator, balancing her interests in swimming and her secret poetry life plus still trying to balance the “in-crowd” and her old friends who are seriously poisonous. But they were still dimensional AND I totally understood why Sam was scared to give them up and be alone.
- Sam has OCD, more obsessive thoughts than actions.
- AJ + Sam = the cutest ship ever.
- Also I LOVE how it says you can still be mentally ill and have a good life.
DID IT MEET EXPECTATIONS? It basically bottomed out ah haha. SORRY.
- Oh so much. So so much. It always sucks when a hyped book falls flat, but this one just soooo didn’t work for me.
- It was so cliche! And I KNOW the point is that it’s about 4 cliches and they break out of their “mould”, but I don’t think they did enough.
- And I HATE when the “plot twists” are centred on mental health and sexuality. Let’s cross out making those “stunning plot twist reveals” okay?! It’s 2018. Get it together.
- So so many characters and I was SO CONFUSED.
- All the 4 narrators had the same voice which didn’t help…if they’d narrated at least in 3rd it would’ve helped?!
- I just didn’t CARE about anyone and if the characters don’t make my little heart beat then what am I here for.
- The storyline was definitely still addictive!
- I didn’t guess who Did It, so I was pretty invested until the end.
- The writing was easy to devour!