Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2018

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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#Nerd (Hashtag#1) by Cambria Hebert. Read January 2-3. 3 Stars. 

I couldn’t decide what to read and decided to go with something I wouldn’t normally pick. I had just recently gotten this for free, so I decided to give it a try. For the most part, this just reminded me why I don’t read much New Adult. It was ridiculously dramatic and clichéd. I didn’t particularly like either Romeo or Rimmel. However, I liked how the story was told in alternating first person POV. I thought their voices were really distinct and I actually liked the chapter’s from Romeo’s POV a little more. Because of that, it occasionally making me chuckle, and it’s the beginning of the year and I’m feeling generous, I’m bumping my rating up to 3 stars, even though I won’t be continuing the series (I just looked and there are several books in this series and they all look increasingly overdramatic and I just don’t have the patience for that).

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. Read January 6-7. 4 Stars. 

This is my second book by Jenn Bennett and I found it just as addicting as I did Alex, Approximately. It was a quick, easy read that kept me glued to the pages. Full review to come closer to release date.

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry. Read January 7-9. 3.5 Stars. 

If you ask me what this book is about, I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you. There were a number of things I liked – the characters, the banter, the romance. I loved the first half of this book and couldn’t put it down. But, it’s weird. It’s really weird and I didn’t entirely understand what happened towards the end. That’s the reason I can’t quite give it 4 stars. It was still a good read, though.

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An Ex for Christmas (Unexpectedly Yours #5) by Lauren Layne. Read January 14-15. 4 Stars. 

This book was so fricking cute! Likable characters and a cute dog. I loved the friendship between Mark and Kelly. This story was incredibly predictable, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed pretty much every moment of this (though, as always, there were a few scenes a little more graphic than I like). Lauren Layne has really become one of my favorites of this genre.

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Read January 15-17. 4 Stars. 

My favorite thing about this book was still the non-traditional formatting, but I must say I enjoyed the actual story more than I did the first book. I found both main characters to be likable. The plot wasn’t quite as clichéd. However, I still think the surveillance video summaries take away from the non-traditional style and were used too often. And I still really dislike having Aidan narrate anything (thankfully it didn’t appear until later in the book). This is probably closer to a 3.5 for me, but since that’s what I rated Illuminae and I thought this was better, I’m bumping my rating up to 4. I’m looking forward to see how it all plays out in Obsidio!

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Tarnished Crown (The Royals #3.5) by Erin Watt. Read January 16-18. 3 Stars. 

I don’t think I really had an opinion about Gideon one way or the other before, but I liked him after this. The story was fine, addictive writing like Erin Watt books are known to be. I’m just a little disappointed that I don’t feel like I really got the full story on Gideon and Savannah. I would’ve liked more flashback scenes to the beginning and then the end of their relationship. I felt like things were just kind of referenced and not explored and felt a little lacking. I did enjoy the “Present” timeline, though and I am looking forward to Cracked Kingdom!

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More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer. Read January 19-20. 4 Stars. 

My favorite thing about Letters to the Lost was the friendship between Declan and Rev and I was very excited to hear that Rev was going to get his own book. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed More Than We Can Tell even more than I did Letters to the Lost. Full review to come closer to release date.

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The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic. Read January 21-24. 2.5 Stars.

I found The New Neighbors to be a pretty standard psychological thriller (and I’m using the word “thriller” loosely). The writing wasn’t bad, but I just found myself pretty underwhelmed with the plot and the characters. Full review to come closer to release date.

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Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross. Read January 24-26. 3.5 Stars.

This was cute and I thought it handled a lot of the heavier topics pretty well. I really liked the characters – not just Tate and Claire, but their friends and most of their families, too. I especially loved Tate’s stepfather, Roger. While I did think the heavier topics were handled well, I thought things were a little too rushed at the end and would’ve liked to have seen a little more resolution – especially with Tate’s anger issues. I also thought there were a couple scenes that were a little too graphic for YA. Overall, though, I enjoyed this.

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20 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2018

  1. I can’t wait for Starry Eyes! I loved Alex, Approximately so I’m super stoked for her new book. Also, Off the Ice was pretty good – definitely cute and you’re right about it being a tad bit graphic, but it was still a nice read!

  2. This whole post is making me swoon!
    1. I think I need to read #Nerd
    2. I so want to read Starry Eyes!!!
    3. LL’s book was so cute! I’m happy to hear you felt the same!
    4. I really, really need to read Gemina. It’s sitting on my shelf and you liked it so…
    5. I agree about Gideon.
    6. I also want to read Off the Ice. I wish you would have had a higher rating, though. Makes me wonder…

    • I’m glad you liked it! I think you would probably like #Nerd more than I did. I definitely think you will enjoy Starry Eyes! So cute! I think you liked Illuminae more than I did, and I thought Gemina was better than that, so I think you will like it too. Reading Gideon’s story made me really anxious for Cracked Kingdom (do you have an ARC for that? I signed up, but haven’t heard anything yet, so I was wondering if I just didn’t get approved or if they haven’t done them yet). I think you would enjoy Off the Ice more than i did, too.

  3. Such great reviews! I’ve been meaning to read A Million Junes… Good to know I’ll have to brace myself for the weird factor. And I still have to read Gemina, although I’ll probably wait until the series is finished.

  4. I can’t wait to read Starry Eyes! I liked Gemina better than Illuminae but I wasn’t sure if it was because I read it and didn’t listen to it. It was so hard to listen to. I can wait for Obsidio. I really like Lauren Layne books too. I thought An Ex For Christmas was so cute. I have had a hold on Erin Watt’s first book in The Royals series forever!

    • I think you will like Starry Eyes! I can’t imagine trying to do those illuninae books by audio. I think the formatting and graphics are the best part of the books! I look forward to hearing what you think of the Royals series. They are drama, drama, drama and not my usual cup of tea at all, but they’re addicting!

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  6. Oh, you finished Gemina!! I still need to read that one before Obsidio comes out. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it more than Illuminae, a bit suprised about the Aidan stuff though! Could’ve sworn every single person adored him hahah Great reviews Stephanie! 🙂

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