Reviewing the Unreviewed: June

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. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Make it Count (Bowler University, #1)

Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson. Read June 14-15. 3 stars. 

This book was pretty cute. Definitely one of the better New Adult books I’ve read. Though Kat annoyed me at times, I liked her growth throughout the story and I adore Alec.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo. Read June 17-18. 4 stars

I still can’t review this. I’ve started it twice. I don’t know how to do it without spoilers. I don’t know how to do it with spoilers, either. I have decided on a rating, though:

Plot: 3.5
Characters: 4.5
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4 
Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I’m still holding out hope that I’ll get a coherent review done for this one day!

We Were Liars

We were Liars by E. Lockhart. Read June 18-20. 3 stars.

I did not see that coming! Great twist. Unfortunately, the rest of story I did not find as interesting. I really enjoyed Lockhart’s writing style, though. 

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan. Read June 19-23. 1.5 stars.

The first book in this series was ridiculous, but overall cute. This book was just ridiculous melodrama.

Silver Bay: A Novel

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes. Read June 23-26. 3 stars.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the other Jojo Moyes books I’ve read. While multiple 1st person is my favorite POV, there were too many views and their “voices” were not very unique. 10-year-old Hannah did not at all “sound” like a 10-year-old. I didn’t really connect with the characters and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t care too much about them. I also thought that Liza’s big secret was over-dramatized and the twist in the ending was predictable.

All that said, I still find Moyes an incredible writer and look forward to reading more of her books.

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RE-READS

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

To gear up for Ruin and Rising, I re-read the first two book in the series, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.

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Put Back on the TBR Shelf

Slated (Slated, #1)

Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry. I tried to get into this, but I just didn’t find it very compelling. The plot was slow. I got about half way through before I got distracted by other books and this ended up expiring from the Library. I might try it again someday.

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Monday’s Minutes

MM

Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Yes, I’m finally doing my Shadow and Bone re-read! Right now I’m on Siege and Storm. I think I like this book better than the first one. One word: Sturmhond!!!! I love him. Ruin and Rising comes out June 17th!

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

I’m not sure, but I think I might go with Dorothy Must Die since I only have it for a few more days from the library.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

MM

Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry. After reading City of Heavenly Fire, I had major book hangover and I tried starting three other book before landing on this one and being able to read more than the first chapter. So far, it’s very much  like the other books in this series, but that kind of what I expect.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)  Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)  Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

I think I’m feeling a Grisha series re-read (for real this time!) to get ready for Ruin and Rising on the 17th!

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Monday’s Minutes

MM

Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry. So I know I wasn’t planning on continuing this series anytime soon after I finished the first book, but they were already available at the library, so I just went with it. I only have a few chapters left and I’m kind of ambivalent about it. I like the chapters from Rachel’s POV. Isaiah still isn’t my favorite, but he has grown on me a ton in this book.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

I’m not sure. I think I need to do a re-read of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 4 stars (out of 5)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unraveling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

MY THOUGHTS:

-This is another of those books that I thought didn’t look like anything I’d like, but I really ended up enjoying it. It reminded me a bit of the Shatter Me series and a bit of The Bone Season, while still being it’s own story.

-There was a list in the beginning of the book that listed the different kinds of Grisha – people with special powers. It didn’t really explain what they were, though, and there was little definition in the actual story. I would’ve liked a little more of an explanation to start with instead of just throwing out the terms and letting us eventually catch up.

-Alina was a well-developed and mostly likable character. The story was told through her 1st person POV, so I felt a good connection with her. I would’ve liked to have seen Mal – her best friend/love interest – a little more developed. And then there’s the Darkling. I wanted more, more, more of the Darkling. Not because I loved him, but I was intrigued by him. Like Alina, I could never really get a good read on him.

SPOILERS

-I was actually surprised when we find out that the Darkling is the bad guy – The Black Heretic. I know I shouldn’t have been. I mean, his name is Darkling. Like there was ever a chance that he’s the hero of the story. But even in his villainy, he’s still such an interesting and charismatic character. I’m still not completely convinced that he won’t be redeemed later in the series.

-I felt like Alina and Mal’s relationship was pretty predictable. They’ve been best friends since childhood and she’s in love with him. He obviously feels the same, but doesn’t realize it until after she’s gone. None of the revelations or happenings between them was at all a surprise. I still like them together, though. I’m always a sucker for the neglected best friend – even if in this instance it was the guy neglecting the girl.

END OF SPOILERS

-Overall, I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone – much more than I thought I would. Though there were a few slow parts, it was mostly well paced and always had me eager for the next chapter. I’ve already read the next book in the series, Siege and Storm, and really look forward to the conclusion coming out next year. I would recommend this book to all those interested in sci-fi/fantasy YA or those that enjoyed The Bone Season and Shatter Me.

Monday’s Minutes

Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

I just finished Shadow and Bone and really liked it. It’s another one of those books where you read the description and think, “eh.” But I’ve read so many blogs where people raved about it so I thought I’d give it a try. I think a full review is in order. As soon as I finished it I started Siege and Storm. I’m only a couple chapters in and so far so good.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I started this book a couple weeks ago and haven’t made it past the first chapter. It’s a review copy so I really need to get to it. I’m hoping it gets better as it goes along.

What are you reading?