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.
The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) by Ann Cleeves. Read September 28-30 (yes this was September, but it was after I posted my September installment of Reviewing the Unreviewed). 3 Stars.
I found this a pretty average mystery. It was very character driven, which is fine, but the pace seemed soooo slow. It did pick up towards the end, though. The main characters were likable enough, but not really memorable. It was a decent read, but I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to continue the series.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. Read October 4-6. 3 Stars.
This was ok, but not what I expected. I didn’t think the alternate timelines were used that well, nor did I think we really needed POVs from all four girls in the past. I thought the story was a little too long and large parts of it were too unbelievable. And the most unbelievable wasn’t even the ghost parts (which made me take the whole book way less seriously, as well)
Reveal Me (Shatter Me #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi. Read October 13-14. 2 Stars.
Did we really need another novella full of Kenji’s feelings? Honestly, getting his POV just makes me like him a little less.
The Bridal Party by J.G. Murray. Read October 15-16. 2 Stars.
There was so much potential for this story, but it failed to reach it. The events weren’t very feasible and the big reveal wasn’t at all surprising. I was still holding out for a fun twist at the end, but there wasn’t one and it was just kind of depressing instead.
The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. October 17-19. 3 Stars.
This was ok, but I can’t really say much more for it than that. It was much too long and repetitive and I was bored for large parts of it. There were also thinly veiled political analogies between unregistered Luxens and undocumented immigrants and I found it a little annoying. There were multiple scenes of the main character yelling at protesters that just kind of felt like wish fulfillment from the author. And I’m not saying that’s bad, but I feel like everything that is wrong in the country comes down to two sides yelling names at each other instead of trying to talk and work things out. It’s so unproductive and I get enough of that in real life. I did enjoy getting more Luc, though, and I liked the romance, which is what JLA is always good at. I also liked the cameos from the Lux series. There was more of all the characters I love than the last book had, so that helped make up for some of the boredom.
After the Flood by Kassandra Montag. DNF at 9%. I wasn’t too impressed after I started this, so I set it down to read something else. Two weeks later and I just have no interest in picking it back up again.
Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate. DNF @ 4%. Sometimes you know right away if you’re not going to click with a story and that was my experience with this book. The first chapter was enough to make me not like the main character – mainly because some of the events remind me a lot of my father. The writing style didn’t really mesh with me either. However, I will say that the reviews I’ve seen so far for this book are pretty positive, so this is probably just a case of not being the right book for me.
*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****
Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance #1) by Denise Hunter – 2.5/5 Stars
Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) by Nina Bocci – 3/5 Stars
Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo – 2/5 Stars
The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters – 2.5/5 Stars
Reputation by Sara Shepard – 3.5/5 Stars
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 3/5 Stars
Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars