Monday, February 23, 2015

Recommend It? Super Mini-Reviews (3)

I got this idea from Danielle at Love at First Page. I read a lot of books that I don't review so I thought I would give a super short review of some books and let you know whether I recommend them or not.

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  Loved this one.  It has it all: political intrigue, class divisions, rebellion, special powers, girl pretending to be someone and something else (loved the undercover aspect of it), betrayal, and romance. Great villain, I can't wait to read the next one!  Highly recommend!

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.  Gritty, raw, realistic, complicated, messy, emotional, smart, sad, funny, devastating, and hopeful. Loved the focus on family and friendship, especially how much his family and the girls meant to Thomas. I actually liked this one better than Saving Francesca. Recommend.

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved being back in this world!! I admit, I was not the biggest fan of Seth in the Covenant series (ok, I hated him), but I love Seth now! He feels such regret for the things he did so he's much more serious in this book (and less psycho, obviously). I loved the relationship between him and Josie. The mythology, the fast-paced plot, the steamy scenes…JLA can do no wrong! Definitely recommend!

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.  This was just ok.  The focus is on Simon, which I loved, since I was a little dissatisfied with how things were left for his character in the Mortal Instruments.  Simon doesn't remember much, and he can't stand being around the gang because he feels like he's not the person they want him to be.  So he's off to the new academy that has been started to train shadowhunters.  Two main problems with this novella:  nothing really happens and it read a little young.  I can't really recommend it, but I'm sure I'll be reading all of them because I do love this world.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. This is a great idea! I read lots of books for a different review site outside of the blog (plus all the books I have to read for classes), and I've been struggling to find a way to highlight some of the ones I don't review on the blog. Lovely idea from Danielle, and great post!!

  2. Yay!!! So glad to hear that you're a Seth fan now! I was a fan all throughout the Covenant series too... I just always fall for the bad boy. <3

    I'm glad you liked Red Queen. It did not work for me at all, but I think it's one of those books that people are either going to love or hate. I'm glad you landed on the love side. :)

  3. Love these mini reviews. Also happy to see that all the ones I want to read are the ones that you would definitely recommend. Very excited to read The Return and Red Queen now!

  4. Great reviews! The Return and The Piper's Son are two of my favorite books, so I'm glad you loved them! It's funny, I've heard so many mixed things about The Red Queen. :P Not sure when I'm gonna try that one haha.

  5. 1. YESSSSS
    3. Still need to read ANYTHING by JLA *sigh*
    4. I can't keep up with all of Cassandra Clare's books about shadowhunters.

  6. I like mini-reviews. Sometimes I just want to see whether or not I should pick up a book without wading through paragraphs to find out. My time is so limited nowadays. I've heard some pretty mixed things about Red Queen, but I'm happy you enjoyed it!