Posts Categorized: 2.5 star books

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I’m off being a very busy bee at BEA currently (Are you also here? Do say hello!). But I have an exciting international (!!!) giveaway today for one of the most hyped Spring 2014 releases! Let’s take a look at my thoughts: This book was such a surprisingly light read. I was expecting a dark, fantasy epic based on the cover and description, but this one reads much more like MG, and a very light MG at that. For instance, there were a fair amount of puns and lingo that I thought veered toward the very silly. Currency is “currensea” and  a girlfriend is a “merlfriend.” Candies are “bing-bangs” and “zee-zees.” I think your mileage on this book will definitely depend a good amount on your tolerance for this. Mine was not very high. I do appreciate the obvious thought and depth that Donnelly put into the worldbuilding, but it read… Read more »

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The Promise of Amazing: review

The Promise of Amazing: review

Look at that cover! Oh, how I want to join those two fresh-faced teenagers in their tiny little love bubble.  I want to giggle and be generally adorable with them.  I want him to call her “short stuff” and her to tease him about his awkward lankiness and the fact that he’s ugly in the same way as Paul Dano, and then I want to squee as they touch their frosty noses together. And the premise–girl working in her family’s Medieval Times-style banquet hall falls in love with a boy after saving his life in a ridiculous way–is a lot of fun.  I wanted so badly to love this book.  It really does (I’m so sorry please forgive me) promise to be amazing. That’s the problem with titles, isn’t it?  A few years ago, my husband wrote for a show called The Forgotten, and the day he got the job… Read more »

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Dare You To: review

Dare You To: review

Title: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)Author: Katie McGarryRating:  2.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: May 28, 2013Publisher: Harlequin TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by publisher Dare You To by Katie McGarry is the second installment in her Pushing the Limits series. It’s a companion novel and follows the story of Beth Risk, a character we first meet in Pushing the Limits. This is a contemporary romance and this kind in particular, I tend to call “giddy books”. You know, the ones that make you feel all of seventeen again — all gigglish and sweet. Le sigh. Unfortunately, it failed to actually make me giddy. The first thing I noticed was the page count. My arc had 462 pages. 462. No contemporary novel should be 462 pages long. That’s high fantasy. Epic romance. Not a book about a girl and a boy and a high school. Okay enough, I’m not… Read more »

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Out of the Easy: review

Out of the Easy: review

Title: Out of the Easy  Author: Ruta SepetysRating: 2.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: February 12, 2013 Publisher: Philomel Age Group: YA Source: ARC  My first Midnight Garden review was on Ruta Sepetys’ debut Between Shades of Gray. So naturally, I thought it fitting for my first review of this year to be on her second novel Out of the Easy. Sadly, the experience was as far and distinct as the setting in the two books. I was disappointed to say the least. Out of the Easy missed nearly every mark and lacked all the heartbreaking finesse we found in her first novel. Not that there isn’t an emotional hook — the subject matter, while not as ambitious as Between Shades of Gray, is one that could lift the spirit, offer all the grandiose hope we look for in art of all venues.  Out of the Easy is about Josie. She is the… Read more »

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The Reluctant Hallelujah: review

The Reluctant Hallelujah: review

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams On the surface of things, The Reluctant Hallelujah contains all the necessary ingredients that go into cooking up a very cool book. A mystery, a road trip, Williams’ trademark wit, teenage highjinks and lots of love for my home city, Melbourne. And this is why it pains me to say that I found the end product of The Reluctant Hallelujah slightly undercooked, leaving me with the distinctly bitter aftertaste of disappointment. Having already become acquainted with Williams’ cheeky and charming style in Beatle Meets Destiny, I had high expectations for The Reluctant Hallelujah. After a bit of light hearted flirting with her 2009 novel, I was ready to fall in love. And at first, the signs were promising. Williams has a real flair for voice and Dodie’s is no exception. The book has a conversational manner, and it’s always clear that the Dodie is… Read more »

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Bloodlines: review

Bloodlines: review

Bloodlinesby Richelle Mead Here’s why I normally love Richelle Mead. Her books always contain: Strong, kick-ass heroines Fun action sequences Completely immersive urban fantasy Snarky humor Strong emotional story arcs Cute, cute boys. Always, that is, except in the case of her most recent book, Bloodlines, a new spin-off series from her Vampire Academy books. I’ve read all thirteen of the author’s previous novels, including her adult urban fantasy series Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid, and I’m sorry to say that I’ve never before had such a hard time getting into one of Richelle Mead’s books. Sydney, the main character in Bloodlines, was never all that interesting to me in VA–but if anything, she’s even harder to connect with here.  Sydney has been maneuvered into a protector/big sister situation with Jill, who has to go in hiding while her sister Queen Vasilissa tries to affect certain changes in court law…. Read more »

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Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3): review

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3): review

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)by Maggie Stiefvater This is probably the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. Shiver tears my heart in two every single time I read it. I felt Linger had its problems, mostly in the diluted narrative with the addition of two more POVs, but it was still extremely moving and I wanted to see what happened next. How strange it is, then, to read Forever and experience nothing even close to the emotions the first two books inspired. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is love story told almost like a fairy tale. Aside from the bittersweet urgency of the romance, one of the most poignant elements in the books to me has been the wolves’ desperate struggle to hang onto their human selves. The knowledge that they will lose every shard of awareness of who they are moves me unbearably, and Sam and… Read more »

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