Mini Reviews

4 Books for your consideration

Every once and awhile I feel like a full review for a book isn’t something I want to do.  This is usually driven by the popularity of the book and how many reviews it has already received on Goodreads and elsewhere.  Sometimes it is because I get behind on my reviews and don’t have time for a full.  Rarely, it is because I don’t have enough to say to make a full review.  So, mini-reviews!

These are all books I have read (or listened to) in the last month or so.  Except for MunMun, they all have high ratings and reviews on Goodreads.  I’ve linked the titles to their summaries on Goodreads.

Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

Defy the worldsThis book was just as good as the first.  I probably could write a full review of this one, but I decided to wait until the series is finished.  I love both Abel and Noemi and have had lots of fun watching them grow and mature and the development of their relationship.  Noemi is especially interesting, as she gets to know Abel and have feelings for him, and her need to reconcile her feelings for him against her upbringing and hatred of mechs.  I love how Abel is conflicted about his growing human feelings and his mech side. I also enjoy the themes of morality, what makes someone human, souls, AI and how far do we go, and finally prejudice.  There are lots of secondary characters to love and hate and fascinating new worlds to explore.  There were all sorts of reasons to love this book, but that ending almost undid me.  

Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani

Quest for gloryThis series always makes me laugh.  I love the characters and how they make fun at all of the fairytale topes.  They give new meaning to good and evil.  The whole premise of the books is fun.  I was perfectly happy with how the first trilogy ended and was not expecting more, but I was happy that the author decided to continue the story of Sophie, Agatha and Tedros.  I have listened to all of the books on audio and Polly Lee, the reader, does and excellent job.  I love her accent and her voices for the various characters.  This new installment was just as good as the other, but sadly was somewhat more predictable than the others.  I had pretty much figured out the plot about half way through the book.  But I still enjoyed it.  I really like the detail the other includes in these books, like what the characters are eating and in Sophie’s case what she is wearing.  Although all this detail does make for a longer story, I still would miss it if it wasn’t there.  You don’t have to have read the first series to enjoy this one, but it would be helpful.  I love the video created for this book.


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

dark placesThis is the third book by this author I have read and just liked the other two I found it dark and disturbing and I loved it.  I love her characters!  They are so full of flaws and feel so real.  They could be people you know, although I’m not sure I would want to.  Libby was definitely not very likable, but you could not help feeling sorry for her and understanding her pain.  Once she decided to find out what had really happened to her family, she didn’t give up, even when it looked like the mystery could never be solved.  Her brother Ben was also not very likable, but a very complex character, with lots going on beneath the surface.  I sometimes struggle with dual narratives that flip back and forth between the present and the past, but it really worked well this time.  We flip from what is going on with Libby and her investigation to the events that happened on the day her family died.  It really did keep you guessing as to what went on that day until the very end.  And then boom, that shocker of an ending.  Loved it.  Gillian Flynn is the master of the dark, disturbing thriller.  This was another audio book that I highly recommend.  The reader was awesome!

Munmun by Jessie Andrews

munmunI picked this ARC up at one of the conferences I attended recently.  The premise of the story sounded interesting and I kind of like quirky books and am always willing to give them a chance.  This is the first book by Jessie Andrews I have read, although I have had Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on my TBR since the movie came out.  I knew his work was quirky and not for everyone, but I wasn’t quite prepared for this.  The entire premise of the book was interesting.  Your size is determined by your wealth, if you have no money you are the size of a rat, uber rich you are a giant.  Simple enough, but there are lots of sizes in between and it gets confusing after awhile.  There is a chart in the front of the book, which helped, but my math challenged brain had a hard time with it.  I felt that this book was suppose to be a satire on our social system, but it was a bit lost on me.  I never found that ahah moment when it all became clear.  If you forget the size thing the plot and characters were very interesting and quirky and I liked that part of the story.  This is definitely one of those books that you are either going to love or struggle with and possibly not finish at all.  I came close to tossing the book several times, but I was ultimately glad that I didn’t.  It is worth taking a look at this unusual story. 

Hope you enjoyed my min-reviews and maybe you have found something to add to your TBR.  Until next time!

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