Mini Book Reviews #1

Don’t want to spend a lot of time reading huge ass reviews for books? Welcome to my mini reviews edition!

If you remember, I had done one a while ago but it was a Mini DNF review. This is my first mini review of books I’ve read and scrutinized thoroughly *cue professional music*.

28498779Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: 47North

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Magic

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also, this book is technically targeted towards adults since the MC is an adult but young adults can read it too.]

This is the kind of book I give a three star because I liked it… but I also didn’t like it.

Firstly, it’s got the amnesia trope so NO ONE KNOWS WHAT’S HAPPENING! There is a level of mystery that is preferred and liked in a book. But a book where 85% of the things make no sense? Nope.

The characters felt very shallow too. I felt no real connection to any of them. The main character (Maire) was tortured a lot! And I felt sad FOR her but I didn’t actually feel… anything. I didn’t care. (I mean of course I would care if someone was tortured for real but you know what I mean)

And a lot of the major developments in the book were based on pure luck and I don’t believe in luck… you see the problem? I want to see HOW the character gets out of his/her problems. Not see something magically help them.

At the end of the day I did like the unique plot, the subtle fairy-tale retelling and the ending DID surprise me a bit and made me slightly teary-eyed. However, it’s not one of my favourites.

Have any of you read this book? If so, what did you think? Any thoughts are appreciated!

Blurb: Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption. (from goodreads)

439288Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: April 1, 2001

Publisher: Puffin

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary

[Note: I’ve read zero books about rape and that’s really bad because rape is a very important social issue. The more aware you are about it the less the misconceptions and ignorance. As far as I can remember, this is the first book I’ve read that deals with rape.]

It took me forever, to feel at ease with the plain writing style of this book. And if we ignore all the cliche high school drama, the lifeless classmates/friends/parents, all the pointlessly mean people AND the judgemental main character named, Melinda… well, there isn’t much left is there?

I liked how the book ended, even though the development of it felt abrupt. The problems/social view of rape wasn’t really explored much. It was just… normal teenage drama with rape added in and I didn’t like that since I hate drama.

Do you guys feel the same? Or is there something that I failed to realize? Tell me down in the comments!

Blurb: “Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. (from goodreads)


29343106Hell Divers (Hell Divers Trilogy #1)  by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Publication Date: July, 2016

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Sci-fi/Post-apocalyptic/Dystopia/Horror/Zombie

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also, this book is technically targeted towards adults since the MC is an adult but young adults can read it too.]

Now this is a book I did enjoy. It is post-apocalyptic and has a bit of a steampunk-ish vibe about it because it’s got the last of humanity living on airships. Airships that run on supplies that can ONLY be foraged from this planet that used to be Earth but now, it’s just radioactive waste.

Add some filthy mutants who eat humans? Hell yes. My mantra- Give me that gore, give me that blood-shed.

Only a tiny group of people called the Hell divers, dive to this god-forsaken planet for the supplies. And they have to fight for their life because things are not easy when you are the last airship still flying, weird mutants are out for your blood and there is a rebel uprising.

Finally, the characters in this book were so DEEP! I felt so much pain when I read this book. Loved it! Need more pain ASAP. So if you want lots of feels, action and a “ERHMAGERD-WHAT-IS-HAPPENING-TO-MY-BABIES!” feel, this is the book for you.

This is a fairly new book and it’s written by an author I had never heard of before, but have you read it? And did you enjoy it as much as me? Or did it leave you feeling disappointed? You know where to tell me.

Blurb: More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by skydiving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there’s something down there far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past—something that threatens the fragile future of humanity. (from goodreads)

24396876The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown books for Young Readers

Targeted Audience: Middle Grade/Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary

Finally, we come to this book. *sigh*

JUST KILL ME! This book left me with a deep hangover. It was so beautiful and cute and sweet and heart-breaking.

The writing style is so beautiful, it flows like music. And the sciency stuff! Ugh! Loved dem sciency stuff. Also loved dem beautiful jellyfish illustrations.

‘All this time, I’d thought that our story was just that: our story. But it turns out you had your own story, and I had mine.’

Did you read that?? It’s read as freaking “Heart-break”. There are so many things like that in this book. This is the kind of book that shows you just HOW powerful words can be. And it’s about a friendship between two girls. Like, HOW MANY BOOKS TALK ABOUT THAT?? About how you make the best of friends and then lose them as you grow up because you thought you were one and would obviously grow up the same but you weren’t! YOU FREAKING WEREN’T!

*Cries in the corner*

If you feel like you need to read a book that would never let you go… a book that you want to cuddle with when you sleep because you’ve been ripped to shreds… a book that will make you cry for the all friends you’ve lost over the years?

This. Is. It.

How many of you have read this book? Did you think it was beautiful too? LEMME HEAR A YES! I mean, you can say no too but… plis, I’m already broken.

Blurb: After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door. (from goodreads)

Lots of love and duct tape for your broken hearts,

Raven

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6 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews #1

  1. agh, I know how you feel about Magic Bitter Magic Sweet. I HATE the anmesia trope…well, most of the time. (I love the Maze Runner’s version.😂) But like no one knew what was happening in that book!? So disappointing. Plus like 0% world building. BUT AT LEAST THERE WAS CAKE.🍰🍰 My favourite. :’)
    And ohhh this makes me want to read The Thing About Jellyfish so so bad. *glares at ominously towering TBR* Someday I’m going to library it. SOMEDAY SOON!!😜

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  2. I’ve been eyeing Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet because it just sounds so lovely and cute. But I don’t know about the amnesia thing. I might relegate this to my “get it if I see it at the library” list.

    I loved The Thing about Jellyfish as well. Very well-written, very moving!

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