Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mini-Reviews

Sever (Wither #3)
by Lauren DeStefano
2/5
This could have been an interesting idea, and DeStefano really has such a beautiful writing style. But the book just didn't work for me. The pacing felt off. The beginning dragged and at nearly 200 pages I still wasn't sure where the story was going. There was a lot of time devoted to a new character and other things that never became important. And then other characters, like Rowan and Gabriel, were hardly developed. There are some tie ins from the second book, but on the whole most of the resolution felt too convenient and unrealistic. Definitely some twists, and one that I really didn't see coming. But if you want to read a dystopian series, I'd pass on this one.


Free to be Gluten Free
by Heather Spergel
3/5
This was cute. I was originally trying to find a book to help explain gluten-intolerance to my son. I can't have gluten anymore and I hoped this would give me some ideas. It didn't really, but it was a cute story. I was kind of put off by gluten being represented as a monster, since it's found in lots of healthy foods. I wish it would have made it clearer that gluten isn't bad for everyone.
But I liked the recipes and the author's note at the end.

**I received a free review copy via NetGalley, just so you know.** 


Mind Games
by Kiersten White
4.5/5
Wow, this book is *very* different from the Paranormalcy series. But I enjoyed it a lot. It is definitely intense and dark, but I like what's been set up and where I think the series will go. I liked that the story wasn't linear so that I could slowly piece things together. At first I felt confused, though. There weren't that many characters but I had a hard time remembering who was who. But I loved the different abilities that everyone had, and how they played into the plot. Parts of the book are quite violent, so even though it's a short book, it took me a little over a week to get through. I liked that there were two narrators, though, to give the reader a bit of a break on some of the heavier things.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The February Recap

Hearts = February

Hey guys! Remember me? The one who used to (occasionally) keep up a book blog?

February was a wild, busy month but that busy-ness did not involve much reading. I had wrist surgery (they took out a cyst) so I was in a splint for two weeks. I just got my stitches out recently and now I have a Franken-wrist.
The nice thing about olive skin is the green bruises don't show up so much

Then, this cute little guy got tubes in his ears last week. He's been fighting ear infections for a couple months. Hopefully this will make things better.
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To the books! I read:

Everbound by Brodi Ashton. Just go out and read this series, post haste. The world building and plot and ending were all the good things. 5/5

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan. A very nice ending to the Kane Chronicles series. I started this on audio back in December but switched to print and finished it right off. 4/5

White Cat by Holly Black. Mobster magicians! It was an interesting idea and I liked it, but have become kind of meh about reading the sequels. 4/5

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson. A cute retelling. 4/5

For March I hope to:
read Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt (thank you netgalley)
go to the Dark Days Tour at the Provo Library tomorrow night. Are you coming?