Monthly Monkey Mini Review – December

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WHOA IT’S DECEMBER! I can’t believe it… not even a little bit! But it’s snowing on my blog- which means it must be real 😉 And that makes this my last mini reviews of the year (although don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll have book reviews that roll over into 2018… gah how is it nearly 2018?!?) Anyway, onto the reviews!

furiously happy

Furiously Happy– For the most part this was awesome!! Some parts were hard for me personally to read and I get really queasy at the thought of taxidermy (I really really hate it). BUT I laughed *lots* at this book- so much so people were looking at me weirdly- so I highly recommend it!

4/5 bananas

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glass sword

Glass Sword– Oh my goodness this started out so slooowly. And in that weird there’s-tons-of-action-but-nothing’s-happening kind of way (yes that’s something I totally a term I just made up- but come on, how many action films have you seen that are just *explosion* *explosion* Oh yawn, looks like it’s another *explosion*) Anyway, I digress. I found this pretty meh for the most part- especially Mare- who I didn’t really believe in as a character. I thought I was definitely done with the series until Maven re-entered the story in person and livened it up. I think it’s only cos of him that the story actually felt like it picked up at the end.

3/5 bananas

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King’s Cage– Much, much better! This had so much more of a dramatic start and had far more character development than the last one. And thanks to the multiple perspectives, there was also some added complexity. AT LAST it wasn’t just Maven holding my attention- although speaking of which he totally made everything better by making everything worse (and no, I don’t ship him with Mare, she’s far too boring for him still 😉 JK- I know he’s the villain… really…) However, I did feel a tad less invested by the end if I’m honest- it went off the boil a little. I just don’t care about the relationship between Mare and Cal- so I found the ending much more blah than I should have. Weird aside: it was this better instalment that actually makes me want to give up on the series- it was good, but not great, and I feel like I’ve got everything I’m going to get out of the story by now. 

3½/5 bananas

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ink and bone

Ink and Bone– This is by no means a bad book- the world-building is great annnd that’s about all I can say I liked. I was wondering for half the book if I was ever going to connect with the characters and when that didn’t happen after 200 pages, I thought maybe at least I’d be able to enjoy the plot. Sadly I just wasn’t into that either. So…

2½/5 bananas

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So have you read any of these? What did you think of them? And who else is panicking that it’s December already?!?! Let me know I’m not alone in that in the comments!

65 thoughts on “Monthly Monkey Mini Review – December

  1. 2017 flew by way too fast but you know what, the faster Trump is booted out of office, the better. Just saying! 1 down 3 to go (maybe less) A girl can dream. I really thought that Ink and Bone book would have been good. The cover is just so gorgeous! Oh well on that one. Now I don’t have to add it. 😉

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    1. hehehe I hear you 😉 And there is all that Flynn stuff coming out today… but after 2016 I’m done making predictions 😉 (seriously never thought he’d even win the nomination, shows what I know 😉 ) Yeah that cover sucked me in. And it’s by no means a bad book… I just didn’t connect with it on any level sadly :/ hehe but there is that 😉

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  2. Oh no, I’m so sad you didn’t love Ink and Bone, that one is on my TBR and I was looking forward to reading it. Oh, well, I still will be reading it, but probably won’t have as many expectations now 🙂
    I feel you about Glass Sword – Glad to hear you thought King Cage was better! I haven’t continued the series just yet, but maybe I will 😀
    Great reviews 🙂

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    1. Oh well it’s by no means a bad book! I just had trouble connecting with it unfortunately- hopefully it’ll be better for you! And that’s always a good thing 😉
      Yes it definitely was an improvement, though funnily enough I think I’m done with the series now 😉 (I think I only read it anyway cos it was in the library 😉 )
      Thank you!!

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    1. I know right!!

      Ahh I can totally relate to that- I actually quite liked the first one, but was kinda done with it after that to be honest. I only read it cos they had the next two in the library. I think I’m definitely done now.


  3. Explosions everywhere! Had me thinking of.. pretty much every Michael Bay movie there. Furiously Happy really does sound like a great book too. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂 A bit unfortunate for Ink and Bone though. I heard great things about that series and tiptoeing between trying it out some day and leaving it alone. 😀 Do you plan on trying the sequels? 😮

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    1. hahaha I genuinely was actually thinking “like a Michael Bay movie” when I wrote that 😉 You read my mind 😉 It was really great 😊 And yeah it was a bit of a shame- it’s by no means a bad book- I just felt zero connection with it, so no, not gonna continue with it, which is a shame :/

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  4. Ink and Bone didn’t connect with me, either! It was just far too wordy for a novel that was supposed to be driven by a narration! That was my thought, anyway!

    Oh, and check your email for a special ARC from me. 😉

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  5. Yeah.. taxidermy.. One of my dad’s mates is a hobby-taxidermist and he’s nuts. He once stopped in the middle of the Autobahn to grab a dead deer he saw on the side of the road. My dad had to basically have it on his lap for the whole way ugh.

    He also has a giant stuffed bear in his cellar. It’s standing in a creepy spot just after you turn a corner and it freaks you out!

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  6. Hello!
    Yes! Where did 2017 go?!
    I love your style of mini-reviews! I might do this in the future too. I always dread writing full-length reviews because I often don’t have that much to say about a book haha :’)
    Furiously Happy sounds like such an interesting book, and I am glad to hear that you liked it! I read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by the same author and liked it. Maybe I will try this one as well!
    And yes I know what you mean in that a lot can happen in a book without being exciting haha :’)

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    1. Ahh I know right!!

      Thank you- you definitely should try it out- it’s really worked for me 😀 I’m totally the same and that’s one of the reasons I started doing it in the first place.

      It was a great book and I want to check out her other book haha 😉 I’m glad you liked it!

      hehehe I know right 😉

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  7. I’ve read both the Red Queen and Glass Sword. I have yet to read the third one. But, yeah I do agree with you that Glass Sword was altogether ‘meh.’ It captured my interest, but not as much as the first one did. Which is kind of usual for a second book in a series, but still, it could of had more…dazzle per se. I personally like Mer and Cal’s together (I’m kind of a cushy hopeless romantic), but yeah Mer does make me mad most of the time in this book because it almost seems like she has no emotion or that she feels like she doesn’t feel like she deserves to feel… or something. I don’t know, anyways, just commenting. Loved the review!!

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    1. Yeah I felt the same way about it- the first one really grabbed me, but I’m struggling with it now. And yes, I liked them in book 1, but since then I’ve really not been into it sadly. And Mare just bores me most of the time lol- because like you said, she has no emotion! hahaha no worries- really enjoyed your comment! Thank you!

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      1. Haha yeah I totally get it. So I’m wondering now, should I read King’s Cage? It sounds better than the second book, but still…haha


  8. OMG, I still haven’t read King’s Cage but mostly because I was SO bored by Glass Sword. Maven is my favorite person in the series and I don’t freaking care if he is evil or not. I think Glass Sword mainly didn’t work because we didn’t have a map and there was so much travel but we had no perspective on the distance they had to go through.

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  9. Oh my.. yes, I actually DNfd a book last year with just full blown action and yet nothing was really happening… I was so bored and didn’t care for the characters either… so, I can totally understand this!

    I have been wondering about Ink and Bone! I’ve seen some really good reviews for it, and I’m glad that your take it on somewhat lowers my expectations because I plan to read it… someday… someday soon.. maybe 😀

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    1. Ah I know right- sometimes it’s just too much!

      Yeah I saw a lot of good reviews- to be fair, it’s not a bad book by any stretch, I just could not connect with it at all unfortunately. Hopefully if you pick it up you’ll like it more 🙂

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  10. You are a way better reader than me Orangutan! I can’t stand that Mare chick (its kind of like naming a girl Cow or Pig -actually I’ve read a character named Pig too…) anyway, so yeah NO though I can totally see you reading for a villain… But not too surprised how you felt.

    I liked Ink and Bone more than you Orangutan but I ENJOY large casts. ♥️ Too bad you liked absolutely nothing else but the world building. That makes for disappointment 😭 I just finished a hyped book like that… it feels like such a waste.

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    1. hahahahaha I know right- I’ve always thought it’s such a stupid name! LOL! hehe thanks 😉 Sometimes it’s the villain that’s the only interesting part 😉

      hehe yeah, it’s less how large the cast was and more the fact that I just wasn’t feeling an emotional connection with anyone in it- I have no idea why, it just wasn’t clicking. Like I said, it’s not a bad book, I just wasn’t feeling it. But yeah it was a disappointment because of that.


  11. I love your mini reviews (unlike mine I feel yours are actually ‘mini’). Also I’m glad to see you’re enjoyed the Red Queen series, I tried reading the first and second book but wasn’t really a fan of the story. I have heard the third is better (which matches what you’ve said in your review) but I don’t know if I can be convinced to pick it up again.
    Oh it’s a shame you couldn’t connect to the characters in Ink and Bone, that’s a book I actually quite enjoyed, and a series I need to continue one day actually. 🙂
    Great reviews, for all these books. 😀

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    1. hahaha 😂 thanks! Yeah I’m kinda quitting while I’m ahead though, cos they were okay after the first one, but I just haven’t enjoyed them as much since then.
      Yeah it was a real shame- I can’t really explain why, cos like I said, there’s nothing actually wrong with the book- it was just a matter of not feeling it. Thanks very much! 😀

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      1. That’s all right. 🙂
        Oh that is interesting because it’s the same for me. I just gave up after book two, haven’t bothered with book three and I don’t know if I will at this point! 🙂
        Ahh, I’ve had books like that. Sometimes it is just a gut feeling isn’t it?
        That’s all right! 🙂

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  12. Lol! ” it’s snowing on my blog- which means it must be real.” Yes, that definitely means it’s real 🙂
    Awesome that you read Furiously Happy. It def had me laughing too in some spots.
    Taxidermy doesn’t bother me much, but I am creeped out sometimes by taxidermied animals. They seem to always be looking at me.

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    1. hahahahhaa I know right, totally logical 😂
      Yes absolutely. haha I absolutely *hate* the whole thing- from beginning to end product- with a passion. I don’t know why- but even as a child going to the Natural History museum… just eugh. I think they’re
      looking at me *and* they’re angry *and* they want to kill me even though they technically can’t… hehe I get carried away sometimes 😉 😂

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  13. I read Furiously Happy earlier in the year and I really enjoyed it. It was so honest and yet so funny. And Maven is honestly my favorite character in that series. I absolutely hated the first book but I’ve liked the last two, especially King’s Cage. I’m looking forward to the last one! Great mini reviews by the way!

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  14. I’m glad you enjoyed Furiously Happy, I think her book are hilarious but I also like that she talks about real mental health issues as well. Kind of a bummer about Ink and Bone, I had added it to my TBR a little while ago, now I’m not so sure…Probably a book to try from the library.

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