Monthly Monkey Mini Review – November

Well hello everybody! I’m quite excited today for my second Monthly Monkey Mini Reviews! Woohoo!

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Let’s just dive straight in!

frogkisser

Frogkisser!– this was as fun a romp as you would expect from that title. I did enjoy this one, though I was more conscious than usual that this was outside my age range- I can hardly blame the book for being juvenile when I’m reading Middle Grade in my 20s. That said, I do always feel like I have to read everything Garth Nix writes at this point… so really it’s his fault for hooking me on his work 😉

Rating: 3/5 bananas

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because youll never meet me

Because You’ll Never Meet Me– I’m really excited to talk about this one. I was recommended this underrated gem by Sam @Rivermoose (her blog is awesome- check her out!!) and I was instantly drawn to the intriguing premise, where two people who have strange medical conditions, basically making them allergic to each other, become best friends (I know- it’s so unique!). What makes this story special is how the characters give each other the things they’re lacking. And not insubstantial things- one is blind and gets to see through the other’s eyes, the other gets to hear things he never would with his condition. The only reason I had to dock a banana is that I didn’t like Ollie’s voice much-I thought he was a bit rambly (and was somewhat generously described as good storytelling). That said, it was really well written in general and the message of giving and friendship is powerful stuff. Highly recommend.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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our dark duet

Our Dark Duet– Okay, so this was one of my most anticipated books of the year… and I ended up disappointed. My main issue was that it felt like a sloppy conclusion and a rush to the end. There was the old villain, Sloan, who was made to feel like a second fiddle to a new villain, the Chaos Eater, who was shoehorned in (rather unnecessarily) to do a lot of damage and then get defeated. And then there was the fact that I felt like I’d lost my connection with the characters: August fell a little flat and Kate seemed wildly different from what I’d remembered. Because of that, the impact of the ending didn’t hit for me- I could see it was good and dramatic and should have been emotionally powerful… and yet I felt nothing. In fact the strongest emotion this book got out of me was a mild case of befuddlement- there was that use of the “them” pronoun for one character, and even if the gender ideologues want to get mad at me, that confused the shit out of me purely from a linguistic perspective. That said, the rest of the writing was the star of the book for me and was the only reason why I didn’t give this an even lower rating.

Rating: 2/5 bananas

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So have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

5 Book Series I Gave 5/5 Bananas

So I mentioned in my last post that I very rarely give books 5 bananas. Now, since I rarely give books 5*, imagine how much rarer it is for me to give an entire series 5*- in fact I’ve had a look through my goodreads and there are only 5 complete series I’ve given this too. Often I’ll like one book in a series more than others, sometimes the series will go downhill and from time to time I’ll end up loving a series I didn’t initially enjoy. Even though there are loads of series I’ve absolutely adored, very few series have actually made it onto this list. (I’m beginning to think I’m just a tad too strict about giving out bananas- maybe it’s the covetous monkey in me- I don’t know) Shockingly there are just *5* series on this list- and here they are:

Red Rising Pierce Browns

Red Rising– Okay, so this is the most recent one. You can read all about my insane love for this series here, here and here. (this is me trying- unsuccessfully- not to ram it down your throats anymore than I already have :p )

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daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone– I read this wayyy back in 2014- and it is the last time I rated an entire series 5*. And boy was it deserving of that. Not only was it phenomenally well written, but it was so damn clever! I loved the world she created and all the characters in it. All those books were pure poetry and I am delighted to include it on this list- or any list!

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wind singer

Wind Singer– I feel like I’m going back in time by mentioning this series. It is so long since I read it, that I can only remember the emotions it provoked in me and just snippets of the plot. But what a riot of emotions I remember getting from this- it moved me to tears and got me reading at a pace akin to Usaine Bolt running the 100m. I recommend this to everyone- including me- note to self: this is due a reread!

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sabriel

Sabriel– I’m cheating with this one, cos I thought I did give all the books 5*, but when I checked my goodreads apparently I didn’t give the second one 5*. I don’t agree with that rating at all- this series is so legendary and I have such fond memories of the Abhorsen trilogy as a whole that I *had to* include it in this list.

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northern lights

Northern Lights– gosh- here’s another one that makes me ridiculously nostalgic. I’ve reread this series so many times- and it never ceases to amaze me. It is exquisitely written, so beautifully drawn, and the world building is beyond compare- if you haven’t read it then you *need* to check it out. I give it all the bananas!!

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And that’s it for now! I’m holding out hope that more book series will join this list soon (V E Schwab- I’m counting on you!!) and I would be happy for your suggestions! What book series have you given all 5* to? Let me know in the comments!