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!