4 for 4- April Mini Reviews

Hello- happy Friday!! I don’t know about where you are, but it’s been a lovely sunny day over here in good old England for a change, so I’m soaking up the sun while I can…

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(And yes, I’m being totally British starting this post by talking about the weather- *that’s* not stereotypical at all… anyone want some tea?)

Anyhoo, I’m back today with my mini review feature where I catch up on some of my ever-growing backlog of unreviewed books- if you want to hear more about this, you can check out my post from last month. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

sun is also a star

The Sun Is Also A Star– Unusually for me, even though I loved the author’s other book Everything Everything, I frickin hated this. I’m totally not a fan of stories where people just fall in love in a day- especially since I didn’t feel like the main characters even gelled. And frankly, this might get me a lot of hate, but I didn’t find her situation as sympathetic as it was supposed to be. I don’t really feel like getting into political debates at the minute, so I’m just gonna say this book was clearly aimed at very left wing individuals and as a centrist I couldn’t get on board with the factual discrepancies and blatant propaganda. If you’re super into political messaging in books and are very left wing, you’ll love it… otherwise, avoid like the plague!

Rating: 1/5 bananas

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hollow city and library of souls

Hollow City & The Library of Souls– I really intended to do proper reviews for these, but I realised I must have been too absorbed in the stories cos I didn’t take any notes. What I can tell you about these books is that if you loved the first one, these are both a great continuation of the story and worked just as well for me! I found the world building in both of them equally imaginative and just as intriguing as the first. And I don’t know what it is about it, but I felt really connected to the narrator’s voice. Also BIG shout out and thanks to Fernanda who hosted a giveaway where I won Hollow City!!

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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(apiece- that’s an awful lot of bananas!)

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heartless

Heartless– meh- this wasn’t terrible by any stretch of the imagination. Looking back on it though, I didn’t personally connect with the characters and didn’t enjoy it as much as the Lunar Chronicles. Also proceed with caution: do not read if you are remotely hungry!

Rating: 3/5 bananas

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Okay- I don’t know if that was cheating to do just three reviews, but there were four books here… so… Either way have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Everything, Everything Book Review

everything everythingWhat a lovely book to start the week with! This book should come with a *warning: you will have an intense amount of feels when reading this book* attached to it. Because it’s the kind of book that makes butterflies stir in the pit of your stomach and has you chorusing “aww” at various intervals. It’s that sweet.

Yet for all its sugary sentiment, it’s not one of your run of the mill light reads. Unusually for a book of this sort, it has hidden depths, intertwining with other stories. I loved that about it. Even in the casual references- such as when she refers to Rapunzel- because it gives the book an added flavour. And yet this is done with such a light touch that I can happily say that these references did not come across as being pretentious at all. It was perfectly balanced to give it just the right air.

Of course, I also loved the characters- I defy anyone not to! And I really enjoyed the delectable ways the author used to tell the story- it reminded me of We Were Liars. So top marks for innovation! As well as that, it’s the kind of book that makes you crave more, so it’s easy to read in one sitting- which is always welcome. Yet, even though it’s a fast read, I was left feeling like my appetite was completely satisfied. As satisfying as I’m sure a Bundt cake is!

The twist is fairly obvious, but still masterfully handled and adds dimensions to the book that make it really interesting. My one criticism is that this revelation wasn’t given enough space to develop because the book ended before we could see how she would resolve it (gosh- sometimes not putting spoilers in makes it really hard not to sound cryptic).

But even then, I’m happy to recommend this book, because I’m certain it will put a smile on your face. I’m willing to bet everything- everything!

Rating: 4½ bananas

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Have you read this book? Any plans to read it? Let me know in the comments below!