I can’t count, but I’m pretty sure this is the fourth set of mini-reviews. I’m going to through a few in here, it’s been awhile! As always these come straight (with maybe a little editing) from my Goodreads reviews.
Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace (Tor.com Novella line)
This was a wacky and fun read. I really enjoyed the characters, and the ideas behind them. The adventure, though wild and weird was engrossing. It was just what I wanted. I swear I might have cried laughing at that chicken. The ending was a great twist, I hope we see more of ‘dog’ and the angles in the next few, though I’m certain we’ll get beings or things that are just as fun. I’m definitely going to be continuing this series in the future (I have in fact picked up all the other stories out so far!).
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Book One in the Psy-Changling series)
This had one of the most intriguingly built worlds I’ve come across in a paranormal romance. It took the book from a ‘between calls to relax’ book to one I was itching to get back to. I wanted to figure out how things worked within the political and social constructs.
It is a romance, which is not usually what I’m in for but I liked the two main characters. I especially liked Sascha. Going from a girl who was conditioned to feel nothing (or close to it) to a feeling person was a neat transition and made her interesting.
I’ll definitely be picking up the next book! (that title though, ha!)
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Thrillers aren’t usually my cup of tea but this was a fast one. I enjoyed it, it was a good read on breaks at work with an interesting mystery element to it. I will say the story did a great job misdirecting you from who the real villain was. I was suspecting everyone and their brother (seriously) before it revealed who it was. Yet I was weirdly unsatisfied with it? I liked the reason behind their motivations and what they did but they were also one of my first guesses that I figured wasn’t right based solely on ‘that seems predictable’. I’m not sure how my feelings fall on this one. Like I said, great misdirection and I was guessing, but I was ultimately disappointed with the reveal.
A New Hope : The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the FarmBoy by Alexandra Bracken (Star Wars Illustrated Novels
This was a great YA/MG adaptation of the story of A New Hope. I really enjoyed seeing a things that weren’t in the movie and getting a taste of what happened in our favorite character’s heads. I’m not big on rewatching movies, in fact I’m almost allergic to it. I can’t sit through them if I’ve seen them once, especially without something to do with my hands. So this is a great ‘reread’ of the story. I enjoyed this.
Definitely a fun book, I’ll be keeping this one on my shelf for sure.
Fairest by Marrisa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles Book 3.5)
That had to be the saddest, most twisted YA novella I’ve ever read. It almost makes Queen Levana a sympathetic character. Almost. She seems to have hardened and spiraled even further down the crazy hole since the end of this and the full series. That being said, she’s got to be one of my favorite villains now, she has a depth of character we don’t always see in YA.
I wish we knew if she was just a spoiled girl or if she was somewhat crazy from her use/exposure to the Lunar glamour at a young age. I think I like the idea that she’s just a scarred, messed up little girl- trapped in that mind set.
I recommend this, especially if you’ve read any of the other books in the series. This also can be read at any point though it references some characters you don’t meet till Cress.
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani (The School For Good & Evil
I was worried, going into this, where it was going with this war between the sexes theme. However, about half-way through it went the right way. It’s hard to review a middle book, but it did just as good and then even better as the first book. I think the message behind these series is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to finish it. Hopefully once I’ve read The Last Ever After I’ll have a series review up!
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changling Book2)
This is my new favorite ‘chocolate’ series. I’m never in these for any of the sex scenes, so the world building and character relationships are my draw. These books have a fun and interesting world and I love they different dynamics to the relationships. Nalini Singh has a knack for making interesting and unique relationships. I think in this one I was really more fond of Faith than I was of Sascha. Faith has to make a concentrated effort to break her conditioning where Sascha’s was already cracked. I didn’t like Vaughn as much as I liked Lucas. I think there might have been a touch less character background on him, enough that it felt lacking.
I’m really excited about the next book though, Judd and Brenna, those are two characters I’m looking forward to seeing!