I’ve read a lot of books lately, and I’ve only reviewed a few of them. There are so many awesome books out there that I’d like to share with you, so I decided to do a quick series of mini reviews since, you know, I need to foist my opinions on someone. Be prepared for quick reviews, and lots of books!
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Rating: 5 stars
Ah, let’s start of on a positive note. I received this one as a birthday gift, and completely adored it! The main character, Essie, is brave and intelligent, and I really wish there was a sequel so I could learn more about her. At first, I wasn’t sure about the romance. Dane just seemed too…convenient. Once the plot (and the characters) started to develop a little more, though, I changed my mind.
This book reminds me a lot of the Lunar Chronicles (by Marissa Meyer). I think it would a great read for fans of that series, and of strong heroines in general!
The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 2 stars
I was super excited to read this one, especially after I heard a few positive things about it earlier last year. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. My main issue was that there was no plot. Lucy and Owen spend one day together, and then go their separate ways. Later, they occasionally meet up and exchange letters. There was no real conflict, and a half-hearted romance just didn’t cut it for me.
If you’ve read Jennifer’s other books and enjoyed them, though, you might wish to give this one a try.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Rating: 3.5 stars
I have conflicted feelings about this! There were some aspects I loved: the fabulous cover, the intriguing world-building, the frightening villain, etc. Other things, like the romance, weren’t as big of a hit. Violet falls in love with Ash, the love interest, mere moments after meeting him. They kiss a few times, and then start declaring their love for each other.
Overall, a decent book, though. I liked everything else (the storyworld was so cool!) but the romance really brought down the rating. I do think I will read the sequel though, especially if the cover is just as nice.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Rating: 4.5 stars
Oh, how I adored this book! The beginning was a little slow, but otherwise I have no complaints. The world-building was done incredibly well. In this world, the dragons and humans reached a peace treaty decades ago, but the humans still resent dragon-kind and rebellion is stirring. Seraphina, the main character and the palace music master’s assistant, is half-dragon, and this makes the world very dangerous for her.
Seraphina herself was one of the best main characters that I’ve read this year. She’s not just strong, but she is also really thoughtful and dedicated to doing what she believes is right. The romance with Prince Lucian was great as well! I’m definitely anticipating the sequel.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Rating: 3 stars
I wanted to love We Were Liars, I really did. I had heard nothing but positive feedback about it, and the premise sounded really cool. My main problem was that I felt very disconnected from the story. It was written in a unique style, almost in verse, which made me struggle to follow the plot and connect with the characters. The main character, Cadence, felt very immature and needy.
I did really enjoy the concept of “a rich family on a private island with secrets,” though. If you’re interested in the premise, then I think it might be worth it for you to check We Were Liars out! 3 stars.