I read lots of books every year, and there is no way that I could possibly review every single book here on the blog. Instead, I decided to sporadically do several mini reviews in one post. I had a lot of fun doing my last mini reviews post, and I’m thrilled to bring you the second edition!
Maid of Secrets
Rating: 3.5 stars
Oh, I really enjoyed Maid of Secrets! The author’s ability to draw the reader into the story was incredible. Through her use of vivid imagery and historical accuracy, I was easily able to imagine myself at the Queen’s court with Meg and her comrades. I loved this peek into the Elizabethan era and being able to witness it through the eyes of Meg—one of the stronger heroines I’ve read about lately—was great.
Meg and the other maids were realistic characters—each with their own agendas—so you never knew what would happen next. If you enjoy historical fiction or the Agency books by Y.S. Lee, then this is certainly a book to consider reading.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The beginning was a bit slow, but I did end up really enjoying Becoming Jinn. Azra, the main character, wasn’t particularly brave or selfless but she felt very realistic. The same goes for the other characters, like Nate, Yasmin, Henry, and all the others.
The story hooked me from the first line. It’s really a roller coaster, and WOW! That ending was both awesome and frustrating. I can’t wait for the sequel.
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith
Rating: 2 Stars
My main issue I had with TGOYAM was this: I was bored the entire time. During the first few chapters Owen and Lucy meet during a black-out and spend a few hours together (hint: insta-love). The rest of the book is basically about them trying to find each other, as well as awkwardly meeting up a few times throughout the next year. Just…no.
I personally failed to connect with the characters and the story. Lucy and Owen’s entire relationship felt forced and awkward, so I really struggled. There were many scenes where the characters just went through their daily motions (waking up, going to school, etc) with the occasional thought about or postcard to each other. I wish I could have enjoyed The Geography of Me and You more, but it just wasn’t for me.
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Rating: 5 STARS
This book was absolutely brilliant. I loved everything about it, from the amazing Roman-like world, to the stellar characters, to well, everything. An Ember In The Ashes was amazing.
The chapters are split between Elias and Laia, which I liked a lot! The romance took a while to develop, but I really loved it. The characters were both strong on their own, and I SHIP THEM SO HARD. The writing is perfect, and the villain was terrifying, and JUST READ IT, OKAY?