minireviews

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.

Becoming Jinn

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?

12 Comments on Mini Reviews #2

  1. Nova @ Out of Time
    March 12, 2015 at 1:45 am (2 years ago)

    YES TO THE FIVE STARS TO EMBER! I mean, I haven’t read it or anything, but still YES! I am SO EXCITED for that book.

    I hated Becoming Jinn. I thought it was really boring and I couldn’t get into Azra’s personality. She was really unrelatable IMO.
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    • Samantha
      March 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      OMG EMBER WAS SO GREAT OMG. I’m so sad you didn’t like Becoming Jinn, but oh well. To each their own, right?

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  2. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
    March 12, 2015 at 3:29 am (2 years ago)

    As I’m sure you know by now, I LOVE historical fiction. My favorite time period to read about is the two World Wars, but I’m open to any time period. I haven’t read much about the Elizabethan Era, but Maid of Secrets will give me an excuse to do so. An Ember in the Ashes looks great, too.
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    • Samantha
      March 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Maid of Secrets was awesome! I adored Ember as well.

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  3. emily @ for the bookish
    March 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, Maid of Secrets sounds like a good book. I love how you always mention “If you liked X, you’ll like this…” I’m always looking for books based on past books I’ve read. 🙂
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    • Samantha
      March 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

      It was really good. And, thank you!

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  4. Mia Hayson
    March 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    TGOYAM has been on my tbr pile for a long time… hmmmm. But An Amber in the Ashes sounds AMAZING. I can’t wait to read it <3

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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:30 am (2 years ago)

      YESSSSSS EMBER IS AMAZING. READ IT.

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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:30 am (2 years ago)

      They were awesome!

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  5. Olivia
    March 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Becoming Jinn is one I have seen around in a few more places and I am intrigued to know more about it before deciding whether or not I want to read it! And An Ember in the Ashes seems like a great read and I know I want to try it.
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    • Samantha
      March 22, 2015 at 1:31 am (2 years ago)

      I think you should definitely try both of them!

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