Welcome back to Monthly Minis! (although it might become a bi-monthly feature eventually). This time around, I have some great YA and MG books that I’ve read, and can’t wait to share with you. Ready? Read on!

Pivot Point by Kasie West (Goodreads

4 stars

I picked up this book on impulse, but I ended up really enjoying it (as well as the sequel, Split Second). After Addie’s parents announce their divorce, the rest of the chapters (most of the book!) alternate between the two possible futures. I think that this easily could have gotten confusing, but it didn’t, which was great. I’m sure the question of “What if I’d done this, or made this decision?” has crossed everyone’s mind at some point, and what impressed me most with this book was the way the author dealt with the subject. Sometimes neither ending is what you want, after all.

This book was surprisingly suspenseful and intense. The romance was very cute, and while I was concerned that there would end up being a love triangle, there wasn’t. Huzza! Addie was a fantastic character, and overall, I totally recommend this.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads

5 Stars

The first time I borrowed this book to the library, I returned it–unread. I finally picked Shadow and Bone up again a few weeks ago, though, I honestly had no idea what to expect.

All that I knew was that this was surrounded with a *little* hype. When I finally started reading it, though, I fell in love. The main character  is witty, courageous and totally the type of person I’d love to be friends with. She’s a very strong character.  There isn’t a lot of action in the first half of the book, which was fine. The second half, though, really raised the stakes as Alina started to learn the truth about herself and the world (and people) around her. I can’t wait to pickup Siege and Storm (book 2).

Neil Flambe And The Bard’s Banquet by Kevin Sylvester (Goodreads)

3.5 stars

This book was super cute! I really enjoyed the other Neil Flambe books, and while I didn’t like the Bard’s Banquet as much, I still thought it had an interesting story and was well- executed. My favourite part of this story was probably the witty banter between Neil and his cousin Larry, which was HILARIOUS. Although it is in a series, I think it would work just as well as a standalone since it doesn’t reference much to previous books. Each book is its own mystery.

I thought this was a great story, but it wasn’t quite as good as the other books, at least in my opinion. I didn’t like a few of the characters (Rose, for example). I still liked the story though, so I’d probably continue with the series.

Every Day by David Levithan (Goodreads

3 Stars

This was my first David Levithan read and my feelings about it are…complicated. I love the idea of someone waking up every day in a different body, but I didn’t enjoy the romance between A and Rhiannon. It was pretty much insta-love, and I thought A got *a little* bit obsessed with Rhiannon. Every single day, he would try to go meet her (even though she had a boyfriend) regardless of the consequences for the person whose body he was inhabiting.

The writing was pretty awesome , though, so it is a 3 star read from me.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater (Goodreads)

4.5 Stars

 From the start, I knew that I would enjoy this story. Murderous water horses + stellar writing + Maggie Stiefvater = good book. And I really did like it. Puck and Sean were awesome main characters! They were both very interesting, and Puck especially was a very courageous person. Maggie Stiefvater has a great writing style as well as I really felt that I was in the story with the characters. The romance wasn’t a main element of the story but it was sweet, and I enjoyed it.

Which books have you been reading this month?


8 Comments on {Monthly Minis} Every Shadow Pivot and the Bard’s Races

  1. Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic
    September 24, 2014 at 2:43 am (3 years ago)

    I am vowing to get through Cinder & Throne of Glass by the end of the month. Or at least I seem to think I am. 🙂 Scorpio Raves sounds like it needs to be on my TBR
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    • Samantha
      September 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      It does!

  2. Kelly
    September 24, 2014 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

    Loving these mini reviews! A nice snapshot of what to expect. Must admit, I haven’t read any of these, but have had Pivot Point and Shadow and Bone on my list since they were both released. I’ve read one of Kasie West’s contemporaries, but I really couldn’t get into it. It just felt really generic. But going to move Pivot Point up my list now. It sounds a little like Sliding Doors. Thanks for sharing Sam <3
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    • Samantha
      September 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s a shame you couldn’t get into it. I haven’t read any of her contemporaries, but I think I will enjoy them for sure.

  3. Sunny Smith
    September 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I read Every Day by David Levithan and had similar underwhelming feelings about it. The insta-love was a huge turn off for me.

    I really want to read Shadow and Bone, because I’ve been hearing a lot about it over various book blogs, so it’s definitely going to be coming up soon on my reading list I hope:)

    Love this style of reviews:D
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    • Samantha
      September 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm (3 years ago)

      I hope you do read Shadow and Bone! I didn’t LOVE Every Day, but it was well-written, for sure.


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