You've probably noticed that I've stopped reviewing regularly. (I explained why here.) Anyone who knows me even a little will guess that I haven't stopped reading regularly. While I miss having the chance (more accurately, the time) to discuss each book in detail, there are pros and cons to both reviewing and not-reviewing. I've found that some of the time I previously spent reviewing now funnels back into my reading time. Still, I enjoy sharing what I have been reading, so here's my solution: one-line reviews. Okay, some of them are one sentence. Or one fragment. Or one...something. Basically, they're just mini mini-reviews. Enjoy.
Stolen (Heart of Dread #2) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
While it's not incredible, it's a unique dystopian world, and DRAGONS.
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
It's exactly the type of bizarre, twisting, raw, emotional experience I expect from an Andrew Smith book, though sometimes it gives me the impression that I have one too many X chromosomes to be Smith's intended audience.
Ask The Dark by Henry Turner
The story is okay, but the regional vernacular in the narration is a style to which it's hard to adjust.
Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver
It has a decent plot, but it's overshadowed by the most unhealthy and arbitrary romantic subplot I've read in a long time.
Storm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) by D.J. MacHale
Wait, where did that unnecessary love triangle/quadrilateral/whatever come from?
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Unique worldbuilding with a Roman vibe, but without memorable characters.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
This was a reread, so I'll direct you to my initial review, but I'll say this: it meant so much more to me the second time around, for various personal reasons (and it's just a book that gets better the more you can analyze it anyway).
Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory
The story itself isn't bad, but it feels like the author has never been around teenagers before.
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
This is a another book that hit me in a completely different way, rereading it two years later. Original review here.
The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey
The story is compelling, but there are too many characters that it's difficult to connect to anyone, and the impersonal writing style doesn't help.
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness
Another feelsfest from Patrick Ness that is all at once gritty, raw, and beautiful. Original review here.
Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercrombie
Though it follows different characters than the ones I fell in love with in Half a King, Joe Abercrombie maintains his ability to make you genuinely care about them.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
I love the premise, but I was one hundred pages in and nothing was happening. Did not finish.
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness
Sometimes a book hits you at just the right time in your life to make it even more meaningful than it was the first time around; Chaos Walking is this series, for me. Original review here.
Half Wild (Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green
This one suffers from Middle-of-the-Trilogy slowness syndrome; it lost the intensity of its predecessor.
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu
The Asian-inspired worldbuilding is refreshing, but I never cared enough about the characters to stay invested through all of its length and complexity.
Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley
While the "mermaid alien" aspect (for lack of a better term) is unique, it isn't enough to redeem this book's many Standard High School Paranormal Story cliches.
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Fantastic worldbuilding, characters I genuinely cared about, and a romance that feels refreshingly natural.
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
I can never resist a multiverse premise, and thankfully, this one did not disappoint.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
It's no Chaos Walking, but it's Patrick Ness' signature combination of beautiful writing and hardcore FEELS.
Ignite (Defy #2) by Sara B. Larson
I'm still fond of the main character, Alexa, but the plot suffers from more predictability than the first novel.
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
I don't know what to make of this. The worldbuilding is never fleshed-out enough to satisfy my need to suspend disbelief, and the narration feels awkward.
Rook by Sharon Cameron
Rook is the most unique dystopia I've read in a long time, with a likable and memorable cast of characters to populate the oddly futuristic French revolution-esque world.
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Main character that hardly affects the plot + distant narration + a healthy dose of "not my thing" = did not enjoy.
The Martian by Andy Weir
The narration bothered me, but...space MacGyver...
What books have you loved (or hated) lately? (Also, what are your thoughts on this new style of "reviewing"?)