Quick Reads in Mini-Reviews

August 30, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I enjoy YA and fantasy, but they don’t always make it to the top of my list. Fortunately, a reading challenge and my book club read for the month got me to pick these up right in the middle of Bout of Books. So far, I’ve been having a great read-a-thon and I had a ton of fun flying through these.

Quick Reads in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Of Fire and Stars
Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

My favorite part of this book was, hands down, the romance. I loved the twist on the usual fantasy story, with Princess Dennalia falling in love with the sister of the prince to whom she was betrothed. I also loved how she and Mare were completely different, but slowly grew to respect and then love each other. It was a slow burn romance that built up in a completely convincing way. The world building and political intrigue were also fascinating. Although I identified the villain much earlier than our protagonists, I enjoyed being surprised by how they confronted the challenges facing them. The author gave them more reasonably limited powers than many characters have, so it was especially exciting to watch them creatively solve problems within the bounds of their limitations. I couldn’t put this down.

Quick Reads in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Emperor's Soul
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novella before and I’ve always worried they would be like many short stories, feeling poorly developed and/or leaving me wanting more. Instead, I enjoyed being able to experience and appreciate the whole story in one sitting. This being Brandon Sanderson, there was a brilliant, unique magic system and wonderful world building. Our protagonist was intriguing. Both her personality and her magical abilities became more clear throughout the story and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. I won’t say anything to give away the ending, but I found the ending extremely satisfying. Although I would happily have read more, it was the perfect ending for the story.

Quick Reads in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

There was a lot to love about this book, especially the raw emotion and hauntingly beautiful prose, but the character arc left me feeling confused. It was heartbreaking to watch Lia struggle to find a reason to stop, to find control in a life that felt otherwise out of control by denying herself food.The descriptions of Lia’s emotions were gorgeous and completely pulled me in. I felt as though I understood, at least a little, why Lia did what she did. The dark imagery Lia imagined or hallucinated felt less authentic to me. I have no idea if it was a realistic representation of how someone with anorexia might perceive the world, but in this book, it felt melodramatic of the author. The ending also felt less believable to me. Although I thought most of the book was very well done, I’m still not sure how Lia got to where she was, emotionally, at the end of the story. This might be a failing on my part, not the author’s though. Perhaps a book that would be worth a re-read.

2 Responses to “Quick Reads in Mini-Reviews”

  1. Geoff W

    OMG the Sanderson one really sold me on him. I was like if he can do that in a short story what can he do in a series! Now I just need to find the time to actually read one.

    • DoingDewey

      Ooh, do it! I loved a lot of the same things I loved about this book in his The Way of Kings series. It is a commitment, but totally worth it.