All of these books were received for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This is a short one today.
If you haven’t read the other rounds, my quick fire reviews are for books I read but either didn’t enjoy enough to write a complete review or I just don’t have enough to say about. Let’s not drag this out any longer, today’s books up for review are:
This is a really cute contemporary read due to be released January 2017. The characters in this are really well developed and there is a lot of raw emotion scattered throughout. They deal with issues such as gangs which I personally haven’t read too much about in YA novels so I thought that was incredibly refreshing. With some realistic life struggles, witty banter and heart, this is basically a contemporary lovers dream. The only reason I didn’t bump this up to a 4 is because I was a little under-whelmed in a few parts. Nonetheless this is getting awesome reviews over on Goodreads so I recommend checking these out and adding it to your TBR.
This is book one in a new sci-fi/fantasy set to be released in November 2016. Look at how stunning this cover is. This book has similarities to dystopian books like The Hunger Games in that there is are class systems and fights to the death however, author Audrey Grey has infused fresh ideas and new life into this genre that had me powering through this book. The characters and the world building are vividly developed however I think they could’ve done with a little more depth to bump this up to a 4. I will say that this is not perfect so the best way to read this is not to compare it to other books.
So I was actually contacted by the author and asked to request this off NetGalley in anticipation for the sequels release. This is a love story at its core. I found this to be a little slow in the beginning but once the pace picked up and there was an air of mystery surrounding the main characters, I was hooked. The characters are flawed and I thought the author did a great job of giving both Oliver and Kai some much needed depth. I will be picking up the second book set to be released in November later this month.
DNF @ 73% – so close.
I was a huge fan of a few of this author’s other books however Here I Am just didn’t cut it for me. The writing is stunning as always but unfortunately he detracts from the fantastic family/humanity aspects of the book by bogging it down with political conflicts. The end result for me was an unnecessarily complex story with no real payoff. This is one of the books I think some will love and others will hate.