Listed: Mini-Reviews (#3)

Posted August 16, 2017 by Sabrina in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

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HELLO THERE!

LONG TIME NO SEE! I haven’t been around much since I started a new job back in November, but I have still been reading! Sooo….. I’ve decided to come back periodically with a quick overview of what I’ve had time to read. I miss you guys TONS and would love to hear from you in the comments if you’ve read/want to read the books featured, and what you thought as well! 

Lately I’ve been feeling angst about all of those reviews I never got too. Either because I didn’t have much to say, or because all I had to say consisted of heart emojis and fangirl feelings. I’m a big fan of other blogs that write short ‘mini-reviews’ so Listed is The Forest of Words and Pages’ version of fast reviews. Whether I loved these books or not, I’m going to lay out a few bullet-pointed reasons you should, or shouldn’t spend your time reading some my recent reads.

Click on the covers to head over to Goodreads and learn more about each title!

 

Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Source: Purchased

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico This is my first Cora Carmack book and I really enjoyed the storm fantasy elements!

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico I haven’t read anything quite like Roar before and found the whole concept quite beautiful; especially since I have a love of thunderstorms.

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico However, there are some outdated and cliche ‘toxic masculinity’ tropes that take away from the story.  BUT I do think that Roar was able to handle herself pretty well considering she’s just beginning adulthood in this story.

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico I’m looking forward to seeing character development in the next installment! I’d love a more confident and empowered Roar and a way less possessive love interest!

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico As long as you can read this as fantasy with broken, imperfect people and not a romantic ideal, I highly recommend giving this one a chance!

 

bottom line: really liked it! http://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.png

 

 

THE HAZEL WOOD BY MELISSA ALBERT

Source: For Review

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico GORGEOUS! This book unsettled my soul and captivated me the way I hope every story I read will!

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico Every breath of this book is otherworldly, twisty and stunning. For real. Melissa Albert is a wordsmith. 

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico The Hazel Wood is legit the most creative and enthralling story I’ve read so far this year. It’s hard to say much more without potentially stealing some of it’s sunshine.

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico The cover is shiny in person. This feels important. And you should judge a book by its cover in this case, because it’s shiny inside too. 

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico Go ahead and put Albert on your auto-buy list and pre-order yourself this one-of-a-kind reading experience. 

 

bottom line: LOVED IT http://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.png

 

 

HERE LIES DANIEL TATE BY CRISTIN TERRILL

Source: ARC from a friend

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico I was drawn in by the description of Here Lies Daniel Date because I love a good unreliable narrator! And the story did not disappoint on that front!

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico I really enjoyed this twisty book, BUT I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I appreciate the cleverness of it, but it did subtract from my overall feels about the story.

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico Part of the problem for me was that I lost interest in the ‘whodunit’ aspect a little over half way through because I had a pretty good idea of what happened. (I was only partially right.)

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico So overall, I enjoyed the first half of the book far more. I loved the intrigue and anxiety of Daniel’s predicament and it was easy to relate to the character and put myself in his shoes. 

http://www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/favicon.ico The ending was surprising, and for me a negative, but I have friends who LOVED the ending, so it’s simply a matter of taste. Definitely consider giving it a try!

 

bottom line: liked it! http://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.pnghttp://i2.wp.com/www.forestofwordsandpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/1star2.png

 

Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Despise them? Despise my review of them? Let me know in the comments!

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