Listed: Mini-Reviews (#3)

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

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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 This is my first Cora Carmack book and I really enjoyed the storm fantasy elements! I haven’t read anything quite like Roar before and found the whole concept quite beautiful; especially since I have a love of thunderstorms. However, there are some outdated and cliche ‘toxic masculinity’ tropes that take away from the story.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. 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! 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!




Source: For Review GORGEOUS! This book unsettled my soul and captivated me the way I hope every story I read will! Every breath of this book is otherworldly, twisty and stunning. For real. Melissa Albert is a wordsmith. 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. 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. 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




Source: ARC from a friend 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! 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. 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.) 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. 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!


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




11 Responses to “Listed: Mini-Reviews (#3)”

  1. HI!

    I approve of this because I also have a ton of books where I don’t have much to say about them? I like this list idea.

    So I think I need The Hazel Wood. Is that the US cover? There was another cover but I didn’t really like it as much. I’m glad that you really liked it. I was considering whether I truly wanted to read it or not, but just haven’t heard much about it in general. Now I’m a bit more convinced!

    • Honestly, a lot of people I know would rather read shorter reviews as well, so it works both ways. 🙂

      And I believe so! It’s the cover on the US ARC. And YES, you want to read it.

      Thanks for saying hi, Val! I miss your face!

  2. Holy CRAP, you BLOGGED!?!?! I am glad you loved The Hazel Wood- especially after the smooshing we endured to get it hahah. I agree about Roar- I have such mixed feelings. I think I maybe would have given it a 3 or 3.5, but then sometimes I think I liked it more? Who even knows. I also have Daniel Tate so I hope I end up enjoying it, I’ve heard some mixed things! Also, I miss you.
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    • I KNOW! And we did endure major smooshing. Lots of other people on people contact.

      And for Roar, as far as readability goes, it was a 5 for me, I loved reading it. However, those aspects really distracted and took away from it for me. And Daniel Tate was a bit of a let down. I wanted to love it. I MISS YOU TOO!

  3. This is a great way of sharing your reviews. I love it. I have not read any of these but have been meaning to read Roar. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I’ve been curious about Roar, I think I might give it a try- because storm powers I have to admit are kinda cool. The Terrill book too looks kinda good!

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