Even though I liked this book, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had from the extreme positive reviews I’ve seen. I was expecting to love this book so much but it didn’t steal my heart like I thought it would. I really liked the plot, it was well written in my opinion. Especially since it focuses on such a serious crime, I personally felt like it was handled well by the author. Obviously, if you’re triggered by the subject of rape, this isn’t the book for you. It is a difficult subject to read about, I had to take some time away from it at times, but it was sensitively handled by the author. I liked the characters, I just wasn’t extremely invested in them. I didn’t feel super connected. I also wasn’t super connected to the story. I couldn’t get invested and I felt like because the chapters jumped from different perspectives, I never had time to settle into the story. Overall, The Night Swim was a good read but not my favorite. I would’ve liked it more if there was only one perspective but I know that’s just a personal preference. If you like thrillers and mysteries, you might really enjoy this book.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual book. It sounded amazing but the execution could have been better. The writing style was beautiful, I loved it. The descriptions were so wonderfully written and creates such a lush visualization of the characters and settings. I’ve never seen The Craft or The Lost Boys but I’ve seen multiple reviews saying it borderline copies The Lost Boys at various points, which if that’s the case, I’m not a fan of direct copying someone else’s work. The biggest downfall I found was how slow this book is. If the pace was quicker, I’m sure I would have loved it but I just didn’t have the patience for the dragging pace of the plot. I also thought the last half of the book changed it tone rather quickly and felt like a different person was writing the story. The characters started acting completely differently and it felt so disjointed from the first half of the book. I wish there was a better build up to the action, that it wasn’t forced into the last half of the book. And even though there was an attempt at speeding up the pace, it still felt slow to me.
An advance copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
This book is everything I want from a Young Adult contemporary book and more. It’s absolutely fantastic in every single way. I’ve been having a hard time really loving YA books the past few years, struggling to find many YA books as enjoyable as I once did. I’ve been starting each YA book with high hopes but often finishing the book disappointed. That was not the case with The Voting Booth. It caught my attention right away and I read the whole book in just a day. It was surprisingly a quick read and I never wanted it to end. From the characters to the plot, this book was wonderful. Both of the main characters were so well written and very likable. I loved the diversity so much and the unique plot really made this book such a one of a kind read. I’ve loved seeing so much added diversity in YA the past couple of years and The Voting Booth brings so much to the YA genre. I honestly can’t think of anything negative about this book. I enjoyed it so much and this is definitely one of my favorite books of 2020.
I read Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell years ago when it was first released and I loved it so much. I hadn’t gotten around to picking up her other releases but when I seen the synopsis for The Circus Rose, I knew I had to read it and I was so excited. I loved the writing style so much. It was beautiful and the alternating styles of the chapters, one character’s perspective is written in poetry, was really interesting. I didn’t love the poetry chapters but they were very unique. The one thing that I feel really holds this book back is how aimlessly the plot wanders and nothing really happens throughout the book. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the actual plot is because there isn’t one. The writing style and the fun atmosphere of the setting gives this book life but the complete lack of plot drags it down.
This book has given me so many different feelings. I feel so conflicted about a few aspects of the plot but overall, it’s a pretty great read. I wasn’t a fan of the main character, Tabitha from the beginning. I disliked her the entire book and is probably one of the dumbest main characters I’ve ever read about. That being said, I doubt the entire plot would have been even remotely possible if the main character wasn’t so gullible and dumb. It was often tedious to read from Tabitha’s perspective but it wasn’t bad enough that I wanted to quit reading. I also was not a fan of Connor, obviously. From the the very beginning, we know him as a cheater and he blames his behavior on his wife, toxically painting Nina as the villain, thats she’s responsible for his terrible behavior and cheating ways. There more about him that I hate but tom keep the review spoiler free, I won’t go into detail. The choices him and Tabitha make individually and together are incredibly terrible and stupid but also made the book pretty engaging, similar to the way reality tv shows are engaging. I really enjoyed reading from Nina’s perspective. She was more interesting than Tabitha and Connor put together and I wish more of the book was from her perspective. The plot twists were interesting and mildly surprising. The characters do lead you believe you know what happened and it’s pretty impossible to not make the obvious assumptions. The pace was actually really good, I was very impressed. It wasn’t slow and I didn’t think anything was rushed, even at the end. I read the whole book pretty quickly and I even looked forward to reading each time I picked the book up. Overall, very impressive read. I didn’t enjoy the main characters but that didn’t take away anything from the reading experience. I really enjoyed Nina’s perspective and the overall plot and pace was wonderful. I really enjoyed this book and since I read this as a digital copy, I look forward to the release so I can pick up a physical copy.
I’ve been craving a Young Adult fantasy novel thats actually original and has great world building for so long and The Court of Miracles has supplied the solution. With a little bit of a slow start, I was worried this was going to be equipped with long, drawn out plot that was going to take a turn into boring. The plot does pick up though and its worth the slow beginning. The writing style is my favorite part about The Court of Miracles. It’s beautifully written and makes this book stand out from the mass of YA fantasy out there. There’s a wonderful cast of characters and even though I never became deeply invested in the characters, I really enjoyed them. I really loved the main character and, in my opinion, she makes this book stand out so much. If you’re not much into romance being forced into every single book, The Court of Miracles is for you. I really appreciated how there wasn’t much in this book and what little there is, isn’t unnecessarily forced into the plot.
This book is SO GOOD. I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing as it is and I’m blown away. The diversity, the representation, the plot, the characters, everything about this book is 10/10. I did assume from the cover that this was middle grade, which it is definitely not. This book isn’t slow at all and the action starts right away, which I loved. It’s fast paced without being rushed and the plot is so engaging, I would being reading for hours and never get bored. I loved the characters so much. I enjoyed the diversity and representation so much. I can’t remember the last time I read a diverse fantasy YA book thatI enjoyed so much. The writing was wonderful and the concept was fantastic. I honestly have nothing negative to say about this book, I enjoyed it so much. It’s been such a long time since I’ve loved a YA book so much and The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is everything I needed from a YA book and more. I highly recommend picking up a copy.
This is my first book by Jennifer Hillier and it definitely won’t be my last. I absolutely loved Little Secrets. From the first chapter, I was invested and I never wanted to put this book down. I read it in less than 24 hours because it was such a great read. It wasn’t necessarily packed with action but it wasn’t slow and it was very entertaining and engaging. The pacing was great and the plot twists were unexpected but not outlandish and over the top. The whole plot was written with direction and purpose. I thought the main character was wonderfully written and flawed enough that she wasn’t plain and boring. Overall, absolutely fantastic read. I loved everything about it and I’m still in awe at how well written the plot was. I’ve read so many thrillers with poorly executed plot twists and outlandish surprises that don’t make sense. Little Secrets is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read and it’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2020.
I’m so surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book. It tells such a raw, honest story and I couldn’t help but become invested from the first chapter. The writing is so great and the author is so talented. I felt the plot was very authentic and didn’t shy away from being gritty. The plot itself wasn’t action packed but I didn’t think it was boring or unbearably slow. It was very engaging and I read the entire book in just a one sitting.
This book was so beautiful. I loved every aspect of it and it was so touching. From Scratch really brought out so many emotions while I was reading it and I didn’t ever want to put it down. I was very surprised but how wonderful the writing style was and every word left so sincere and I could tell how much love and passion went into creating this book.