2-star books

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.24 / 5 stars

You may remember how much I loved the first three books in this series, The Program, The Treatment, and The Remedy. I was prepared to be just as happy with the fourth novel in the series… I was not. This sequel is confusing, wandering, and not nearly as convincing as Young’s other books in the series. The Remedy has been my favorite so far, so I was sad its sequel didn’t live up to my expectations. Continue reading “The Epidemic by Suzanne Young”

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Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.36 / 5 stars

NatalieI don’t feel as though I have much to add to the discourse on this book. It felt a little bit like a classic in that it wasn’t afraid to take its time. It was slow and winding, and more driven by the characters and setting than by any particular plot. It was also depressing, because I mean, it was the height of Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. Continue reading “Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100”

2-star books

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

Let’s skip all the preamble-y stuff and get right to the heart of this book:

It’s basically a modern version of The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

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Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins

Hello, reader friends! Today I bring you the great and wonderful product of my Procrastination Problem™: the “mini review”! “What on earth is a mini review, Natalie?” I’m glad you asked!

This post is where I will share my thoughts about books I have read, but don’t have enough to say about them to write a full review. It seemed like a nice way to share the thoughts I did have without pulling the old English-major trick of saying the same thing over and over in different ways just to reach a word count. Continue reading “Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins”

2-star books

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.99 / 5 stars

I have heard nothing but good things about Shatter Me, and finally got around to reading it over Thanksgiving. (I’m behind on reviews, okay? Procrastination happens.)

I didn’t really connect with this novel from the very beginning, but I was willing to give it a try because, 1.) I know it is a well-loved novel, and 2.) Mafi’s unique style of crossing out Juliette’s thoughts was incredibly intriguing to me. I’d never come across a method like that and thought it was very creative, and a good way to make the narration feel more like readers are inside the main character’s thoughts. Mafi’s style was probably my favorite part of the book. Continue reading “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

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The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.04 / 5 stars
Of Triton – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.00 / 5 stars
Of Neptune – My rating: 2 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.82 / 5 stars

My earliest memory is of playing at the beach with my parents, floating on an inflatable raft, wishing I could be a mermaid. Unfortunately, all these years later, I have not grown a fin or gills, so the next best thing is to read books about mermaids, right? Right.

Anna Banks’s The Syrena Legacy trilogy was just as cheesy as would be expected, but pleasantly well-written and surprisingly engaging. I’m not going to pretend these books are the “Next Big Thing” or that they’re anything beyond a basic easy read, but I greatly enjoyed them. (Fantasy is my favorite, after all.) Continue reading “The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks”