2-star books, 4-star Books

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”

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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”

2-star books, 3-star books

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”