Review Recap: May 2013


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It’s that time again… Last day of the month, and time for a Review Recap! This month I reviewed 8 books total – one less than April, but I think that’s pretty good considering I took a whole week away from the blog this month. And I read 13 books in May, one more than April! I’ll be writing and scheduling reviews for a bunch of those tomorrow… woohoo… =S Anyway, here are all my reviews for this month:

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The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

I have never reacted to a book the way I reacted to The 5th Wave. My heart was pounding, adrenaline pumping… I actually forgot to breathe while reading some of the super-suspenseful scenes. Like… I don’t even know, guys. This book was intense. It was like I was watching this book on one of those giant IMAX screens, in 3D, where all you can see is the movie, and you feel like you’re right in the middle of everything. Continue reading →

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Taken, by Erin Bowman

Once you understand what’s going on, the rest of the book becomes a pretty normal dystopian. There were details about the Heist that take time to come to light, and there were some surprising twists, which were great – you’re definitely kept on your toes until the full mystery is uncovered. However, while the details that are revealed are surprising, they’re not terribly interesting, and definitely not mind-blowing – which is what I was expecting from having read the blurb. Overall, the world that’s revealed once Gray crosses the wall is one that I feel like I’ve seen before. Continue reading →

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The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson

I really enjoyed this book. It’s geared toward a younger audience than Brandon Sanderson’s other epic fantasy novels, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. First, the world in The Rithmatist runs on “springworks”. I mean, really: Gorgeous gear-driven gadgets and creepy chalk creatures, what more do you want? Brandon’s characters are all vibrant; the setting, an alternate version of the US, has been built with careful detail; and the chalk-based magic system is complex and (literally) alive. Wonderfully done. Continue reading →

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Invisibility, by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Even though I knew what I’d signed up for going into it, I still let myself hope that maybe I could make myself see past the things that others had mentioned not liking (ie, the different tones of the two halves), and really enjoy the whole book. Unfortunately, the most I can say after reading it is, “Yeah, I liked it, but…” Because what I got from those two halves is, there was something that could have been really special about the first half, but with everything that’s revealed and everything that the characters do in the second half, it kind of ruined things for me. Continue reading →

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Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson

What I wanted from this book:
  • A believable narrator.
  • A creepy psychological thriller.
  • A plot that kept me guessing.
  • A romance, if there was one, that didn’t overshadow any of the above.
What I got from this book:
  • All of the above.

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This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like definitely delivered in the “cute summer read” category. I loved Ellie and Graham, both strong and believable characters in their own rights. Ellie is a very normal teenage girl and she had a personality I really enjoyed. Graham is definitely not what I imagine most teenage heartthrobs to be like – he doesn’t love the spotlight, misses his parents, but is truly passionate about acting. Continue reading →

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Arclight, by Josin L. McQuein

Arclight was an entertaining read, but the characters were really nothing new, and many Big Reveals were too easy to predict. However, I did enjoy the worldbuilding, and the Fade; and the pacing was fast enough that I was never bored. I’m not sure I’m dying to read the sequel, but I’ll definitely consider picking it up once it comes out. Overall, I’d say pick this one up if the synopsis sounds appealing, and you don’t mind a little predictability and fairly run-of-the-mill characters. Continue reading →

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The Collector, by Victoria Scott

It took me weeks to get into this book. But once I powered through the parts featuring Completely Insufferable Dante, I actually quite enjoyed it. Dante’s POV (once you get over the annoying-ness) and his more emotional story-arc made me finally decide that I am actually going to count myself a fan of this series.  Continue reading →

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