Adventures in Mini Reviews


(aka, I have midterms and tech rehearsal next week so this is the best you’re getting from me I’m sorry)

Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

Don’t you love when an author who is great on twitter writes great books as well? There’s just so much in this book, about gender and sexuality and race and ability, about identity and what the world makes you and what you make yourself, about love and pain and art and a million different things, all drawn together with beautiful writing and a complicated best-friends-in-love relationship. This book is NA and gets very sexual, so if it’s not your thing just be aware of that, but it’s not my thing either and I thought it only made the book a thousand times stronger. This is one of the best books I’ve read recently and you 100% need to read it.

Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis

Another example of author-who-is-amazing-on-Twitter-writes-an-amazing-book! Otherbound has one of the most unique concepts I’ve seen in a book–it connects the stories of Nolan, who is from our world, and Amara, a servant whose life belongs to other people and whose head Nolan has been visiting against his will since childhood. It’s a complex story with a surprisingly well-developed world and all kinds of intersectionality (both protagonists are disabled POC and there’s an f/f romance) and the ending made me more emotional than I was counting on. The book itself was kind of slow and took me a month to get through, and a lot of the magic went over my head (probably my fault and not the book’s) but once I read the last few pages I was just drowning in emotions.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Niejkamp

This book, on the other hand, is an example of an author who is amazing on Twitter writing a quite disappointing book. I’m still reading it, but there’s a very high possibility that I’ll DNF. I honestly don’t understand how a book about a school shooting can drag so much. The characters are two-dimensional, and I just don’t feel anything for any of them. I do appreciate the diversity, but other than that, the book doesn’t have anything that the many other school shooting books I’ve read don’t have.

Captive Prince by CS Pacat

I’ll be honest here: I expected to love this book, and I did not, though I did like it. Something about the writing just did not sit right with me, and I could have done without the threat of sexual assault on what felt like every second page. In addition, a lot of the story felt like set-up rather than a book of its own right. On the other hand, I’m always here for “court with secrets and plotting murder” types of fantasy, and the main characters had lots of potential and great chemistry. I’ve been told by pretty much everyone that the series only improves as it goes on, so I will definitely by reading the next book.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

AAAAAHHHHHH Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful and she always puts an original spin on classic mythology and I’m always thinking about her stories and endings for days after I’ve read them and basically she’s a goddess and I can’t wait for Strange the Dreamer that is all.

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Unpopular opinion time? I don’t love the Reckoners trilogy, and I think it’s the weakest thing Brandon Sanderson has written, and I was actually a bit disappointed in this book. I thought the thing that was introduced was cool, but not developed enough, and I found the ending anticlimactic. I enjoyed the story and the characters–David and Megan were adorable together, and Prof made me feel things, and Mizzy was great as always–but it wasn’t quite the explosion of awesome I’ve come to expect from Brandon Sanderson.

Proxy by Alex London

Currently reading this one, will probably be done by the time this list goes up! Anyway, it’s a really fun and fast-paced book, and I love that I now have feelings about a whole other Sydney Carton, as if one wasn’t enough. The two main characters are human and surprisingly sympathetic (though there’s a third major-ish one I wish was better developed) and I’ve already come close to tears several times. We’ll see how the end goes, but so far I like it.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Currently reading this one as well! Not too much to say about it–it’s great to slip into the Shadowhunter world again, and I love this book’s emphasis on family, and I’m sad about Mark Blackthorn, and I can’t wait to see some glimpses of our old favorites again, and can Cassandra Clare please stop trying to make DTR happen it’s not going to happen!


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