Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mini Reviews | 1

I have decided to start a new series called Mini Reviews where I simply do not have that much to say about each book but I still want to do a brief review on it.  Brief as in one to two paragraphs total.  Each of these posts will consist of 3-5 mini book reviews.  They will be sporadic - basically when I accumulate 3-5 books that I think will fit in this category.  Let me know what you think about this!

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
Published March 28, 2017
Summary on Goodreads

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Review:
I have honestly only ever seen one or two of Lilly Singh’s videos but I do remember that there was this period of time when I saw her face plastered all over New York City and I remembered that I was surprised to see a YouTube star on billboards and ads. That being said, I was never a huge fan of her videos mainly because while they were funny, I don’t think they were really my kind of humor. 

So when this book came out, I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t expect it to find it so hilarious that I ended up laughing so many times throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was Lilly herself who narrated the audiobook which I think made it so much better. It’s definitely not on the same par with Trevor Noah’s book but I can rank it a decent second place. 

I also learned quite a number of things about confidence and determination. It’s definitely helpful if you’re trying to become a BAWSE.
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WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? DID YOU FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO BECOME A BAWSE? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Published September 15, 2008

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Review:
This was a super quick read and I was fully expecting it to be a bit creepy based on the synopsis from the back cover. And it did not disappoint! I made the mistake of finishing it late at night and thus had a harder time of falling asleep. 

I was definitely taken by surprise in terms of the ending. I was honestly expecting it to go a certain way or had expected this “sinister” element to be something else entirely. So I really enjoyed that element of surprise and plot twist. The one thing that I was able to guess pretty much straight from the beginning was who (or which ones) would make it back. Or did they? 
Overall, the author did a fantastic job with building the plot and ultimately reaching that spine-tingling conclusion. It’s definitely not a book where it screams horror at you (i.e. things popping out at night or gory things) but it was all of the little things that really made this book super creepy for me. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a creepy-tastic novel!
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WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? DID YOU FIND IT AS CREEPY AS I DID? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published September 18, 2012
Summary on Goodreads

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Review:
I’ve enjoyed Jennifer’s other YA novels so I had high expectations for this one. I was also able to listen to this book via audiobook 🎧 so that may or may not have influenced my overall experience with this book.

Also, to be perfectly frank, it’s been a week or two since I finished this book and usually writing a review a week or two after is no big deal but for this one, I’m having a hard time recalling all of the details. I think that goes to show what I thought about this book – unmemorable, to say the least.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Ember, the main character, as I recall her being incredibly whiney and overall just plain annoying 🙄. Yes, I was able to relate to her in terms of her not feeling like she belonged because of what had happened to her previously but I couldn’t relate to her overall personality.

However, the biggest problem was the ending and how things were wrapped up. Or rather, the lack of things wrapping up because there were a ton of loose ends that were not tied. I had a lot of questions once the book ended that was never fully explained. I wish Jennifer went into more details about The Facility and why the kids were so terrified of that place. It was like the boogeyman without any background information. Also, apparently, I read on Goodreads that Jennifer meant for this to be a series or something so perhaps that’s why things just felt so open-ended and why a lot of questions were left unanswered.

Overall, this book is probably one of Jennifer’s that I am not particularly impressed with. It had some great potential but I think it fell flat. 😞
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WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? DID YOU FIND THE ENDING UNSATISFYING? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

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2 comments:

  1. I really want to read BAWSE!!! It looks great <3 <3
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