Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (4)

Posted 5 September, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 38 Comments

I read fast. Like, super-fast. A book or two a day fast (when I have time, that is). Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews, with no chance of ever catching up…except if I do a bunch of short reviews at a time and, taking inspiration from Twitter, do it in just 140 characters. Now, I’m not the first or only one to do this–check out Karen @ For What It’s Worth’s Short and Tweet reviews and TweetViews run by three librarians.

17415882The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen (YA Fantasy, 448 pages, July 2014, HarperCollins)

Liked a lot–has epic potential BUT lack of/confusing worldbuilding (modern or middle ages? Dunno); 19 yo (so not YA) MC self esteem issues.


18666047Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie (YA Fantasy, 352 pages, July 2014, Del Rey)

Dark, gray world w/ a pitiful, challenging young king. Well-written but lacking the joy I usually look for. Still, highly enjoyed this one.


20741155Black Rook (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1) by Kelly Meade (Paranormal Romance, July 2014, Penguin/InterMix)

Good but lacking wow factor. Spicy, forbidden attraction btw Brynn and Rook. Interesting werewolfy world that I’ll probably return to.


13588158Andromeda’s Fall (The Prequel Legion Series #1) by William C. Dietz (Science Fiction, 352 pages, December 2012, Ace Hardcover)

Highly enjoyable space opera as princess becomes warrior in hiding who can hold her own against upcoming foes. More like this, please?


18505844Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (Science Fiction/Dystopia, 272 pages, June 2014, Harper Voyager)

Different than usual fare yet more than expected. Intriguing premise w/ Finnish tea master and lack of water. Disconcerting ending.


12577711Crimson Veil (Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon #15) by Yasmine Galenorn (Urban Fantasy, 287 pages, January 2014, Jove)

Think I’m done w/ this series. Enjoyed the sisters but it’s too much. Where’s the HEA, for god’s sake? Been battling same bad guys forever.


17900119The Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent (YA SciFi Steampunk, 320 pages, February 2014, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Intriguing world but soggy second book. Didn’t anyone teach these kids about communication? And what happened to the Elementals?

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38 Responses to “Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (4)”

  1. Hah, if reading was an Olympic sport, a few of us would fight for those medals and it would be a very close race! I liked Queen of the Tearling too, but the worldbuilding bothrered me a bit. I intend to read Half a King, I’m glad you liked it overall.
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  2. I cannot believe how fast you read Mary! Consider me jealous. I usually make it through about 3-4 books a week on a good week. I’ve been thinking about picking up Queen of the Tearling and Half a King, I’m on a bit of a fantasy kick this year, but I’ve been in a funk these past 2 weeks and really want something to wow me, so I’ve been hesitating on these two. *sigh*
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  3. A mixed bag of reviews. It sounds like the first couple were good but lacked a bit of something, the rest are passes for me. I was curious about the Yasmine series but I don’ t want to read it now as it seems it’s not going anywhere.
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  4. I’ve been looking for these tweet reviews. I saw some last year but I couldn’t remember who it was from. But I really like, it’s a quick way to say what you thought. The Queen of Tearling sounds good. I’m tired of reading adult contemporary romances so I need something different.
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