Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (5)

Posted 29 September, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 16 Comments

I read fast. Like, super-fast. A book or two a day fast (when I have time, that is. It’s been greatly reduced lately). 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.

16181630Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by by A.C. Gaughen

(YA Historical Retelling, 204 pages, February 2014, Walker Childrens)

Highly enjoy this heroine & world. Second book in series tosses reader right back into story, complete with archery contest & lovely romance.


19367070Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

(YA Romantic Fantasy, 288 pages, September 2014, HarperTeen)

Gorgeous cover. Intriguing story within. Can I get a Sir Bird? Every reader needs a bird who can turn into a book. Not my fave of White’s but v. enjoyable.


15782742Feral by Holly Shindler

(YA Paranormal Thriller, 432 pages, August 2014, HarperTeen)

Semi-unreliable narrator in a Peculiar town trying to solve murders. Kept me guessing as to whodunit & freaked me out about feral cats. #donteatme


16103765Night School (Night School #1) by C.J. Daugherty

(YA Paranormal Mystery, 424 pages, May 2013, Katherine Tegen Books)

What IS the Night School? This question propelled me forward. Allie plays the stereotypical rebellious teen. Beware: love triangle, lack of paranormal elements.


18634726The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

(YA Paranormal Mystery, 256 pages, July 2014, HarperTeen)

Expected a mystery but instead got a slow-moving non-story. Gorgeous, yes. But love triangle, lack of plot, meh ending tempered that enjoyment.


17622933Soul of Fire (The Portals #2) by Laura Anne Gilman

(Urban Fantasy, 304 pages, September 2013, Harlequin Luna)

Like the fairy tale twists in this duology. With war comes repercussions that reverberate through this world. Intriguing characters, situations lend to quick-moving story.

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16 Responses to “Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (5)”

  1. We’re currently on book 4 of Night School in the UK, and to be honest, it’s not supposed to be paranormal at all. I’m not sure why HC tagged it as paranormal mystery when it’s really not.
    Illusions of Fate was great for me too, although you’re right, it’s not my favorite by White. And I too want a Sir Bird of my very own. Honestly, who doesn’t?
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  2. Look at you Mary, you’ve been on a paranormal YA kick lately! I definitely do not want to be eaten by feral cats either, I’m just putting that out there in the universe:) I LOVED Lady Thief so much, that book was brutal. I need book three immediately. *sobs*
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  3. Looks like my decisions to skip Vanishing Season and buy Illusions of Fate were good ones. 🙂 Kind of want to read Feral now but I’m afraid of developing a cat phobia. 🙂

  4. These are always so fun, and I bet they’re harder than they look! LADY THIEF is a favorite favorite of mine. I thought it was stronger than the first. The triangle ones have definitely been noted and avoided. I liked Illusion of Fate better than Chaos of Stars, but those are the only two White’s I’ve read.
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