Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Review (9)

Posted 20 November, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 21 Comments

I read fast. Like, a-book-a-day-fast. Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews. But, taking inspiration from Twitter, I realized I can talk about a lot of books in just 140 characters. (Of course, I’m not the first or only one to do this: check out the awesome Karen @ For What It’s Worth’s Short and Tweet reviews.)

20359719The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas
(YA Fantasy, 414 pages, Sept. 2014, Balzer + Bray)

Fabulous follow-up to a fave from last year w/ strong worldbuilding, intriguing characters. Dual timelines help develop plot, move it forward.


16117921Firebug (Firebug #1) by Lish McBride
(YA Paranormal Fantasy, 336 pages, Sept. 2014, Henry Holt and Co.)

Props for a strong heroine with bit of snark and the ability to take care of herself even though she’s forced to kill with her power. D’oh!


18599667(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
(YA Paranormal, 336 pages, June 2014, HarperTeen)

Love/hate relationship with unreliable narrators but Skylar is intriguing. Need more worldbuilding, less flipping from present to past, though.


17397760Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard
(YA Paranormal Romance, 350 pages, Oct. 2013, Harlequin Teen)

Hard time connecting w/ extremely difficult characters (Nerissa), esp. when there’s great potential (mermaid mythology). Romance didn’t work for me, either, sadly.


13112869Not a Drop To Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis
(YA Post-Apocalyptic, 320 pages, Sept. 2013, Katherine Tegen Books)

Yet another post-apocalyptic world in which I would die a horrible death. Lynn, on the other hand, kicks ass in the survival department.


13645358Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger
(YA Paranormal, 381 pages, March 2014, Simon Pulse)

Enjoyed but didn’t blow me away. V. cool mythology but sappy love story took away from plot as did saggy middle book syndrome. *sigh*


17331322Eat, Brains, Love (Eat, Brains, Love #1) by Jeff Hart
(YA Humorous Horror, 352 pages, Oct. 2013, HarperTeen)

Wanted this to be funnier, faster-paced than it was. Key lesson: avoid cafeteria food at all costs (check!). Lots of gore, one-liners from Jake.

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21 Responses to “Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Review (9)”

  1. I think I might be the only person who struggled a bit with The Perilous Sea. *hangs head in shame* Oh well:) I so enjoyed Firebug too, the snark just made me happy. And I would die a horrible death in the world of Not a Drop to Drink as well Mary, so at least we could go through that together. That’s something, right? Right.
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  2. Not a Drop to Drink was one that I had my eye on. I enjoy post apocalyptic reads. I, of course, would also die a horrible death quickly in this type of scenario. I’d like to think I’d be clever enough to survive but the odds aren’t good.

    I see you’re reading Visions in Silver! I just got a copy and I did a happy dance when I saw it in my inbox! Enjoy!
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  3. For the most part these look great! You pushed a few up the wishlist. What is it about mermaid books that authors have trouble connecting us to the characters? I’ve read very few that end up fabulous. 🙁 Oh and I won’t eat in the cafeteria… check for me too! 😀
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