Quick Shot Book Reviews (9)

Posted 27 January, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 6 Comments

21414439Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 416 pages; published January 5, 2016 by Tor Teen; source: publisher

Holy cow, this book totally lived up to the hype for me. I’ll be honest–it sat on my TBR shelf for quite a while before I convinced myself to pick it up and read it, mostly because I was afraid of that hype. (Actually, I tend to become resistant to doing said hyped thingmeabobber.) However, I was hugely satisfied with this story…and want more. I’ll even ask nicely. My favorite part of the story, besides the amazing worldbuilding and fantastic story, was the friendship between the two girls. In fact, my only big quibble with this book is that we didn’t get enough of them (seriously, let’s ditch the POVs of the boys and stick with the girls. That would make me ecstatic.). Excellent YA fantasy. 4.5 stars.

20983362Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 496 pages; published January 5, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion; source: publisher

Have I mentioned how much I usually dislike time travel books? Well, I do. But, somehow, I keep picking them up. (I’m a glutton for punishment, obviously.) However, in this story’s case, it was a good move on my part. I actually liked this book! Initially, I picked it up because of the gorgeous cover and author. Bracken has a way of creating such an amazing believable world, populated with strong characters, and this book is no different. Plus, Nicholas. Yeah. Awesome character. 4 stars.

18081228The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 391 pages; Published March 10, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books; source: publisher

Okay, I get that this is a duology but…a cliffhanger of doom?!? Why. No. Why. That aside, I did like how the characters had multiple identities and atypical jobs (like the MC as royalty, a street gang member, and a spy who likes to travel the rooftops dressed in black with her knives for company). Now, that aside, I was left with way too many questions regarding, well, everything. Magic is banned because of bad magic and now people can’t even use good magic because they theorize that maybe the use of any magic at all brought about the bad magic and so, now, no magic is good magic (Whaaaa?). Plus, things were a little too conveniently solved via deus ex machina. 3 stars.

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6 Responses to “Quick Shot Book Reviews (9)”

  1. I’m not sure if I should give “Truthwitch” and “Passenger” a chance. I disliked the ending of Dennard’s last trilogy and that’s why I’m hesitant about starting with her new one. And Bracken’s writing style was just ok for me in the past, so I’m not sure how “Passenger” would work for me because of this.
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  2. YAY MARY!!!! I’ve been holding off on Truthwitch for the same reason you mentioned – the hype. I always worry my hopes are going to be too high and I’m going to be the odd man out that wonders what all the fuss is about. So glad that wasn’t the case for you! Really looking forward to reading it now:) And I’m glad you enjoyed Passenger too! I was a fan of that one:)
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