Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (43)

Posted 12 July, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 4 Comments

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Because I read too damn fast…


25639296The darkest corners by Kara Thomas

YA Mystery, 336 pages, hardcover; published April 19, 2016 by Delacorte; source: publisher

Unexpectedly good read (love when that happens). Quite a dark mystery filled with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming (yay). Not the fastest paced story but the slow burn works here. 4 stars

26892077Wandmaker by Ed Masessa

MG Fantasy, 336 pages, hardcover; published May 10, 2016 by Scholastic Press; source: publisher

Not so much new ground but a solidly written story. Liked the family dynamics, especially between Henry and his younger sister. Kind of a lighter Harry Potter but with a slower pace and no orphans. 3 stars

26085520Everland by Wendy Spinale

YA Fantasy, 312 pages, hardcover; published May 10, 2016 by Scholastic Press; source: publisher

Imagine Peter Pan. Now throw some steampunk elements into a dystopian world with London destroyed by a virus, and you get Everland. Not my fave retelling but an enjoyable story overall. 3 stars

17788681The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise #1) by Rachel Vincent

YA Fantasy, 368 pages, hardcover; published June 9, 2015 by Delacorte Press; source: publisher

Different than I expected: incorporated of religion, church, demons into a dystopian world with great worldbuilding (my fave part, tbh). Wish the bland characters were spicier to match the world. 3.5 stars

23677316Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 512 pages; published March 1, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books; source: publisher

Had high hopes for this one but turned out to be rather bland. Not a fan of the MC, the maybe love triangle. Slow pacing and repetitive scenes/explanations killed it for me. 2 stars

16221851Tell the Wind and fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

YA Fantasy, 360 pages, hardcover; published April 5, 2016 by Clarion Books; source: publisher

The premise — a dystopian YA version of A Tale of Two Cities — is a great one. Sadly this doesn’t live up to it. Pretty standard YA dystopian overloaded with disjoined plotlines. Society split in two (why not more?). Didn’t do it for me. 2 stars

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4 Responses to “Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (43)”

  1. The only one that sounds that good to me is The Darkest Corners. I kind of been liking dystopian but I don’t care for steampunk. So a no to that one-Everland.