Do It In 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (44)

Posted 19 July, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 3 Comments

Because I read too damn fast…

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22929538The Doublecross (Superspy #1) by Jackson Pearce

MG Adventure, 304 pages, hardcover; published July 14, 2015 by Bloomsbury; source: publisher

Okay, this was really cute. Not usually a MG reader these days but when this one crossed my bookshelf, I was intrigued. Spy Kids featuring an underdog kiddo and adorable secondary characters who team up for a fun, action-packed story. 4 stars

18602406Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3) by Danielle Paige

YA Fantasy, 270 pages, hardcover; published March 15, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher

Interesting premise started out well but this installment felt like it was too much like filler and lacking character/plot development. Would have liked it much better if it had been combined with the previous book. 2 stars

51GfZ+C9KFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Poppy (Poppy #1) by Mary Hooper

YA Historical, 288 pages, hardcover; expected publication August 16, 2016 by Bloomsbury; source: publisher

It’s the start of WWI. Poppy is a parlormaid who wants more but society says no until she volunteers as a nurse, changing her life. Interesting look at life (esp. for women) during that timeframe. Didn’t love the romance. 3.5 stars

25816803Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

YA Contemporary, 304 pages, paperback; published April 5, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher

When Stella is injured before her big charity bike trip, reluctant BFF Francis has to step up and ride it for her. Liked how it played out as a journey of self-discovery for Francis. Writing was a bit choppy, though. 3 stars

26072983Chasing Stars (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas

YA SciFi, 352 pages, hardcover; expected publication July 19, 2016 by Bloomsbury; source: publisher

The second book in a duology ¬†finds the two young lovers reunited…until Ryan gets arrested. Much partying before finally going to get him. Open ending that really needed loose ends tied up. 2 stars

25773826Burn (Four Sisters #2) by Elissa Sussman

YA Fantasy, 272 pages, hardcover; published January 19, 2016 by Greenwillow Books; source: publisher

Brave Elanor and the rebels are determined to overthrow the Wicked Queen. Enjoyed getting to know level-headed Elanor. Some great secondary characters, too. Part of series but can read as standalone. 3.5 stars

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