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Mini Reviews #1: Because Normal Reviews Are Difficult? (A Monster Calls, ACoTaR, Winter)

Hello, everyone!

How are you? I’ve just emerged from the rabbit hole and returned to the world of the internet, so I’m great!

A lot has happened in the last couple of months since I posted anything so I thought I’d include a quick update before I start the mini-reviews. So I finished my internship in June, and I started my new job as a marketing manager at a different company. I’ve been teaching my youngest sister Maths and Physics to prepare for her exam, and I’m “trying really hard” to lose weight before graduation in October.

I decided to do mini-reviews because I realize that there are books that I can’t write a full review on because it would end up waaaaay too long, or I just don’t really like the book enough to elaborate too much. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the reviews.

Mini Review #1:

Title: A Monster Callsa-monster-calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Published September 27th, 2011 by Walker Books

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Summary:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

Mini-review:

I had a hard time trying to gather my thoughts to write a full review for this book because I think it’s a very complex story with so much depth that would be difficult to convey in a review. When my sister asked me about it, all I could tell her was ‘just read it!’. Conor is such a great character, wise beyond his years but at times, he’ll say or do something that makes you realize how young he is. I really enjoyed reading about the monster and his tales. It’s a very simple, yet impactful way of showing readers that there are two sides to every story and things are not just black and white.

I think A Monster Calls is an emotionally charged story with phenomenal writing, relatable characters, and themes that leave you thinking long after you close the book.

5 Stars

Mini-review #2:

ACoTaRTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published May 5th, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Summary:
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Mini-review:

This review is definitely long overdue since I read A Court of Thorns and Roses so long ago. I think I got a little intimidated because SO many people love Sarah J Maas and everything she writes. But I’m writing it now.

First of all, I don’t think this is a bad book. I actually liked it. I think ACoTar is an interesting take on the classic. It has more in common with Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George than Beauty and the Beast, but it’s still familiar. I did find some things questionable and not very realistic but the story was engaging enough for me to keep reading. Feyre is a good character, I think. She has the same curiosity that the Belles of these stories have. Some of the other characters, I’m not a big fan of. As much as people LOVE Rhysand, I’m not sold on his character. I don’t think he’s a good person, and people can tell me that “he’s not a bad person if you read the next books” all they want, I just don’t like characters like that. It feels like another “the first romantic lead I like turns evil so the heroine can end up with the other guy who’s actually not that great”. I’ve read Throne of Glass, I know what happens in Sarah J Maas’ books.

Anyway, I think A Court of Thorns and Roses is pretty good. It’s an enjoyable read that kept me entertained until the end. But I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series anytime soon.

3 Stars

Mini-review #3:

WinterTitle: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published November 10th, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

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Summary:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Mini-review:

When I first started reading The Lunar Chronicles, I didn’t think that it would end up being one of my favorite series, but here we are! I think this series gets better with each book and I loved every one of them. There really isn’t much I can say that I haven’t said already in my reviews of the previous books, but to sum it up, I think all the characters are great and each is unique in their own way. My favorites are definitely Cinder, Thorne, and Scarlet, but everyone else is awesome too 🙂 . The writing style is easy to follow and I didn’t find myself confused or felt like I needed to reread anything.

I do think that Winter is a bit too long at 800+ pages, and the story could’ve been shorter. But overall, I think it’s a wonderful conclusion to the series. The Lunar Chronicles is a series I can see myself rereading soon.

4 Stars

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12 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #1: Because Normal Reviews Are Difficult? (A Monster Calls, ACoTaR, Winter)

  1. Great reviews. I’m starting to think I need to go for the mini format as you’re right, some books are just too hard to review.

    I never actually posted a review of A Monster Calls for exactly that reason.

    I totally agree with your reviews of both it and Winter. A Monster Calls is brilliant and Winter a great and fitting conclusion that’s maybe a bit too long.

    Haven’t read ACOTAR so I skimmed your review but it’s interesting to see someone not loving it. I’m starting to have my doubts about Maas’ writing.

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    1. Thank you! I’d love to read your mini-reviews! I actually decided to do mini-reviews because of A Monster Calls 😀

      Glad you agree, I think I would have given Winter 5 Stars if it was shorter. A Monster Calls is amazing! Both the book and the movie made me cry 😦

      If you’ve read Throne of Glass and liked it, you might like ACOTAR, but honestly, I think there are better retellings out there and you wouldn’t really miss out on much if you skip this one.

      Thanks for the comment 😀

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      1. I liked the first few Throne of Glass but the more recent ones have been a bit meh. I’m not sure I actually want to read the final book. It’s a similar issue to Winter in that they’re too long and I feel they need tightened up.

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  2. I so feel you on the mini reviews. Sometimes I could go on forever about a book, other times not so much. Plus, I actually prefer reading mini reviews. I like it when writers boil their thoughts down to the critical points. Great reviews here. Thanks for sharing!

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