May 2018 | Mini Reviews

So this month was a bit lackluster for my mini review books, but as always I still want to share all my thoughts with you all!

Red Queen by Victoira Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 10, 2015

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”

I think one of my biggest complaints with this story is that it’s so clearly a Dystopian story, but it’s labeled as a fantasy. It has all the tropes and cliches of a YA dystopian circa 2011, and those come with different expectation from me as a reader. Now we can actually get into what this book’s about. Red Queen follows Mare Barrow, a “Red” born into a lower status life because of her red blood that doesn’t afford her, or others like her, the power, or abilities, that the ruling “Silver” have. But Mare discovers she has powers and she begins to fight for a rebellion group who’s looking to overthrow the elite.

Most of this sotry was solidly average to me. Nothing too good, nothing too bad. While there are some fantastic standout quotes in this story, nothing is really memorable overall (hense me rereading this because I remembered nothing). I also didn’t have strong feelings for any character. Maven is probably my favorite, but again no one else really had an impact, or I actively thought they were useless. Red Queen is exactly what I expected it to be – which felt me feeling pretty underwhelmed by the experience. I think I’m still going to continue with the series – or at least reread Glass Sword before deciding if I want want to follow through with the series.

The Academy by Katie Sise

The Academy

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: May 22, 2018

Make clothes, not war.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have many positive things to say aboutThe Academy, and I’m kinda crushed because I wanted to love this so much. We follow fashionista Frankie Brooks as she’s sent to military school after some poor choices on her part. Frankie must learn to navigate military school with discipline and style if she wants to prove to her parents, and herself, that she’s strong and capable of more than she ever dreamed.

I think my biggest problem with the story was that I didn’t like Frankie at all. She might be one of the most annoying MCs I’ve encountered in a while. She’s so naive and could not stop crying. I get she’s in a new environment and is under a lot of pressure, but I couldn’t handle it. I also didn’t like how soft here parents were – they basically wanted her to come home as soon as they dropped her off. And I didn’t really like the romance – there was some unnecessary drama and it just felt bleh. I’m really sad about not loving this because it reminded me of Cadet Kelly, one of my favorite DCOMS, but I just didn’t click with the story.

I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday's Not Coming

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: May 22, 2018

“…It’s hard facing a mirror and seeing all you are made of and all you couldn’t absorb. But I’m open to be changed. To be in a place where I can hold all the colors I love at once, appreciate what they are and learn from them. I’m open to new beginnings.”

This is 100% a case where me not liking the book is a personal preference thing and no fault at all to the book. I’m positive a lot of people will enjoy Monday’s Not Coming, and I encourage you to give the story a shot. It’s a beautiful and harrowing look at friendship, family, and who can be forgotten. Claudia’s dedication to Monday is beyond admirable and showcases the love in their relationship amazingly. The flashbacks in the story also help establish the relationship – which really is the central point of the book. I will always pick up a friendship-centred story, so I was happy to give this a chance. A big drawback for me was how the timeline and flashbacks were used in the story. I just found it to be confusing and it made it harder for me to become fully invested. Like I said, this is completely user-error, so it likely won’t be an issue for others, and I don’t want to detract you from giving the story the chance it deserves. It’s a rich and emotional story that is definitely worth a shot.

I received a copy of the book from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 9, 2016

“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.” 

I think my reread of this has solidified my feelings about this series as: I do not care about any of this at all. I don’t like Mare, I don’t like Cal, I don’t like Farley, I don’t like the Red Dawn members, I don’t like the New Bloods we meet, I don’t like the romances. I just really don’t like anything in the story. Maven was my favorite part of Red Queen and I feel like he wasn’t really in this one much – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there wasn’t anything in the story to pull me in. Glass Sword is just a big training montage with characters I don’t care about. There isn’t anything wrong or bad with the series, I just didn’t enjoy it. I know this is super short, but I don’t really have much to say other than I think this series isn’t for me.

Have you read any of these books? Should I continue with the Red Queen series? Share below.


10 thoughts on “May 2018 | Mini Reviews

  1. hannah @ peanutbutter&books says:

    hmmm I honestly don’t think you’ll end up enjoying King’s Cage ): it’s great for people who enjoy Mare-Maven interactions, but I honestly thought it to be quite slow? there’s some action and battlefield scenes, but a lot of time is spent focusing on the preparations. however, I still haven’t read the last book, War Storm, so I guess we’ll see how that turns out :’)

    anyways, lovely post as always! ❤

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  2. Pen & Parchment says:

    I agree about the Red Queen series, though for me it’s more like a guilty pleasure than something I outright disliked. I think the writing is pretty bad truthfully, and it does have a lot of boring tropes, but I’ve been compelled enough by the story to keep reading. I still need to read King’s Cage and War Storm, so I’m excited to see where the rest of the series goes! I have Monday’s Not Coming on my TBR, though I’m sad to hear that it’s confusing. Great reviews!

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