July 2018 Mini Reviews

I usually post my mini reviews at the end of the month, but July was so busy for me and I didn’t get to read a ton, so better late than never. This is mostly a books I DNF’d mini review post, but you can’t like every book you read, or listen to because all of these were audiobooks.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: November 16, 2016

DNF @ 30%

“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”

I just wasn’t feeling this at all. I wasn’t engaged in the story, I didn’t care about the characters, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the narration. Overall this was just a big miss for me. I’m definitely willing to give this another shot in the future – and probably not on audio again. I did like Wonderland (even if it wasn’t as mad as I wanted) and the hints to Alice. I also liked Catherine’s baking, but I didn’t care about her as a characters. feel like Jest had the most potential to be interesting, but he wasn’t enough to me me stay. Nothing really grabbed me and I was bored listening which is like the worst thing an audiobook can do.

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundunquist

Love and First Sight

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers

Release Date: January 3, 2017

“You know what friendship means? It means sharing the burden. You didn’t have to carry it all by yourself.”

I thought it was great to see a blong main character represented in YA lit! Getting to know the world through Will’s perspective was my favorite part of the story. They way was he thinks about the world is unique and he’s constantly learning and growing and that was nice to see. I’m always a fan of friend groups and this story had a fun one. I like that for the most part, everyone was as supportive and accomidating, without being pitying. While I really enjoyed the story, it didn’t wow me in an all consuming way. But I did really like listening to this on audio – it felt right for the story and the narration was fantastic.


Rebel Springs (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Release Date: December 3, 2013

DNF @ 37%

“Sometimes, to regain sanity, one had to acknowledge and embrace the madness.” 

I honestly don’t have anything to say about this other than I was wholeheartedly uninterested. I didn’t care aabout the characters, the romances (bleh), or what was happening in the story (which wasn’t much). The politics and plotting wasn’t enough to carry me through and I felt like the magic buildup is WAY too slow. I might give this another shot at some point, but probably not on audio. But right noe, I want nothing to do with it.

So a mostly disappointing mini-review roundup, but I’m excited for books I’m reading in August! Have you read any of these? Should I give a book I DNF’d a second shot? Share below!



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