Recent Reads Mini Reviews

Here are some mini reviews for some of the  the books I read (and enjoyed to varying degrees) in the last few weeks.

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Hot Dog Girl

Rating:  ★★★★☆
Release Date: April 30, 2019

The story is so over-the-top, but in the best possible way. I could totally see this being a Freeform or MTV summer movie. It’s got a lot of laughs and truly heartwarming moments. The romances are sweet and I loved Lou’s relationship with her dad. My only complaint is that this story maybe had 1 too many plot lines. There was a lot of scheming and drama, so that sometimes plotlines fell away for a bit and you kinda forgot about them, or they were a bit rushed. But overall this was a fun and cute story with a solid audiobook and I totally recommend if you’re looking for a cute and sweet friends to more story!

Wayword Son by Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: September 24, 2019

“But it was a mistake thinking of that as an end. There is no end. Bad things happen, and then they stop, but they keep on wreaking havoc inside of people.”

This was fun. I liked a lot of the new worldbuilding. The dead spots were a really cool introduction and I liked how magic diction was highlighted: American English vs British English. The character were mostly great. Baz remains my favorite because he is literally amazing. Simon was such a sad sack for a lot of the beginning of the story, but I loved seeing him able to just let loose and try and have fun. Penny annoyed me for part of the story, but I got over it pretty quickly. I was least interested in Agatha’s storyline, but I knew it was super important. I’m just glad I liked all the other plots. And I really liked the new characters we were introduced too, and some new magical mythology is alwasy appreciated. I thought it was really a good time and it ended on quite the cliffhanger.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Love from A to Z

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: April 30, 2019

“Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.”

This wasn’t really bad, and I actually liked the beginning a lot. But I stopped reading this because I started feeling more mediocre about the story toward the middle, and I listened to an audiobook and got distracted. Then coming back to this, I was just largely apathetic. Adam and Zayneb were both good, comple characters. I liked the discussions about predudices, ignorance, and I loved the Marvels & Oddities journals. But the story peaked too early for me.


Sadie by Courtney Summers


Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: September 4, 2018

“But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.”

It’s 2am and I just listened to this in one sitting and I have a lot of very intense feelings.

I feel like it’s impossible to review this book because I feel like you should go into it knowing as little as possible. But just know it’s a powerful and heartbreaking story about family, forgiveness, and vengence that will shake you to your core. Sadie is an incredible character who will stop at nothing to reach her goal of justice for her sister’s murder. And it was quite the journey to tag along to. This worked so incredibly well on audiobook and I couldn’t recommend enough.


Have you read any of these books? Which do you think you’ll pick up first? Share below!


10 thoughts on “Recent Reads Mini Reviews

    • Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd says:

      Thank you so much, that’s the sweetest!!!
      I can usually tell early on if a book is going to be a full review or a mini review, so it’s easy for me when I take notes to knoo how detailed to be. I found that there are a lot of books that I don’t need to spend a lot of time on reviews and can summarize it in fewer words. But it did take me a bit to get used to mini reviews. I wanted to commit to reviewing everything I read, and doing mini-reviews helps with the self-imposed pressure!

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      • readingbystarlightblog says:

        Oh that’s so true – the pressure we put on ourselves to write reviews is insane! Sometimes books can be mediocre and there’s just not much to say so I’m trying to adopt mini reviews. So far it hasn’t worked. They end up turning into long one because I stress over short posts???

        That being said I’m reading the Falling Kingdoms series (slowly) and I haven’t written one review even though I’m on book five because it’s just so… meh. Maybe I’ll try to write a series overview in a mini review format! Thanks for your advice! 😉

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      • readingbystarlightblog says:

        It’s definitely been a struggle – this series seems to always be taking two steps forward and three steps back. Part of me wants to know what happens and the other part really doesn’t care. It’s not bad but it sure as heck ain’t good.

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