Recent Reads Mini Reviews

Some mini reviews for books I’ve read – and enjoyed to varying degrees – over the past few weeks.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: Novemner 5, 2019

Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.

This is isn’t a bad 2.5 rating, it’s more a ‘I have no idea what in the hell the story was about’ 2.5 rating. I liked the writing – there was so many nice quotes, I likes the non-linear time and how interwoven the story was. But you could not pay me to tell you what this story is about. Like, I don’t think there’s a plot, but I honestly couldn’t tell you. It was a nice reading experience, but if I try and read it again in the future, I probably won’t pick up the audio again.

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Technically, You Started It

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: June 25, 2019

This was a wonderfully quick audiobook that worked well with the all text message format, and I don’t feel like I lost anything by not seeing it visually. But there was a kinda weird choice the narrator for Martin dig that bugged be to start with, but I got used to it. Haley and Martin have great chemistry and I really enjoyed seeing them get closer together over the course of the story. Both characters identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum (Martin as bisexual and Haley as demi sexual) which was a pleasant surprise. It’s definitely not a large part of the story, but they do talk about their identities with each other. And while the plot hinges on miscommunication, it never really frustrated me like a lot of other miscommunication plots. A quick fun read that’s great for summer.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave, #1)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: April 7, 2020

Objectively, I don’t think this is a very good book. There’s almost no worldbuilding, the main character is frustratingly stupid, the writing contradicts itself, and the chapters feel like run-on scenes with little to no transition between them, but I kind of had a fun time reading it so I can’t complain too much. It was something nice to take my mind off of everything and it didn’t require a lot of focus on my part. It was just really entertaining for a few hours.

My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

My Summer of Love and Misfortune

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Release Date: June 2, 2020

DNF @ 33%

I kept pushing myself to read this and it was still so hard to do, and I’m really sad about it because I thought this would be my summer book.

The story is over-the-top and outlandish, which I’m okay with, but Iris is so incredibly unlikeable that it was hard to be in her perspective. She is completely out of touch with reality and is easily one of the most self absorbed characters I’ve ever encountered. There was no reason to get behind her or want to see her potential growth, because honestly, I’m not sure it would have been satisfying or believable given where she starts out. The story read more like a first draft and lacked detail and genuineness that could have grounded all the over the top stuff.

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: June 23, 2020

What a wonderful, fun, and flirty romance. Jasmine Guillory expertly crafts charismatic and compatible characters whose chemistry leaps off the page. Even though you don’t get much detail in the budding relationship, you get plenty of highlights, more than enough for you to cheer for this hopeful couple. This story is so easy to fall into and its a perfect summer read you won’t want to put down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


6 thoughts on “Recent Reads Mini Reviews

  1. fangirlfury says:

    I understand why the publisher made Crave’s so similar to Twilight, but at the same time I’m so confused by their choice lol. I might pick up Party of Two this summer!

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  2. TheReadersBay says:

    Niceeee post! I can’t wait to read Party of Two, it sounds pretty interesting and cutesy.
    Crave just reminded me of twilight. Does it consist of the same dumbness that twilight did (I hate Edward and Bella from the core of my heart)


  3. Deanna Reads and Sleeps says:

    Yeah! I struggled through The Starless Sea so much because of basically what you said…I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the heck was happening lol. Writing, description of setting, characters? Beautiful! But the plot was so baffling that I was more frustrated than wowed.

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