Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

Love is A Revolution by Renèe Watson

Love Is a Revolution

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: February 2, 2021

This was a fun, thoughtful, and beautiful look at how people engage in community differently. Nala is ready for a summer of fun and relaxation, while her cousin Imani is dedicated to her activism group. And when Nala meets a cute new boy Tye, she misrepresents her interests to have something in common with him. I don’t think the romance was the focus of the story, or even Nala’s relationships with her family (though I would have appreciated more with her estranged mother), but it’s really a look at yourself, your interests, and what you want to do. And for that, I think it succeeded. I was a little disappointed by the ending – I felt it was a bit abrupt, and I wanted a bit more, but I did like the story overall.

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

The Project by Courtney Summers

The Project

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Having a sister is a promise no one but the two of you can make – and no one but the two of you can break.

I think the best thing about The Project is that it made me unsettled the entire time I was reading it. The multiple timelines was very effective at keeping the pace up and keeping me guessing at what was real and what was influenced by Lev and The Unity Project. And Lo’s journey was so heartbreaking and devastating to read about but I empathizes with her so much because I know that if I was her, I’d go the the ends of the my means for my sister too. And I think Lo and Bea’s relationship and their -sometimes misguided- dedication to family was the heart of this story, which I greatly appreciated. The story was horrifying in a very human way – seeing people’s hope and desperation being twisted and manipulated, seeing the effects of charisma and power, it showed a kind of pain that is both easy to judge (or misjudge) and impossible to ignore.

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Love at First

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (DNF @ 24%)
Release Date:February 23, 2021

This was just not holding my attention in the slightest. It wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t very good either.. Even though I thought the prologue hook was intriguing and cute, the present had zero impact on me. Because there wasn’t a relationship between Donny and Will, I wasn’t too upset about his death and Will getting his house, or the disruption of the found family of the building.

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

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: May 1, 2018

This was cute and filled with sweet, simple moments of characters that I enjoy – so I had a good time. I was really happy that we did get glimpses or at least mentions of so many. And getting to read a little bit from Cassian’s perspective did make me a little more excited for ACOSF (though Nesta continues to annoy me). Overall, a cute and simple story that you can read in a few hours.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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