Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke

The Relationship Pact (Kings of Football, #3)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: December 17, 2020

This was an incredibly quick and easy read. Larissa and Hollis definitely had chemistry, but I don’t think they had any development to their relationship. It went from meeting to love real quick considering the story takes place over a week or so. But the fake dating elements are always fun and helped the story fly by.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: February 22, 2022

DNF @30%

I could not bring myself to care about this book at all. I wanted to be enthralled by the Paris setting and the murder building close proximity vibes were supposed to make me anxious the entire time. But I was just not feeling this. I didn’t care about any of the relationship that were established in the beginning of the story and most of the characters just seemed kinda sad and/or pathetic – I don’t have to like them, but I want to be invested enough to care if they die, and I wasn’t there for anyone.

You by Caroline Kepnes

You by Caroline Kepnes

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: September 25, 2014

Having heard about this book for years, and already watched the show, I knew what to expect going in and didn’t really have any surprises left. But the writing and characterization more than make up for it. Second person was such a bold and unique choice for this story, because you’re in Joe’s narcissistic and depraved head the entire time – and it’s addicting, but never glamorous. I know I would have loved this even more if I read it years ago when I first heard of it, but it’s still such unique and compelling read. And the audiobook is great, it’s like Joe is whispering the story in your ear and it’s really eerie and unsettling.

A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: October 19, 2021

I had a lot of fun being in this world and getting a lot of interesting worldbuilding and more of characters we’ve heard about but never met. Yes there are a lot of similarities between the characterization in the two series, but it never felt like a carbon copy. I don’t think this is necessary to read to enjoy the FBAA series, but you will have a deeper understanding of the world and mythology if you’re more of a plot/worldbuilding reader.

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