Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


Before I Do by Sophie Cousens

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: October 11, 2022

I did not like this very much at all. While I usually like time jumps back and forth in a romance, they didn’t work at all here. It never really felt like the book knew who it wanted to cheer for, so both couple option felt lackluster. Combine that with most of the characters being bland, this wasn’t a successful read for me.

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


Jade City by Fonda Lee

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: November 7, 2017

This series is so completely captivating – the detailed world, the intricate political structures and family systems, the power plays and deals, all of it build and propels the story forward. There isn’t a springboard of momentum here, it’s a roller coaster with steady inclines, sharp turns, and unexpected drops. While it was a bit hard for me to understand the world and all of the facets of power it has, the Kaul family had my attention immediately. I loved all three siblings from their first moments on the page and following their journeys and seeing them play the games and accumulating wins and losses. If you’re looking for a story that’s rich in world and characters, you have to read The Green Bone Saga.

Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: July 15, 2020

I’ve read a few mafia romances, but I haven’t found a perfect one for me yet (or maybe the sub-genre just isn’t for me, I’m not sure yet). But I have to say, it was really hard to put this book down, and if the rest of the series is as addicting, I know I’ll fly through it in no time. The characters were decent, and the romance was fine, but the compulsive readability was what kept me engaged.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Very engaging with lots of small town politics! I love that we get so many different peoples perspectives and get to see their voice and values, and we decide if their actions are just or moral. We become like the neighborhood voyeurs, excusing and condemning. But I was immediately engrossed by all the characters and how the different family dynamics were represented. The relationships were very strong as well – so many characters leads to ever-evolving relationship and conflict that propels the story.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.

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