Guest post: 5 mini reviews
Guest Post : Emily Meade
Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here is a mini-review of every book I’ve read so far.
61. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
This book actually blew my mind. It’s sci-fi, and it’s like this puzzle trying to find these pieces of robot all over the world. What does it all mean? Why are they there? There’s tonnes of science and it’s all told through interviews, which is really interesting. It’s a little bit twisted, but in the best way possible.
62. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I think after this book I’ll probably stay away from Sarah J. Maas. The writing is very choppy, and it’s like the editor has not spent nearly enough time on it. I was also very bored. And the word ‘mate’ just makes me laugh.
- Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield
This was so good. The emotions are intense and unsettling – it would be incredible as a movie. In some parts it had a similar vibe to Stranger Things. It combines contemporary with a ghost, Hannah Holt, who went missing several years ago. That aspect of it – the slightly paranormal feel of ordinary events – was what made it really stand out for me.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I’d definitely recommend this one for older YA readers. I’d already seen the movie so I knew what to expect, but the unreliable narration of Rachel is so incredible, and the way the disappearance unfolds, all the different culprits, the ‘whodunnit’ vibes… it was all so brilliantly done.
- Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang
I’ve read a TONNE of WWII books but none that have been set in Australia and China. It was a really refreshing change. It’s also partially based on the author’s mother, which is really cool. There’s a lot of politics and dress designing and I really, really loved it.