Mini-Reviews #19

To the detriment of other things that really should be getting done, I’ve actually managed to get through quite a few books recently, including a few urgent reviews.

Going Bovine, Libba Bray – Gave up on this – skipped the second half and read the last couple of chapters. Yeah, went where I thought.

The Uncrowned King: Book Two of The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, Rowena Cory Daniells – Thoroughly enjoying these books and delighted they’ve been released so close together, because it means the wait is less! Daniells is a nasty, mean author to her characters, but to very good effect. Fairly straightforward plot but the characters jump off the page.

The Usurper: Book Three of The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, Rowena Cory Daniells – Very fast paced final book, but I was very cross at the ending! There’s definitely more to come in this world!
Eight Grade Bites, Heather Brewer – Not a bad read, and a good one for boys to read that beats the more romancey YA stuff!

Ninth Grade Slays, Heather Brewer – Interesting portrayal of vampires as fairly amoral, although it’s a bit conflicted in the characters.

Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations and The Van Alen Legacy, Melissa de la Cruz – Surprised by how much I enjoyed these (very much linked) books. Some interesting ideas and quite compelling characters. Give to the Twilight set!

Need, Carrie Jones – Nothing fancy here, but a solid addition to the YA Paranormal pantheon, this time with pixies and shapeshifters. 

Wolfbane, Sue Bursztynski – Thoroughly enjoyed this – could have wished for more detail in characterisation and a bit more plot development, but a great read.

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins – A bleak but solid end to the trilogy.

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