Sometimes, I don’t want to review books. Because I don’t feel like it. Maybe I am lazy. Maybe I am tired. Maybe I lack inspiration and/or motivation. And good news! I don’t have to review these. But, I like to shout at people about books anyway, so I will just shout fewer words with less reason. And also… GIFs! It worked so well that one time, that my “bottom line” will be in GIF form.Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1st 2015
The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
The Quick & Dirty:
Gosh, I feel like me and this series are not destined to be. I like the concept. I like the characters. I do not, however, love the 600+ pages that could (in my opinion), be scaled down by at least 200 pages per book. There were times that I was into the story, but then there were literally dozens of chapters in a row that I was bored during. And then by the end, when the “big stuff” was happening, I said to myself “yeah, that could have gone down without half of the rest of the book”. That said, I was into some of the story. And I will probably read Empire of Storms. So it was okay, I guess. Or I am just a straight up masochist? You decide.
Feed by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Published by Orbit on May 1st 2010
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.
The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.
The Quick & Dirty:
Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser features this book on every list she does basically. Because she loves it. And I kind of get why. I bought it because of her, and I was cursing and sobbing at 5am the other night because of her. And I will read Deadline ASAP because Feed was really good. But I am on non-speaking terms with Seanan McGuire. She knows what she did. And so do all of you who’ve read this book. Oh, and in case you’re wondering why I did give it a bit of a deduction? Because shit was long and I think it could have been cut down a bit. Some of the political stuff dragged a little, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t relevant as hell.
The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Published by HarperTeen on October 4th 2016
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.
The Quick & Dirty:
I loved The Jewel. I felt okay about The White Rose. And I didn’t dislike this one either. I just… nothinged it. It was fine while I was reading it, it was a very fast paced and quick read, but… I don’t think it will leave any lasting impressions. It was a good wrap up, I was fine with the ending, everything was like, satisfactorily tied together. I didn’t really care at all about the romance, which hurt my enjoyment I think.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 20th 2016
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
The Quick & Dirty:
I love Mindy McGinnis. That is something you need to know. She’s auto-buy, I have already pre-ordered Given to the Sea. This book isn’t my favorite of hers, but it is also the most important, I think. So take that for what it’s worth. Shit goes down in this book. I didn’t connect to Alex, but I don’t know that I was meant to, though I respected her, a lot. I did love the hell out of Peekay though.
The Female of the Species touches on a lot of tough issues, mainly (as the title implies) being a female in modern society, and all the absolute bullshit that goes with it. This book doesn’t tiptoe around, it’s real, and at times, uncomfortable. The only part I didn’t really like was the relationship- I don’t know that Jack was even necessary, to be honest. So while I wasn’t always in love with this book, it doesn’t make it any less imperative that you read it. It’s one of those “must reads” for every woman- but please, be mindful of potential triggers.