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
Pages: 648

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 leas200 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.

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Feed by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Published by Orbit on May 1st 2010
Pages: 599

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.

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The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Published by HarperTeen on October 4th 2016
Pages: 304

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.

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 20th 2016
Pages: 344

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.

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Let’s talk about these books! Have you read these? Planning on it? Have wildly different opinions? Do share!

Posted October 14, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Quasi-Review, Review / 47 Comments

47 responses to “Books I’m Never Reviewing (8)

  1. I definitely have books like this too where I just don’t really feel like reviewing them. It tends to be mediocre books for me though, where I can’t think of anything to say!
    I have always really loved the Throne of Glass series, but I definitely think it peaked with Heir of Fire. I actually really enjoyed Queen of Shadows, although I know this was the one a lot of people hated, but I was kind of disappointed with Empire of Storms, and I feel it went a bit downhill (I’d recommend you read my review about how conflicted I was with this one, but it is totally spoilery, so maybe not!). It’s definitely worth reading though, and there were bits I absolutely loved!
    Awesome post! 🙂

    • Aw thanks! I tend to do this with books I don’t “have to” review, hahah. Which is probably bad but… at least I get my thoughts out? 😉 I will definitely read your review of EoS after I read the book then! I feel like even though I was annoyed by the stuff that everyone else was in regards to QoS, I was more bored than annoyed, which is probably not great. Meh, I will still finish the series I am sure!

  2. Don’t worry, Shannon, you’re not alone. Some books are just too hard to review but you definitely have to do this again. I love this format and the GIFs! Friends = life.

    I just got my hands on The Jewel & The White Rose so hopefully, I’ll be marathoning them soon. Sorry to hear the finale isn’t that great. I’ve heard so many good things about The Female of the Species that I’m kind of terrified of it… does that even make sense? And ugh, I really need to read the ToG soon. I feel like the only person ever who hasn’t…

    P.S. Can I ask what the Seanan Maguire comment means please!? Curious!

    • Aw thanks!! I hope that you love The Jewel series! I do know some people really liked the last book, so it could just be my own expectations? And yes, it does make sense about TFotS! I was intimidated too at first, but it is definitely worth the read I think! As for Throne of Glass… you might be, but that’s okay if you ask me 😉

      OH and Seanan McGuire is Mira Grant hahha. So I am mad at her because of things in the book that would be spoilery 😉 I felt weird calling her a pen name in the non-review I guess!

  3. I love these reviews. I have books I never am going to review so I get it. I still need to read Heir of Fire but I have the audio and it is like 20 hours and that makes me stabby. Why must they be so long! SO I need to check out Feed now. I definitely have The Female of the Species on my radar. I actually never read anything by the author though so I might have to change that. Great reviews!!

  4. OHHH I’m going to read the last one! Tbh I should’ve read it already but I’m hopelessly behind on my TBR right now, it’s just shameful.? But I’m glad it was so good! I’ve only read Not a Drop To Drink by her but I WANT TO READ ALL HER THINGS IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE GOOD WRITING = I NEED. Also I want to read Feed?! I don’t know why I haven’t yet? Probably aforementioned terrifyingly overwhelming TBR issues?
    And yaaaas another person who agrees QoS was ridiculously long. I’m not a fan.?

    • I feel you with the TBR. I mean, mine is awful. And I am so bad at even responding to comments- look at me, two weeks later. Such a mess. And YES read ALL the things Mindy McGinnis. I ADORE HER. Feed is long, so that could be why. I didn’t even realize HOW long until I had been reading for what seemed like 30 minutes only to be like, 2% in (I had an ebook so yeah). QoS WAS too long, and now EoS is longer, and the last one will probably be about 2,437 pages. AT least.

  5. Tammy V

    I love the quick reviews. I don’t need recaps of the books or long list of details on each reason someone liked or loved the book because I form my own opinions. The gifs are always fun and graphics are a plus too. Glad I am not the only one that thinks some books are just way to long when they could have gotten their story across without the extra pages. Great post.

  6. I try to review every book I read, but it’s hard sometimes because I don’t feel like it, or I didn’t care enough about the book to say much. Writing those reviews sucks.

    I was so close to picking up The Female of the Species when I was at B&N last weekend. I didn’t because my arms were already full of a zillion other books.

    • BWHAHA I think that Female of the Species is SUPER important to read at some point, but not one you have to like, read right this second. Also, I agree, writing those reviews is the WORST. If I love a book or hate it, at least I have something to say, but it is rough when I have NO feelings!

  7. I don’t think I ever reviewed Feed either because I was so devastated. It took me a full year to pick up Deadline and I still haven’t read Blackout, despite declaring Feed as one of my all time favourites. I love it though, including all of that detail. I just love the detail in ToG and EOS though hehe.

    • GAHHHH I feel you. I am still not okay. I think a LOT of people agree with you and love the detail of ToG, but I just… I think my brain doesn’t work like that hahahha. I think it will take me some time to read Deadline too, even though it is on my wishlist haha!

  8. I still need to read Feed. I’ve wanted to since it came out, but yeah, I’m ridiculous at getting to books sometimes. I also really want to read The Female of the Species!


  9. Okay the female of the species is on my to get list. I was never interested in the others. If i can’t say a whole lot about a book. I’ll rather not review it. I think I’m do ing small reviews of the meh books or books i’m indifferent on.

  10. There are some books I just don’t want to review either. I finish em and I’m just, like, done. Game over. Nuke em from orbit. Um, sorry. I mean, I do like reviewing and review most of what I read, but there are some that I just don’t want to. and it doesn’t even necessarily mean I didn’t like it. It’s just, for whatever reason, I have nothing to say. Or I’m lazy at that moment. 🙂

    Feed at 4.5 stars has me REALLY curious, because I’ve heard this is good. Kimba swore by it too, and I did read a bit of McGuire (different series) so I’m probably reading this at some point. And The Female of the Species actually sounds good and I like that it’s relevant- yeah I’m a guy but with everything going on now it sounds like a read that’s worth taking the time with. Lord knows shit’s f*cked up! So I’m glad you shared this one.

    Nice post Shannon. Love that Sisko GIF BTW!!!

    • BWHAHHAHA yes! It is so true! I am FINE with not reviewing some books. Sometimes people like, ask me if I liked a book or whatever, so this seems easiest. I have no problems NOT reviewing a book. I do like to shout my opinion at people though, so, best of both worlds? But there are still plenty of books that I never review- it’s like, if I don’t HAVE to, I kind of revel in that, and just… don’t.

      Feed was definitely good- and SO creepy considering the election stuff today- like, I feel disturbed at some of the parallels- but that this was supposed to be years in the future, AFTER a zombie apocalypse, so Idk what we did to deserve this 😉 And yes, definitely Female of the Species is worth a read- there is even a POV from a guy, so I think the author did a REALLY good job making it so that everyone can (and should!) read it. A lot of really crazy shit that is too real for comfort, basically. And thanks!! 😀

  11. I really want to read that last one but I’m going to be careful with it just in case. And I gave up on the Throne of Glass series. xD I tried reading Heir of Fire about 6 times and never got past the first half. I’m just… done, I think. xD And yes I totally get it. Some books are hard to review.

    • Yeah it is definitely triggering for some people, so please do be careful! I think it is super important, BUT only if you can handle it, you know? ♥ And I feel you with HoF! I almost quit a LOT of times- and then same thing with QoS- why am I still doing this to myself?! ?

  12. Aw no, I’m sorry you aren’t enjoying the Throne of Glass series! I wasn’t a fan for the first two books but I fell in love with books 3 & 4, however I’ve recently finished book 5 and I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I can definitely agree that it feels like this series is too long. The 5th book is thick & there was a lot of action, but I did feel like the story didn’t progress too far. It was all action and not a lot of story…

    Oh my god, how good is Feed?! I read it last year but I only just finished Deadline today and I loved it sooo much that I picked up Blackout straight away. However I do agree that it’s soo long and very political. It took me two weeks to read Deadline because there were so many words. Still, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

    • I was the opposite I think- I LOOOVED the second book (the first was okay) and then 3 & 4 just got SO long. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy 5 that much! And you totally nailed the problems I had with QoS with your thoughts on EoS- I felt like yeah, there was action, but I didn’t feel like we got a lot of like, new information? Progress? Idk!

      I NEED to get Deadline ASAP. Because Feed was SO good. I am excited to read Deadline since you liked it- I won’t have to worry about sequel syndrome!

  13. I’ve only heard of Mindy McGinnis’s book from here. lolz. I can totalllly relate to this trope. I could NOT stand Dreamology if that makes you feel better. It won’t be on my blog. (I DID review it though. Sorry, Dreamology fans. Eeek.) I hate the “preacher kid” trope because they’re always secretly freaky. The preacher girl is promiscuous, the preacher son’s is an alcoholic, etc. Although I do love the cover of The Black Key because it reminds me of The Luxe trilogy. lolz. Bummer, you didn’t enjoy it, but have totally been there! 😀

    • OHH you must read some Mindy McGinnis! She is SO freaking good. She has such RANGE too- like, she can write basically ANY genre, she’s done so many so far! Aw I am sorry you didn’t like Dreamology- though I DO get it! It definitely requires a suspension of belief, to say the least 😉 I liked it anyway, but I get it hahha. The Black Key wasn’t BAD, it just… was just… there hahhaha.

  14. Ugh, I SO know this feeling – there are many books I want to tell me opinion about… only when I sit down to write an actual review about them I lose all motivation and have no idea what to write lol.

    I’m currently reading The Black Key… only, IDEK why, because neither one of the previous novels left a big impression on me. BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY DEFEAT THE ROYALS, OK? I’m only at 10% & so far I’m not really into it, but OH WELL, it might improve later on.

    The Female of the Species, however, I’m super-duper excited for & it’s actually going to be one of my next reads. (Well, I mean, that’s the plan, though WHO KNOWS what mood I’ll be in a few days from now?) Anyhow, I absolutely adored A Madness So Discreet (aka the only Mindy McGinnis novel I’ve read so far… THE SHAME IS REAL) and so I have HUGE hopes for this one! 🙂

    Wonderful mini reviews, Shannon! :))

    • Aw thanks!! And yeah, The Black Key DID get a bit better for me, though not significantly- I do hope it has for you though! And yessss I love ALL the Mindy McGinnis books, so I definitely hope you do too! And I hope you love Female of the Species too! It is SUCH an important book!

  15. Feed sounds intense and awesome. I kind of gave up on the Throne of Glass series after the second book. I liked the story, but I didn’t love it and I just couldn’t get invested in it. The series is so long that I can’t see myself finishing it.

  16. I generally don’t review books if: I’m SO desperate to get to the next in the series or if the book was horrible and I have absolutely nothing nice to say about it.

  17. I SO want to read Sarah’s TOG series, but yeah, the length they tend towards intimidates me like NOTHING else. *sigh* It’s one of those #BookNerdProblems.

  18. I’m not a fan of Maas, so I don’t want to read any of her books, really. I am intimidated by Mindy McGinnes for some reason. Her work seems somber. For some reason, I feel like it’d trigger intense sadness and anxiety. Hmm.

    • I feel you in regards to Mindy McGinnis- now that I think about it, her books ARE dark, but not hopelessly so, if that helps at all? And this is the only contemporary, so that may help. I think she does a good balance of tough topics with enough lightness/hope shining through. But Female of the Species IS kind of triggering, so that is definitely something to take into account!

  19. I actually just, at long last, bought the first book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m so sorry that you haven’t been able to enjoy the series thus far, but the good thing is that you’ve given it a shot and know where you stand. I do hope I might like it a little more though. And I really want to read that Mindy McGinnis book now! I’ve read one by her before, but this one sounds great — if not better!

  20. You have efficiently summed up but one of my numerous complaints about the Throne of Glass series (I basically disliked the first book and my dislike increases exponentially in relation to the growing fan frenzy for the series–it’s infuriating). Clearly I need to read The Female of the Species ASAP!

    • Yes, definitely give Female of the Species a shot! It is uncomfortable, but I think VERY important. And yeah…. I don’t even know about Throne of Glass. Like, I don’t even enjoy reading iit at this point, AND it is problematic, so WHY do I!? I have issues 😉

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