The point of this entire blog was to read and review books. However, occasionally I read a book (or a series of books), and don't feel like I have enough to say to justify a full review. So, I've decided to do a quick round-up of a few of those books. Below you will find reviews for three books/series I read this year, but didn't formally review.
1) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I picked this book up on Saturday at a library book sale for $1, and then promptly began reading it. The cover is so cute and I have a strong fondness for Mindy Kaling, so I couldn't really resist. I finished this book in only a few sittings over a 24-hour period. If you are looking for a quick, fun read, this book is definitely for you. Overall, it wasn't laugh out loud hilarious, and there were definitely some chapters that I skimmed through. However, it is such a quick read that none of that really matters, and I'd still highly recommend this book.
2) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I read this entire trilogy in one week, so that sort of speaks for itself in terms of whether or not I liked it. In general, I like YA series because they are a nice way to break up my heavier reading. I'm typically not picking up a YA book because I'm in search of a profound experience. I'm usually just in search of a quick read. So, on that front, The Grisha Trilogy definitely delivered. However, I did notice that the series began to trial off as the books continued. I grew less attached to the characters and felt like the plot wavered a bit, especially in terms of the various romances going on. One of the male romantic leads was so unlikable for me that I couldn't understand why Alina liked him or, frankly, put up with him at all. Overall, though, the series was gripping, and I wanted to know how it would all end.
3) Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
Okay, so I did actually write a review for Shatter Me when I read it in early 2016 (find that review here), but I then waited another year before picking up the next book in the series. Which, for a YA series, is pretty unusual for me. I read YA books so quickly that I like to pick them up one after another and knock them out all at once. However, when I did finally pick up the second book in the series, Unravel Me, I finished it within two days and immediately reached for Ignite Me. So, make of that what you will. Overall, my main review for these books can be boiled down into two words: purple prose.
Tahereh Mafi is a fan of flowery language. There were certain lines that on the surface seem pretty, but as soon as I thought about them for a second, were actually strange and melodramatic. However, she created an interesting dystopian world and delivered an angsty teen romance that I admittedly kind of loved.
Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Opinions? Let me know in the comments!