Review Mash Up: 2 Books, 2 Novellas, & 2 Graphic Novels

So every now and then I just need to do mini reviews of the ones I've read! Mostly because I don't have enough to say about it to do a full review on it! I also just want to catch up with my reviews for this year! I was going to wait until I had at least 3 of one of the things listed above, but I figured I'll just put them all together!! :) Hope you don't mind :) Also HI!! It feel like it's been awhile since I posted... :)

 

2 Books

 

1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

 

 

 

* 3.5 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a woman who wakes up to a man she doesn't know. She is then told that that man is her husband and she has amesia and has to start over everyday not remembering the last.

 

Review: I thought this book overall was really good and kept my interest. I couldn't imagine how hard it is to lose your memory like that and not even remember your loved ones and I thought the author did a good job of portraying what that must be like! Although it was a pretty good page-turner- I was kind of hoping it would blow me away. I found it to be a bit predictable and while well-written - I think the author could of taken the thriller/haunting aspect up a notch or two to really blow someone's mind. That's what I was expecting so I was a bit disappointed. It was still a good read though, glad I read it!

 

2. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

 

 

 

* 5 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a woman named Julie that becomes a widow and receives a Great Dane for Christmas from her late husband to help her through her grief. Years later Julie thinks she's finally ready to date and meets a handsome man named Richard who surprises her in so many ways...

 

Review: Of course I love this book! I was in a reading slump (in fact these two books are the only ones I finished so far in October) and I turned to Nicholas Sparks to help get me out of it. I haven't reread this one is years so I loved visting the story again! It's one of my favorite types of love stories - best friend love

 

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2 Novellas

 

1. The New World by Patrick Ness

 

 

 

* 5 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a girl named Viola who lives in a space station and her and her parents are sent to the "New World" for an assignment...

 

Review: I loved this novella! I've been wanting to read the Chaos Walking trilogy by this author for awhile and decided to pick this novella up first. I was immediately drawn in and enjoyed this characters perspective so much. And this novella broke my heart!! It made me super excited to start reading the Knife of Never Letting Go (book one in the Chaos Walking trilogy) and unfortunately I had to DNF that one because I just wasn't enjoying it. It was in another characters perspective and I just wasn't connected to the story - it was definitely different! I may still read it one day, but not anytime soon! I was too attached to Viola's perspective and liked her story - wish that one continued instead! I don't think I recommend reading this before the trilogy even though it's a prequel...

 

2. Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

 

 

 

* 4 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a boy named Daniel who hides out in a broom closet during a free period in school and one day a girl crashes in crying and it brings them together. She leaves for a year and he keeps hoping he will find her...

 

Review: I love Colleen Hoover - she's one of my favorite authors! This one is a companion novella for the Hopeless duology and even though I didn't read Losing Hope - I wanted to read this one! I really enjoyed it, thought it was a sweet and romantic novella that held the same charm, passion, and heartbreak as her other novels. The only thing that bugged me is that the big thing that happens in this wasn't explored well enough - this would have been better as a full length novel to really explore what happened. But it was still nice to get these two characters story that you know from Hopeless and Losing Hope!

 

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2 Graphic Novels

 

 

1. Skim by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

 

 

 

* 2.5 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a girl who is trying to deal with figuring out who she is and she falls in love with her English teacher...

 

Review: It's been a long time since I read this but I didn't really enjoy it. I read This One Summer by these two authors and really enjoyed that one - this one just didn't do it for me. I didn't really love the illustrations or the story. It was kind of just boring and I was expecting to really like it. I don't really have much to say because it didn't really leave that much of an impression with me...

 

2. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks

 

 

 

* 3 Stars *

 

Summary: It's about a girl that got a scholarship to go to this boarding school and gets teased by the popular crowd

 

Review: This one was just okay. It was your typical high school - "girl gets teased by the popular crowd" type of story. Nothing special. I liked that it was set at a boarding school and the main character was relatable and I liked the drawings but all in all it was just okay. I've read better. Don't have anything else to really say...

 

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Well that's about it, sorry I didn't have a whole lot to say about any of these, but that's why I did a mash up for them :) I'm just about caught up with my reviews for the year! YIPPEE. I just have to review Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake but I'm waiting until I finish the sequel, Girl of Nightmares and will review them together!

 

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Have you read any of these? Do you feel the need to review all the books you read? How do you review the books you don't have much to say for?