Ever since I stopped doing weekly reading updates, my reviewing frequency has reduced drastically.
I know that I don’t have to review all the books I read, but I want to share my thoughts on most of them. Individual reviews for books are hard to do because I need to have enough to share about every book to warrant an entire post.
So, mini reviews are going my way of sharing my opinions. I’m thinking of making this bi-monthly series to regularly share mini book reviews and updates. Let me know what you think about that. A regular series is the only way I’ll keep up with reviewing haha.
Anyway, onto the books!
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
I buddy read this book with Joss @ maybe I’ve read it way back in September. Actually I finished it in a couple days and I believe she’s still reading it. I suck at buddy reading because I always finish the books too fast.
While the book was easy enough to read fast, it was not cute and breezy. The Twitter war between the two main characters representing their family restaurants was super fun. I really liked that. But the “cute” part ended there.
Both the main characters have difficult relationships with their family and that dragged down my mood completely. Because I really related to the struggle, especially with Jack who struggles with his parents’ expectations, the book hit me hard.
I think we underestimate how much relationship troubles between parents and kids can affect readers—it does NOT make for a light book.
The plot was had many interwoven threads which lead to multiple blow ups. Again, that does not make for a light book. I feel disappointed in all the people who reviewed and said that this is a cute & light contemporary. That was barely 10% of it.
The ending wasn’t satisfactory as well. The last scene felt very forced. What that scene represents wasn’t even the point of the book. It was as if the authors saw these perfect friend groups with different kinds of people in other books and wanted it for herself too. So they cobbled something up.
I don’t recommend this book.
Skyhunter by Marie Lu
Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors and hence I was super excited for this book. It’s also another dytopia like the Legend trilogy, which is one of my all-time favourite books. But this book really disappointed me.
Firstly, I had an advance review copy through Netgalley. I read it to realize that it was only an excerpt. The publisher put it up on Netgalley without mentioning anywhere that it is not the complete book. That made a bad first impression.
After that, I had access to an audio copy through Libro.fm. Since I already read a bit of the book, and I wanted to give Marie Lu’s new work another chance, I listened to the book ASAP. And I just could not like it.
The overall concept and world-building of the book was great. The history, the conflicts, the set-up to a showdown—all of that was good. The main character was fine too (there’s disability rep through her, by the way).
My main problem was that I just couldn’t connect with the book. I didn’t specifically like the writing or the characters. There were some parts of the plot which felt unbelievable and that caused me to dislike the plot later.
One thing I noticed was how some bits of the book felt recycled from Legend. There, I said it. It felt recycled and done badly. I also got the feeling that the author tried to show how the characters of the book are kind of powerless but it never felt that way because they were quite privileged. Some challenges also felt too easy for them.
Overall, I didn’t particularly like the book. A ton of others loved it, though. *shrug*
Harmony’s Embrace by Amber Daulton
Note: I received a free copy of this book in return for a review. All opinions are my own.
I’m a sucker for second-chance romances done well, and this was one of them.
Harmony and Birley were high school sweethearts who went separate ways after school due to different life choices. Now after several years, as a divorced dad and widow, they get the chance to rekindle their relationship.
This book has a smooth plot which felt rushed only in a couple areas. The relationship growth was slow and purposeful, and done well. It also has a danger element in the plot, which spices things up.
I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters but this is a book that you can enjoy even without connecting to it. In fact, I read the book in one sitting because it was easy to read and quickly caught me into the story.
Overall, I didn’t like it a lot but it was a good read. If you’re looking for a holiday romance to read during these upcoming holidays, this is a good pick. I would say it’s perfect for reading while snuggled up in blankets with a hot drink.
Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed
This book has been on my TBR for a while now and I finally picked it up because of The Ace Race readathon which focuses on reading books with characters in the asexual spectrum. Thankfully, it was available on Kindle Unlimited so I could read it immediately.
I absolutely loved this book. The title is perfect. The story is completely about soft sapphic love. There is no drama or extravagant plot. It’s simply about these two soft women and their super cute love story.
Some quick points:
- love story between a demisexual plus-sized influencer and a shy pansexual make-up artist.
- good anxiety rep with one of the main characters.
- a diverse cast in identity, sexuality and ethnicity.
- is NOT about hard queer lives. just pure joy in queer lives.
- too cute to handle at times.
My only complaint is that it should go through another round of editing and proofreading.
I highly recommend this book.
That’s all for today! I do have more books to review but this post will become too long haha. I’ll make another mini review round up soon with a few more books.
What have you been reading recently? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?