Mini Reviews Pt. 2: Zac Brewer, Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner, Michelle Madow, Jamie Blair, Dawn Rae Miller

Posted December 21, 2016 by Sophia

mini reviews part 2

Happy First Day of Winter, AKA the day in which the sun goes down creepishly early.

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It’s the third day of winter break and I’m continuing to enjoy the free time in which I have to actually sit down and read decently. Of course, that’s just in between the hours and times in which I sleep, eat, and work, all in the name of saving up so I don’t have to worry too much if the universe decides it’s time to laugh at my failing attempts at life.

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The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

4.5 out of 5

ARC provided by HarperTeen

Brewer’s latest book is so different from his past works – but it’s just as good (with so many good quotes to boot). The Blood Between Us delves into topics that many of us have dealt with or are currently dealing with – identity and self-discovery, while also dealing with adoption and a sibling rivalry.

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Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

5 out of 5

In terms of covers Their Fractured Light is my least favorite out of all three books in the trilogy. (These Broken Stars is my favorite.)

In terms of everything else however….

I loved every second I had with the final book in the Starbound trilogy – it’s so much more intense, action-packed, and fast paced than the other two books as all six characters (Tarver and Lilac from These Broken Stars, Jubilee and Flynn from This Shattered World, and now Gideon and Sofia) come together to bring down La Roux Industries.

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Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller

3 out of 5

Review copy provided by the author via Netgalley

I can probably put this book in so little sentences, it isn’t even funny.

Basically, Kiss Kill Love Him Still is about a dude who gets murdered, but sleeps with who knows how many girls on his college campus and keeping their deepest and darkest secrets. Of course, when he is murdered, those secrets threaten to come to life, and five of the girls involved are brought together to figure out who really murdered said dude (Jackson) and how they murdered him.

Let’s just say there was something about the book that didn’t ultimately ring as well with me as I hoped it would when I originally read the synopsis.

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The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

4.5 out of 5

ARC copy provided by Barclay Publicity via Netgalley

When I first read The Prophecy of Shadows, the book felt really slow. The pacing just didn’t feel right and there wasn’t enough action. But the series showed promise to get better (and like with any other book, there’s the risk of the sequel being worse than that first book), so when I saw The Blood of the Hydra being available on Netgalley for request, I jumped at the chance because I wanted to see if the series would get better.

And I have to say: Wow. Despite the book has the feel of a love triangle on the horizon, The Blood of the Hydra is more interesting – Madow incorporates more mythology (rather than the first book, when Nicole is new to the world and learning everything about it). The characters undergo a development – in the first book, there’s a bit of tension and a division, yet a sense of unity, among the five witches. In the sequel, there is still tension, but that tension from the first has noticeably died down.

The Blood of the Hydra is also more action-packed than the first book. More monsters and more fighting involved – honestly, I enjoyed the sequel more than The Prophecy of Shadows and cannot wait to continue the series.

Side Note: I know I reviewed the third book before the second. Shh.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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