Reviewing the Unreviewed

As we’re approaching the end of March, and I’m still busy at work and with life, I’m realising that my twice-a-week posting schedule means that I don’t really get the time to fully review everything that I’ve read this year.

So I’m going to institute a new type of post.

Every now and then, when I feel like enough time has passed that I’m not going to write a full review post for the books from a particular month, I’ll give some one-line reviews and star ratings to the books I’ve read.

Although I track my reads on Goodreads, I often give star ratings and then forget why I gave them. I’m hoping that this new system will help me keep better track of why I did or didn’t like a book, and therefore help me with making decisions on whether or not to read other books by that author. For example, if I remembered how much I disliked the first Ann O’Loughlin book I read, I wouldn’t have read a second.

So this is the first of my new Reviewing the Unreviewed type post. Let me know what you think of it!

Long May She Reign – Rhiannon Thomas

30320053Unexpected queenliness. Finding who you may have been destined to be. Plots galore. Widespread murder. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Four Stars

Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates

My first non-fiction book of 2018! Several years old now, it’s lost some of its impact, but still stokes fires of rage inside me. This stuff is so pervasive. How do people ever believe that feminism isn’t necessary??

Four Stars

One Small Act of Kindness – Lucy Dillon

A sweet, romantic book with a mystery at its heart, it resolved itself in three pages flat, leaving me shocked and wanting more. WAS THE DOG OKAY??

Three Stars

A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) – Claudia Gray28960100

The third in a series with something of an eye-rolling ‘destined to be together’ romance, this was still well-thought out and played with fun tropes. I particularly liked the clone universe, as a deus ex machina to get all the alternate characters to talk to each other. A worthy finale.

Four Stars

The Edge – Dick Francis*

A re-read of an old favourite author, I love Dick Francis’s racing thrillers, but this is a forgettable one. Still great, but lacking some of the thrust of his best.

Three Stars

The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain

This book was a follower of the ‘throw darts at a board and write about what sticks’ method of choosing issues. Too much going on here, and ‘big’ reveals which were easy to work out.

Three Stars

Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions #1) – Lemony Snicket

Lacking the charm of ASOUE, I wasn’t drawn into this the way I have been with Snicket’s other books. Perhaps I’m too old, or too impatient, or the audiobook format didn’t work, but I didn’t warm to any of the characters and was left fed up by the end.

Two Stars

The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty’s first book, it’s lacking some of the humour and finesse of her later offerings, but is still quite enjoyable. It’s interesting to see how much you get into the head of the stalker, and empathise with her, and I thought this very well done.

Three Stars

28110865Leave Me – Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman’s first book for adults, I was interested to read this one. Generally very enjoyable, although different entirely to her YA books (which I have very love/hate relationships with), it finished up very quickly, and left me somewhat disappointed.

Three Stars

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) – JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

God, I was so disappointed in this. I knew the plot already, because I had seen the plays, but without the fantastic staging of the West End production, there’s nothing to defend the ridiculous fanfiction-esque storyline which rambles between points, and serves to reinforce my idea that the Potterverse and the Potter storyline should have stopped at Nineteen Years Later.

Two Stars

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