Daily Archives: August 7, 2018

Reviewing the Unreviewed – March&April 2018

Hey, I’m back, with more books I didn’t have time to review on their own!

  • King Lear – William Shakespeare
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Fantastic Beasts #1) – JK Rowling
  • Beside Myself – Anne Morgan
  • Wonder – RJ Palacio
  • Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) – Philip Pullman*
  • What Fresh Hell – Lucy Vine
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  • Stardust: Radio 4 Dramatisation – Neil Gaiman
  • Forever in Love (Montana Brides #2) – Leeanna Morgan
  • They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera
  • Forever After (Montana Brides #3) – Leeanna Morgan
  • Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) – Eoin Colfer*
  • Safe Haven (The Protectors #1) – Leeanna Morgan
  • After Alice – Gregory Maguire
  • Moonrise – Sarah Crossan
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Small Steps (Holes #2) – Louis Sachar
  • Lola’s Secret (The Alphabet Sisters #2) – Monica McInerney
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) – Leigh Bardugo
  • Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5) – Susan Dennard
  • Marrying his Best Friend (The McKinnon Brothers #3) – Jennifer Gracen
  • Thief’s Magic (Millenium’s Rule #1) – Trudi Canavan
  • The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1) – SM Wilson
  • The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) – Philip Pullman*
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1) – Harper Lee*
  • The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare
  • All of Me (The Bridesmaids Club #1) – Leeanna Morgan

1200x630bbMuch Ado About Nothing and King Lear – William Shakespeare

Working my way through the Shakespeare catalogue, I decided it was probably time I read the play that inspired my blog name. Again, it’s clear why the Bard is the king. However, neither was as enjoyable as Macbeth.

King Lear – Three Stars
Much Ado About Nothing – Three Stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Fantastic Beasts #1) – JK Rowling

The screenplay of the first film with Eddie Redmayne, it lacks the visual oomph of the film, and loses out on Rowling’s general warmth of her actual books. Plus, is the stuff in here canon? Surely that’s not how legilimens work? Still though, massively entertaining. How did they do that?
Four Stars

Beside Myself – Anne Morgan29507207

A really interesting musing on the nature vs nurture aspects of twins, and what one can achieve when others place constraints or assumptions on you. Plenty of space to expand on the more interesting aspects of this, but they were lost under the thriller aspects, which fell kind of flat.
Three Stars

Wonder – RJ Palacio

Just lovely, a story about finding yourself, finding friends, and some good disability rep for MG readers.
Four Stars

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) & The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) – Philip Pullman*

Rereading these so that the story is fresh in my mind when I begin The Book of Dust. The Amber Spyglass followed shortly after. I LOVED these as a child, and love them still. Lyra and Will are my ultimate starcrossed lovers, and I wish I knew what my daemon was.
Five Stars for both

What Fresh Hell – Lucy Vine

A comedy about bridezillas, it wasn’t as sharp, as witty, or as entertaining as I thought it would be, and the main character was a total pushover. Would be willing to pick up another by this author, but wouldn’t be wildly excited about it.
Three Stars

Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed36329508

Relatively short, but very enjoyable story of finding yourself when your identity is more than one thing.
Four Stars

Stardust: Radio 4 Dramatisation – Neil Gaiman

I assumed this was a straight audiobook, but it was actually an adapted radio play. This is clear from what I’ve called it here, but I made a mistake when getting it from the library, so this wasn’t what I expected. I don’t see what the adaptation did for it that improved it from an audiobook, but I don’t love Stardust anyways. The film is better.
Three Stars

Forever in Love (Montana Brides #2) Forever After (Montana Brides #3) Safe Haven (The Protectors #1) – Leeanna Morgan

These all just kind of blend together for me. Generic romances with an unavailable main man who is brought around by the gorgeous girl he let get away before. And they’re all set in Montana. What is the deal with Montana, is it just the romance capital of the world? I can no longer separate the happenings of each of these books from each other, they’re just an unrealistic mush. Which is fine, if that’s the kind of mindless escapism you’re looking for. And sometimes it is, in fairness!

Two Stars for each

34522656They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera

Um, spoilers? Very enjoyable for the most part, the death of both main characters left the narrative feeling a little…. unfinished.
Three Stars

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) – Eoin Colfer*

I love this. So snarky. So witty. Such subversions of fairy tropes. A classic of Irish children’s lit.
Five Stars

After Alice – Gregory Maguire26245183

What the hell was going on in this book? I understand the principle of writing around an established classic, but this ticked no boxes for me. Pity, as Wicked is compelling.
Two Stars

Moonrise – Sarah Crossan

Lyrical, beautifully written free verse. Interesting choice of topic, very US-centred, which is notable for an Irish writer living in the UK. Didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but I think that’s very much my issue, as it’s a beautifully written, thoughtful book.
Three Stars

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Everyone in this book is a terrible person, and I dislike them all greatly.
But I do like the word Wuthering. So it gets bonus points for that.
Three Stars

Small Steps (Holes #2) – Louis Sachar

I had forgotten everything that happened in Holes, but enjoyed this return to the lives of two of the characters from it. Not quite a sequel, it was an interesting diversion, but didn’t really work for me. Again, probably me, not the book.
Three Stars

12690454Lola’s Secret (The Alphabet Sisters #2) – Monica McInerney

Not a worthy sequel to the glory that was The Alphabet Sisters, this was lacking much of the warmth, the joy, and the depth of the first. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I wasn’t comparing it to its predecessor.
Three Stars

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) – Leigh Bardugo

I love the way Bardugo writes, and this story of Diana, Princess of Themiscyra, rescuing a stranded sailor and the trouble that follows was great. I also loved the way it focused on female friendship.
Four Stars

Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5) – Susan Dennard

35481848This companion book to The Witchlands is a big departure from the style of the previous two, as a notebook belonging to a Sightwitch. It didn’t work for me as well as the Witchlands novels did, but it was certainly enough to bridge the gap before the publication of Bloodwitch next year!
Three Stars

Marrying his Best Friend (The McKinnon Brothers #3) – Jennifer Gracen

I particularly dislike silly romance books set in Ireland, because I’m familiar enough with it to recognise the daftness of it. This one specifically – where the hot McKinnon guy suggests marrying his best friend to avoid her child’s abusive ex gaining custody – was particularly egregious. Also the wilful obliviousness of two characters who are so clearly in love with each other. The FRUSTRATION of reading this book!
Two Stars

Thief’s Magic (Millenium’s Rule #1) – Trudi Canavan17302559

Two parallel narratives in this book follow two characters in two different worlds who NEVER. MEET. Why? Why not just write two books? Maybe they’ll meet in later books in the series. I don’t care. I’m not going to buy them to find out.
Three Stars

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1) – SM Wilson

Dinosaurs! An island! Training! This was fun, but lacked the depth of some other dystopias I’ve read. The sequel, Exile, is available now, and I’ll probably pick it up eventually.
Four Stars

To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1) – Harper Lee*

A classic for a reason!
Five Stars

28096541The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed

Yessss, brilliant, read it immediately. Great story, great writing, I don’t know why I didn’t review this in full!
Five Stars

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

No muppets. Disappointing.
Three Stars

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All of Me (The Bridesmaids Club #1) – Leeanna Morgan

Although the other three Leeanna Morgan books in this post blend together for me, this one stands out because it’s not about a couple falling in love. Or so I thought. Turns out I had this mixed up with another book, so it is just another ‘unavailable couple overcomes their issues’. Not memorable. Great cover art though!
Three Stars

 

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