Any Bangs in February?

Here’s the round up of what I read in February; did I give any bang (5 star reviews)? Let’s find out.

Click the book titles to read full reviews.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor-I loved the Smoke and Bone Series (well the first two b/c the size of book 3 scared the crap out of me) so I was VERY EXCITED for Strange and it didn’t disappoint. My only issue was that it was too loquacious.   So close to a bang but not quite.  bombbombbombbomb 1/2

Hunted by Meagan Spooner-This was an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast because we are able to read from the perspective of the beast but I felt it ended up being to predictable and the pacing was all over the place. bombbombbomb 1/2

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston-Great cover, great premise, and great time period but it was a missed opportunity to really dive into the historical fiction part.  Valiant suffered from tropes-instalove; girl fights; the old switcheroo; and the everyone-likes-me-even-though-I’m-the-same-lame ass-heroine-you’ve-read-a-million-times.  The pacing was also all over the place.  bombbomb

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas-This book has lots of buzz and lots of star ratings from book publications and I agree it’s a solid read.  The main character is relatable, it offers insight to a part of our country that many of us are unfamiliar, and it’s timely.  It was written well but it didn’t blow me away. bombbombbombbomb

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig-There were two problems with this book. #1. The rules were all over the place and it was beginning to get confusing. #2. Heilig tried to jam this book with big exciting parts but there was little character development and world building in the middle.  It was all, our ship is attacked-BAM; here’s this mysterious girl-BAM; time to sail to a land that doesn’t really exist-BAM; Nix blacks out-BAM; a character out of nowhere-BAM; Nix blacks out again-BAM; somebody shot somebody-BAM; now we get caught sneaking away-BAM; now my life has been a lie-BAM! If you like that sort of thing then you’ll love this but I prefer more story than stuff. bombbomb 3/4

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner-I’ll start off by saying that I loved The Serpent King better but this was a solid read.  There’s not much you can do with a grief book and I think Zentner gave it the old college try with this one. bombbombbombbomb

I also read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince for the second time and it’s my favorite of the series.

Strange The Dreamer was very close but sadly there were no bang in February.

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