Bitesize Reviews – Vol 4

It’s Bitesize review time again! For those who don’t know, I use bitesize reviews to review the books I don’t have time to dedicate an entire review to (or for those I’ve read that I just don’t want to give a whole review to).

So here are the next block of four! Be sure to check out Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3!

The Cerulean  (The Cerulean Duology, #1)

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing – 3.5/5 stars
Not the BEST thing ever, but better than I thought it would be from about 10 chapters in.

Honestly, I was considering DNFing this at about 10 (ish) chapters, but I’m glad I persevered. Hoenstly, this turned into a pretty ok fantasy story, and it’s going to be a duology, not a trilogy – hurrar! There aren’t enough of those! There are SOOOO many trilogies that should be duologies, but hey…money.

Anyway, enough of my cynical self. The Cerulean wasn’t bad. The world building was a bit lacking at times and info dumpy in others, and the planetary shift is something I couldn’t give two shits about. Honestly, I’d have loved a whole story on just the Cerulean race…you know…what the title of the book is about…I didn’t really care about the human side of things.

I’ve also read other reviewers say that this book is problematic…I don’t really see that. Genuinley. Sure it’s a bit odd that an alien race that only has females has a member of the species who suddenly likes males…even though she’s not really got it in her ALIEN biology for that, but whatever. It didn’t bother me enough to care. And I genuinley didn’t see anything else ‘wrong’ with the book. But I guess we all see different things.

I think the book is a good 75 pages longer than it needs to be, but I WILL be continuing the series because I’d hate to see a rare duology go to waste….plus the next book is out in about a month, so it’s good timing and I’ll likley remember the plot.

So yeah, 3.5/5. Not great, not bad.

That's Not What Happened

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger – 3.25/5 stars
This was an interesting take on the ‘school shooting’ sub genre. I hadn’t seen something like this before and I was super interested.

I apprecaited the characters and the attention to detial in different narratives, as well as the focus on the victims and not the shooter.
But I just felt like this lacked a little bit of charm. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t great either. Very middle of the road.

It was an interesting exploration into the ‘who controlls the narrative’ idea.

Glad I’ve read it, glad I didn’t buy it though.

Solid 3 stars

Horrorstör

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix – 3.75/5 stars
Grady Hendrix knows how to write cheesey, campy horror and it’s awesome. This was a fun toungue-in-cheek romp through an IKEA knock-off store that’s kinda haunted.

I really enjoyed the characters in the book, I felt myself rooting for them and being excited to see what would happen, and nervous too!

The dropped stars came from the ‘spooks’ themselves. I just wanted a bog-standard demon thing for no real reason. Instead we got some hauntings with a back story and reasons etc. Usually that’s fine, but I feel like this one was a bit…lame.

But still fun!

Sometime After Midnight

Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips – 1.5/5 stars
This was a bit wanky and pretentious. Or maybe I just really wasn’t in the mood for this kind of book. Or maybe I’m jaded. Or a mix of all three.

But I wasn’t into this at all.

I found the couple cute at the beginning and then the idyllic and perfect ‘problems’ made me irritated and bored.

All of the ‘hurdles’ or plot points were so cliche and predictable and just…urgh. I was so bored.

It was SO over the top idealistic and unrealistic.

Urgh. Whatever

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