Bitesize Reviews – Vol. 8

It’s bitesize time again! Get ready for another 4 of my recent reads that won’t get their own full length reviews. Buckle up for some short but sweet reviews!

In the Red

In The Red by Christopher Swiedler 3.75/5 stars
Ya know, I’m clearly in to space exploration. I should jump on more of this immediately. But on to In The Red.

This was a short but really fun story set on Mars. The characters are really great and the representation of both mental illness and how it’s handled are both pretty good.

I felt for the characters and their situations, and the tension was definitely something to enjoy throughout! There were some really great high-stakes scenes, and because of the off-planet setting we were just as clueless as the protagonists at times. In the good way.

The only real negative that I can think of is that it’s a little bit forgetable. I’m writing this review 2 weeks later and I’ve kinda forgotten the finer details of the plot. I was fully in to it when I was reading it, but it doesn’t hold on to me after the fact.

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden, #1)

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau 2.5/5 stars
It’s sad, but…meh.
Royal and political games in a fantasy setting, and a duology. AND a brother/sister story battle for the throne. It should be stellar. But…meh.

The plot was flimsy and flat. And honestly, I didn’t really care too much.

Every now and then there would be a chapter or two that did hold me attention, and were written well and the characters stood out. That’s what kept me listening (audiobook). But they were few and far between.

Despite not being overly invested, I’m gonna give the sequel a go.

I’ve enjoyed what this author has done before, so I’m hoping it can be salvaged.

Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden, #2)

Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau 2.5/5 stars
Just like its prequel….meh.
Which is frustrating because good duologies are hard to come by.

I got to admit, I was more bored with this one than the first one. Not by much, but it was noticeable.

Pfft. I mean, I’m not angry I’ve read this series, just disappointed.

If you’re looking for a series that doesn’t take much brain power, this is the series for you. But just don’t expect too much from it.

Again, flat characters, predictable plot, frustrating choices. Blah, blah, blah.


Kill the Boy Band

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky 4.75/5 stars Omg this was SO much fun! This isn’t a the type of book that I initially thought that I would give 5 stars to, but I can admit when I’m wrong, I’m a big girl! And I was wrong here. This book was NON STOP FUN!

Plus, the audiobook was AMAZING to listen to!

Ok, so we follow some fangirls who obsess over their favourite boyband…and let’s just say things get out of hand. But not just in the ways you might expect! There’s inter-friendship issues, drama, love, hate, it’s actually quite complex at times, and there are some twists and turns in the book that I didn’t see coming!

I loved the characters, I believed the plot (which is already quite farfetched, but I genuinely believed this is some crazy shit that could happen) and the writing was really, really good.

I really enjoyed this book – it’s a quick snappy little novel with some re-readability to it!


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