Bitesize Reviews – Vol. 10

It’s bitesize review time agian – actually, this is a little overdue to be honest! I kinda let this slide, so volumes 10 and 11 will probably come quite quickly one after the other!

So, sit back and enjoy some quick mini-reviews!

Cloak of Night (Circle of Shadows, #2)

Cloak of Night by Evelyn Skye 4.85/5
Yay! I really liked this! And I actually thought it was better than Circle of Shadows! I gave CoS 4 stars, so Cloak of Night had one hell of an impression to make and it sure did make it!

Everything got better – the plot got more focussed and intense, the characters were developed even more, the stakes were higher and it didn’t feel like there was any filler. It was start-to-finish action and drama and the conclusion, whilst perhaps predictable (I hear ya) was actually satisfying.
I really loved the world Skye built for this duology, and I have to admit that this is an excellent duology that really did take me by surprise.

The characters are some I’d love to revisit at some point and there’s a huge re-readability factor in this duology.

At the end of the day, I’m super happy with this duology! A 5 start duology over all! 

Fetch (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #2)

Fetch by Scott Cawthon 4.1/5
Woohoo! Yay, I really enjoy the FNAF franchise, the games, the books – all of it.

This was the second instalment of the Frights series, and it’s just as good as the first. My favourite story was Fetch, it had some Child’s Play vibes, I’m not gonna lie. But it was still enjoyable. The whole collection suffers from lack of characterisation throughout, but we’re not exactly reading these books for the deep character arcs. We want schitcky 80’s inspired horror.

And we get it! Can’t wait for the next one!

If You Leave Me

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim 3.1/5
Well, this definitely has a beautiful cover – can’t take that away from it. But unfortunately it fell flat for me.

I really like the idea of this book, but I think the execution was lacking.
Obviously there are comparisons to Pachinko to be made here, but all I’m gonna say on that is that I thought Pachinko was better.

I feel like this book really missed the mark. I know that it was set in Korea after WW2, but I don’t feel like enough was really made of that and its impact on the characters. It was just kinda…an inconvenience for the characters rather than something life altering.

And there was far too much of a focus on the love triangle for me. If that’s your thing you’ll love this but it was too much for my tatses. Plus, I didn’t really get why the characters liked/loved/were infatuated with each other. They just were and that’s enough, and SO much of it was based on appearances alone.

I dunno, this just lacked a bit of soul for me. Not upset I’ve read it, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped either.

The Guest List

The Guest List by Lucy Foley 4.1/5
This was a surprise for sure! I read The Hunting Party by the same author and found it to be an annoying, labour-heavy read full of predictable ‘twists’. And then I saw this for a fiver and thought, ‘meh, nothing else to do in lockdown’ and boy am I glad I did! This is nothing like The Hunting Party! It’s actually pretty damn good!

I found all of the characters to actually have personalities this time – and distinct ones too! They weren’t all just cardboard cut-outs of each other! I thought the pacing was good and the writing was even better!

I really enjoyed the setting and the set-up that came with it, and I was grateful that the flashbacks didn’t give me whiplash!

I was kept guessing almost up to the reveal, which is pretty rare, and all in all it was an enjoyable read that has reinvigorated my hope in the author!


And that’s it for now, be sure to check out my Bitesize library for more quick reviews – if that’s your thing. But for now, that’s all from me until next time!

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