Bitesize Reviews- Vol. 11

It’s bitesize review time agian – I’m running a little behind again! (who’s surprised?)

Sit back and enjoy some quick mini-reviews!

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan 3.25/5
This was ok. And that was it. Which is disappointing because I’d heard SO many amazing things about this, but for me it was just…meh.

I also genuinely can’t believe that this is going to be a trilogy…like…how? Maybe all the character development and plot that was absent in this book will be available in the next two books.
Ok, I’m being salty. But all in all, this wasn’t the be-all-and-end-all that I thought it was gonna be. I was a little bored during some parts.

There was little to no character development, or plot development really. It’s a shame really, because there’s a bunch of potential. The world-building was lacking too, I think the author relied on the readers filling in the blanks by themselves after giving a few lack-lustre descriptions.

The romance was flat and uninteresting to me. It’d be far more interesting if they just remain friends to me. Especially cos I’m not about that insta-love. No thanks. I’m so glad I listened to the audiobook for this because I opened the physical copy I have and looked at half the character and place names and thought – ‘how the hell am I supposed to pronounce that without sneezing?’

All in all this is a middle-of-the-road fantasy that I think would have made a bigger impact about a decade ago. Now it just kinda feels…meh. Not angry I read it, will probably continue the series, but I’m not super invested. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 4.6/5
Well, that was unexpected. I can’t remember what made me pick up this gem via audiobook but I’m so glad I did.

I was nervous about it because I really didn’t like ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ – I just don’t get what everyone was raving about with that book. But this one is something else!

I had no idea what to expect going into this book and honestly I think that’s the best way to experience it.

The characters’ lives were so well written that I genuinely cared and wanted to know. I felt for them, laughed with them, cried for them. I was really drawn into this world and I’m not usually one for historical fiction! But this really did throw me for a loop! Especially the LGBT storyline. My heart BROKE.

This whole world was lush and I was living for it. A real surprise for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow, #2)

The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson 4.9/5
This was the sequel we deserved after such an amazing first book! I’d also like to mention that I am SO glad that this is a duology and not a trilogy! I’m not saying that I wouldn’t wanna revisit the world – I would – perhaps in novella. But I think that a duology is perfectly formed for this plot!
Let’s talk about that cover OMG! How GORGEOUS is it? It’s also my phone screen – I just couldn’t resist. And Thia and Res are SO beautiful on it!

I was completely enthralled from page one all the way through!

The politics had me enticed, the intrigue, the betrayals, the plot the story, the development! OMG I just LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It’s EASILY one of my FAVOURITE series ever!
Every single character was so real, and deep and developed and I just believed everything they said! I felt what they felt and I was with them all the way!

My heart swelled, ripped apart, fixed, teased – you name it. This book is just SO good, and combine it with the first book, which was also 5 star, and it’s not hard to see why this book and series is FANTASTIC and has consistently high ratings!


The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg 4.7/5
I was on the fence with this one for a short while but all of a sudden it solidified itself as a five star read for me.

I initially had some issues with the characters – especially the ‘Wives’ and honestly a lot of what Jordan was about. But as the chapters progressed I softened a bit to them. I still have some issues with the ‘Wives’ but they aren’t as bad as they were in the beginning.

Max has my heart, completely. I adore him and my heart absolutely breaks for him.
This story is LGBT+ and so much more. It’s about self-discovery, acceptance, love and understanding. There’s also a sexual assault/rape storyline that is told with tact and addresses a ‘type of rape’ (for lack of a better word, I’m trying not to be insensitive) that doesn’t get addressed a lot and it’s so valuable for people, especially young people, to read.

I had a bit of trouble with some of the dialogue – but again this only came from the ‘Wives’ and some of Max’s friends. It didn’t seem real. But the important dialogue between Max and Jordan seemed incredibly genuine.

I loved the story, and the idea of the food truck. This was a really sweet and light romance that dealt with some really heavy topics and emotions.

Loved it.

And that’s another bitsezie review volume done and dusted! I think this one has some of my favourite books of 2020 in it so far! 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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