Bitesize Reviews Vol. 15

It’s bitesize review time yet again! You know the drill, here are 4 mini reviews for books that won’t get their own full length one!

Enjoy! (and also check out my past library of Bitesize Reviews!)

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I Killed Zoe Spanos – Kit Frick 3.9/5
Ever since One Of Us Is Lying I’ve been looking for a good YA murder mystery/thriller, and ever since Sadie I’ve been looking for a book that utilises a podcast within its story. And I’ve found that in I Killed Zoe Spanos.

Anna moves to the Hamptons to quell her party girl lifestyle before college and she takes on a babysitting job with a kid who adores her. But Anna keeps getting weird looks – apparently, she looks JUST like Zoe Spanos who went missing earlier. When Zoe’s body is found (not a spoiler, don’t worry) Anna admits to the murder. But did she actually do it? What’s going on in The Hamptons and what happened to Zoe Spanos?

It took me a little while to get into the story I have to admit. But once I got there I was pretty hooked. once I got to grips with the characters (again, a little confusing in the beginning) I couldn’t get enough.

I wanted to know how Zoe and Anna were connected if they were at all, and if it was a ‘real world’ scenario or if something a little more supernatural was going on.

I adored the podcast element -if you get a chance to listen to this on audiobook because it’s a full cast and it’s incredible!

I’ve dropped a star and a bit because of the initial confusion and the ending rubbed me the wrong way – I personally didn’t like it, but I’m sure others might!

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Fangs – Sarah Anderson 4.6/5
OMG this was the CUTEST thing I’ve read this month!

Omg, I’m so happy! I started off thinking that it was a little odd and that perhaps I wouldn’t get into it that easy, and then by the next page I was so on board!

This is amazing and I’ve already pre-ordered a copy!

The love story is sweet and endearing but never sappy and the humour is both dark and fluffy!
My cold dark heart is a little warmer now!

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Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng 2.9/5
Yeah, ok, I kinda knew I wasn’t going to be ranting and raving about this book for any positive reasons before I even got into it because….well… it’s a contemporary family drama. And they just aren’t my thing.

I actually tend to find them kinda boring and Everything I Never Told You was no exception. But I read it because I really wanted to try something different and out of my usual reading comfort zone.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing itself was really well done, the characters felt real and the way the stories all intertwined and came together was both realistic and clever. But I was left with an overwhelming feeling of ‘so what?’ when I finished.

I know that’s kinda shitty of me because there’s a death of a teenager in this book and blah, blah, blah, but I was just kinda left feeling flat. I just didn’t care. Maybe it’s because (tragically) the story isn’t exactly unique in comparison to real life. Unfortunately, stuff like this happens all the time in real life, and I just felt like the characters were so ordinary that I just couldn’t care.

But the writing was good and I imagine that if family dramas are your thing you’d love it. Just not really for me. Think I’ll give Little Fires Everywhere a skip based on this.

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Breaks Vol. 1 – Emma Vieceli 1.8/5
This was a massive disappointment.
Not only is the comic itself confusingly laid out, but the characters themselves are confusing. We got zero backstories with either of our MC’s of Courtland or Ian so I not only didn’t much care when shit kicked off, but I was utterly confused too.

I quite liked the art style in the lineart aspect but I like my graphic novels to have colour in them, or at least an attractive colour palette. This was set against a sickly looking green and grey and it was thoroughly unappealing to view the entire time.

Also, the opening line (or thereabouts) mentioned the killing of a person, but by the time I got through to the end, only to see ‘End of arc 1) there had been nothing of the sort. I hate being misled.

But on to the biggest misleading aspect -this is billed as a love story. And you know it’s going to be between Ian and Courtland. Yet most of the book is about the hatred and back and forth between Ian and Spencer. Urgh. Not a fan. Won’t be continuing unless I borrow from the library or something.

Such a shame. I’m glad I bought it at a discounted price.

And here we are again, at the end of another bunch of bitesize reviews! I hope you enjoy and feel free to check out others I’ve done!

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