I’ve decided to start a new kind of review here that I’m calling rapid-fire. I have so many books that have gone unreviewed on the blog and I really hate that. But I just don’t have the time to dedicate to writing full reviews of every book I read. So a lot of times, when I read older books that I haven’t gotten specifically for review or if I just don’t have a lot to say about a book, I’ll never end up mentioning it here. But I don’t want to do that anymore. So I’ve decided to start these very short, quick reviews. I’ll cover several books at once and just say a few sentences about each and that way I can share about more books that I’m reading and I won’t feel guilty about that to-review shelf having so many books on it! I know we all love reading brand new books but this will also be a way to hopefully share a little more about those older books that might otherwise go unmentioned. So I’m going to try this out and see how it goes. If you really hate, please let me know in the comments!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by jimmy patterson on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Mystery
Source: Borrowed, the Publisher
I had a really hard time with the first half of the book and put it down for a while. When I found the audiobook at my library I decided to give that a chance. And I actually really enjoyed it! I definitely recommend the audio if you want to give this one a try but would also caution that while a lot of people love it and I enjoyed it in the end, I stand by my original feelings as well. The beginning was a little slow and repetitive and not as thrilling as I had hoped it would be. But I enjoyed the second half much more, especially that twist at the end!, and am looking forward to what the next book will bring them!
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #1
on August 28th 2001
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
I ended up liking this when all was said and done but I didn’t love it at any point during the book. I don’t know if it was because it was so different from what I expected (I thought she was older? I didn’t read the synopsis) or because she was so mean for a lot of the book or because I’m just slightly too old to really appreciate it. Either way, I think it’s a great book to have out there and think lost of teen girls would benefit from reading it, or at least enjoy it, and see that they aren’t necessarily alone even if they feel like it. I do want to continue with the series and see how Jessica continues to grow and change.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Published by Little on September 12th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
I actually owned this book for a long time before I ended up reading it and when I finally did, I couldn’t put it down. I really wasn’t expecting that because while I didn’t really know what the book was about, I’m not usually a big fan of teen male POVs. They can be very hit or miss for me. But this one was a hit! Junior’s story just felt so real and so different from my own world (except for the feelings of not belonging and the pain of loss and so many other emotions that all humans experience) and the whole book was so heartbreaking but he still had so much love and hope. I had almost no expectations for this book but it really surprised me and I love it when that happens. I think this is one everyone should read.
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Berkley Sensation on September 5th 2006
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, fantasy
I had just finished reading Anne Bishop’s The Others series and was looking for another adult paranormal romance series that I could binge if I wanted and came across this one. The titles make it sound closer to erotica than romance to me so I hadn’t picked it up before this. But I finally gave in after reading a bunch of gushing reviews for it. And I’m glad I did. It’s definitely romance and while there are steamy scenes, that’s not what it’s all about. It’s a bit more alpha-male, animal instinct type than I really like but the book was so addicting, I almost didn’t mind. I can’t binge them like I did The Others series because too much alpha-male possessive BS just drives me insane. But when I can get past that, this is really a lot of fun and a really good shifter romance, if that’s what you’re looking for.
How do you guys handle your reviews? Full reviews for all books or size doesn’t matter as long as you get your thoughts on the books out there?