By: Melanie | March 29, 2013 | (13) Comments

‘Back to back mini reviews’ is a sort of ‘meme’ I made up in 5 minutes. This meme happens only when I have two mini reviews that are too short to be placed in just one blog post. So I put them together, make a name to make it fancy and VIOLA! here they are. I will aim to do this only when I must as I prefer my way more in depth thoughts and critisms. But of course, this girl has gotta have her slumps or reviewing or just speechlessness or hate towards some books so this seemed like the convenient choice! (Do you like my button^^? I tried to make it as professional as a 13 year old could make it :D)
Title: Nameless
Author: Lili St. Crow
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA, fantasy, fairy retelling
Series: Tales of Beauty and Madness #1
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Pages: 304 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book:  Received from publisher for review

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters.

Thank you Penguin for letting me review this book. No compensation was given to alter this review.
It has come to my great despair to not finish this book. I have heard several great thoughts and reviews of Strange Angels so I assumed this would be just as good or even better. Well..maybe not. Originally, I started to read this book about a month ago, I stopped within 5 pages due to its mind fumbling writing and slow pace. At her picking the novel up again, I gave up because my first thoughts were correct.
Nameless showed great potential. I kind of understood the direction of where this book was going but confusion dominated this novel as well as the monotonous/cryptic writing. Okay, maybe not cryptic but incoherent. There was so much happening over shorts spurts of time, I just couldn’t do it anymore.
Nonetheless, if you originally wanted to read this, go ahead, this is not one of my DNF reviews were I go off ranting on how bad it was, this one was more of the level of my patience and curiosity for this book. I may try in the future, but for now, it will remain as a DNF. Recommended to fairytale retelling book lovers. Stopped at 31%


Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA, chick lit, romance
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1
Release Date: September 26, 2006
Pages: 336 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

13 Little Blue Envelopes is a quick, light read that will intrigue young readers from the first page. This ‘road trip novel’ is filled with adventure and a cute romance. Maureen Johnson manages to pull off an entertaining story in 300 pages that may not fulfil older readers’ expectations.

Looking at the Goodreads shelves for 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I’m quite positive that this should actually be under ‘Middle Grade’. Now I love the MG genre, in fact, my top two authors are MG writers, so my level of expectation for a MG novel is set at the stars. 13LBE most definitely did my reach my standards. There were so many holes in the plot and the main character was so oblivious and annoying. While I thought the plot line was excellent, the way it was executed was horridly poor.

All in all, I am not a big fan of Maureen’s novel, it was my first one by her, and probably the last. Everything seemed to childish and just not for me. MG people can try this but MG readers may dispute this as it had nothing too remarkable or anything that screamed depth.


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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13 Responses to Back to Back Mini Reviews (1)

  1. Ben McMann says:

    Girl, you have such great talent! That button is so gorgeous and matches the theme of your blog perfectly 😀 Nice improvisation of the meme. I totally know what you mean about short reviews, but I enjoyed reading these all the same. Thanks for the heads up on Nameless

  2. Anonymous says:

    The button is really pretty, who did you make it? what site? I agree about 13 Little Blue Envelopes, it was so Middle Grade. I hate it when Goodreads places them under the incorrecct genre, it’s Walking Disaster all over again. *angry face* That was NEVER suited for YA ;S I like your reviews, even though they are shorter than your standard ones. But compared to other people, these are quite the right length, like you said, you are no normal person ;D

  3. Amy says:

    I have had 13 Little Blue Envelopes for a while. I still haven’t read it yet. It sounds really cute though. It’s too bad it didn’t really work for you. I think going into it knowing it’s more MG like might help me to enjoy it more than if I had expected it to be YA.

  4. Giselle says:

    Nameless is so disappointing because look at the cover! Boo-urns! haha. I really enjoyed Maureen Johnson’s other series but this one has gotten not so great reviews and I don’t think I would like it much either. It does sound a little too youngish for me as well.

  5. Meihuan says:

    Nice blog Melanie! Love the button, and great reviews, I might avoid 13 Little Blue envelopes for now 😀

  6. Marie says:

    I love your graphic! Being your age, I couldn’t do anything like that, so awesome work! Props! I have heard a lot of iffy reviews for 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Might want to take this one off of my TBR. Well, thanks for letting me know. Nameless looks kinda weird from the summary, so I’m not surprised it didn’t live up to your expectations.

    Marie @ Marie’s Bookworm Blog

  7. Kirsty says:

    I really like to see a blog including reviews of a book even if it was a DNF for them. I hate to just see all good reviews.

  8. Melanie says:

    Thanks guys! You’re all gems <3

  9. Adira says:

    ouch! lol I’m surprised you didn’t like this one. It’s one of my faves however, I can see what you mean about the characters in the book being a bit childish. The sequel is a bit more big kids storytelling if you ever decide to give it another go. Keith isn’t as big a prankster in that one and Maureen flushes out he characters a lot more in her sequel.

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