By: Melanie | January 22, 2015 | (96) Comments

The other day I was just staring at my shelves, as one does, when I noticed that on my read pile, I had a lot of review copies that I never ever ended up reviewing. Like A LOT of unreviewed books. So two things happened after that:

1) I freaked out because my gawd Mel you are a terrible terrible blogger and then

2) I came to my senses and thought… I’LL JUST SPAM EVERYONE WITH A REVIEW POST FEATURING ALL THE BOOKS. And a giveaway because I luff you all. (Yes, it’s INTL open. SEE?! I CAN KEEP PROMISES.)

I suppose the main reason why I left these books reviewless is because I had very little to say about them (most of these I didn’t like) and I somehow forgot about them completely in the midst of school and exams from last year. BUT I PROMISE. I will be much more organised this year *nods*

Anyhoo, this post consists of a total of 18 mini reviews for books from a whole array of genres. I want to give huge hugs to Random House UK, Penguin Australia, Bloomsbury Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia, Scholastic Australia, Hachette Australia and Thames and Hudson Australia for providing these review copies and for not mincing my body since I didn’t review these books earlier. (Okay that was a bit dramatic but I’m in a dramatic mood today so DEAL WITH IT PEOPLE.)

So yes, let’s begin.

Curious Contemporaries

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.47.39 pmGirl Online by Zoe Sugg | DNF | Goodreads | Purchase 

When this book arrived in my mailbox I actually had no idea that this book was written by a “celebrity”. Anyway, I soon found out that Zoe Sugg was actually known as ‘Zoella’ who is a YouTuber and I watched some of her videos and they were pretty cool. I can definitely see why she’s become an inspiration to so many others. Unfortunately, Girl Online didn’t really reflect much. Instead, I was given a generic story line that was so very predictable.

So predictable to the point where I could almost guess exactly what the main character was going to say when she opened her mouth. Yup.

Furthermore, this book felt awfully “childish” to me. I’m not trying to be condescending or anything but the narrator’s voice felt more like a 12 year old as opposed to the 15 year that Penny is meant to be. And this is coming from someone who is a 15 year old (me).

Despite that, the main reason why I actually ended up DNFing this book was because of the great and terrible: instant-love.

Then I do look up, and for a split second we’re staring into each other’s eyes. And click—I feel another part of me slotting into place with him.

That GIF sums it up just about right. Just NO NO NO.

Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais | ★ 1/2 | Goodreads | Purchase 

My feelings are very… mixed on this book. While I really didn’t like it in the end, the writing was absolutely gorgeous. I could eat M. Anjelais’ writing for breakfast, lunch and dinner if books were edible. Another reason why I should have loved this? It dealt with mental illness. Yes, this Mel loves all the deep and dark stuff. Unfortunately, the plot and characters was were this book was lacking.

This book was incredibly disturbing. Basically we have two women who agreed to have a child each; a girl and a boy and when the girl and boy grew up, they would marry each other so the two women could be grandmas together. And so, that’s exactly what happened. Except there’s something that’s wrong about the boy (Cadence). He pulversied a butterfly when he was young and he even hurt Sphinxie (the girl) with a knife, which left a glaring scar on her. Cadence is a sociopath. At that point, I thought: “Okay… this could be incredibly interesting and unhinging.” But I really struggled with this book because I was having a hard time believing what the author was feeding me. The characters didn’t feel authentic at all–Cadence included. I was constantly annoyed at Sphinxie’s decisions and actions which made me want to rip my hair out. She wants to look after Cadence, but at the same time she fears him? WHY DON’T YOU JUST GO AND GET SOME HELP.

In the end, I just didn’t really understand what the point of the novel was. Was there even a moral to the story? I strongly think not.

Broken Strings by Maria Farrer | ★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

A book with a strong music presence? HECK YES this book had my name all over it.

Here’s something you should know about me: I am obsessed with music. I play piano and am currently in Grade 8. This year, I’ve started to self-teach because it is just so much less stressful. I used to play percussion, flute and the clarinet and my uncle taught me a bit of guitar when I visited China. I used to play the recorder too (but really, it’s like a requirement in primary school these days) and I also learned the ukulele for about 3/4 of a year in Grade 6. You could say that I’m very music involved, so yeah, I had a lot of expectations for this one.

Anyway less about me, more about this book.

Broken Strings follows 17 year old Jess who just blew the most important violin audition to gain a scholarship at one of the most prestigious music schools (think something like Julliard). But one day, her grandmother comes knocking at Jess’ house with a second chance to play along with some of the greatest musicians ever. ISN’T THAT AMAZING? A second chance. Not everyone gets those. Yet still, Jess ends up wallowing in the corner with self-pity and is pretty much ungrateful and bitter about everything in her life for the rest of the novel. I mean, seriously, Jess? You’re life is so much more decent than other people’s. You get a bed, shelter, food, a freaking second chance, and people who care about you. SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?! Jess was the sole killer of my enjoyment towards this novel, and she didn’t act like a mature 17 year old AT ALL. As my mum would say: “How about we go on a holiday to Africa and see how you like it?”

OH but let’s talk about the romance. Oh god. THERE’S A FREAKING LOVE TRIANGLE. HOW ON WORLD DOES JESS HAVE TWO GUYS FALLING FOR HER?! It makes no sense. Her personality is horrifically ugly, so I don’t see how anyone could possibly be attracted to someone like her. Unbelievable.

Despite my constant rage over how terrible Jess was as a character, I still found the story line to be mildly intriguing. It was the only reason why I wanted to keep on reading, to be honest. But, when you add up the pros and cons, the cons totally weigh this book down.

Summary in two words? Don’t bother.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.53.46 pmSearching for Sky by Jillian Cantor | ★★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

If you want a book to mess with your emotions, I suggest you turn to this book. 

Sky and River have lived on the Island all their life. Survival is all they’ve ever known and life is good until River spots a boat approaching. They soon discover that just across the ocean lies California, and they are whisked into a world of technology and sophistication.

There’s something incredibly beautiful about Jillian Cantor’s writing, and I love it so very much. She perfectly depicts the trauma and confusion and feeling of not belonging and never shies away from those feelings. This book left me completely raw and it seriously damaged my heart. Searching for Sky is a sad, but also utterly gorgeously magical novel. I highly recommend it.

As Stars Fall by Christie Nieman | ★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase

Pros: As Stars Fall is narrated by 3 different protagonists: Robin, Seth and Delia. All three voices were incredibly distinct from one and another. I particularly loved Robin’s narration. I think I clicked with him the most because his was the only POV that was narrated in 1st person and his personality was brighter and evidently more vibrant than Delia and Seth’s.

The writing was absolutely gorgeous. I mean, it’s Aussie YA! What more can you expect? Aussie YA has this special flare to it, and this novel was no exception.

Cons: Despite the fact that the writing was gorgeous, it sometimes became a little too wordy. The descriptions did go overboard at times and I found myself skimming them constantly.

Another thing that I was skimming constantly was Seth’s POV. He’s a very closed off character and while I can understand that he’s having a rough time with all the grief that is clouding him, all he does is get drunk and high for majority of the novel. ._.

The One and Only Jack Chant by Rosie Borella | ★★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

I’d like to ask two questions: why didn’t I know about this book earlier? And why hasn’t this book received more recognition? 

I received this book nearly a year a go and it has taken me ONLY FOREVER to get to it. This novel was absolutely beautiful and a nicely crafted tale that dealt with topics that should be addressed more often. Getting old, dying, living and accepting. THIS BOOK HAS ALL THE DARK AND PROFOUND GOODNESS. Except, this book isn’t just dark and profound;  it could be amusing at times as well. And insanely beautiful. There are characters you want to root for and the secondary characters aren’t any less fantastic than the main character. Also: MATURE PROTAGONIST! Faith in YA: restored.

Now go, go, go! Grab a copy and you can come and thank me profusely later.

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman | ★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

Doesn’t this have such a lovely cover? It reminds me of those heart shaped lollies that I used to be addicted to.

So let me break it to you now: this book actually consists of lots of excerpts from already published books. I KNOW. Imagine my face when I found out. 

Anyway, I still enjoyed this book nonetheless. It’s an anthology made up of lots and lots of love stories and extracts. If I had to sell this book with one word it would be: DIVERSITY! But seriously guys, this book is insanely diverse. There’s all kinds of love here, some are sad, some are happy, some are amusing, some have LGBTQ themes etc. You get the point. This anthology had it all. If you enjoyed My True Love Gave to Me, then I certainly recommend you give this one a go because it was a lot of fun to read through.

Refreshing Retellings

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.56.26 pmThe Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester | ★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

I haven’t read a lot of YA contemporary fairytale retellings so this was an incredibly fun one indeed.

Unfortunately, that is the only way to describe this book: fun. I would’ve appreciated more depth or complications but it’s a rather straight forward novel and that does benefit in a few ways–especially this being a novel of only around 300 pages. I mean, too much drama just causes the plot to go real messy, that that wasn’t the case here. Aside from that, I really struggled to connect with the protagonist, Lily. She’s very… spoiled. And very very rich. She gets everything given to her and even in the real world, she totally struggles to look after herself and there’s always someone else there to save her which just didn’t sit well for me. Sure, she did grow to be a better person in the end but for majority of the book, I was constantly irritated with her.

If you want something light and quick and don’t mind rich and spoiled narrators, this is still definitely something you should check out. 

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George | ★★★ 1/2 | Goodreads | Purchase 

I have never read a Norwegian fairytale retelling before so this was incredibly new to me. It’s based off this folklore called East of the Sun and West of the Moon with a splash of Beauty and the Beast. 

This story was an incredibly enchanting and beautiful one, indeed. I did feel that it moved a little too slow but the gorgeous writing made up for that completely. George’s writing feels almost magical, and I totally ate it all up.

Love you always, miss you always… running day and night, leaving the place of sun and moon, of ice and snow.
Never look back, never forget.

I absolutely adored Lass. She isn’t a total badass or all that strong, but she has a loving heart and a sweet spirit. She’s always looking out for her family and I feel as if I haven’t met many characters like her before.

I will say that I wasn’t as convinced about many of the other characters in this book. I remember reading a lot of reviews a few months back saying how the romance was swoon-worthy but I didn’t feel particularly moved by it at all, which was unfortunate.

Humdrum Historical Fictions

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 9.00.13 pmPaper Planes by Allayne L. Webster | ★★ 1/2 | Goodreads | Purchase

This is a novel that takes place during the Bosnian War–now, I am not what you’d call a history geek (because I hate history so goddamn much *whispers* please don’t hate me) but it was still really interesting to find out more about this period of time.

However, like most people have pointed out, this book is probably aimed at the lower middle grade level. Our protagonist is about 12 years old of age–though he did feel younger than that on several occasions with how ‘childish’ he felt. Perhaps the author was trying to illustrate the innocence of Niko? I honestly do not really know, but he did not really sit well with me for a narrator.

Despite that, the author put in a great effort to show the devastation and destruction that war can bring to families and loved ones. While I didn’t feel much emotional attachment to anything in this book, it’s perfectly suitable for younger children who want a good war story.

The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano | DNF | Goodreads | Purchase 

I honestly do not have much to say on this one at all because it has got to be the most bizarre novel I’ve ever read (or tried to read). Basically, Cynthia has a mysterious neighbour called Miss Hatfield who invites her over for a drink. What Cynthia doesn’t know is that Miss Hatfield is immortal and Miss Hatfield slipped a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth into Cynthia’s drink. Now, Cynthia is immortal like Miss Hatfield and is destined to become the next Miss Hatfield (I mean really, wtf). But before that, Cynthia must go back in time to a few centuries back to steal a painting which might help find where the source of immortality comes from. Along the way, Cynthia falls in love (because why not) but oh no! the guy she loves is engaged with someone else. *face palm* I’ve recently acquired a lack of patience with books and this is a prime example of why. The story line just made no sense to me, and several parts in this book I had to put it down because I struggled to get through it. I get what the author was trying to convey through her writing but the plot line wasn’t really helping me want to continue.

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey | ★★★ 1/2 | Goodreads | Purchase 

I’m becoming to adore Alyxandra Harvey’s novels more and more. I was quite a fan of A Breath of Frost and while Haunting Violet wasn’t as good, it was still significantly better than many other historical fictions that I have read. Why reasons why it worked?

1. It’s actually the funnest historical novel I’ve ever read. AND IT HAS ALL THE FLUFF. We need more light hearted historical fiction in YA. Everything historical fiction seems to be always linked back to war, which is great, but that was not the only thing that happened centuries ago.

2. There’s no annoying love triangle and the romance was seriously cute and developed realistically. Colin makes everything 10 times better.

I tried not to look as if I was hiding a handsome young lad under the mattress.

3. There’s a murder mystery involved. MURDER MYSTERY! My favourite sub-genre since forever.

4. Mediums! Seances! Fraud! I picked this one up because it reminded me a lot of Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, so if you’ve read that book, this is totally your thing.

Dull Dystopians

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 9.02.24 pmCrash by Sean Williams | ★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

Crash (aka Crashland) is the second book to the Twinmaker series, and while it didn’t feel like a book that suffered middle-book syndrome, everything about this book is best described as “okay”. In other words, nothing here really did stand out. Crash doesn’t deliver anything new to the table; it’s your average sci-fi with a fascinating story line, and a lacking plot and characters that I struggled to root for. Clair’s a girl that I definitely felt for at times, except it’d quickly escalate with her doing something stupid and highly questionable. What I did find interesting was how this book touched on the involvement of technology in our lives through the Improvement which basically makes you look like a better version of yourself. This was probably one of the only pros, for there wasn’t any further development in ANYTHING else (characters, world building, plot, relationships), which was frustrating. The book does end off on a cliffhanger once again, so I might pick up book 3 since I’ve already made it to book 2.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing | DNF | Goodreads | Purchase

After the early reviews started rolling in for this one I was getting less and less excited about reading this one. I mean, JUST LOOK AT THE COVER! HOW COULD I NOT WANT TO LOVE THIS?! Anyway, I had this period of time where I just decided that I was going to skip this completely, BUT THEN I saw three people give this 3-4 stars and they’re all people whose reviews I completely trust… and well I gave in to the cover and read it. Well, I didn’t really read it. I more like, barfed through it.

I’ll give the book this: it was a light and fast read. I was almost finished by no time but then figured that there was no longer any point so I DNFed it after Ash and Violet just started overly-infuriatingly cheesy. (Note that they were already infuriately cheesy and instant-lovey beforehand.) The instant love is actually so bad.

This is when they first meet

I can only stare. His mouth curves into a full smile and I feel my lungs contract, making it very difficult to breathe.

And then just moments later when Violet is alone, staring at her beauteous self in the mirror

I’ve never thought much about kissing, but the idea of Ash’s lips against mine–
I giggle.

Oh and then later at that night intense staring ensues

I look up and meet a pair of bray-green eyes, no longer soft but blazing. Ash doesn’t look away, and neither do I. His gaze is fierce, and open, and it makes me feel alive. He isn’t looking at a surrogate–he’s looking at me. 

I mean really, no shit he’s looking at you. *eyeroll*

It’s only been a couple of hours since I met him, but he’s somehow even more handsome than I remember. My whole body feels like it’s blushing.

I CAN’T DO THIS ANY LONGER.

Anyway, if you like the whole X meets Y thing, the best I can give you is The Hunger Games meets The Selection. That being; the excellent potential of The Hunger Games but actually just as bad as The Selection. 

I’m done here.

Celine did a full review on the blog and it’s 10000 times better so you should check that out.

Flimsy Fantasies

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 9.06.08 pmOtherbound by Corinne Duyvis | ★★★ | Goodreads | Purchase

I’m actually incredibly confused to why I never ended up review this one because I enjoyed it quite a lot and it deserves so much more notice in the reading community. If you want an incredibly diverse sci-fi that’s executed exceptionally, this is one you want to pick up. Race, disability, sexuality–this book has it all and the author dealt which each one with so much effort and represented them fairly. This one is an important novel, and while the characters didn’t move me and the plot was slightly lacking in places, I definitely recommend this. 

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry | DNF | Goodreads | Purchase 

Liars…such LIARS.

I was told that there was steampunk…BUT I DIDN’T GET ANY. There was what, one tiny, minuscule aspect that could’ve been considered as part of the steampunk genre? But other than that, this was your average fantastic fiction novel. Actually, quite a below average read.

Not only was the pacing was irritably slow as the scenes were awful long and boring but also Lena was infuriately annoying–she got jealous when she found out that Jimson, a guy that she just met (who also has a terrible name) was engaged I mean woman! Seriously? Not every guy you lie your eyes on if your boyfriend. Furthermore, this is one of those books that spoil everything in the chapter titles. What a way to ruin, suspense, right?

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 9.06.35 pmConjured by Sarah Beth Durst | DNF | Goodreads | Purchase 

I think this book was a bit of a “me” issue. I mean, THE PLOT LINE SOUNDS SO AWESOME. Unfortunately for me, this book wasn’t getting anywhere plot-wise. I’ve read a few reviews of this one beforehand and they all said that not much happens until much later in the book, and I must agree, for majority of the book, I was utterly bored. I DNFed this one around half way through because Eve, the main character, lacked so much dimension. I get that she’s a completely new person because of the Witness Protection Program but that doesn’t mean she has to be a blank slate for the entire novel. I do know a number who did love this one, so don’t let my judgment weigh too much here. 

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney | ★★ | Goodreads | Purchase 

I originally thought this was a contemporary read because that’s exactly what the cover screams, but when paintings start coming to life? You figure it’s a fantasy (or a contemporary with magical realism in it, I’m no expert on determining genres) pretty soon. I think what killed it for me was how lacking the descriptions were. I was pretty pumped about reading another book set in Paris, but I didn’t get that. Whitney doesn’t really spare any effort to make this feel like a book set in Paris. There weren’t any qualities that made me feel like it was set there; it could have been set in the Sahara Desert for all we know.

Starry Nights was incredibly disappointing, and I honestly don’t think I can recommend it. Perhaps people who appreciate art could look into this one, but it’s not a particularly memorable read, in my opinion.

I won’t lie, this was an insanely exhausting (but somewhat fun) post for me to write. Now excuse me as I go tackle a tub of ice cream to cool down my brain that is currently frying itself. Oh, and you readers can go and enter this INTL giveaway that I have down below. FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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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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96 Responses to It’s Rainin’ Reviews + A Giveaway

  1. Rebecca says:

    18 reviews in one post? Woah, nice work! But sorry a lot of these fell flat for you 😐 Glad you enjoyed Otherbound, it’s one I’d like to get to. The One and Only Jack Chant looks good, off to look that one up!
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  2. Hilary says:

    MY GOSH THIS TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO READ! I’m guessing it took you twice as long for you to write. I borrowed Otherbound a long time ago, but I haven’t had the chance to read it (darn those due dates). I don’t know most of these books but now that I read your reviews of them, I probably won’t read them. I’m half-groaning along with you and half-laughing because your reviews were quite funny. HA!

    And no, no, no! You’re a wonderful blogger! Don’t you think otherwise!
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    • Melanie says:

      Hhaha I’m sorry! 😛 More like 100000 more times to write. I do hope you give Otherbound a go! It’s so diverse–even though I didn’t manage to full love it.

      Aw thanks hun xx

  3. HELL Mel, HOW LONG DID THIS POST TAKE YOU TO WRITE??!! I think you TOTALLY deserve that ice cream 😉 SAVE ME SOME? *bats eyelashes* OOOOH and The Jewel was like the stupidest book EVER. It made me rage far to much, urghh. :/

    YOU’RE AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BLOGGER!!! I’m the bad blogger, remember. 😉
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    • Melanie says:

      It took me a few days haha. I wrote a few reviews a day so that I wouldn’t completely die but right now I’m completely drained of review juice xD

      Aw thanks! And no, you aren’t! But hey, those comments of yours on Celine’s review were hella funny to read omfg ;D

  4. Alexandra says:

    That’s the first time I see so many reviews into a single post! You’re amazing! Thank you for the giveaway and I would love to have Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. I’ve been glaring at this book forever! 🙂
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  5. 18 REVIEWS!? YOU ARE CRAZY. 😉

    Oh, shame you didn’t like The Jewel! I still haven’t read it but I’ve now seen very, very mixed reviews for it, so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it. xD
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  6. miki says:

    i never saw a post with so many review ( and review making sense 😉
    thank you a lot really and i would be really happy to discover the norvegian retelling^^ so from all your review the ” Sun and Moon, Ice and snow ” really caught my interest
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  7. Mai T. says:

    This must be some kind of record for you? Thanks for the share and giveaway!

  8. Diamond says:

    I love the idea of mini-reviews. Yours weren’t even that mini, so hurrah! I’m not really embarrassed (anymore) to say that I haven’t really had any of these on my tbr or maybe pile. I’m pretty selective I guess. And, I’m hugely out of the loop even with like bestsellers, Idk how it happens I hear of things, but don’t really read a lot of them. Except, omg I FINISHED BLOOD OF OLYMPUS AND…. *dies* *cries* I’m like in mourning right now. I can’t even read Greek Gods right now..It makes me so sad..ahhh I don’t wanna say bye to these characters.
    Ok, back to the relevant post lmao. I like those retellings look good, other than that…meh. pass. :O
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    • Melanie says:

      Hah, yeah I agree, some of them came out longer than I expected. TBH, I don’t blame you because many of these were such duds and you’d be wasting your time if you read them IMO.

      AHHHH OMG RIIIIGHT THAT WAS EXACTLY ME. I’M STILL SO NOT OVER IT.

  9. Jillian says:

    18 unreviewed books?? That’s okay I understand LIFE HAPPENS.

    I only know a few books here, like Girl Online by Zoella. I only know Zoella through my classmates who watch her (they like vloggers, and I don’t because I can’t stand watching them ramble to me haha). But I’m sorry you DNF-ed it. I heard so many mixed reviews though. And based on the summary, I can tell it’s a very predictable story :/ Great review Mel!!
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  10. Heather says:

    Wow! 18 really good reviews. Well done! I actually quite enjoyed The Jewel… It was an interesting idea and had a good cliff hanger at the end.
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  11. OH WOW 18 REVIEWS!!!!! That is a feat well done! *stands and applauds*
    Oh wow I’ve read some of these too! I actually quite liked A Rapunzel Dilemma, I didn’t mind Lily because she went through a great emotional journey and that’s what I felt was really great about the book. And Lily’s grandmother is just hilarious! XD
    Searching For Sky sounds a lot like that movie Blue Lagoon. ha ha
    And also I have a bookmark of Haunting Violet…but not Haunting Violet itself…hmm but I do really want to read it! 😀
    AND HOW DID I NOT FOLLOW YOU ON BLOGLOVIN’? Guess I accidentally missed you when I was doing a major follow-everyone-because-you-just-came-back-from-PTALive-and-discovered-Bloglovin-and-the-book-community. That was in intense activity actually. Then I also got twitter. 😀
    Great job on all the mini reviews! And ooh 1 more thing, I kind of guessed that Girl Online was going to be like that which was why I have no interest in reading it, but thanks for cluing me in, but I did kind of expect.
    xoxo
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  12. Wow Mel – I don’t know how you managed to do it, but writing 18 mini reviews in one post is pretty impressive! I definitely agree that The One and Only Jack Chant should get more recognition that it did – I actually really enjoyed it. Keeping with the Australian theme, I found As Stars Fall really poetically written as well, though I do agree that Seth was a bit of a let-down in the character development department. I *still* need to read Conjured and Starry Night (bad I’ve left it this long I know *sigh*), but I think part of the reason is that I haven’t been hearing great things about either of them which makes me wary. Oh well, I suppose I’ll EVENTUALLY try them out anyway…hmmm.

    In all, fantastic bite-size reviews 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Heh yeah xD I’m so glad that we agree on that! I wish it got more notice because the book is truly fantastic, and other books that aren’t as good get more notice like whaaaat.

  13. This is quite insane, but entertaining too. 😛 I’m not reading The Jewel because of all the bad things I’ve read about it. It just doesn’t seem like I’d enjoy it.
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  14. Lindsay B says:

    I loved skimming through these mini-reviews. I added a couple to my TBR list and took one or two OFF that same list. I’d gladly read another long review post like this again if you get behind on reviews. 🙂

  15. Wow. This is an IMPRESSIVE number of reviews in one post Melanie! No wonder you’re exhausted:) I haven’t read many of these, but I did read the Jewel. I quite liked the world and premise of that one, but the romance did ruin the tail end of the book for me. I could have gone without it entirely:) Hope you enjoyed your ice cream, you deserve it after all these reviews!
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  16. You rock girl, posting all those reviews. I can totally understand why you hadn’t gotten around to it. There were so many in there that were subpar and I get why you didn’t want to review them. I hope that you are learning to be more selective these days so you aren’t getting as many bad reads, it has taken me three years to learn that, but these days, I am definitely not getting as many ARCS and I am loving the books I am reading.
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw thanks! Yeah, I am totally being more selective with my reading now, except reading the occasional bad book helps remind me of how awesome other books are.

  17. Woah, that is a lot of book reviews in one post. Good job! Sorry you didn’t like a lot of theses though.
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  18. I’ve not heard of a lot of these though I did read The Jewel and was underwhelmed. I have wanted to read The Conjured since I really liked The Lost by the author. I love the idea of putting all these reviews together! And thank you for the giveaway.
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  19. Do not apologize for mini-reviews. I always feel guilty about doing them and then I realize that people actually like them, because they can get my opinion quickly without all my blah-blah-blah.
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  20. Hahaha, The Jewel, what a terrible book. I finished it, but be happy you didn’t. It doesn’t get much better.. I really like Sun and moon, Snow and Ice. Good to see you liked it too 🙂
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  21. Mini reviews are my best friends! Seriously, there’s not enough time in the world to write a full length review for EVERYTHING. So I support this decision 100%. 😀 The only book that’s remotely on my radar from this list is Haunting Violet, and I’m glad to hear you like it + no love triangle! I may have to give it a try in the future.
    ((The Jewel, tho, lolol))
    Thanks for sharing, Mel!
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  22. Susan T. says:

    You are a reviewing machine! Lol! Too bad a lot of these were DNF or 1 or 2 stars. It is so disappointing when books are a total waste of time. I have some of them on my TBR list and I think I’ll be taking them off. Life is too short to read crappy books! 🙂

  23. Missie says:

    I thought the Jewel was ok, but I didn’t even realize how corny it was until I read your review!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  24. Hey, Mel! I actually like what you did in this post. Several reviews in a post? Whoa! Great reviews as always. 😉
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  25. Oh my poor Mel, hahahahahahh. Well, I’ve never read a post with so many reviews in it. But, hell, that was fun! Such a shame ”Jewel” seems to be such a dull book. Puts one gorgeous cover to waste. Meh. Anyhow, would love to win Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow 😀
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  26. YESSSS to Alyxandra Harvey, I was so surprised with how much I enjoyed A Breath of Frost, I’m definitely eyeing off her other stories. She really has a way with the characterisation and historical fiction aspects. They’re not overwhelming at all. I really like Zoella, but I predicted her book wasn’t going to be all that great and pretty much a cliche. Didn’t even bother reading it. Glad you enjoyed Sun & Moon etc etc, Beauty and the Beast is actually based on it.

    I’m actually impressed with how many books you can get through despite being so busy! Half the books you’ve read and forgotten to review are still sitting on my TBR to be honest. Mostly because they don’t appeal to me at all. :/
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  27. Omg, I literally had the SAME thoughts for most of these!! I said the same things about The Jewel, Breaking Butterflies, Broken Strings, As Stars Fall, and Searching for Sky. OH and Paper Planes. Although I felt so guilty about hating that one because I felt literally way to old for it. 🙁 But ugh, Broken Strings was SO annoying and actually really incorrect. I used to play violin and she was doing stuff that violinists don’t do…especially at her “level”. -_- Ugh, and the Seventh Miss Hatfield was just insane. It doesn’t even match it’s blurb. It just…no. It’s one of the few books I’ve given 1-star to.
    GOOD ON YOU FOR GETTING THROUGH ALL THESE THO.
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    • Melanie says:

      omg really? *fist pumps you* THAT IS SO FREAKEN AWESOME. OMG right I was so annoyed with Broken Strings–just checked out your review on GR. I do believe that she could reach a high level at that age because I reached grade 8 piano at 14 and i’m not exactly some pro or anything yet hah. Yes omg I didn’t get Miss Hatfield at all it was so wtf-ensuing.

  28. Oh no. 🙁 I think your blog ate my first comment…

    Loved reading your thoughts on these, Mel! Definitely biggest post I’ve ever read…a lot of these books I’d already decided to stay away from, but you’ve convinced me to give Haunting Violet and The Rapunzel Dilemma a go. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway, lovely! <33
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  29. JennRenee says:

    wow quite a few duds. I really enjoyed Jewel. It wasnt by far the best dystopian i read but I enjoyed it enough to continue to the next book. been curious for haunting violet. that one doesn’t sound to bad. Not so sure I had any of the others on my radar. Thanks for all the mini reviews.
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  30. I feel like there needs to be a Blogger Guinness Book of World Records just for this post! 😉 I’m sorry to see you DNFed or didn’t enjoy most of these but wonderfully detailed reviews despite their “mini” quality. 🙂
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  31. You are crazy. So many reviews!!!! It was fun though.
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  32. Lexa Cain says:

    OMG – you are hilarious! I love your sense of humor. Even if you’re giving a book a thrashing, you still keep it light and fun. Congrats on all the reviews. I only owe one … yet I’m blog-hopping and FB-ing instead…
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  33. This is impressive! First of all, you helped me to remove a few books from my TBR, so that was good 😉 Also, I am completely guilty of loving The Jewel. I only feel a little bit embarrassed too. Guilty pleasures are fine sometimes haha. I agree completely about Searching for Sky, I loved that book, and I really really hope there will be a sequel some day!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yay! Glad that I could help out there, Shannon. Aw don’t feel guilty! Lots of people loved it, but I just couldn’t see the appeal. It’s quite a polarised read, really xD

  34. Woah. I also have tons of unreviewed books but I’m either too lazy to review them or I can’t find the words to say. Amazing amazing post, Mel! This inspires me to at least post a mini-review of those unreviewed books. 🙂 One of these days, hopefully. 🙂
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  35. So, um…WHERE DO I START? Lol, did I mislead you about The Jewel? I’m sorry. I knew most people wouldn’t like it 😛 But how have I not heard of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow?? I’m actually plotting an epic fantasy based on Norwegian folklore (because I’m going into year 12 and I’ll have SOOO much time to write… -_-). Anyway brilliant reviews. You deserve a clap for being funny/brilliant enough that I read all of them 🙂
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  36. Nara says:

    Holy guacamole that is a lot of reviews! I don’t even know what to comment on; there’s just too much lol. This is actually a pretty good idea haha. I feel like I have a massive backlog of reviews to write as well, and it’s awkward because book amnesia means I can’t remember a fair few of them well enough to write reviews…
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  37. HOLY MEL YOU ARE AMZING HOW DID YOU DO THAT. I’m steering clear of Girl Online. No childish books for Jess (she ain’t got time–what’s wrong with me today LOL) AND MUAHAHAHAHAHA THE JEWEL. Those quotes. Yeah, that book went downhillllllllll and was pretty much unsave-able (look I even made up a word, or I probably don’t know how to spell) in the end.

    You’re a superwoman. Those reviews were amazing.
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  38. 18 reviews in one post?!? Wow, you really are insane. 🙂 I’m so glad you really liked Searching for Sky. I haven’t heard any negative things about it, and the blurb is so unique and intriguing. It’s a shame you didn’t like Paper Planes. That book is on my TBR because I actually really like MG books, and it’s even better if it’s historical fiction. Oddly enough, I hate history class, but historical fiction is my favorite genre.

  39. Wow, 18 reviews at once? That’s seriously impresive! I’m lucky if I can write two reviews in one week!

    This was so fun to read through though! I’d already pretty much determined that I was never going to pick up The Jewel but after reading this and the snippets you included now I know for sure that I should never ever pick it up, I can’t stand insta-love and that sounds like pretty much the worst case of it. I was actually mildly interested in Girl Online, I liked the premise, but now I’ve been hearing so many bad things, AND it has insta-love!? That’s definitely my biggest pet peeve when it comes to books and something I can only rarely forgive.

    Awesome post and great reviews! =)
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  40. I’ve heard the whole backlash about Girl Online and kind of glad I didn’t receive that one for review! Oh man, Breaking Butterflies was one of the most disturbing books of all time, but yeah the characters were just a bit too unrealistic. And I wish there was a point too!

    I have Broken Strings to read as well but it sounds like something I probably won’t enjoy unfortunately, I don’t like whining lol.

    I was annoyed with Lily in The Rapunzel Dilemma as well, especially how she kept on talking about her riches *shudders*

    Thanks for sharing a lot of reviews of books I have to read, like Otherbound, the Peculiars, Conjured and more! Grea epic mini reviews Mel, I’m impressed you reviewed them all in one!

  41. Jaz says:

    Far out Mel you GUN. That was amazing. I loved the headings you used for these haha and now I know which of these to keep away from. I had a feeling The Jewel was something I didn’t want to bother it. Definitely seems so eye-rolley.

  42. Kelly says:

    I couldn’t agree more with most of your mini reviews Mel, some of these were just awful. Breaking Butterflies was the one that angered me the most. Honestly, it romanticised abuse and mental illness and that boy needed his ass kicked, not to coddled. The other one that let me down as well was Conjured, it wasn’t just a YOU thing. I expected creepy, dark and delicious carnival and it was just a teen drama really. Loving these mini reviews, an awesome way to get through a big hit of the ones that didn’t work for you without having to spend any more time on them. Great idea Mel <3
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  43. Taylor Lynn says:

    Wow, how very ambitious of you, Melanie! This is a crazy-long post with a ton of reviews, BUT I read every one of them and so I can say good for you for catching up. 😉 I haven’t read any of these books, but I do have a few of them–Searching For Sky, Otherbound–on my to-read list. I’ve heard fantastic things about both of them, so I was pleased to see that you liked them, too! And thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway–SO EXCITING. If I win, I totally want a copy of Otherbound, woohoo!

    By the way, thanks so much for stopping by my blog recently! I appreciate it. 🙂
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  44. Shamara says:

    Wow so many reviews! This must be a record 🙂 I haven’t read any of these books but I’m so disappointed in The Jewel, it looks so pretty and the synopsis seems good but it seems very underwhelming from the reviews I’ve seen

  45. Diana Sousa says:

    So many interesting books! This must have been an… interesting post to do 😛 But congrats, and thank you for the giveaway!
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  46. Look forward to THE LONGEST COMMENT IN HISTORY, HAHAHAHAH.

    Girl Online: I’ve never watched the YouTuber’s videos, and I will NEVER pick this up, since she actually did not write it. It was ghost written and she made the world believe it was her book. So much hate for that, to be honest. When there are writers who can’t rely on fame to get published and actually WRITER THEIR OWN BOOKS, but must. Calm. Down.

    Breaking Butterflies: I don’t think I have seen ONE positive review on the blogosphere for this novel. I have a copy, but I am a little tentative to read it because everyone is just like EW THIS CADENCE GUY IS SO GROSS. I am not sure what I’ll think, but I want to find out and see if I haet it as much as everyone else, haha.

    Broken Strings: You pretty much summed up my feelings for that book. I actually found Jess’s character a bit bordering on rude. I mean, I’ve never met a seventeen year old who acts the way Jess did. And yes. TWO people liking her? And one being older? I found that incredibly hard to believe.

    Searching for Sky: I did not get the feels for this novel AT ALL. I was actually just generally pissed off the entire time I was reading it. The ending felt like a complete cop out, and just a ploy to make readers feel something. Ugh. Not a fan.

    Crash: I wasn’t a huge fan of book #1 in this series, so I’m not really surprised that this wasn’t exactly a scintillating read. I just really felt like the whole book was a bit bland – the world, the characters, the stakes. No development? Another cliffhanger? I don’t think I’ll end up reading it, to be honest.

    The Jewel: You DNFd? HAHA. I actually didn’t mind this novel so much. I detested the instalove, sure, but I thought that there was enough in it to keep going, despite its flaws. You should have kept on reading, just so you could have gotten to the part where Violet declares that she doesn’t want to live without Ash and wants to be with him forever. After meeting, like, three times.

    Otherbound: Yay, I’m glad you liked this one, Mel! I hadn’t heard about it until I saw it on an LGBT+ list somewhere, and then it instantly mafe my list. I’m glad the author deals with diversity really well, because there’s nothing worse than a novel that deals with it badly. I’m looking forward to reading this one 😀 Except boo @ plot lacking in places.

    Conjured: Another DNF? I am actually pretty keen to read this one, because the premise sounds really awesome, but a book with no plot is not the best thing, is it? I’ll probably still give it a go, but my hopes are not too high.

    Starry Nights: OH GOD THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY MUCH INSUFFERABLE. I agree that there was no effort made to make this book feel like it was set in Paris. I mean, everything was in English and the descriptions were not there at all. I like art, but I was not a fan of this book at all. The rushed romance and the barely-there plot were a huge let down for what could have been a pretty awesome story.
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  47. Rocio Bazan says:

    Wow so many reviews! It’s crazy!

    • Rocio Bazan says:

      I have not read any of these books but I hope to have the opportunity to do it soon! Thanks for the giveaway. Kisses!♥

  48. Valerie says:

    YOU SURE LOOK LIKE YOU HAD FUN. If only I read so many books to write reviews on them! Maybe one day. But anyways, I like how your longest review/rant was for The Jewel. Ooo but I do want to read Searching for Sky, and it does sound like a really good read 🙂

    AWESOME REVIEWS YOU CRAZy
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  49. Haunting Violet and Other bound sound good. This post must have been so much work! Good job! It was a fun read. I actually got Crashland unsolicited, the only arc I’ve ever gotten, so I should really review it. It’s a shame it wasn’t better.
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  50. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    I love the mini reviews! I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about The Jewel. I have a copy of it but I haven’t read it yet. Still I will give it a chance one of these days. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  51. January says:

    Holy crap this is the most reviews I’ve ever seen in a post! It’s unfortunate that you didn’t like Girl Online, because I have been meaning to read it, but now I’m hesitant. I do like Jessica Day George’s writing though! I haven’t heard of a lot of these books. Thank you for bringing them to my attention! I am quite interested in a few now! Great reviews! 🙂

  52. Melody says:

    18 reviews. You’re crazy (not that you haven’t stated that in your profile already XD) But I understand that feeling when you finished a bunch of book but have little to say but your inner reviewer is yelling at you because you haven’t written a review in ages…(okay, that might just be me)
    ANYWAY. I like this kind of reviews nonetheless. They’re short and easy to read, especially welcoming when I don’t have much time 🙂

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  54. Michelle Lee says:

    Thank you for this amazing chance! I thought the books that you’ve reviewed were of interesting reads! I don’t believe I have heard or seen those titles before. You’ve definitely put some on my new list to reads. 🙂

  55. Louise says:

    Yep, you’re definitely crazy for doing so many reviews all at once. I appreciate it though, since they were an interesting read and very well done, perhaps just because you’re crazy. :p

  56. Jaime Lynn says:

    You might be a bit insane, but you are truly awesome, too! Seriously, fantastic reviews. Every single one of them were great. Thanks for giving your readers such a fantastic post!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!
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  57. Chelsea B. says:

    Whoa! You go girl! Awesome post!

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