Wrapping Up the Year: 8 Mini Reviews

Quick thoughts on books I have read and reviews I have been avoiding.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

It was a bit of a slow burner for me, but overall I enjoyed this book. I liked the ideas different versions of the same city are connected by magic and the consequences of using magic. This series was pitched to me as “adult Harry Potter,” which was a good way to get me hooked. It comes as no surprise to me that I liked A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors. I have yet to read something by her I did not like. I look forward to finishing this series, once I do a full series review is coming!

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I listened to the Audible podcast that was a dramatic adaption by Marty Ross. It was amazing! I highly recommend all Audible memebers give it a try if you are interested in the story. Since it was an Audible original, it was included in my membership—thus free to listen to (I did not need so use a credit). The podcast is 15 episode in total.

Here is a link to the Audible, or check out your local library for a copy of Moby Dick.

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called Christmas so so so so so cute!!! Matt Haig has a voice in children’s lit that I enjoy much more than his adult novels. I can’t wait to read more from this series. I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. If you are looking for something filled with the holiday spirit and the whimsey of childhood check out A Boy Called Christmas.

A Boy Called Christmas was adapted by Netflix into a movie, it is also cute. Perfect family movie to enjoy with some hot chocolate.

It Ends with Us & Verity by Colleen Hoover

Honestly, Hoover’s work is not my cup of tea. Good work, good writing, just not for me personally.

The Last Wish by Andrzeji Sapkowski

I loved The Last Wish!! I listened to the audiobook and plan to continue listening to the series. I watched the Netflix series, which peaked my interest in the books. I decided to time my reading of The Last Wish and Blood of Elves around the release of season 2 of The Witcher. It was exciting to explore the adventure of Geralt leading up to the events in Blood of Elves.

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

I liked it, but didn’t love it. I know younger readers will fall in love with this story. Knowing that, makes me happy. This YA missed the mark with me, but I am not the target audience.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unsettling, exciting, and morally grey. I will finish up the rest of the series in time and write a full series review. Shusterman’s work is amazing, there is little he writes that I do not enjoy.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I wanted to fall in love with this book. I was so sure I was going to love the Grisha universe. After watching the show, reading reviews, and the hype overall had me convinced this series was for me. Sadly, I ended up not finishing Shadow and Bone. I plan to revisit Shadow and Bone in the future, but for now, it returns to my shelf.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?

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