It has been a while, but I have another bunch of mini reviews for you. Two of these are novellas, so mini reviews make lots of sense. Furthermore, I have two books I don’t have much to say about, so here we go.
Tahereh Mafi – Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on March 5, 2019
Series: Shatter Me #4.5
Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates this gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me!
Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.
The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.
This novella is about Kenji and you basically read the final chapters of Restore Me from his point of view. Kenji is my favorite character in this entire series, so I was happy to read his point of view. The novella is short and you could finish it in one sitting.
Holly Black – The Lost Sisters (The Folk Of The Air #1.5)The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
on October 2, 2018
Series: The Folk of the Air #1.5
Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . .
While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke.
Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.
The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.
Honestly, this novella didn’t make any sense to me. Yes, it’s Taryn’s story, but she is just trying to justify her actions in an open letter to Jude. The Lost Sisters is only available as an ebook, but I really didn’t like it. I finished this within half an hour because it’s so short. Did it add something to the actual books? No, it doesn’t. Because nothing from this novella comes back in The Wicked King.
V. E. Schwab – A Conjuring Of Light (Shades Of Magic #3)A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Published by Tor Books on February 21, 2017
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE?Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
This mini review hurts to write. Why? I really liked the other books in V. E. Schwab‘s Shades Of Magic series, but wow what was A Conjuring Of Light? I found it really slow-paced, I couldn’t get sucked into the story and I was bored. Trust me this hurts. I still liked the world et cetera, but I just can’t give this book five stars. Maybe I will try this again when it’s out in Dutch, because I mixed everyone up as well. Such a pity.
Aimee Carter – The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 19, 2011
Series: Goddess Test #1
Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...
I never read The Goddess Test, so it was about time. This is an older YA book, so I was curious whether I would like it or not. Well, I did. However, I think I would have liked this book much more whenever I read it back in 2013 – that’s when the Dutch translation came out. This book is full of clichés, tropes and it’s less action-packed than current YA fantasy, but it was not bad. The way Aimee Carter intertwined Greek mythology into the story is original and unique. However, I won’t pick up the rest of the series as there are so much more books to read.