Hey, guys. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer filled with new memories that you’ll take with you as you return to school, work, etc. So, I read a variety of different books this summer, ranging from YA fantasy to classics, and I thought it would be easier if I just gave a brief review and my general thoughts in one post instead of sixteen separate ones. A few of the novels do have their own individual reviews you can find in the Book Review section of this blog, but others didn’t feel like they warranted 1.5k words from me.
I’ll give a rating out of 5, and a few thoughts for some. If you guys would like a more detailed review, don’t hesitate to comment and I’ll be happy to share one with you! So, I’ll give the reviews by genre:
Roar by Cora Carmack – 4/5
The plot was interesting, the magic kind of new, but the characters were kind of just eeeeeenh for me?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – 4/5
I only read it because the movie is coming out (soon?), and I wanted to know the plot before I went and saw it in the theaters. Ruby is very engaging, and the book was sO funny, but the reason I didn’t give this a 5/5 was because I wasn’t really feeling it? It wasn’t hard to get into, but it was hard to maintain my interest.
Okay, so basically most of these were just cute and fluffy reads, and they were all generally good, so I recommend each and every one of them to you guys if you want to delve into the YA contemporary genre. That said, I do have a few thoughts for a couple of these.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – 4/5
November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 4.5/5
THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. I NEEDED TISSUES. AND FRIENDS. AND LOVE. LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS. Basically, go read it. But be prepared to cry and be in an emotionally traumatic phase for ages.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 3/5
I didn’t like this tooo much, but that said, it’s all right.
On the Fence by Kasie West – 4/5
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West 3.5/5
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – 4/5
By Your Side by Kasie West – 4.2/5
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 4.5/5
OH MA GOSH. SO CUTE. CONTAGIOUS LAUGHTER. The protagonist is so vivid and enthralling, her journey so fabulous that you’re gonna want to travel to Italy right away. Somebody take me to tour the Tuscan countryside and meet really cute guys, please? That and her personal discoveries made me cry, but what she finds out about her mother and herself is worth the read.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – 4.5/5
Probably one of my favourite reads of the summer. Dickens’ writing is beautiful, engaging, and albeit long-winded, but I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It’s probably my favourite classic, and I’m so thankful to Cassandra Clare for making her characters love this book so much that I had to read it too. Quite a bit of history in this one, but the love story and the insight into humanity is SO deep.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 4/5
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – 4.5/5
I liked this more than I expected, actually. Definitely reading this to my kids someday.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 4.5/5
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – 5/5
FICTION & LITERATURE
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – 5/5
HOLY CRAP. I REALLY LOVED THIS (obviously). I’ll be taking pics of it very very soon, and you can bet that I’ll be rereading parts of it in preparation for Thor: Ragnarok.
Thanks for reading this, guys! Remember: If you want a synopsis or a more detailed review, then find me on Instagram @fangirl_corner or comment here and I’ll be sure to provide one for you.