March Mini Reviews

This month I am again doing mini reviews of my audio/library books for the month. I ended up with 10 this month {almost 11}.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky Under the Wide and Starry Sky~ 3 stars

For the most part I enjoyed this one, but I felt that it was really long and dragged in certain parts. The best moments were when Fanny and Louis are together. Though this is based on a true story and actual people,  I think the author did a good job of building a story around the known events and filled in the gaps with creative license.

Every Day (Every Day, #1) Every Day~ 4 stars

While my audio copy had a few glitches, I really enjoyed this book and was able to identify with A and with their choices. In many ways I identified with Rhiannon as well, though she had a few whiny moments that kind of annoyed me. I want to find out what happens though, so I really want to read the second book now.

Carry On Carry On~ 4 stars

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one. I wasn’t sure if it would be a parody on Harry Potter or if there would be any reference to Cath from Fangirl. I found myself rooting for Simon and Baz and laughing out loud at intervals while listening to this one.

Bone Gap Bone Gap~ 3 stars

This is a tough one. While I enjoyed the book, I think I was a little let down by all of the hype surrounding it. So many people kept raving how wonderful it is, and I just didn’t get that same experience. I think is was very well written, had some great characters and good world building, but it left me feeling a little flat in the end.

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2) The Spiderwick Chronicles Books 1 &2~ 4 stars

These are incredibly fun! They are written for children and are super quick reads but definitely suitable for an older audience as well. The world building and characters are great and each book is a separate adventure, though they should be read as part of the series since they are so short that the background is only given in the first book. Each book was only about an hour long in audio format {bonus, the audio is narrated by Mark Hamill}. I can’t wait to read the next installments.

Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office Bitter is the New Black~ 4 stars

Jen Lancaster’s debut memoir is hysterical! She takes a lighthearted look at a very serious time in her life and shines through her writing. Be warned, if you are adverse to swearing or easily offended this book {author} might not be for you. But I loved it!

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake~ 3 stars

I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I wanted so much more for Rose and from Rose. In many ways I felt her adult self still acted like her childhood self, I felt like there was no real growth of any of the characters… except maybe George. I kept feeling like I was missing something important. Maybe I need to read it in physical form?

Stuart Little Stuart Little~ 4 stars

I remember this book as being much longer when I was a kid. But I guess it felt longer then than it does now. And Stuart is a bit more arrogant than I remembered as well. But still, revisiting this gem from my childhood was a lot of fun.

The Good Luck of Right Now The Good Luck of Right Now~ 4 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one when it started out with a letter to Richard Gere, but I fell in love with the story, Bartholomew, Max, Father McNamee and the whole crew. It was a truly endearing story and a look inside a person who often lives on the outside of society. I even came to enjoy the format of letters to Richard Gere. There is so much hope in every line, and the characters grow so much over the course of the story. I utterly adored it. And I really want to find out more about Cat Parliament!