Mini Reviews #2 | The Queen’s Rising, The City in the Middle of the Night, Graceling, Slay On Tour

Hello Humans! I enjoyed writing my mini-reviews for library reads last time so I thought I would give it a whirl once more. I’ve been a little trigger happy with that request button lately so there will absolutely be a few more posts like this in the coming weeks/months

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The Queen’s Rising

The Queen's RisingPicked this one up on our library’s ebook service, largely because I have the second one to read on NetGalley and thought it would be a good idea.

What a sweet little very YA (ok, it’s more NA but the tropes are YA) story. Fair warning/recommendation – there is some student/teacher romance in this, everything occurs between characters who are very explicitly of age but probably worth noting as I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But I thought this was very nice. If you read a lot of YA, as I do, then I don’t know that it will do anything particularly new for you, but it might spark that happy nostalgic feeling that comes from books like this. I have yet to read the summary for book two in any detail but I will say that this book ties off fairly neatly – so I’ll be interested to find out what happens in the sequel.

Ballgowns, swords and a whole load of genealogies – this book was fun.

My rating: 3/5 stars

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The City in the Middle of the Night

The City in the Middle of the NightOOOOOH, this one was WEIRD. I read All the Birds in the Sky right when I started blogging and I don’t know that I had the right frame of reference for what I would be getting into, so with this book I had a slightly better idea and this book still got pretty weird.

I say that as a compliment. It’s wondrously weird. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read. It reads like almost a science fiction fairytale, there was that sense of timelessness to it.

I’m a little bummed that this was a library book as it absolutely warrants a re-read just to get my head around some of the characters a little better – but the fact that I want to re-read it so soon is a great sign.

Fair warning – this book will not suit everyone, in fact, I think there are some people who are going to really dislike it, but I’d recommend giving it a chance and going in with an open mind. This is a truly fascinating world, but it’s the characters within that really shine.

My rating: 4/5 stars

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Graceling

GracelingI got this out as part of my project to get some of the backlist titles off my ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads – so it was good to finally tick this one off!

I think this book is perfectly fine, a good strong protagonist, some nice female friendship moments, some nice romance in there too. I think I would have adored this had I read it ten years ago – when I was the target age. At the moment I think the market is so flooded with ‘she has killing powers, she is but a tool, can she free herself?’ titles that this isn’t as cutting edge (pun not intended) as it once would have been.

I thought this might have edged a little close to being more about the guy she falls for saving her than her saving herself…maybe just a little? But perhaps that’s me being overly critical…

But perfectly fun to read and I’ll probably still pick up the rest of this series in due course, but for now there are other books to read.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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Slay: On Tour

Slay on TourSuch silly fun! I found the first book in this series such a good time it seemed like the best plan to read the sequel and I’m glad I did. This is a wonderful, really quick read that knows exactly what it’s doing. It would be a great book to give to a young person who is perhaps not so enamoured with reading, just because it reads very like a television program almost? I thought that the focus on different characters and their own struggles after the events of book one was really good and I would certainly read more books in this series if/when they come out!

My rating: 4/5 stars

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Honestly, I read so many library books over our Bookaneerathon weekend that I have no choice but to split this blog post into two – stay tuned for part three!

Which of these books is on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

J

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