Flash Reviews



Ever feel like you read too many books to give them all the proper review they deserve? In an effort to minimize my "to-review" shelf, I have created this page of Flash Reviews. Flash reviews 200 words or less and give a quick commentary on my general thoughts of a book. My hope is to use these as a launching pad to eventually return to and write a full-length review.

Archive

Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)
Cass, Kiera. The Selection (The Selection #1)
Cass, Kiera. The Elite (The Selection #2)
Cass, Kiera. The Crown (The Selection #5)
Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)

Flash Reviews

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA/ Horror / Supernatural
Date Read: October 2014
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Anna Dressed in Blood was one of those books that took me by complete surprise! When I saw that the main character was named Cas, I thought this would be an awful Suprnatural rip-off, and while I still think the author copped out with that name, ADIB was a refreshingly unique story.
I enjoyed Cas's personality because he took a new spin on the new-kid-in-school. Instead of desperately trying to fit in, he was trying *not* to make friends and failed. And Anna, of course, was a fantastic personality. She managed to straddle that line of being a bad-a** chick while being from another time when feminism wasn't exactly a thing. 
The couple things that kept this from a five star: the horror actually was on point for a YA novel, but the twists and complexity weren't quite there. I also loved the romance aspects, but I wasn't entirely hooked, more like I was enjoying from afar.
Color me surprised by this one! I even went out and got the sequel the next day!



The Selection (The Selection #1)

Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA/ Dystopian / Romance
Date Read: August 2016
Rating: 


A lot of people have called this their guilty pleasure read and I agree completely. The plot and the romance and fun and engaging, but the dystopian element is as flimsy as a cardboard wall. If the author put an ounce more effort into world building I would have taken it seriously, but as it stands, I felt like she needed to take an economics class. But as far as positives, America is a fairly engaging protagonist and the premise of The Selection has all the juicy drama of watching The Bachelor. I'll be continuing the series at the very least.



The Elite (The Selection #2)

Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA/ Dystopian / Romance
Date Read: August 2016
Rating: 

This book was simultaneously better and worse than the first. There was much more political drama and I found myself rolling my eyes less at the world building that I previously called flimsy. On the flip side, the romance got ridiculous. I understand that America is 17 and life is complicated at that age, but I have no sympathy for cheaters. Just pick one! Especially if she cares about politics, Maxon is the obvious choice, and she just needs to let Aspen ego instead of stringing him along. Here's to hoping that the next book is more political drama!


The Crown (The Selection #5)

Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA/ Dystopian / Romance
Date Read: September 2016
Rating: 

This was almost my favorite book of The Selection series if it wasn't so damn SHORT! 279 pages? Why you gotta play us dirty, Miss Cass? I have absolutely fallen in love with Eadlyn and all of her boys, and don't get me wrong, I love the ending of this, but I felt like there was no buildup whatsoever. I want to love this couple so much, but while we get to fall in love with their characters individually, the buildup to the relationship is literally non-existent. It is very in keeping with Eadlyn's character that she goes all in without even knowing if her decision is what he wants, but where's the fallout? Or even the lead up? So much was left unexplored I just have to wonder why this was published as is.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)

Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian
Date Read: August 2011
Rating: 

This book is an odd one for sure. What you're literally reading is a crazy world where Earth is destroyed, you can hear everyone's thoughts, and the land itself speaks to you. But once you adjust to all that, what you're really reading is a brilliant exploration of the human psyche and mankind's potential for evil. The protagonist, Todd, is a wonderfully complex boy-man who has never had the real opportunity to be innocent, and Ness takes you through an amazing journey as he faces the bigotry, sexism, and genocide perpetuated by the men around him. I'll be honest, The Knife of Never Letting Go didn't hook me right away, but once I committed to the series, it became one of my all time favorites.

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