Monday, April 29, 2019

April Mini Reviews

I had hoped to read more April books this month, but alas. My mood has been so ridiculous lately that I've just been following it without regard for release dates. But I did read these ones in the last two months!

*****

Title: The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1)
Author: Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019!

Find it on Goodreads.

My Review!
I'd really been hoping to write a full review about this book, but gah. I waited too long. I did REALLY adore it. It's slower in the beginning, almost too slow sometimes. But I think it's totally worth pushing through to get to the heart of this story. Which is that it's about 5 very messy, very complicated teenagers who don't always make the right decisions. But I love them so fucking much. Violet, Justin, Harper, Issac, even May (whom we don't get to know as well as the rest of them, and who *seems* like she hates everyone but really doesn't). None of them purely good, but I love that. They're unapologetically just. Who they are. And their relationships with one another are fraught with distrust and past mistakes and unrequited feelings, but tempered with childhood bonds and the desire to see the others safe. I have NO idea where the ships will actually end up at, and I'm excited to find out. I can get behind like every single pairing, even if I have preferences. Also loved how many of them are queer! And I adored the haunting, mystical-ness of the Gray and how it's the cloud hanging over their heads and they have to defeat it. It's not going to be easy, but neither are these kids. They just have to work together, if they don't kill each other first. 😂
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

*****

Title: The Takeover Effect (The Singh Family, #1)
Author: Nisha Sharma
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019!

Find it on Goodreads.

My Review!
I liked The Takeover Effect, but man, I wish I'd loved it. There was just a lot less romance than I was expecting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I felt that the stuff with the company was overpowering the relationship between Hem and Mina. So much so that I didn't really believe that they'd fallen in love that fast, especially considering they barely knew each other and they'd hardly spent time together outside of work. AND there was character inconsistencies with Hem, when he got so weirdly possessive a few times. I was like omg dude chill the fuck out. So the romance disappointed me a lot, and I'm SAD. However, I adored the brothers and their banter, and I deeply care about the future of Bharat, Inc. I have a feeling about the next book and who the couple will be, and I'm very excited for it! I just wanted a lot more from this one.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

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