Mini Reviews #9

Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert

I tried reading this when I got approved by NetGalley month ago, but I somehow wasn’t in the mood for it, because I put it aside to read something else and apparently never picked it up again. I made up for that by giving it another try today.

But I still wasn’t satisfied by it. The pacing was off – I never thought I would say this, but it was too slow for me -, I felt no chemistry between River and Griffin whatsoever and while I’m normally a big fan of angsty books, this one didn’t do it for me. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect, but they were so damn insecure. It was driving me mad.

I don’t really know why I didn’t like this book. I’ve read probably 15 books by Annabeth Albert prior to Arctic Sun and I enjoyed them all in various degrees, but most of them I rated quite high, none got a 2 star rating though. Arctic Sun is going to get that and be the first Annabeth Albert book that gets one from me. I’m not sure if I will pick up another book of this series. Probably not, maybe Annabeth Albert and I are meant to go our separate ways now, after her books slowly declined for me the more I’ve read. We’ll see.

Rating: 2 stars

Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall

I stumbled over this book on Amazon and it sounded weirdly familiar, so I checked goodreads if I had already read it. No. But it was on my ARC shelf. Apparently I requested this book on NetGalley ages ago, got approved, put the book in my arc folder on my kindle and promptly forgot about it. I finally read it through and I really liked it. The two things that bothered me were the fact that they said “I love you” way too early for my taste – they were dating for two month, but on page we only saw the first two dates, so it felt kind of rushed, even though it wasn’t really – and that immature conflict at the end. That didn’t really do anything for the book, in my opinion. I just pissed me off a little bit. I totally wanted to give Isaac a big long hug after what happened with his parents.
Usually I enjoy my books with a dual first person POV, but wasn’t mad that in this instance it was just a single POV of Isaac’s.

Rating: 3.75 stars

Riot by Tillie Cole

To this date I don’t know what possessed me to request this one on NetGalley. I liked the first book in the series decently enough but quit reading the second one half-way through. I think I requested this way back then, because I was curious about 152 and 901. While I finally read this though, I remembered why I quit reading Reap, because this isn’t really my genre. It’s too crazy, too dark and too violent for me.

So I gave it a try, because I did request it, so I still owe the review for this and I got to about 30%. After that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I won’t rate this book because this is a clear case of “it’s me, not you”. I’m sure lots of people that like this genre, loved this book. It just missed its mark with me. I’m sorry.

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