August 31, 2015

Elevator Reviews #2

Elevator reviews are my idea for mini reviews. Basically, I pretend I'd be able to impart all the information I relay below from the time you enter the elevator until you get off at, say, the fifth floor of a building.

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A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Grade: D
An ARC was provided by Read Between the Lynes in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: A retelling of Disney's Aladdin with a twist. Jafar has the lamp from practically the minute Aladdin retrieves it and he does not have good intentions.
Review: Cool concept, but it turned out to be fairly boring. The first few chapters recount the movie with a few unnecessary changes. Jasmine has lost some of her spunk, and I wasn't feeling most of the dialogue or plot. I had to take a lot of breaks in between reading this one.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Nope.

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Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Grade: DNF
An ARC was provided by Read Between the Lynes in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Alma and her family are illegal immigrants. Evan is the nephew of a U.S. senator. Star-crossed love ensues.
Review: One of the things that drives me nuts is a book that copiously intersperses another language with English and then doesn't translate most of it. Not everyone speaks Spanish. So I spent a lot of Dream Things True trying to guess what was being discussed. In addition, I felt like I was being told Evan and Alma had chemistry and what-not. I didn't feel their relationship was realistic at all. I stopped at about page 141, and there wasn't much else besides the romance happening.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Nope.

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Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
Grade: C-
An e-galley was provided by HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Man and son next door are abusing their dog. Girl gets involved. Romance between boy and girl ensues as they train the dog.
Review: Whippoorwill seemed to lack a solid plot. Stuff happened, but I felt there was no end goal. It was a short book that probably could've used an additional 50 pages. Clair, the protagonist, didn't take action or wasn't as decisive as I wanted her to be. The writing style was very stilted and distancing. Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this one.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: No.

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Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne
Grade: C+
An ARC was provided by Read Between the Lynes in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: After the events of Midnight Thief. I don't want to say much at the risk of spoiling the first book.
Review: I think my one problem with this duology is that there don't really seem to be many consequences for actions. Things came too easily to the protagonist and her friends. I liked the clan elements and the parts with the felbeasts, but there weren't enough of those.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Probably not.

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