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Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshana Chokshi

2.5 stars: It was somewhere between okay and good.

Aru Shah and the End of Time cover (link to Goodreads)

To be fair, the book had to be returned to the library before I finished. I think I was 2/3 through. There were things I liked about it (the premise and the mythology mainly), but I didn’t quite feel as if the author had zeroed in enough on the character or the plot. It’s hard to say for sure since I didn’t finish reading, and if I hadn’t run out of time I probably would have. But since I now need to put it back on hold to read the rest, I find I don’t care enough to. Many people find this book a lot of fun. It’s been compared to Percy Jackson, only with Hindu mythology instead of Greek. (Spoiler for a few weeks from now: I didn’t like Percy Jackson either. In fact, I liked it much less than Aru Shah.)

Review: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

2 stars: It was okay.

Orphan Island cover (link to Goodreads)

I was raving about this book up until about the midpoint. It was such a strange, intriguing setting, and I was dying to know where the story was going. I loved the way the story was slowly revealed in a beautiful voice. And then . . . the main character made the wrong decision, which I should have expected, and things went wrong, but not exactly all the way wrong, and for the rest of the book there was this vague sense of unease but not really more than that because things went mostly how she wanted them to. And then at the end she waited way too long to make the right choice, only now I’m not sure it’s the right choice, I’m not sure what the author is trying to say, and none of my questions have been answered. I think it’s about growing up, but that makes me feel even more confused. So.

Review: Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LeFleur

1 star: I didn’t like this book.

Beautiful Blue World cover (link to Goodreads)

This is one of the rare books that I liked well enough to keep reading, but when I finished it I disliked it enough to honestly not like any of the rest in retrospect. I kept expecting something to happen. It didn’t. It was seriously the most pointless book I’ve read all the way through in a long time. Such a pretty cover, though, and it could have been interesting because the setting was kinda cool. 

I talk more about what went wrong (in my opinion, of course) in this post.

Note that many people on Goodreads liked it. There is a strong possibility I just didn’t “get” the book. *shrug*

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

5 stars/ This was amazing!

Cress cover (link to Goodreads)

This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series (See my reviews for Cinder and Scarlet). After Scarlet, I couldn’t wait to read Cress, and this one was even better! I was such a fairy tale nerd growing up, to the point where most fairy tale retellings are utterly boring to me now. This loose retelling with little Easter eggs from the original story is just perfect for me–ultimately, the story is about a ragtag bunch up against impossible odds in space, with cool tech and interesting characters and romance. This one added humor, which was the cherry on top. So much fun. If you’re looking for depth, look elsewhere, but if you want a fun read, this series is great.

Review: Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

2 stars/ It was okay.

Hello Universe cover (link to Goodreads)

I saw this one hyped a lot on Twitter, but I was kind of underwhelmed. It was okay.

It’s about a boy who falls into a well and the kids who eventually find him and become his friends. There’s talk of fate, and there’s a diverse cast. I didn’t hate it, but it was kind of boring, and when I finished, I was left scratching my head as to what I was supposed to get from it. It did win the 2018 Newberry, so some people apparently liked it a LOT. Maybe it just went over my head.