Mini Reviews (May 21 to June 21 Reads)

Hi Folks!!

Welcome to my mini review post!!

Well what can I say!! Over the last few months I’ve been procrastinating over writing reviews and boy was the review list long. I thought what better way to get through the list, then by sharing super quick reviews for each of the books I’ve read.

As you can tell from the title of this post these are the books I read throughout May and June!! During these months I read some fab books and some not so great ones, so without further delay letโ€™s get started!! 

(If you would like to know more about the books just click on the book images and you’ll be taking to their Goodreads page)

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds – ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™1/2

I wasnโ€™t sure what to expect from this book, but it didnโ€™t disappoint. The story was well written and but it was the pacing that I struggled with when it came to this book. It got to the point where I was getting frustrated, as one minute I was speeding through the pages and then bam it slowed down to snail pace and this was where I started to get a bit bored. Saying that the mystery part of the book did keep me going till the end and Iโ€™m glad, as I definitely wasnโ€™t expecting the ending.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

I love this book and the movie!! Iโ€™ve re-read this book a few times now and I still fall in love with it every time. This is a book that I pick up whenever Iโ€™m in a mood where I canโ€™t decide what to pick up next or when I feel like a reading slump coming on. I love everything about this book from the imagination of the story to the subtle topics that that this book makes you think about.  

The Librarian by Salley Vickers – ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

I was so excited to read this book after reading the description, but unfortunately I didnโ€™t love it. I started to read the book physically but couldnโ€™t get into it so decided to swap over to the audiobook, and honestly this is the only reason I finished the book. I found the book to be slow and tedious. As for the characters well, Ietโ€™s just say they were quite dull and couldnโ€™t relate to them at all. Sadly, this book wasnโ€™t for me!!

The Only Living Girl on Earth by Charles Yu – ๐Ÿ’™

Ok, so I kept seeing this one on Scribed and was drawn to it by the title. I had no idea what the books was about before I started and honestly after finishing it I still have no idea!! I found it really confusing and I honestly think itโ€™s because itโ€™s way too short to get invested into, as just when I thought I was getting it, the book ended up ending. Sadly, another book that wasnโ€™t for me.

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler – ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™1/2

Wow!! What a read!! This is a hard one to sum up. Iโ€™ve read a few books based on Auschwitz and all have been interesting yet harrowing, but this by far is the most brutal, and gut wrenching book Iโ€™ve read so far. This one definitely send my emotions on a rollercoaster of a ride. If you havenโ€™t read this book be prepared to feel the pain, desperations and terrorโ€™s the poor prisoners went through.Definitely worth reading!!!

Firewatching by Russ Thomas – ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

This was an exciting read. A little slow to start but it soon picks up, and turns into a tense and exciting read. This debut novel is well written with plenty of twists to keep you guessing what will happen next. I found the cast of characters to be well developed and really enjoyed the fact the Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is gay and along with the main storyline we learn about the struggles he faces due to his sexuality. Canโ€™t wait to see what the next book in the series brings.

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™1/2

I wasnโ€™t quite sure what to expect from this one, but was very excited to pick it up. The Five is well researched and written. It was very interesting to learn about the lives of the five women in the book and how they ended up in the different situations. There is a lot of historical detail which I did struggle with at times but still loved reading it. 

What got me really excited was the fact that I finally found a book that mentions the area where I live!!! 

So, glad I picked this up when I saw the physical copy at my local library.

Cell by Stephen King – ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Having seen the movie adaption of this book and not really liking it I was a little sceptical about picking up the book. 

What I liked about the book:
1. Interesting plot.
2. Some good characterisation.
3. Plenty of creepiness and tension

What I think could have been better:
1. The pacing –  at times it got a little slow and felt like the story was dragging.

2. The ending โ€“ The ending wasnโ€™t bad but I do wish the book was finished off neatly  rather than left open. 

3. Shorter but better explanations โ€“ some parts of the book were a little confusing as I felt the explanations were  a little long but at the same time it felt like the most important part of the explanations were missing. 

4. The book could have been a little shorter.

Overall I enjoyed this book and definitely glad I finally read it.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? IF SO LET ME KNOW YOU’RE THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND LETโ€™S HAVE A CHAT.


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