Mini Reviews of Recent Releases: Black & White + The Shadow Cipher

Today I’m going to be doing mini reviews some books that are being released around this time of year. Firstly I will be reviewing Black and White by Nick Wilford which I was sent by the author for review, and secondly I will be reviewing The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (identifiable asĀ YORK which is the series name).

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Mini Reviews of Fluffy Contemporaries

As a lot of you know, I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels. Often I find the real world boring or quite cliche so I prefer reading fantasy or sci-fi. However there are good contemporaries out there and I’m going to reviews. Some of these I read a while ago but hush let’s pretend I didn’t.

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Mini Reviews for Sci-Fi Sequels

This is my second mini review post in the past few weeks and there will probably be one more as I try to catch back up to having reviewed all the books I’ve read.

This post will cover the second two books in the Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner along with the conclusion to the Endgame trilogy by James Frey.

Beware that there will be spoilers in these segments for the previous books in the series.

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Mini Reviews for Popular Books

I am at a loss for books to review because most of the books I have been reading recently are ones that have been school texts. There are also a few that I read and didn’t have strong feelings for, or just thought like I had nothing to add on. However a lot of these are popular stories this year or just in general so I thought I would talk about them a bit. Today is my thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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Mini Reviews

Mind Games by Teri Terry

I read this book on the recommendations of a friend who found a few problems with it. It is a type of dystopian novel with a focus on the virtual world which I could see as a realistic development from out world. The end got a bit weird, and the story took a few weird turns but overall I am going to give the book three stars.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

This book was pretty open ended, however it did end at a point where all the characters had hope for a happy ending. I feel like there could have been a lot more and what was there felt kind of pointless. I just really wanted to finish the series. I also gave this book three stars.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I read this book over three days, which was quite quick considering when I read Pride and Prejudice over a few weeks. I really enjoyed the end of this book, and the beginning drew me in. I really liked the characters, especially Elizabeth because she was so shallow which was funny to read. I plan on watching a movie adaptation soon to make the plot more clear in my mind. I’m giving Persuasion four stars.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?