Release Day Reviews- The One Where February 4th Is Both Awesome and Pretty Decent

It’s been a month since my last release day review roundup, and today is a real mixed bag so LET’S GO!

together we caught fireTogether We Caught Fire, by Eva V. Gibson
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Length: 368 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 14 bajillion/5

Mini Review: I’ve already reviewed this one, but it’s one of my top reads for 2020 already so I have to make sure everyone knows about it! Eva is a gem, and this book is going to be huge. If you haven’t already preordered it, GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW GO GO RIGHT NOW.

“So sudden, the way our world had turned to flame. So wrong, how I couldn’t help but let us burn.”

 

scammed

Scammed, by Kristen Simmons
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: Vale Hall #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4.5/5 

Mini Review: Can you believe I almost DNF this one?? The beginning was a little slow for me, but I wanted to see what was going to happen with everyone so I kept going and BOY am I glad I did! YOU CAN’T TRUST ANYBODY LIKE NO ONE. I don’t event want to say anything else because it’s SO MUCH BETTER to not know but if you’ve read the first one, you definitely want to read this one! 

My only regret is that they changed the cover and I super don’t like the new set. But hey, to each their own. 

“Etched in it are three words: Vincit Omnia Veritas. Truth conquers all.”

 

yes no maybe so

Yes No Maybe So, by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Length: 400 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review:
LOVED this timely book from these two amazing authors. And that cover, I mean, come on! Gorg! We get a white boy who’s awkward and just really loves Target, and Maya who is a Pakistani-American Muslim just trying to earn a car. The two of them together are a slow start as friends, but eventually they’re watching the Office together over the phone and hanging out in the patio section of Target. 

But this book is also supposed to make you mad, and it really couldn’t be coming out at a better time with last week’s release of Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana documentary on Netflix, and her new song “Only the Young”. I have such hope for the next generation, that their passion and enthusiasm with be the thing that pulls us out of this political mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. 

“You sound like my grandma. She always says that there are at least two good people for every bad person in the world.”

 

the gravity of us

The Gravity of Us, by Phil Stamper
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Length: 320 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 3/5 

Mini Review: I…didn’t love this one. And that made me sad. I was really excited about it, and it had such a great premise, and some really good starting ideas, but none of them fully fleshed out for me. But listen, it’s got great reviews and everyone but me loves it, so try it yourself and don’t take my word for it.

“Stars punch through the night sky, and I’m left with a pit in my stomach, homesick for a world I’ve never had.”

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
the queen's assassinSeries?: Queen’s Secret #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 3/5

Mini Review:
Once Cal and Shadow met up and started bickering and slow-burning things really took a turn, but before that it all felt like a big info dump from a history class. And the history was SO CONFUSING the whole way through. By the end I still didn’t really get it. 
Excellent slow-burn and banter, but a really slow start to a series and a book that I think could easily be a standalone. 

“Today he hasn’t been half as irritating, which I find rather irritating.”

 

There are a ton more that released today too, so make sure you check everything out! 

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