The One Where It’s The End of September Already So Here Are A Bunch of Mini Reviews

Hiiiiii I continue to be the worst blogger even though we’re in quarantine and in theory I’ve got nothing but time. It’s still been hard to read for some reason, and harder still to write. Much like back in April, July 7th has a huge list of releases, and I got to read a few of them in advance. So I’ve got a few mini-reviews, coming at ya!

HEY LOOK I wrote this ^^^^ back in July and THE WHOLE THING is still true!!

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Not Your #Lovestory, by Sonia Hartl
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Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher:  Page Street Kids
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Length: 288 pages
Source: ARC
Format: E-book
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review: Have a Little Faith in Me has been one of my favorite books since the moment I first saw it, so I couldn’t wait for this one! In the interest of keeping this to a *mini*-review, I offer you my notes from reading, in no particular order: 

  • I love this little town where everyone pitches in, you can trade with neighbors, and VHS & DVDs still reign.
  • Macy sees through Eric immediately
  • Paxton is precious with a secret past.
  • The Macy & Eric plan is terrible, but who wouldn’t be tempted to do the same?
  • OMG all the grandmas.
  • I don’t even think Paxton is really wrong here. 

“If I laid out my feelings, the way he had done, where would that leave me?”

 

Blood & Honey, by Shelby Mahurin
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: Serpent & Dove #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Length: 528 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 3/5 

Mini Review: I was so looking forward to this one because I loved the first so much, but I feel like it suffered from 2nd book syndrome, in which a lot of nothing happens because it is largely filler between books 1 and 3.

“We need mothers for this kind of shit.”

 

Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contosthrowaway girls
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Length: 392 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4.5/5

Mini Review:
I guessed the bad guy without trying to and never found out what what was with that tattoo, but what made this such a successful book for me was the focus on the girls who are disadvantaged, the ones who go missing that aren’t white and upper-class and how they’re only seen now because of their connection to a girl that’s well-off.

“For some people, life begins too far behind the starting line to have any hope of crossing the finish.”

 

Recommended For You, by Laura Silvermanrecommeded for you
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Length: 272 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 3/5

Mini Review:
It was so fun that the bookstore was in a mall! I didn’t even know those still existed, especially an indie! There are some unfortunate Harry Potter reference, which of course the author can make if she wishes, but aren’t going to age well given the situation with JKR and her attitude towards…well, towards a lot of groups. This is ultimately a sweet, very innocent, and young story. It felt like it wouldn’t take too many tweaks to have made it middle-grade.

 

Horrid, by Katrina Lenohorrid
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 3/5

Mini Review:
Creepy and haunting and ghosty and spooky and perfect for Halloween! There’s some debate over the ending, but love it or hate it it’s VERY CREEPY!

She imagined her body filled with words. Made up of them. Words instead of blood, words instead of organs.”

 

even if we break

Even If We Break, by Marieke Nijkamp
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Soursebooks Fire
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4/5 

Mini Review: I LOVE a good “killer weekend” story, and the rep here is absolutely lovely. I was super invested in the book and the friends, what happened to break them up before and how they tried to come together now. This one kept me engaged and guessing the whole time!

 

Far From Normal, by Becky Wallacefar from normal
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: September 22, 2020
Length: 240 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4/5

Mini Review:
How does Becky do it?? I care 0% about sports but am invested 100% in her books. They are also short and easy to skip through in a day but fully romantic with girls who are already career-minded. Sports and career, two things I relate not at all to but still like reading about if Becky is writing.

On a more personal note, if you follow Becky on social media at all you’ll know she has been battling cancer over the last year and her grace and positive attitude are incredibly inspiring. Thinking about publishing a novel while going through cancer treatments while under quarantine, during a pandemic, while still raising FOUR children is just totally wild and I’m blown away every time I see a new post from her. 

“I realize that sometimes the best things are the ones you crash into.”

 

the book of two ways

The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: September 22, 2020
Length: 448 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5 

Mini Review: I’ve already done a full review for this one, and the QUEEN HERSELF read it and LIKED IT what is my life?? 

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“If this is a garden of maybes, you are the invasive plant I can’t ever get rid of.”

 

The Bro Code, by Elizabeth A. Seibertthe bro code
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Release Date: September 22, 2020
Length: 320 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: DNF, but it wasn’t looking good

Mini Review:
I 100% can’t even. From there being a literal “bro-code” manual that the “bros” have to follow or risk being kicked out of the bro-group, to the terribly, terribly sad life of a white, male, upperclass privileged teenager who admits that he is privileged and that he has been called out on his super privileged life before, but then still went on talking just the same. I’m out.

 

Y’all this took me ALL DAY so I hope this helps you figure out what to spend your dollars on this month! The next couple months are full of some great releases and I stg I will not do an entire month of them again so here’s hoping I keep up with myself. 

What looks good? What did I miss??

 

 

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