Snippet Reviews: Books I Should Have Reviewed Already (Oops)
If you’re a book blogger, you might feel my pain when I say that sometimes, I really wish I reviewed books as soon as I finished them. There are a few books that I read ages ago but for some reason, I just didn’t get around to writing reviews! I like to review anything I read on my blog just so I can build up a big collection of them, but often, I just completely forget.
In the past, I’ve written snippet reviews – super short reviews that get to the point, explain what I thought of them, and get them off my conscience. 😀 So that’s what I’m going to do in this post. I’m going to (snippet) review The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, and The Wolves of La Louviére, a graphic novel by Balthazar Flore.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I picked up a proof copy of The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven book at YALC last year and I met the delightful Laura Steven at the same time. I then met her again at YALC this year and finally got it signed after a whole year!
The book felt a lot to me like Editing Emma by Chloe Seager, but slightly more grown up with more adult themes.
The feminist message throughout the whole book is NEEDED SO MUCH in fiction, especially in YA which is a genre read by a lot of impressionable young people. I really hope the message gets across and people who thought otherwise are encouraged to change their minds about how young girls should behave, and the difference in opinion between males and females.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman
What a GOD DAMN WORK OF ART. I knew I’d enjoy this book because it’s everything I love: YA contemporary, space, and a creative writing style. Beyond that, I didn’t know what to expect. I started listening to the audiobook but very quickly got confused because I didn’t know what was going on. The way the audiobook is made is great, and has a whole cast of voices to differentiate between the characters. However, if you’ve read Illuminae, you’ll know that there’s a LOT going on, so I just found the audiobook a little confusing.
I went to Waterstones and bought the book (and the other two in the trilogy, because why not). It took me a while to read because I tried to read it amid the biggest reading slump I’ve been in for ages. But when I got to the second half of the book, I couldn’t stop! I loved it SO much. So many twists, turns, and even an AI that you feel emotions towards like they’re an actual human.
If you like traditional prose and you find it hard to adapt to different writing styles, Illuminae might be harder to read – but for me, I adored it. I can’t wait to get started on the other two books in the series!
The Wolves of La Louviére by Balthazar Flore
I haven’t read any graphic novels before, or any that I can remember, but recently I’ve really started to give them a go. Before committing to buying one, I headed to NetGalley to see what I could find, almost like a trial run. That way, if it wasn’t for me, I hadn’t lost much.
Turns out, I really like graphic novels!
This book is so beautifully illustrated and the story is incredible. It’s a lot heavier than I imagined I’d read for my first one, but I was instantly enthralled in the story and the characters. It took me a little while to remember who all the characters were and to generally get used to reading a graphic novel (I’m such a novice that sometimes I was even getting confused which order to read the panels…) but that’s nothing on the book, but rather the fact that I’m not used to reading them!
I really liked this book and it’s confirmed to me that I should start reading more graphic novels. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do!