Mini Reviews: July 2016

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This month has been full of writing. I marathoned finishing my manuscript (I wrote about forty thousand words in two weeks #dead), so I put reading on the backburner. However, I still managed to make it through these five books, all of which I adored. I started but didn’t finish (sadly) Draw The Line by Laurent Linn and Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman, which I was really looking forward to but just didn’t engage me enough to continue. Currently, I’m reading The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, which I’m in love with and plan to sit down with and finish this evening.

On to the reviews!

T18081228he Orphan QueenThe Mirror King by Jodi Meadows | Katherine Tegen Books

I read this series per Aneeqah’s request, and it was exactly what I needed. This summer I’ve been loving addicting fantasy series and this one had a perfect mixture of royalty, deceit, friendship, action, and hints of romance. It’s about a young queen who fled her nation as a child when it was invaded, and for the past ten years, she’s been plotting to regain her rightful throne. When she travels to Skyvale Palace in a disguise, she encounters a boy from her childhood, and what she learns from him could change everything.

The Mirror King was an exhilarating sequel and wrapped this duology up wonderfully. It gave me an even bigger appreciation for duologies, which I’m growing to love!


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Greenwillow Books

After reading A Darker Shade of Magic, I knew Victoria Schwab was on my favorite authors list, and This Savage Song has cemented my love for her. A dystopian story about monsters who roam free, told through alternating points of view of a monster who wants to be a boy, and a girl who wants to be deadly. They team up after a thrilling turn of events and the friendship that emerges teaches them both that their assumptions were wrong: a monster can be kind, and the daughter of a ruthless mayor is more than her heritage. It’s packed with action, world-building, and incredible writing–the recipe for a Victoria Schwab book.

If you somehow have missed This Savage Song, which hit the New York Times Bestsellers List (!!!!) then go out and get yourself a copy–it won’t disappoint. (also i’m in desperate need of book two omgomgomg)


The Graces by Laure Eve | Amulet Books (out September 6th, 2016)

I stumbled across this one on Grace’s Instagram (which is gorgeous and full of good book recommendations) and when I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy I jumped at the opportunity. I’m a sucker for unusual and twisted contemporary, and The Graces is the epitome of that–about a girl who befriends a trio of elusive magical-yielding siblings. I loved River, the main character, for her fiery personality, honesty, and relatability, and her friendship with Summer Grace made the book for me. River has a crush on the beautiful Fenrin Grace, the male twin of Thalia Grace, who no one really gets. The book is about River’s friendship with them and how she uncovers the secrets of the Graces–and of a tragic accident that changes everything.

The Graces is perfect for fans of magical realism and books that make you question what’s real and what’s not–I adored it! It’s also the start of a series, which I’m super hyped for.


The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter | Philomel Books

I’ve been looking at this one for a while, but when Jeff Zentner (author of The Serpent King) told me I needed to read it, I immediately went out and got it from my library. That night, I started and proceeded to consume this book. In the vein of Kathleen Glasgow’s Girl in Pieces, which I recently read and adored, The First Time She Drowned is about a girl who gets out of a mental institution (which she was put in against her will) and heads off to college. But college isn’t what she was expecting. Her past can’t seem to stay in the past, and Cassie is barely keeping her head above water.

The First Time She Drowned is a heart-wrenching and beautiful story of healing. Cassie’s story of growing up and confronting her past is one that readers will fall as in love with as I did. Kletter’s writing is haunting and lyrical and will pull you in from the first line: “My mother wore the sun like a hat.”

I hope you enjoyed some mini-reviews and go check these titles out–they’re all five star reads from me!


  • I’ve never heard of The Graces before but your description has me interested in the story. Magical realism YA seems to be coming up more and I would love to read something like that

    • I’m loving the magical realism trend! THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton is one of my all-time favorites.

  • I want to check out This Savage Song so badly! I’m so glad to see that you liked it. I actually haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  • Amanda @ Vivalabooks

    I can’t believe I haven’t read a single VE Schwab book! All her books always sound interesting, but I always end up putting them off for some unexplainable reason. The Savage Song sounds so good though, and I’m determined to read it!!!!! Also I saw The Graces on Grace’s blog too (lol), and I’m so glad you liked it! It sounds like such a good haunting read. I’m definitely excited for it to come out!

  • I have the Orphan Queen and yet I haven’t read it… Also, I didn’t know the Graces is a contemporary? i thought it was about some sort of circus 😀 But I do love magical realism so I think it would be perfect for me!

  • Yay for reading and loving The Orphan Queen+The Mirror King! That makes me really happy. And This Savage Song was really great too 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading The Graces for myself, as you’ve made it sound really good in your mini-review!