Mini reviews #12

I am so sorry for the unannounced hiatus! It was obviously not planned, but I wasn't sure if I could keep up with the blog and my school work this year, it being my final GCSE year. However, I realised that I miss blogging a lot. So, even though I may not post as regularly as I used to, I will try and stay on top of my reviews - here are some mini ones!

Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Publisher/Year: August 13th 2015 Hodder
Source/Format: Paperback | bookbridgr
(Thanks bookbridgr/Hodder!)
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I really wanted to love this book. It seemed right up my street and I had heard of Houck's other series, so I went into this with some expectations. The story itself was interesting, but the romance annoyed me - I understand that obviously Amon isn't going to act like every other YA male main character, but I felt like he didn't have enough substance. The same could be said for Lilliana too. Also, I hated what Houck tried to do with the whole "everybody wants Lilliana" plot. Despite all of this, for some reason I didn't hate it completely, although I am writing this review months after I read it.

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
UnderwaterPublisher/Year: April 7th 2016 Macmillan Children's
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Macmillan's!)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favourite books I have read this year by far. Underwater took me completely by surprise. I started it quite late at night thinking I would just read the first 10 or 20%, and I ended up finishing it in one sitting, staying up until 2 in the morning because I needed to know how it ended. This book is slow and steady, it doesn't rush. The romance was understated and great, and Morgan is one of the most complex characters I have come across. I cannot praise this book enough.

When We Collided
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Publisher/Year: April 7th 2016 Bloomsbury Children's
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Bloomsbury!)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

I have always wanted to read an Emery Lord novel, so I leaped at the chance when I saw this on NetGalley, and now I understand why she is so loved! This book was exactly what I needed: a cute contemporary that manages to depict mental illness so well and so respectfully. For the most part, I liked Jonah and Vivi, but I could not get on board with the insta-love. However, I will certainly be reading more from Lord.


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