Mini reviews #15

The Doubt Factory
The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher/Year: April 7th 2016 Atom
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Atom!)
Rating: 2/5
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

I had heard good things abut the author, so going into this book I had decent expectations, and sadly I was left disappointed at the end. Although thrillers aren't really my thing I did find it actually being the best thing about the book, because for me the characters certainly weren't. From the beginning, Alix annoyed me - her immediate obsession with this idiot that punches teachers and "smiles at her" just showed her to be nothing more than a spoiled brat that loves to rebel against her dad.

Recreated (Reawakened, #2)Recreated by Colleen Houck
Publisher/Year: August 2nd 2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Source/Format: Paperback | bookbridgr
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Rating: 3/5

Despite not loving Reawakened, I still decided to give Recreated a go because I did really enjoy the premise of the first novel and this one sounded as, if not more, exciting. Again, my favourite part about this book was the mythology itself, and although it is not needed, I did appreciate the fact that Houck clearly researched this beforehand. However, I have so many problems with this book. The whole Sphinx thing just had me confused from the start, and it never really got better from there. Also, my detested love triangle from Reawakened suddenly became an even more hard-to-follow rectangle! Sadly this just didn't work for me.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Publisher/Year: April 12th 2016 Algonquin Young Readers
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
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Rating: 3.5/5

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

This book was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, so I ended up being quite disappointed with the book. I was enticed by the promise of a magical world with a girl who does share the same first name as me, albeit a different spelling. Instead, what I got was a boy called Lucas that lacked substance for me and a story that could've been fleshed out a lot more, because I ended up just confused.


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