Mini-Reviews Reviews

It’s YA Mini-Reviews for Books I Barely Remember!

I wanted to catch up on all the reviews I missed this year, but it turns out I don’t actually remember enough about most of these books to write a full review!

I know you all feel me on this.
You read a book. Like the book. Close the book. HUH WHAT BOOK?! Who even are you people?! GET OUT OF MY HOUSE. 
It’s all very Finding Nemo.

Turns out I need to write reviews not just because it means I get to connect with all you other book-lovers, but because I also need to REMEMBER WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED. 
So I’m just gonna take a whack at this, and we’ll see what comes out. I’ll probably end up doing this as a series so I can eventually catch up to myself.

I take notes when I read and that should make this a teensy bit easier…even if they are just nonsense yelling reactions! 😂

Everless by Sara Holland

Turning blood into coins is COOL! Using time as currency is an idea I love everytime it pops up, but it’s never done exactly the way I hope (see In Time 🙄) The main problem I had with this is I don’t really like the MC…whose name I don’t recall. I’m delighted with how Holland uses common tropes, but plays with them so they’re a little less predictable.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

WELL. It’s great to be out of Scarlet’s annoying little head! I like Tella a lot more, but still she can be a bit of a boob. Now I don’t actually remember ANY of the plot, but looks like I wrote down that this didn’t seem as well planned as Caraval. Like Garber had figured out halfway through writing the first one that this could be two books (now three) and here we are.
Also the “reveals” never felt like big moments to me because characters lying about the truth is not the same as a well hidden secret, or properly organized plot.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
YAY FOR BISEXUAL BLACK BOY MC! BISEXUAL BLACK BOY LOVE INTERESTS! Who routinely hook up with men! Yay yay! It’s so rare to see that! Though I am hard side-eyeing the Queer-Coding of criminals. (But also YAY for Enne’s mother being casually gender fluid! The diversity makes my heart sing!) The world building is super interesting, I love when magic and gangsters collide! Though it felt like something in the actual plot was missing.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

A criminal partners up with nerdy scholar to go run around ancient alien temples and solve PUZZLES?! It’s a little slow at first but the ending is WILD! One of the rare moments where I’m going to say that this might make a better movie than a book????!

The Winner’s Curse
The Winner’s Crime
The Winner’s Kiss
by Marie Rutokoski

I actually don’t think I finished this? I’m like maybe 30 minutes away from the end of the last book? And now I REALLY don’t remember what happened and can’t get back into it. SO. While I enjoyed it for the most part, it never really reached it’s full potential for me. Plus they used one of my most hated tropes – which is probably why I ended up not finishing. 

How are you on remembering all the details of a book?! Do you need to reread before you start the sequel?

Honestly, sequels need to come with a ‘Previously On…’ section. Like how can they expect me to remember anything I read the year before?! I can’t even remember the directions on frozen foods while I’m making the food! Gotta fish that out of the garbage and read it again. 

5 thoughts on “It’s YA Mini-Reviews for Books I Barely Remember!”

  1. I forget books all the time, so you’re not alone haha. I even forget them like…within days so reading series is a NIGHTMARE yayyyy. 😭😂I really liked Legendary eep, but I agree that the Everless narrator was so meh. I don’t remember her name either lmao. And I loved Ace of Shades too 😍😍

    1. Ahh! I love how many of us have this problem! Book plots just leak out of my brain at an alarming rate. Thank god for other bloggers who write detailed reviews otherwise I’d be so lost! I’ve been reading everyone’s Everless reviews so I can try and remember what happened before I read Evermore! 🤣🤣🤣

  2. Hahahaha this is the biggest mood I have ever had, reading books and not remembering what happened. It’s why I have to write my reviews close after reading them (preferably before I start a new one) otherwise it won’t happen.

    I loved Ace of Shades, it was one of my favorite books of the year and I honestly think about it so often. I didn’t think about queer-coding criminals, I think because pretty much everyone in the book has something to hide and the City of Sin is mostly… sinful (aka the only outsider is Enne).

    1. 🤣If I start a new book before I’ve written a review it’s OVER.

      That’s a good point and probably why it was something that I noticed, but not something that ruined the book for me, because I still really enjoyed it! They’re ALL criminals. (omg how terrible is it that when you said Enne I was like OH YEAH! THAT’S HER NAME! My memory!!!)

  3. Ugh, I relate to this so much! I’m so backed up on reviews, and when I sit down to write them, I’m like … did I get that name right? Did this actually happen in this book?

    For books I really love and are part of a series, I do try and re-read if I have the time so that I can remember everything but it’s easier said than done!

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