Mini-Reviews Monday #15

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!


The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: Audiobook & e-book

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

This one was so much better through audiobook than physical reading. I began reading this story with literally no idea of what it was about except that it was super hyped and the publishers were total gems and approved my wish that I made for it during my trigger happy ARC binge earlier this year. Told through dual points of view, the story took off at the inciting incident, and captivates you–however, things slow down significantly. I really planned on DNFing it, because of how slow the pacing got and I was constantly getting sucked out of it. However, I borrowed the audiobook for it from my local library and decided to give it once last chance during a solo road trip.

Needless to say, I am really happy I switched formats. The audio grips you in the slow pace and brings a different tonality and intensity to the story that I was craving before. The characters began to form and became more in depth and I fell head over heals in love with this world and our main characters as they found their place within their people and came together in this beautiful immersion that left me gripping my steering wheel and grinning from ear to ear.

Four Star

ARC provided by Netgalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


I Knead You Tonight by Teagan Hunter

I Knead You TonightGenres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Independently Published
Publication Date: October 17th 2019
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
Format: eARC

I hate Drew Woods, and she hates me.

Even so, I’m not the cold jerk most make me out to be, and I have no problem moving the single mom and her baby into my home. I do, however, draw a line when it comes to acting on the way her loose lips make me feel.

Alive.

She’s too mouthy, too prying, and her curves are way too distracting.

I might have lost my way after a nearly fatal car accident, but I’m not stupid. Giving in to Drew would be a short-lived fix for this pain I’m saddled with, and I knead something permanent.

I’d be insane to think what we have could be anything other than temporary…right?

This one is probably my favorite book so far in the slice series.

A Single mom, enemies to loves romance that kept me grinning and laughing throughout the entirety of it all. I absolutely ADORED Winston and Drew’s relationship and watching them grow together and separately was truly the highlight of my reading experience with them. As always with any of Teagan’s books, this story is sweet, steamy, and freaking hilarious. I loved the playful banter between our main characters as well as between the supporting cast; the love and affection between these people are do deeply rooted that you never once question their actions or intentions because everything is so natural.

If you are looking for a feel good novel, that will have you laughing and fanning yourself, this is one for you.

4.5 star

ARC provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

The Memory ThiefGenres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Blink
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: Audiobook & eARC

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

Riveting.

That is probably the best way to describe this book. I was honestly riveted the entire time. I’ve been in a audiobook kick lately, and started this via that format–which I am so happy I did because, wow 10/10 would recommend–but as I was nearing the end, my phone died and I NEEDED to know what happens next, so I stayed late at work so I could use my work computer and finish reading the ARC copy I was so graciously given.

If that doesn’t speak on how much I enjoyed this book, I don’t know what else will. I fell in love with our main character Etta, her journey throughout her youth is one that hooked me and one that I instantly connected with. The author also does an impeccable job with her almost lyrical writing style and brilliantly done descriptions, where I almost felt like I was right in the thick of things along side our wayward group of rebels. What I didn’t like, and this the only reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars, is how easily things kind of came together in the end. Like it was too easy that I knew a plot twist was going to happen, and then after the plot twist it became easy again. For whatever reason, that  unnerved me and left me desiring more.

But if you don’t mind a little easy struggle towards the end, I HIGHLY recommend you grabbing a copy of this debut novel. Enchanting and spellbinding, The Memory Thief will have you on your seat wanting more.

ARC provided by Netgalley and Blink in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


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2 Comments

  1. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    November 30, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I’m so glad you mentioned the audio for The Girl the Sea Gave Back! I have a suuuuper overdue eARC that I need to read and now I’ll definitely see if the audio is on Scribd or if the library has it. And the Teagan Hunter book sounds cute, I need to read more by her still!! ♥

    1. fictionallysam

      December 4, 2019 at 11:24 am

      OMG YES! I can’t stress enough how much of a difference the audio makes. 10/10

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