mini reviews // i love these covers

Saturday, February 4, 2017
hey lovelies! happy february. hope it's been a good couple of days for you.

so this week i didn't really feel like doing another in depth review, so i decided to do a few less detailed reviews at one time. i've been reading a lot more lately, and i just don't have enough time to review every single book.

naturally, this post is going to be long-winded because that's just how i am, but i can try my best to make it short.

here we goooo... *flies off to review land*

this is legit what i thought of when i said "here we gooo"

*by the way, the header image doesn't exactly have anything to do with the reviews i'm doing today...except for Girl in Pieces...

by Kathleen Glasgow // ★★★☆

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

wow. the writing of this book was so beautiful, but it was so dark. going into it, i knew that the themes were going to be heavy, but it was seriously dark. BUT THE WRITING. it was so captivating and downright beautiful. despite the fact that it was hard to read sometimes (because it was so dark), i liked the fact that it confronted mental illness so directly and didn't skirt around the topic.

i liked the cover. i'm sorry i'm that shallow, but it's really what drew me into this book.

it was soo slooow. i mean, i did read this in one sitting, but it go very boring at times. it basically recounted every single thing that she did in a day from the working in the cafe to walking home. it got tedious.

i was not ok with the romance?! um so Charlie is trying to get away from an unhealthy situation and then she meets Riley who is the embodiment of unhealthy. just no. it did make the story much more powerful, but i still wish she hadn't done it.

overall, it was a powerful story with gorgeous writing, but i can't say that i really enjoyed it with all my heart because it got slow at times and also because it just made me so sad. i literally started crying at one point. i don't cry about books.

by Marissa Meyer // ★★

Catherine he may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

this book was SO MUCH FUN. i love everything about Wonderland to death, and its weirdness is why it's so awesome. it was mostly really light and fun (until the end...). 

i LOVEEEDDD Jest to death. i mean, he's just so cute. he and Cath together are so cute. Jest is the usual forbidden love interest, being the court joker, but his personality was so awesome. he was probably my favorite character in the book.

i actually "liked" (?) the ending. IT BROKE MY HEART SO BAD, but i loved it. going into the story, i, point blank hated the Queen of Hearts (but loved her as a character). this book definitely made me love Cath even more and i have a lot of sympathy now. i thought the ending was necessary to make the story powerful.

the pacing was a tiny bit off. i didn't have any trouble at all getting into the story, but i do wish that the climax of the book had started a little bit earlier. i felt that the end of the story was all a bit rushed, and i felt that it could have been emphasized more.

i wish that it had been weirder/madder. while the book had its strange/whimsical moments, i was expecting all of the characters to be mad. and they weren't. Hatta (the mad hatter) especially disappointed me. he was not at all mad (yet) and he was not as quirky as i was hoping.

overall, this was a light and fun read that impressed me, but it had its low points also.

by April Genevieve Tucholke // ★★

Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened? Someone knows. Someone is lying.

three words to describe this book: strange but amazing.

i freaking loved how weird this was. i was hoping that it would be totally strange, and it held up to my expectations! basically, expect psychopaths, magical realism, and messed up fairytales. everything that i love.

the cover is so gorgeous. enough said.

the writing was so beautiful and lyrical. especially in Wink's POV. she's the one that is obsessed with fairytales, so that makes sense.

Wink's family was so awesome. honestly, they were probably my favorite part.

I must talk about the ending! SPOILERS AHEAD (highlight to read) the fact that Wink ended up being a psychopath and instigated the whole story to make it like a fairytale was so intriguing! it made me think about all her previous actions in the story towards both Midnight and Poppy. it was so messed up and i loved it. i didn't love the fact that Poppy ended up living by herself in the woods, but you do you girl.

the description was overly repetitive. it said that Wink's hair was red and her eyes were "green green" about every five seconds. no thank you. i love that it was so descriptive, but i wish that it had maybe used some different phrases/words.

Midnight just didn't seem very smart. he needed to put on his big boy pants and stand up to Poppy. good grief, boy. the ending of his story was very anticlimactic so... *shrugs* i dunno, i'm pretty indifferent about him as a character.

the main reason i liked this book is because it is so delightfully messed up. there wasn't that much of a plot going on, but it didn't really bother me. I would rate it closer to 4.5 stars.

did you like this new format of reviews? i tried to make it short and failed... have you read any of these books? thoughts? do you love strange books like i do? talk to me in the comments!

xoxo, madeline


  1. I love the layout of this post! It's really easy to read! I actually want to read all of these books. I was looking forward to girl in pieces so it's a bit disappointing that it only got 3 stars but I can definitely see why. Great post!

    1. thank you! Girl in Pieces was really well-written but i'm just not a sad book type of person!

  2. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MINI REVIEWS YES YES YES. Wink Poppy Midnight and Girl in Pieces are "maybe" reads for me, so I loved hearing your thoughts!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. i'm totally going to do mini reviews more often! i would most definitely read Wink Poppy Midnight!

  3. Ooh! I have been thinking of reading Girl in Pieces for a long time. Do you think I should?

    And Heartless! I ALMOST bought it today but ended up getting Caraval! I do plan to read Heartless though, especially since it's a standalone and I don't need to wait for any upcoming sequels.

    1. i would recommend it because its very well-written!

      that's the reason that i read Heartless! recently, all i've been reading is series, and i needed a good standalone!

  4. Ooh, I need to look these up. Do you have a Goodreads account?


    1. yeah i do! it's right here-

      do you have one?

  5. Omigoodness the covers!!!! Which of these was your favorite and would HIGHLY recommend?=D

    1. i love the covers of all these books! umm this is really hard but maybe Wink Poppy Midnight?!

  6. Omg I am like 10000% in agreement with all your thoughts here!! Seriously every point I was like "DUDE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT TOO!" 😂 I liked Girl in Pieces but it was also so unhealthy and I didn't actually think it felt YA?? Especially since she was in a relationship with such an older guy but IDK about these things.
    And I sooo wish Heartless had been more weird and whacky and wonderful. Cath was kind of spineless for me. BUT THE FOOD.
    And yesssss WINK. I loved that twist with Wink!!

  7. Great mini reviews! All of the covers of these books look so pretty. :)


  8. Ooooh Im gonna have to add these to my to read list 😍
    xx Brittany


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