Mini Reviews #1

Hey my lovely readers.  I have found with my schedule that it is really hard for me to review each and every book I read or listen to.  So, I have decided, rather than try to write longer reviews of books I finished over a month ago, I will just do a miniature review/recommendation set every once and a while to include those books I have completed but will not fully review.

So, here is my first set of mini-reviews!

Birdman by Mo Hayder (Jack Caffery #1)
370 pages

“In his first case as lead investigator with London’s crack murder squad, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Brutalized, mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area—all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the post-mortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he’s dealing with—a dangerous serial killer.”

My Snippet Review:  As far as crime novels go, this crime story was quite intense and definitely not for the faint of heart.  A lot of gruesome description (combine CSI with Bones in book form) of heneous crimes against women.  Very sick and twisted criminal that made for an interesting psychological read.  While I liked the story line and the pace of the story, the writing style itself cramped my enjoyment of the novel overall.  But I will probably read the next in the series.

Warning:  Definitely not for the YA crowd.

Rating:  Second Shelf Book (2 out of 5)


Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #2)
420 minutes (256 pages)

Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.”

My Snippet Review:  I liked the first book in this series a lot, but I LOVED the second even more!  We are introduced to new characters and more espionage mysteries to solve.  And I am such a Zach fan! He makes me giggle like a little girl!  I really appreciate the series development through character growth.  Definitely another fantastic audio performance and a great easy read/listen for a rainy day.  A definite recommended series!

Rating:  Middle Shelf Book (3.5 out of 5) (Middle and High School)


Paper Towns by John Green
305 pages

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.”

My Snippet Review:  After my intro to John Green with The Fault in Our Stars, I was really excited to read more of his work!  I found myself really liking the characters in this novel.  The mystery behind Margo was really intriguing, and Q is a protagonist you definitely grow to love.  I did find this story to lack the immediate love I felt for The Fault in Our Stars, but Paper Towns was a solid read.

Rating:  Middle Shelf Book (3 out of 5) (Middle and High School)


3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #1

  1. Jenn Renee says:

    Gallagher Girls just seemed to get better and better. I have read all 5 and they really do keep topping the last. Her other series, Heist Society rocks too!I loved Paper Towns, it's one of my favorite John Green book. Thanks for the snippits.

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