DNF Mini Reviews: Collision by J.S. Breukelaar and Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Welcome to another installment of DNF Mini Reviews! As a reader I value negative reviews just as much as positive ones in determining what books to pick up, so I thought I’d include the occasional mini review post to round up my thoughts.

Please remember that these reviews are based on my own personal reading experience! No two readers read the same book: just because a book wasn’t for me doesn’t mean that you will not enjoy it. I’ve actually picked up and enjoyed books that received negative reviews because we all have different reading tastes.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

This is my Patreon TBR Control read for August 2019! Consider joining my Patreon for as little as $1 a month to have the ability to choose one of my monthly reads.

Victoria is such an amazing writer. She has an amazing imagination and crafts fantastic worlds, but her writing style just isn’t for me and I think it is time to accept it. I’ve read a number of her books and have had a similar experience with all but Vicious, so please take my review with a grain of salt. If I am being completely honest, this book likely would have sat on my owned TBR forever if my patrons hadn’t voted for me to read it.

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“Plenty of humans are monstrous, and plenty of monsters know how to play human.” – V.A. Vale

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Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

While this review is spoiler-free for Rage, tread lightly if you haven’t read Roar yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.

Anticipation is a tricky thing, friends. I loved Roar so much that I had incredibly high expectations for this sequel, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid sequel, one that I enjoyed and would recommend, but some elements of the story didn’t work well for me.

“I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me.”

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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

My favorite thing about science fiction is it is a lens through which to view possible futures and explore potential solutions. Salvation Day is an ambitious look toward the future after the Collapse forces humanity into space to find a new home. But beneath the surface, there is so much more to this story.

The world-building is vast; Wallace crafted a fully-realized future for humanity which touches on a refugee crisis, a government corrupted by power and secrets, and a group of people looking for a new home among the stars at any cost. There are multiple layers and motivations to this story, and it was exciting to see how everything connected.

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The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen

I devoured this debut fantasy novel in almost one sitting. I adored the world Owen crafted, the unique magic system, and the characters so much that I pre-ordered a finished copy when I was only 20% into my eARC! If you are a fan of rich fantasy worlds with complex politics, an adorable cat with a fantastic name, and an unlikely group bound together to maybe forge something better, The Merciful Crow is for you.

“Crows had one rule. Look after your own.”

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