Review: The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas

35795943Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 2/5
Writing:
2/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review In A Nutshell: The Supervillain and Me is cute, but reads more as a younger-YA contemporary rather than a superhero novel.

“He saw me in a way I hadn’t realized I wanted to be seen until I met him. Not a hero, not someone with powers, but just a girl.”

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Review: Lullaby by L. R. W. Lee

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/trigger warning for this book: sexual assault, rape/

Overall: 2/5 Stars | 3/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5 | 3/5
Setting: 3/5 | 3/5
Writing:
2/5 | 2.5/5
Plot and Themes: 1/5  | 2/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5 | 3/5
Review In A Nutshell: Lullaby had a great premise and could have been amazing. Unfortunately, the writing style, pacing, and the characters make this book very disappointing.

 

“I believed creativity to be the expression of the person, who they were inside. Evil didn’t create beauty like this.”

 

Note: This review was initially written for the 1st Edition, released January 2018. After posting, the author had reached out to me and other reviewers to edit the book and republish. The second edition – the version currently for sale, as of February 2018 – has addressed a lot of these issues.  I have increased my rating here to reflect my new rating of her book (but I also left my previous rating), and any issues that were addressed in the new edition have *s next to them to indicate that it is either less of a problem or gone entirely.

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Review: My Oxford Year by Julia Whalen

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Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 2.5/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5
Review in a Nutshell: My Oxford Year was an interesting book, full of smart characters and a very vivid setting, but ultimately fell flat for me. However, I can see why people may enjoy it.

“But in our story, there’s no villain, no witch, no fairy godmother, no moral imperative or cautionary conclusion. No happily-ever-after.
It just is. It’s life.”

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