Mini Reviews

Caidyn's review (1)

Welcome to another edition of my mini reviews! These are books that I want to review but don’t have a whole lot to say about. This time, I’m doing three books: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, and Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri.


Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1)

1/5 – DNF at 36%

This was one of my most anticipated reads for June. I’ve had it on my radar for years, but, I finally got around to reading this.

But.

Meh.

I hated the writing style, the characters didn’t jump off the page, and I easily spaced out from the story. That’s literally it. See why I wanted to do the mini review here?

Literally, this felt like a sub-par book that didn’t have anything to drive the story forward for me. Doesn’t help that I know next to nothing about Alexander the Great.

Still, I’m going to try the next book in the series since they don’t have to be read in order.


Blue Is the Warmest Color

4/5

Chantel’s review of the book and movie is here!

When I asked Chantel for recommendations for this Pride, this was one of the ones she gave me. I know that she really enjoyed it and the movie, so I thought that I might as well! After all, she knows me well. She knows what I like.

This graphic novel was great.

I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved how it progressed. It was the perfect book to just sit and read, paired with some good beer.

The thing that I appreciated the most was how adult this is. It’s not for kids. There’s nudity and sex and I loved seeing it all. It was so refreshing to see the topic of a teenager discovering her sexuality and the burden that comes with it but it wasn’t YA. It was adult and very much so. I loved that because it didn’t feel like I was reading YA at all.

Would I suggest this book? Yes! I really would. It’s a beautiful graphic novel with amazing art and a great story attached to it, one that’s so earnest and genuine that you feel how real it is.


Kill the Father (Colomba Caselli #1)

3/5

Sadly, this reread didn’t go as I wanted. My original review of this book was a four-star read. I remember it having great characters and being very intriguing. One of those “I can’t put it down!!” books.

But, my reread, it was good but I didn’t find it as compelling as before. I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the book but things came back as I read. Not everything — there were still places I was shocked at — but a whole lot of it.

Would I recommend the book still? Oh, yes! Colomba was a great character. I loved her strength and how she held herself. Dante was hilarious and horrifying and compelling. The mystery was good, too. It just didn’t hold my attention like it did before.

All I can hope is that I enjoy the sequel!


Talk to me!

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think about them? I’d love to hear! For those who haven’t, did I convince you to pick up or put down any of these?

Eden by Candice Fox

Eden (Archer & Bennett, #2)

(Caidyn)

4/5

My review of the first book in the series!

When I read this book the first time, I left a gushing review about how much I loved it. Luckily, that didn’t change with the reread! And, taking a quote from my own review:┬áCandice Fox is a master of storylines.

It follows, roughly, the same pattern of the first book. There’s a plot from the past that links to now, this one following Hades’ upbringing in crime. It, of course, links to now. Then there’s the POV of Eden, set in the present as she goes undercover to solve cases. Frank has his own POV. Then there’s another towards the end that leaves the whole book at a cliffhanger.

And Fox juggles all of those POVs perfectly, finding ways to link them in. Hades and his past unfolding, Eden showing yet another facet of herself and how fucking BA she is (I love this woman and I barely know her), Frank recovering and “healing”, and the introduction of something finally getting done about Eden’s past… more than in the last book.

Usually, with something like that, I would feel that the book was way too busy and random and it just wouldn’t work. However, this completely worked. Each storyline I found myself interested and getting drawn in, even when they weren’t connected to the case as a whole.

Then, you have fantastic characters that you get attached to so easily. Frank is one of those everyman characters with a past (and a present). Eden is a secret wrapped in an enigma that becomes more and more interesting. I can’t wait to see where the third book goes. Hades becomes more interesting as we find out more about him, all of those layers peeling away.

I highly recommend this series to mystery fans. It’s enthralling and not at all what you’re expecting when you open up the first book, or even the second book, for the first time. This one was just as interesting as the first, perhaps more so because there weren’t any main characters introduced, just further developed on.

Hades by Candice Fox

Hades (Archer & Bennett, #1)

(Caidyn)

4/5

A while ago, I read this book as an ARC before it became available in the US. And I remember really liking it. There’s a review of it on Goodreads, but I know I’m going to be replacing it. But, I gave it a nice review and rated it at four stars. Luckily, that didn’t change for this reread!

The book has two stories that eventually meet up. The first is about the past, going over how Eden and Eric grew up. Victims of a senseless crime, orphaned, and raised by a man good at crime, they aren’t exactly set up for good. But they end up detectives in Australia.

The other story is in the present, mainly told by Frank, Eden’s new partner. Day one and he’s thrown into an insane case that involves tons of missing bodies being recovered. And then he starts getting suspicious about Eden and Eric.

Really, I thought that Frank was a character anyone could like. He was personable and kind, then he had a wicked sense of humor and a history that isn’t great. Eden was also an interesting character. I thought she was the one that as most relatable to, even though you don’t get a great sense of who she is. But you know enough that you can understand her despite how different she is.

Fox is a great writer. The book is easy to read and follow. She also wove a great story. However, I had an issue with how the two stories came together in the end. It didn’t work for me. It felt too contrived. Then, the romance that was injected into the story didn’t work either. Another part that I thought was unneeded in the end.

Other than those two areas, the book was great. I enjoyed it quite a lot and I’m very excited to continue the series.