I ’m honestly really pleased with myself for reading all of these in the past month. That is all. Also, covers link to goodreads and titles...

Mini Reviews: Time-Travel, Real-Time, and a Time to Crown

I’m honestly really pleased with myself for reading all of these in the past month. That is all. Also, covers link to goodreads and titles link to Amazon. :)


I wasn’t sure what to think going into this one. It started with incredible speed—but I had no idea what was going on, lol. Even still, as the story unfolded, it drew me in: I loved the timey-wimey, riveting, complex, and beautiful plot; I loved Etta and Nick, smart and resourceful, cute and complementary, balancing each other out brilliantly... even while they struggled to balance caring for each other with achieving their conflicting goals. Most of all, I loved the writing, giving me an immediate feeling of time, place, and character, creatively portraying this amazing ride. I could barely pull myself away, and I just hope that, whatever happens next for Nick and Etta, it’s something good. 😊

Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Content: language, instances of violence, implied sex scene


To me, this one felt different than many of Sarah Dessen’s. The whole “who’s going to end up with who” thing was pretty clear from the beginning, but at the same time, the romance was super lowkey. Like, they had a lot of interaction, but (at least from Louna’s side) the attraction was much sneakier, stealing up on her from behind while she was busy thinking she hated Ambrose. It was interesting to see the enemies-to-in-love plotline done so subtly—and while tying in the flashbacks from her former relationship. Don’t wanna give spoilers on that one, but the way the two stories were woven together was absolutely brilliant. Saint Anything is still my favorite, but this one is very well-written.

Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5
Content: Instances of brief strong language; sex scene, undescribed.


The most interesting thing about this story was the complexities within the society and in the characters and how all of that was portrayed. It was basically the story of someone from the side of the oppressed suddenly joining the side of the elite; but it delved so deeply into the emotions that arise in both, from the obvious issues (like many of the Silvers seeing the Reds as basically worthless) to the less often considered (like Mare having to deal with her own prejudice against the Silvers, believing that all of them are the same evil... when many of them are as much people as the Reds are). All of the main characters—and even many of the sides—were deeply complicated individuals with pasts like dark forests full of a million twists and turns: they only got clearer as you took the courage to walk through them. I thought it was a very brave and meaningful take on such a society, and for that I do applaud the writer. While not my favorite, it was interesting and thought-provoking and that, I always enjoy.

Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5.
Content: some language and instances of violence
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So have you read any of these? What did you think? What’s the last book you read and how did it relate to time? lol. Can’t wait to hear from you and I’ll see you in the comment section!




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8 comments:

  1. Nice reviews, I have been wondering about a few of these. I really want to read Passenger.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you do! I'd love to hear your thoughts, even if they are negative (like Grace said, not everyone's enjoyed it, :p).

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  2. I've heard about Passenger but my Goodreads friends mainly had negative reviews I'm afraid xD

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    1. Yeah, I saw the same. :P If you're interested, I could do a more in-depth review specifically about why I still enjoyed it. :)

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  3. Passenger was really great although a bit confusing, and I really liked Wayfarer (even more), so I highly recommend you read it. It was such a unique timetraveling idea and I really liked the relationship because I felt like it was realistic. Also I basically really like relationships where the characters are different ethnicities because if that wasn't a thing I wouldn't have been born XD . I haven't read many Sarah Dessen books, but that sounds quite good!

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    1. I have Wayfarer on my shelf right now! Don't know when I'm gonna get to it, haha, but I have it on the shelf. So, eventually.

      I know! I loved all of that about it! <3 And I love relationships like that too!

      Hope you enjoy if you pick it up!

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  4. Ha, you writing 'timey-wimey' made me instantly like you. The end.

    Anyways, I've been wanting to read Red Queen for ages because I keep stumbling across it, but I can't seem to find the time nor the physical book for some reason. LIKE DANGNABBIT WHY DO I OWN SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS THAT I HAVE TO FINISH FIRST?!?!?

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    1. Aw, haha, thanks! Whovians for the win!

      SAAME!! I'm hoping to use Christmas break to get through some of my own books. For me, it's that once I own the books, I feel like I can read them anytime... and then I never do. :p So hopefully, I'll finally do it. Fingers crossed, haha, we'll see. :p

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