Short Reviews [TSS]

Here are reviews of some of the books I read during the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.

Title: The Demon King and I
Author: Candace Havens
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5

The Demon King and I is a fantasy meets chick lit book.  As a result, it’s fun, sexy, and full of fighting and slaying.  Havens did an excellent job setting up the mythology and history of the book.  She doesn’t go into so much details as to alienate chick lit readers, but it should satisfy fantasy readers looking for something a little lighter.  The main character, Gillian, is well-written and sympathetic.  Arath, the Demon King, is very appealing and a real mystery.  Havens knows how to keep readers hooked, and those who don’t take this book too seriously will really get a kick out of it.

Title: French Milk
Author: Lucy Knisley
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4/5

I’ve heard a lot of good things about French Milk, so I was looking forward to picking it up.  I thought it was really cute, and the drawings were great.  I also loved that Knisley mixed in photographs with her drawings – it really made France come to life for me.  This was an incredibly easy memoir to read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read more non-fiction, but has trouble getting through regular memoirs.

Title: Queen Takes King
Author: Gigi Levangie Grazer
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

Though I’ve heard great things about Gigi Levangie Grazer’s books, this is the first time I’ve actually picked one up.  I honestly wasn’t that interested in the subject matter of this book, but I decided I would go ahead and give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Queen Takes King.  The characters were well-written, the plot was engaging, and the book was funny.  I was pleased at how well it kept my interest, and will definitely give more of Grazer’s books a try in the future.

Title: The Season
Author: Sarah Maclean
Genre: Historical Fiction, Teen/YA
Rating: 4.5/5

I’ve been wanting to read The Season for awhile, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to pick it up.  Because this is a historical fiction teen novel, it’ll inevitably be compared to The Luxe. I actually think I enjoyed it more than The Luxe – the mystery was fun, and the main character was very appealing.  It was also much less gossip-y, with more endearing characters and a great romance.  This is one I highly recommend, whether you’re a fan of YA or historical fiction.

Comments

  1. I am completely impressed you read all of these books in a 24 hour period! They all sound readathon-worthy!

  2. I am completely impressed you read all of these books in a 24 hour period! They all sound readathon-worthy!

  3. I just read French Milk and enjoyed it too. I’ll have a review up later this week.

  4. I just read French Milk and enjoyed it too. I’ll have a review up later this week.

  5. “The Demon King and I” looks great!
    I just got through with Casting Spells and Laced with Magic, by Barbara Bretton. I loved them and I have been wanting to read more quirky, chick-lit-ish, fantasy books!
    Thanks I will have to check it out.

  6. “The Demon King and I” looks great!
    I just got through with Casting Spells and Laced with Magic, by Barbara Bretton. I loved them and I have been wanting to read more quirky, chick-lit-ish, fantasy books!
    Thanks I will have to check it out.

  7. I’ve been thinking of picking up The Season but for some reason I never quite follow through. since you liked it so well I think I’ll have to give it a go.

  8. I’ve been thinking of picking up The Season but for some reason I never quite follow through. since you liked it so well I think I’ll have to give it a go.

  9. lol I’m kind of morbidly curious to see how this fantasy meets chick lit novel will work out. =D

    btw I gave you a blog award! You can see it here

  10. lol I’m kind of morbidly curious to see how this fantasy meets chick lit novel will work out. =D

    btw I gave you a blog award! You can see it here

  11. Queen Takes King sounds like a fun read.

  12. Queen Takes King sounds like a fun read.

  13. I’ll have to give the season a try.

  14. I’ll have to give the season a try.

  15. All the books reviewed look good.

    Fantasy chick lit…hm I should give that one a try.

    I’ve been wanting to read The Season, now more of a reason to get it.

    Melissa

  16. All the books reviewed look good.

    Fantasy chick lit…hm I should give that one a try.

    I’ve been wanting to read The Season, now more of a reason to get it.

    Melissa

  17. I really need to get my hands on French Milk – it looks so good!

  18. I really need to get my hands on French Milk – it looks so good!

  19. Glad you enjoyed French Milk, I did too.

    The Demon King and I sounds like a fun, light read that I might enjoy for the fantasy aspects.

    And thanks so much for the review of The Season. I’ll definitely give it a try. I was one of the people who loved The Luxe. Perhaps because I listened to it? I don’t know, in any case I liked it.

  20. Glad you enjoyed French Milk, I did too.

    The Demon King and I sounds like a fun, light read that I might enjoy for the fantasy aspects.

    And thanks so much for the review of The Season. I’ll definitely give it a try. I was one of the people who loved The Luxe. Perhaps because I listened to it? I don’t know, in any case I liked it.

  21. I really loved French Milk. Its a great introduction to graphic novels or comics I think.

  22. I really loved French Milk. Its a great introduction to graphic novels or comics I think.

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