Mini Reviews: The Hazel Wood, Broken Sky, and The Start of Me and You

Even though one of my goals this year was to write more reviews, I’ve been seriously slacking with that. I feel like I haven’t read enough books or the right ones to review, plus I’m very bad at doing reviews. All I want to do is gush about the book and then I get stuck after ‘I loved this book so much!’

I’ve decided to shake things up a little and do some mini reviews every month of a few of the books that I’ve read. I’m hoping that this will encourage me to write more reviews but also not worry so much about completing a full length review. I’ll be mentioning three books in this post: The Hazel Wood, Broken Sky, and The Start of Me and You – all of which were books that my friend picked for me to read at the beginning of the month (link to that post is here)


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I got this in the February FairyLoot which was such a long time ago but I was never in the mood to pick it up. I’ll be honest in saying that I did have really high hopes for this book, I’d heard some good things but there were also movie rights to the book that made my expectations even higher.

I was a little disappointed by the book. To me, I didn’t feel like I was reading the story that the blurb sold me. I did really enjoy how creepy this book was and that was one of my favourite parts, but I wish that had been explored more. Various other fairy tale retellings almost ignore the scary and twisted tales, so it was really refreshing to see this one giving in to all of the dark tales. A lot of creepy characters were featured but I wanted to know more about them and their origins, it just seemed like they didn’t really serve a purpose and were just there for the sake of it. I feel like it couldn’t truly be as dark and twisted as I wanted it to be due to the divide between the real world and the Hinterland – if it had just been the Hinterland then I probably would have enjoyed it more.

I’m assuming there’s going to be another book in the series, but I’m really unsure whether to pick it up or not. I’ll have to wait and see!

3 Stars


Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly

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The synopsis for this book intrigued me so much because it was centred around horoscopes and how they define a person. I thought that this book was so interesting and the futuristic world was pretty believeable, where war no longer exists and instead there are ‘peacefighter pilots”. Whenever there is a dispute or any sort of dialogue regarding trade, the pilots from two countries will fight against each other with the intention of grounding the other pilots plane to win. I loved this aspect of the novel because I thought it was so unique and worked really well for the futuristic aspect of the plot.

I would have rated this book higher, maybe a 4 or 4.5, had it not been for the pacing and the love interest. At certain points in the novel, it was extremely slow and I felt like it took ages to get to the action at the end of the novel which was hinted at in the prologue. I thought that the love interest was forced upon the audience and there wasn’t really any build up to their relationship, it was just there and there wasn’t anything you could do about it.

I had mixed feelings about this one, but I do think that the positives outweigh the negatives. I am interested in seeing how the rest of this series goes, but I think I’ll wait a while before getting the next book.

3.5 Stars


The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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I had heard great things about Emery Lord’s writing so I was really excited to pick this one up. I managed to fly through this book because it was so easy to connect with Emery Lord’s writing and the main character.

I completely understand that this book was about so much more than the relationship, and family and friendships played a really important role, but I disliked how the main character felt like she inadequate without a boyfriend. At the very beginning of the novel, it came across to me like the only way Paige could move on from her previous boyfriend’s tragic death was to get into a new relationship. As the book got going though I completely changed my mind because the romance didn’t play as big a role as I originally thought it would which I am so thankful for. Sometimes the romantic relationships overpower everything else in a book, but this had such a good mixture of friendships and family too!

I’m definitely looking forward to reading Emery Lord’s other books and I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy them all just as much as I enjoyed this one!

4 Stars


Have you read any of these books?

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