Review: Getting Caught Up Part 1

I normally review books on their own but recently I was in a bit of a slump and also got married, so I decided to create this post. I’ll have quick reviews of books that I read or didn’t finish recently, so that I don’t miss out on sharing my thoughts on them. They’re just simple and short, and hopefully this helps relieve any blogging stress so I can come back fully!

snow like ashesSnow Like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher/Release Date: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 423-given eARC for review
My Rating: DNF (did not finish)


  • The romance in this totally killed the book for me. The love triangle felt painful and as soon as it appeared I groaned. I was already having trouble liking the book by that point.
  • Right from the beginning I guessed what was going to happen next, at least twice on the dot. It was way too predictable for me.
  • I stopped around 50%, it just wasn’t for me and I didn’t really like anything I read.
  • The fantasy part could have used more description, I wanted to know more about their world earlier on.

midnight thiefMidnight Thief

Author: Livia Blackburne
Publisher/Release Date: July 8th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 376-Hardcover-Library
My Rating: DNF


  • The first half of the book was super good but I felt it slipped after a while, especially when the story-line of the cats came in. After a while I had about 80 pages left and I just couldn’t make myself finish it, I lost all interest. I feel bad but even now it doesn’t bother me that I don’t know how it ended.
  • Kyra was an interesting character and I loved all that she could do. Her will to survive and also help others less fortunate is what won me over to her.
  • I’m kind of upset that I didn’t finish it, and I think that eventually I will give it another try someday.

islaIsla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher/Release Date: August 14th 2014 by Dutton
Pages: 352-Library-Hardcover
Finished: October 19th, 2014
My Rating: 4/5


  • The whole beginning of the book was just pure sweetness and I loved seeing how they became a couple and fell in love.
  • As the book goes on they face a lot of hardships, including being away from each other. I know how hard that is so I could relate with them. While reading you go through so many different emotions!
  • I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first books in the series, but it’s a good story and even wraps up some things from the other characters. Definitely worth reading!

4 comments on “Review: Getting Caught Up Part 1

  1. Well, SLA and MT are both on my tbr but seeing them here makes me glad I decided to hold off on them for a bit D: I’m sorry these didn’t work out for you Kelsey, it sucks when anticipated reads end up falling flat 😦 Hopefully your next read/reads will be much, much better!

  2. blogging stress can get tough, all the best!! sometimes i have no much to say about a book so mini reviews are great to get the gist across =) I feel the same about snow like ashes, though i persevered till the end and it does get slightly better. thankfully the love triangle didn’t play out TOO MUCH. *phew* i didn’t like isla, could have been a case of my own expectations, but isla and josh’s problems are self-inflicted imo. couldn’t relate much =/

    all the best and hope to see you back all recharged soon!

    alicia @ noverly things

    • Thank you! I feel much better about blogging and reading now.
      I’m glad the book got better for you, but I just couldn’t push through it. I’m sorry you didn’t like Isla, I tried to lower my expectations just in case but I still like the first two better.

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