4 June 2014

June Lemon Law round-up [lemon law book reviews]

Welcome to another edition of Lemon Law book reviews!  Here we take a quick 'n dirty look at some fantasy/sci-fi books in a vain attempt at reducing my TBR Tower. If you're unfamiliar with lemon law book reviews, cast your attention here for a minute or so. I'll wait.





At the Edge of Water - Elizabeth George
I quite enjoyed the opening chapter, and I liked the voice of the POV character in it who had a little bit of sass to her. Then it suddenly switches to (who I assume is) the MC, and I lost all interest in the characters and the narrative. I wasn't too sold on the premise either so this one gets put back into the pile.
FAILED

Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
I liked the premise of this one, but I wasn't taken by Okorador's writing style. Plus, the characters seemed a little too accepting of an other-worldly creature among them, and we're completely fine with the situation almost immediately.
FAILED

Banished - Liz de Jager
This really surprised me. I was expecting your normal YA, but what I got from the setup was a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer (ass-kickery) and Rivers of London (institutionalised magic). It may become a standard YA fantasy in time, but I liked de Jager's characters and setup. Definitely going to dig a bit more.
PENDING

The Problem with Promises - Leigh Evans
This was typical paranormal romance/ YA fantasy fare, and I knew I wouldn't like it. Plus, ant book that uses the phrases "pussy-tightening" and "va-jay-jay" really aren't my cup of tea. I wanted to put it down after the first few pages - definitely not for me.
FAILED

A Love Like Blood - Marcus Sedgwick
I'm in two minds shout this one. On the one hand I really liked the MC, and the mid-war setup was interesting. Yet I feel like there's something lacking that will ultimately lead to disappointment. Still, I enjoyed the beginning so I'll read a little more.
PENDING

Red Rising - Pierce Brown
I really enjoyed Brown's Martian colony and the culture and rivalry between different groups of colonists. What I've read so far whispers of conspiracy and the potential for civil upheaval, which are both good in my books. I'm quite intrigued with it and so I'll probably give the rest of the book a shot.
PASSED

Not bad - half of these books were surprise hits for me, and the other half shall go on to a better place.

Do you agree with these initial thoughts? Have I condemned a book that you think I should really stick with? If so, let me know in the comments!

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8 comments:

  1. Nice that you found some good ones in the lot.

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    1. I'm pleased that there were a few that surprised me too :)

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  2. It weirds me out when anyone uses the word "va-jay-jay," let alone uses it in a book. I just can't take it seriously.

    I'm a bit disappointed to hear that Lagoon didn't live up to expectations for you. I've got high hopes for that one myself, so fingers crossed that it doesn't fall down in the same areas for me too.

    Glad to hear that Banished still isn't out of the running, though. The more I hear about that book, the more I want to read it.

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    1. Let me know how you get on with Lagoon, Ria! I'd love to be proven wrong on that, as I had high hopes for it too.

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  3. The only one of those already on my radar is Red Rising so I'm going to say you're spot on buddy.

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    1. Thanks Tabitha - it's good to know that I'm in good company with some of these :)

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  4. Ooh, thanks for the insights on these!

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  5. This is my first time seeing the Lemon Law in action. That's a technique I could absolutely capitalize on for my own TBR pile!

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