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Posted by Caitie F on February 6, 2015

It is that time again – mini reviews because I have less time!

Title: I Heart NYHeart NY
Author: Lindsey Kelk
eBook: 322 pages
Pub Date: Sept 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

.When you’re running away from a broken heart, there’s only one place to go…Adjusting tiaras at the foot of the aisle, Angela and her best friend prepare for the wedding of the year. But events don’t go as planned. And when a girl is in possession of a crumpled bridesmaid dress – and can’t go home – New York (for the very first time) seems like an excellent idea.

Angela’s new friend Jenny Lopez gives Angela a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps, and a makeover. Who hasn’t dreamed of starting afresh with a sassy New York wardrobe, a new haircut and a trip to the make-up counter? Before she knows it, the new Angela is getting over her broken heart by having dinner with two different boys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her fabulous new blog. But it’s one thing telling readers all about your romantic dilemmas. It’s another trying to figure them out for yourself!


This book was….fine. It is a fun romance, but it didn’t feel like anything that special. It was such a love letter to New York, which was fun, but it wasn’t a unique love letter. The obsession with bags and shoes just irritated me, mostly because I don’t know anyone who is that obsessed with their accessories.

Things came a little to easy to Angela. She arrives makes a new BFF (who happens to have her roommate moving out) instantly, she meets guys right away, and lands a job without much work. The stakes were never that high and the choice felt obvious.

It wasn’t bad – if you are looking for a fun, quick romance you should read it, I just expected more from it.

Title: Redshirtsredshirts
Author: John Scalzi
Hardcover: 320 pages
Pub Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives


This is one of the most fun books i have ever read! if you like science fiction at all, you should read it. If you have ever enjoyed an episode of Star Trek, why haven’t you read it yet? It took me a while and I regret not reading it sooner.

I am not going to spoil anything, but pick this book up. It is so much fun to read. I laughed out loud so many times and the writing is brilliant.

Title: I Am Not a Serial Killerserial
Author: Dan Wells
Hardcover: 272 pages
Pub Date: March 2010
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: ++

Summary from goodreads:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means. Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.


So this book was not what I was expecting. It starts off as one thing and then turned into something completely different, which I found disappointing. The second it changed over, i lost almost all interest in the book. The writing is fine, and I found the main character fascinating, but it just wasn’t for me.


3 Responses to “Mini-Reviews”

  1. […] King read 300 pages and lost interest. DNF. Jan 24, 2015 7. More Than This by Patrick Ness 8. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells Feb 6, 2015 9. The Fall Giants by Ken Follett 10. Dear American Airlines: A Novel by Jonathan Miles […]

  2. […] Bride by Yangsze Choo 6. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King DNF 7. More Than This by Patrick Ness 8. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells 9. The Fall Giants by Ken Follett 10. Dear American Airlines: A Novel by Jonathan Miles 11. Where […]

  3. Shaina said

    I’m glad you got at least one stellar book in this batch!

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