I saw an interesting blog post the other day that featured 10 word reviews of books. This reminded me of one particularly challenging college English class where we had to fit a persuasive essay in just 100 words. Writing short is hard. I tried. I just couldn’t get anywhere with 10 words. So, 15 word reviews!
If we’re being honest, maybe they’re not quite reviews. This exercise didn’t lend itself too well to reviews, but more teasers/recaps of the last 12 books I read. And I know – 12 books, 15 words – those are not nice round numbers, but, here, it’s really about the words anyway.
- Flawed by Cecelia Ahern: Perfect Celestine, model family. No good deed unpunished. Imprisonment, cruelty. Flaws in system or people?
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess: Henrietta Howel, a flame against the Ancients. Brooding Blackwood or loyal Rook? Witches or sorcerers?
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Truthwitch Safi + Windwitch Iseult = salvation? Cleaved threads. Heart threads. Prince Merik’s kingdom. Hope. Sacrifice. Separation.
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: A contest. Amani – rebel girl, sharpshooter, escaping. Jin – fugitive, mystery. Djinni – evil, good, the future?
- Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley: Aza Ray. Drowning in thin air. Jason. Love. Skyships. Find your song. Choose your family.
- The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid: Nemesis, a diabolic programmed to protect Sidonia. A switch. A rebellion. Love. What is humanity?
- Defy by Sara Larson: Girls CAN fight! Alex has a big secret. Oh, Rylan, Prince Damian. He knows what?!
- How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather: Samantha Mather’s back in Salem. Yes, that Mather. Descendents. Ghosts. Can she break history’s cycle?
- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee: Addict Leda. Flawless/flawed Avery. Heartbroken Eris. Romantic Rylin. Techie Watt. Class conflict. A fall.
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: Must Kat be monstrous to be loved? Can monster August be loved? A city divided.
- The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons: Women are hunted. Aya’s fight for freedom. Kiran. Why can’t Drivers talk? To the woods!
- And I Darken by Kiersten White: Vicious Lada. Sensitive Radu. Idealistic Prince Mehmed. Captives. An unexpected love triangle. Love or power?