Ten Second Reviews: May 2014

This has been a crazy few weeks for me at work, which unfortunately means that I’ve fallen behind in my reviewing yet again! Sooooo…..Time for another round of 10 Second Reviews! Try to see if you can figure out what 3 out of these 4 books have in common!


If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I absolutely ADORED Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman (check out my review here), so when I heard the movie buzz surrounding If I Stay, I knew that I would have to check it out! The story focuses on 17-year-old Mia, whose entire family has died in a tragic car accident. Hovering on the edge of life and death, Mia must make the difficult decision between joining her family on the other side, or living a life without them. This book was heartbreaking at times, but I loved all of the flashbacks that Mia had of her family before the accident. The only aspect of the book that I found slightly disappointing was Mia’s relationship with her boyfriend Adam. I appreciated the fact that it was realistic and slow, but there was something missing. I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more of their relationship in the second book, which I will definitely be picking up soon!
Rating: 4 Stars


Die For Me by Amy Plum
I was in the mood for reading a book set in Paris a few weeks ago, so I finally decided to pick up Die For Me from the library, which has been sitting on my to-read list for almost two years now! Die For Me tells the story of Kate, who has moved to Paris to live with her grandparents after her parents died in a car accident. In Paris, Kate meets Vincent, a handsome and mysterious boy who manages to steal her heart. Kate soon discovers, however, that there is more to Vincent then meets the eye. Vincent is a Revant, an undead being who sacrifices himself over and over again in order to save the lives of others. Die For Me was a bit predictable and cheesy, but I did enjoy my time spent reading it. I loved the author’s descriptions of the city, which more than satisfied my craving for something Parisian. While I didn’t adore this book, I might consider picking up the sequel to find out what happens next.
Rating: 3 Stars


One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
The sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie shifts the focus from Kacey to her sister Livie. After their parents died in a tragic car accident, Kacey rebelled and Livie matured years beyond her age. Starting her first year at Princeton, Livie is determined to be the good girl her parent’s always wanted, and fulfill their dreams for her to become a doctor and marry a good, respectable guy. Unfortunately, Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the rowing team who has caught Livie’s attention, is far from respectable. I loved Ten Tiny Breaths, and One Tiny Lie was just as enjoyable! If you love New Adult books then definitely give this series a try! You won’t regret it!
Rating: 4 Stars


Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, but have been avoiding it due to its intimidating size. Luckily for me, I finally found my courage and picked it up! The Shadow of the Wind is an absolutely beautiful read that will hold a special place in the hearts of book lovers! The story follows Daniel, a young boy who has discovered a marvelous and rare book written by a secretive author named Carax. In fact, it may be the last of Carax’s books in existence, as a mysterious figure has made it his life quest to burn and destroy every copy that was ever been published. As Daniel determines to uncover the secrets of Carax’s past, readers will find themselves holding their breath to see what happens next. The character development in The Shadow of the Wind was absolutely fantastic, and I became completely absorbed in their lives. If you love books, and enjoy a bit of suspense, then this is the book for you!
Rating: 4.5 Stars


7 thoughts on “Ten Second Reviews: May 2014

  1. Great reviews, Natalie! I’m so glad you liked If I Stay! I read it years ago and loved it! I’m still meaning to read Ten Tiny Breaths so I’m glad to hear the sequel was good too

  2. I definitely have to get around to If I Stay before the movie comes out. I’m also glad you enjoyed One Tiny Lie! 🙂 Your mini reviews look like mine since mine are usually library books and apparently most of my library books are YA/NA! lol

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