I’m back at it with the TBR Unhual Challenge! The two books I chose this round were Too Late and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Both books have been on my TBR and my shelf since 2016, so they’re perfect for this challenge.
As with my last update, I’ll be posting two short reviews for these books. If you’re interested in learning about the TBR Unhaul Challenge, you can find my initial introductory post here. It’s seriously helped me cut back on my TBR already and has helped point out just how many books have been on my TBR for a long time. If your TBR is crushing you, physically and mentally, then I definitely suggest trying out this challenge!
Warning: Since these are mini reviews, they won’t be focused on the typical plot, writing style, structure etc., it’ll be more focused on my feelings. These won’t be full technical reviews, so don’t expect them to be!
Published: November 13 2016
Date Added: November 14 2016
Date Read: July 19 2018
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Pages: 388 (Kindle)
Series: N/A – Standalone
And that’s where love finds you… in the tragedies.
So this book hit me hard. So hard. And Colleen’s books usually do, they’re gut wrenching in the most beautiful way. This book though, this book gave me anxiety and honestly made me slightly scared. Asa scared the crap out of me. He was so unpredictable and hostile, and every second of the book I was fearing for Sloan’s life and crying for her situation. But under all that, the romance in here was perfect and heart breaking in the way that only Colleen Hoover can write. It was so different than anything I’ve ever read before, not just because it’s like an undercover cop type romance, but because of the feelings it pulled out in me. This book definitely isn’t for the weak, but all the same I really liked it.
Put aside my feelings for a second, and this book is still an absolute power house. There are quite a few plot twists and there was at least one time where I had to put this book down and just breathe for a few because it shocked me so much. Luke was a dream boat and Sloan was such a powerful main character. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I felt so deeply for the main character and want her to succeed so much it hurts. It was just a wonderful book in every aspect, but like I mentioned before, this isn’t like her usual work and should come with a giant trigger warning on the cover. Just be aware of that if you’re interested in picking this up.
So technically this book ends on page 252, but the next 136 pages are like two epilogue and one added prologue. I read the immediate epilogue, because that part was good, but then I skipped the prologue because it’s just Sloan and Asa meeting and I was not interested in that scenario, and skimmed the last parts for some closure. All these added portions felt a bit like fanfiction, it felt drawn out, over the top, and slightly unnecessary. That’s really my only complaint with the book, and it’s not even a complaint that directly relates to the story, I just thought it was odd.
If you’re looking for a darker romance with a lot of suggestive themes that will tear your racing heart out, this this one is for you! Side Note: This is a FREE ebook for Nook!
Other books by Colleen Hoover
Return to the Isle of the Lost
Published: May 24 2016
Date Added: February 12 2016
Date Read: August 9 2018
Pages: 309 (Hardcover)
Series: Descendants #2
“…haven’t we learned by now that there are always monsters hiding under our beds, or in the closet, or, um, escaping from island prisons?”
This book was so fun to read! I’m going to be completely honest here and say I’ve seen the TV movies for this book series, and I loved them. The book series doesn’t follow the movies, they’re more like filling in one after the other, and I really appreciate that because you can enjoy this series in both formats (book & movie) and you’re not just reading/watching the same plot.
While I liked this one much more than the first, I can see a lot of parallels between the two. There’s the four main villain kids who have to once again go up against their conniving parents while trying to find themselves in their new ‘good’ world. I think the reason I liked this one more is because the first half takes place in Auradon, and I enjoy that aspect of this series, and then the second half takes us on a journey through the Isle as we uncover a plot to once again take over Auradon. At the same time, King Ben is on his own mission searching for a mysterious creature who is destroying Camelot. It was fun, fast paced, and a good story with a genuine mystery at its heart. Plus, I really liked how these two plot lines came together at the end.
One of the things I wish this book had, however, was a MAP. If you’re going to spend a lot of time talking about locations the way the author does in this book, the least you could do is provide us a map so we can visualize these locations. Especially since this series involves multiple different kingdoms all combined into one. I mean, can you imagine how awesome that map would be? Other than that, this was a super fun book to read and I can see why younger kids like it so much! I think I like the movies just a tad bit more (I’m a sucker for musicals) but the books are still a great little trip into my favorite universe.
The Descendants Series