Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, so today is going to be a tiny bit different from my normal reviews, because today I am going to be doing mini impression reviews for the samplers I picked up while at BookExpo and BookCon. Obviously I won’t be able to give a full review or rating to any of these books just yet, but I didn’t want to ignore the samplers so here we go.
First up: Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie and featuring 13 stories by 13 authors. The ideas for those stories were given to the authors by 13 popular Booktubers. The full book will be released July 11, 2017. This sampler includes three of the stories, and basically includes pages 204-273 of the book. Within the pages of the sampler is the team up of Victoria Schwab and Jesse George (jessethereader), Adam Silvera and Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), and Samantha Shannon and Regan Perusse (PeruseProject). I can say that I enjoyed all three of the stories, and I really need to read more Victoria Schwab; I really love her writing style. Now, because I like to give individual ratings for each story within an anthology like this, I’ll go ahead and give my ratings for these: “Death Knell” by Victoria Schwab (5 stars), “Marigold” by Samantha Shannon (4 stars), and “You, You, It’s All About You” by Adam Silvera (4.5 stars).
Next: Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds. This book will be released August 1, 2017. The sampler is the first 43 pages, which is the first three chapters. What is interesting about this is that it does not seem to be his origin story. Based on what I read it sounds like he has been Spider-Man for a few years now. I loved the flavor and the vibe of this sampler; you really got a feel for the diverse culture contained within the story. I may not race out to buy this one, but it’s quite possible that I’ll borrow it from the library.
After that, there’s The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani, which will be released September 19, 2017. Now I admit that I’ve only actually read the first book in the series, but I own them all and intend to read them, but I chose to dive into this sampler, even with the knowledge that I might possibly spoil myself for books two and three. Again, this sampler included the first three chapters of the book. After reading it all, I don’t think it really spoiled too much for me, so that’s nice. I’m looking forward to finally finishing the original trilogy and then moving on to this new tale.
Then there’s my favorite of the samplers: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo. This is a collection of stories and fairy tales from the Grishaverse, so it’s the stories that the characters grew up with. And the sampler is very high quality. It features stunning artwork and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final copy, which will be released September 26, 2017. Another reason this is an awesome sampler is that it features three of the stories that make up basically the first 100 pages of the book. There will be three more stories in the full-length book, and based on how much I love what I’ve read already, I really want it to be the end of September already so I can get my hands on a gorgeous finished copy.
Finally, there’s Renegades by Marissa Meyer. It is a book about secret identities, mortal enemies, ad star-crossed love. I’m a sucker for a good superhero/supervillain style story so I’m excited about this one, even though I have to wait until November 7, 2017 for the full book. For this sampler, what is included is the prologue and the first two chapters. It is an action filled and interesting beginning to the story, with a number of characters introduced in the 59 pages of the sampler. I’m curious to see how the rest of the tale plays out.
If any of these sound interesting to you, here are the links to pre-order them. Of course, you can also pre-order them through your local independent bookstore as well.
Well, I think that’s it for the sampler mini reviews. Thanks for stopping by everyone, and let me know if any of these books sound interesting to you.