Top Ten Tuesday: My First Book Reviews

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This week’s TTT topic is the “(First Ten) Books I Reviewed”.

I started reviewing books on Goodreads at the beginning of 2017, before I later made my blog in August. I’m going to share snippets from the first ever books reviews that I wrote on Goodreads (so we can all laugh at them together). Also, lol, this was back when I wrote reviews for every single book that I read. Yeah, that definitely doesn’t happen anymore.

So instead of the links going to the Goodreads page, they’ll send you to my review on Goodreads.

Also, it really weird to put my own words in quote blocks.


For those of you who don’t know:

β€œTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

(This quote comes directly from the blog That Artsy Reader Girl)


1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Rating: 3.5 stars

First off I would like to say that this book is beautifully written. I whipped through this book in under a day. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a fairytale-esque fantasy that values the power of love. I would like to say that Wintersong is definitely an emotional and character driven story, so if you’re looking for a plot driven story this book is probably not for you….

I do plan to read the sequel when it comes out though, because even though Wintersong wasn’t an amazing read, I definitely interested to see where the story will be taken.

MY FIRST BOOK REVIEW EVER.

Also, um, I have still not read the sequel. (Is it worth it??)

2. Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden

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Rating: 3.5 stars

Though the book was far from perfect and touched on being predictable and cliche, it’s flaws did not impede me from being drawn into the story. I would recommend this book to any lover of fantasy looking for a light, easy read. I am eagerly waiting for what will happen in the coming books.

Still waiting on the sequel for this book to release…

3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Rating: 2 stars

Despite Alosa’s entertaining swagger, Daughter of the Pirate King was a cheap, cliche and disappointing read. It lacked world building, character depth and realism. I was really excited when I read the book’s synopsis, but found the book no where near living up to it’s potential….

Overall, I felt really let down by this book. I’m so grateful that I picked it up from my local library instead of wasting my money by buying it. This was not a quality fantasy read, and I would not recommend it to fellow fantasy lovers unless you’re extremely bored and desperate for a insta-love pirate story.

Wow, baby reviewer me was kinda savage.

4. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

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Rating: 4 stars

While the story was intriguing, I did find myself bored here and there. This book is not one of action, which why I found it not difficult to take a break from the book for awhile. None the less, the last quarter of the book totally captivated me. It seems very likely that I will continue on to the next book (once again, fantasy lover here). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and reading about royal families (and drama tehehe).

Again, I never continued on to the sequel and probably never will. I think I read a spoiler review instead… 😬

5. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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Rating: 2.5 stars

One of the best parts of this novel was Freya’s character. I loved how original it was that she was a self-taught scientist, something you rarely see in YA novels, let alone a fantasy one at that. I also enjoyed how relatable she was. Freya really represented the typical adolescent characteristic of self-consciousness, believing that all eyes were always on her (called the spot-light effect in psychology).

Lol, look at baby-reviewer me trying to educate people.

6. Radiance by Grace Draven

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Rating: 2.5 stars

Overall, while the book did provide some amusing moments, I would not recommend this to anyone looking for a quality, well-written fantasy read.

Ashamed to say I read some free, sketchily-formatted version of this book online. In my defense, I wasn’t fully aware how hurtful pirated copies can be to authors! I promise I know better now!

7. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Rating: 3.5 stars

While I really liked the concept and the story behind this book, something about it just fell short for me (or maybe college has just made me really nit picky?).

Lol, according to the rest of my review, there were actually many aspects that fell short for me.

8. The Wrath & the Dawn by RenΓ©e Ahdieh

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Rating: 5 stars

There are so many elements to love about this book! There’s the beautiful, vivid descriptions, the world building, the lovable characters, the underlying theme of magic, and the romance!

Go 2017 Keri actually rereading books! Still haven’t reread any books this year…

9. The Rose & the Dagger by RenΓ©e Ahdieh

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Rating: 3.5 stars

Okay my ranting is finally over. Despite the many negatives I listed, I don’t think that this was a bad book. I did really enjoy it. As to whether I’d recommend it though… I wish I could just recommend the first 2/3’s of the book and the epilogue (the ending was so rushed gaahhhh). I guess I’ll say that if you loved the first book, read this to know how everything ends. But if you were iffy on the first book—this can be placed low on your TBR pile.

And I was actually finishing series! *applauds past self*

10. The Flame in the Mist by RenΓ©e Ahdieh

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Rating: 4 stars

…it kind of weirded me out? Like “Hi, I know you just found out I’m a girl 2 seconds ago, but let’s have a makeout session!” And the romantic interest went along with it! Not that it wasn’t entertaining, but like, da frick? Like, bro, don’t you need time to process things?

Lol, me expressing my annoyance over the romance.
(Also, can you tell I was on a RenΓ©e Ahdieh kick?)


Lol, that was really amusing to read my reviews from 2 years ago.

What were some of the first books you reviewed? How long have you been writing reviews?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below, I would love to read it!

42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My First Book Reviews”

  1. ‘Pirate King’ is one I’ve always thought looked like a fun read, but I haven’t yet given it a chance. Someday I’ll have to remedy this. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ermm, well baby-reviewer-Keri thought that “Daughter of the Pirate King was a cheap, cliche and disappointing read.”
      So, um, not sure I would recommend it. But you do you! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than I did.

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    1. Yes, I totally know what ya mean!
      And yessss, I love making people laugh! I should really try to write more funny reviews…
      And I checked out your post! I tried to comment, but I’m not sure if it actually went through or not. 😬

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      1. Unfortunately I don’t think your comment went through, but I appreciate you taking the effort to write one regardless! And I LOVE reading funny reviews! I do a series from time to time where I just write random comments when I’m watching a movie, and they tend to be kind of ridiculous. I call them Blog-Alongs, if you ever want to check them out.

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        1. Eeeek, why does technology hate me?? I swear I hit the publish comment button…I’ll try again (okay, I actually see it on the page now!)

          And that’s so cool! I love writing down random thoughts as I read books, tho I’ve never published them.
          And yeah—I just read over your Ever After one. Ahhh, I love that movie (it’s one of my favs!) and your commentary is pretty amusing! Speaking of Ever After, it’s only been a few months, but I think I’m due for a rewatch…😁

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      1. BAHAHA, I appreciate the correction! πŸ˜†
        Oooh, what were your thoughts on Daughter of a Pirate King? I’m curious.
        And thanks! πŸ™‚ Adding quotes was fun but I feel bad because it made my post rather long, lol.

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    1. Congrats on a year of book reviewing! πŸ™‚
      And yeah, I’ve also noticed that the length of my reviews has grown over time! Hmmm, perhaps I should try to go back to writing shorter reviews…. Do people actually read long reviews?

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      1. Thank you, a year has flown by! I’ve been thinking about review lengths recently actually. I wonder if people read them too πŸ˜‚ For me it definitely depends on how much a book intrigues me and how much I want to know! There’s not much that can be said in short reviews though… Maybe it’d be a good challenge to write them!

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        1. Yeah! For me it also depends on how interesting the writing is and if I’ve already read the book or not. I think I’m actually more inclined to read a long review if I’ve already read the book because I like to compare the reviewer’s thoughts with my own!

          And that would be a good challenge! Hmmm, I might try to focus on being more succinct in my next couple of reviews….

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  2. I haven’t read the sequel to Wintersong either, and I gave it 3.5 stars too. I was curious at first but I’ve heard Shadowsong just wasn’t that great from people who liked the first one more than I did, so I decided it wasn’t worth it, even though that series really is beautifully written.
    Also, I read an excerpt of Daughter of the Pirate King a while ago and… I think I’m with past!you on that one.
    Great list!

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    1. Yeah, as more time passed after I read it, the less interested I became in picking up the sequel, which is sad because you’re right, it’s beautifully written (and the covers are gorgeous!)
      And thanks! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hmmm, probably not? For the most part, they were all mediocre books for me. Maybe The Wrath & the Dawn, since that was a reread for me when I reviewed it 2 years ago, but other than that, I can’t really see myself picking up any of these books again.

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    1. Same–I really wanted to love it! I remember adoring the magic and the world, but I think the characters annoyed me, particularly the king/prince/love interest dude.
      I did just get one of her new books, What the Wind Knows, on my kindle app, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it more!

      Are you a big fan of hers? Do you have any recommendations of other books of hers that I should check out?

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  3. It’s been so much fun looking at these lists. πŸ™‚ It’s definitely interesting to see our reviews form the beginning of our reviewing. I loved Wintersong! Shadowsong is an awesome sequel, but it’s pretty different and very character-driven, so it’ s has really mixed reception.

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    1. It is! πŸ™‚
      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Shadowsong! Yeah, I feel like character-focused plots can be very hit or miss for me.

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  4. I didn’t really like Daughter of the Pirate King either. It might have been the audiobook? I don’t know. Didn’t read the sequel, and I’m not rushing out to read her next book either (although I’m not against giving her another chance… there’s just way too many books on my TBR to worry about it at the moment).

    I did like Flame in the Mist though. And I liked the scene in Sky Without Start where “boy” Chatine starts kissing the guy too. I guess I don’t have a problem with that? In real life I might, but I guess I don’t mind it in books, at least in some cases.

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    1. Same! I never picked up the sequel and Warrior of the Wild is on my TBR, but it’s def not a high priority for me.

      And yeah, I liked Flame in the Mist too, that scene just struck baby-reviewer-me as weird. But I guess those scenes work, since you fall in love with the person, not the gender. And yeah, it depends on how the scene is portrayed. I would have to re-look at the scene to see if I still have the same opinion today. I just though that snippet from my review was amusing, which was why I included it. 😁

      And oooh, Sky Without Stars just came out, right? What did you think?

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  5. I thought Wintersong was decent, but Shadowsong felt pointless to me. It just dragged on and was a bit too repetitive of Wintersong.

    I wasn’t a fan of Daughter of the Pirate King either. It was such a disappointment for me.

    It’s always fun to go back and see previous reviews, especially when they aren’t as “positive” as others. XD

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    1. Oh, interesting! Yeah, I’m probably not ever going to go back and pick up Shadowsong. I should probably take it off my TBR…

      Yeah, Daughter of the Pirate King was soooo disappointing!

      And yes, so true. And reviews that are more critical are so much more fun to write!

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