Eclipsed! // Mini Reviews of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar, and Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Oy! How are we doing on this fine Tuesday evening?

I’ve officially completed my fourth day back to in person school and I think I deserve a participation medal. I know, I know, I hate on participation medals for the most part, but the amount of social interaction I’ve not only endured, but participated in, warrants it. Plus, I like shiny things so it’s a win-win. I also like to be overly dramatic, as this charming paragraph so clearly shows (eek!).

But in all seriousness, let’s just say it has been an adjustment. After nearly a full year of remote learning, interacting with other people and *gasp* making eye contact has been totally strange. I feel a bit like I’ve been thrown off the deep end, into a pool infested with man-eating sharks and blood sucking lobsters who multiply in size every time you make small talk about the weather. Hopefully the sharks and I can bond?? I don’t know, it’s just a lot at once and honestly a bit overwhelming. Ok, that paragraph was exactly no more serious than the last, so we are just going to ditch the idea of a “serious life update” and hop into some mini reviews.

💫 Nothing happened??? Like Alina trained. They hunted for a deer??? Was there a plot other than that??? Could not tell you.

💫 I feel pretty neutral about Alina. She had her moments, but there were lots of times I just wanted to knock some sense into her. 

💫 Bardugo never misses with her dialogue. It was sharp, witty, and kept things moving.

💫 I really should have read Shadow and Bone before Six of Crows. The worldbuilding and magic system are explained SO MUCH BETTER here and I would have spent soooo much less time being completely lost. 

3🌟Overall, this was a pretty average read. It’s definitely cool to see some of the origin of the magic system in the entire Grishaverse, but it felt pretty slow as a whole.

💫 Y’all. This book did not pull any punches. From complex family dynamics, to dealing with racism and homophobia this book is a must read. I was at the grocery store listening to this audiobook and I was standing there crying like a crazy. I got some looks, but my heart was breaking for Nishat, so screw those looks. 

💫 Nishat was a flawed character, but she grew throughout the book and it was remarkable to watch. The writing ebbed and flowed from humorous to serious and was phenomenal. 

4.5🌟Wow wow wow. I love this book so much and I can’t even explain it. Seriously, go read it if you haven’t. 

💫 I absolutely love how the parents were recreating dates based on rom-coms. It was so cute ahhh

💫 When I’m reading a book that has text messages most of the time it annoys the daylight out of me. I don’t know if it is because I’m a weird texter or what, but I have never read a book that was even stylistically close to a text conversation I have had in real life. In books they are always brick messages or an overload of abbreviations. Dating Makes Perfect has the most realistic messages ever!! They are chaotic little thoughts that sound just like my friends and I talking.

💫 I felt like this book went around and around and around a few too many times. First they were fake dating. Then it was for a bet. Wait do you have feelings??? No, I don’t have feelings!! And repeat. If they would have opened their mouths to talk to each other this book would have been waaaay shorter. 

3.5🌟This is such a fun rom-com! From relatable characters to the recreation of iconic rom-com

And with that, we are going to call this mini review post a wrap. I have spent far too much time procrastinating on the internet tonight, and not nearly enough time actually doing my homework (ick graphic trig functions, sounds like a blast!). So I’m actually going to be productive and work on homework. Wild idea, I know.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think??

12 thoughts on “Eclipsed! // Mini Reviews of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar, and Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

  1. Yay!! I’m so glad you liked The Henna Wars, I personally also cried and I still really haven’t gotten over that book. I can’t wait to try out the others! Great reviews.

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  2. I absolutely adore The henna Wars and am currently rereading it with my book club and really enjoying it again! I liked Shadow and Bone too though I have to say the slow pacing really put me off.

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  3. yessss the family dynamics in the henna wars made me feel SOFT 🥺 also s&b kind of annoyed me because it was so?? slow?? but nikolai is my favourite lol. also yeahhh the whole time i was reading s&b – my brain was just going “oh so that’s what it meant by [insert grisha term here]” – but then i realised if i read s&b first, i probably wouldn’t have read SoC and CK, because s&b just annoyed me with its slowness and lack of plot lol.

    loved all your reviews!! 💓

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    1. yessss!!! truly the family dynamics are unparalleled!! ugh literally. SO SLOW. yess i’m glad i read SoC and CK first because otherwise I never would have tried it, but also now that I’ve read S&b i know what all the fancy grisha-ish things mean. thank you so much! happy reading : )

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  4. Happy birthday!! (I’m pretty sure I’m a day late, but I mean it just as much 😊)
    I totally agree with you that Shadow and Bone helps understand the world so muchhhh!! I also wish I’d read it before I read SoC! I personally didn’t love the Henna Wars but I’m glad you did! Who doesn’t love a good book cry, right? (even if it’s in public and brings some weird looks from other people 😂)
    I love these mini reviews so much!! Do you mind if I do these once in a while in my blog? I’ll credit you!

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    1. ahhh thank you so much!!
      YES! i literally had no idea they existed at the time i read six of crows, and i wish so so SO much i would’ve read them first. welp… i guess i’ll just have to reread six of crows lol.
      oh no, i’m sorry to hear that 😦 but yess, books that bring on tears hit different. even when they get you into wildly embarrassing situations 😂
      thank you so much! absolutely go for it!! i’m excited to see what yours will look like!
      happy reading : )

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      1. Lol, that’s what I did, I read the Shadow and Bone trilogy and now I’m going to reread SoC and read Crooked Kingdom for the first time xD
        happy reading to you too 😊

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