Snapshot Reviews – February 2020

Snapshot Reviews (3)

Hello! Welcome to my new blog series: Snapshot Reviews. In which I give a short review of every book read in the previous month.

In the month of February I read 4 books in total, they will be reviewed in the order they were read, beginning February 8th through until February 29th.

Book 1: Disney Princess A Treasury of Enchanting Tales, by Disney Enterprises
Finished February 8th 2020, rated 4 stars.

The book includes wonderful illustrations based on and inspired by the films the princesses are part of. I was very impressed with the quality of the illustrations, the page design and the way both were incorporated into each story. The tale of Moana was my favourite artistically and as a diehard Disney fan all 12 stories were full of nostalgia and I finished the book cover to cover in 30 minutes.

Book 2: A Lady Bird Book About Donald Trump, by Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris
Finished February 10th 2020, rated 4 stars.

Hillarious and very clever in the way it makes commentary on the political climate in the US at the moment. There really isn’t much more that I can say about it. Was a great quick read.

Book 3: The Need, by Helen Phillips
Finished February 11th 2020, rated 3 stars.

The first quarter of this book was fascinating, the writing was great, the author set the stakes high and there was a hint of speculative fiction in the air. By about the middle of the book, the first big reveal had been and gone and we were in the thick of it, and yet I wasn’t as enthralled as I had been earlier on. The final quarter of the book almost redeemed itself and I was beginning to get excited about it’s potential again, waiting for that “oh shit!” moment. But it completely lost me at the end, not only was I confused but there were so many character arcs and plot threads just left unfinished (either that or the moral of the story went completely over my head). Either way, I was disappointed with how this ended. Despite this, the beginning of this book was really fun and had a super interesting premise I just wish that it had been executed better.

Book 4: The Shadow of What Was Lost, by James Islington
Finished February 21st 2020, rated 3 stars.

Reading this via audiobook did not do it justice, it was my first time listening to such a dense epic fantasy and it really would have helped to have had a physical copy to refer to and read along with. The character building was very well thought out and I cared about all of the main characters, but I found the plot dropped in and out of my interest often. Resulting in a very disjointed reading experience. I’m not sure that I fully understand what happened in this and if I continue with the series from here it will be as physical books rather than an audiobook.


February was a very slow reading month for me. Nonetheless, I managed to finish a handful of stories. Have you read any of these?


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