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Audiobook Reviews: Tiny Pretty Things & This Savage Song

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Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever.

When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

3 star

I am a total sucker for books about dance, despite never being a dancer myself, and so when I came across this one, I was curious to check it out. Ballet drama was just too intriguing to resist.

And overall, it wasn’t bad. I really enjoyed Gigi and June’s point of view, and how they were coping with the drama and betrayals and working with their respective secrets. Bette’s was fine, but she was a lot harder to like as a person, which I think affected my opinion of her, since I listened to it as an audiobook and all. I love the way the story twisted and turned, and how all the drama played out at brilliant pacing.

I did have a major issue with this book because it read like a long, drawn out television series that got renewed but no one really had a plan for it. There’s no ending in this book – it just stops. And things get added as resolved at random, which made it confusion to follow at times. It was also super long, which was strange for a contemporary book.

As a note on the audiobook specifically – if you speak French, be prepared to cringe at the pronunciations for some of the ballet terms. They’re… not good. Obviously, the research wasn’t done. They’ve Americanized the terms, and they don’t really sound like French.

All in all, I did enjoy Tiny Pretty Things though. It’s an addictive drama, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist the pull of the next in the series, if only for entertainment while I drive. If you like ballerinas, books that deal with various issues, or crazy drama, you should definitely check out Tiny Pretty Things.

Find Tiny Pretty Things on Book Depository

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

4 stars

The hype that surrounded this book was completely insane when it came out. It was everywhere you turned, which may have been why it took me this long to actually get around to this book. And when it came down to it, it was a good book, but I don’t quite get the insane hype. It’s awesome that we finally get a book that doesn’t have romance in the YA age range, but that was the only real stand out thing for me for this book.

I loved the distinctions of the monsters in this book. It was one of those things that were kept simple, but that was what made it so interesting sort of things. I almost wanted a bit more about all these monsters, just because I was so fascinated by them. I also loved our two main characters. They were both super well done, and while pretty standard as far as YA heroes go, well rounded and had great voices. I loved how the world was put together, so simple again, but complex enough that it felt complete.

I absolutely adored the fact that the Sunai use music to do their damage. While I found some of the music descriptions a bit strange (I may be biased though), this was such an awesome change of pace. I use music to give life to people’s souls – the Sunai use it to steal people’s souls. Amazing.

But at the same time, aside from the contrasting use of music, this didn’t feel as stand out to be as I felt led to believe. I get the feeling I won’t remember much of this book in a few month’s time. But I am definitely going to be checking out the next book in the series, and I did really enjoy listening to this one.

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