Not a Drop to Drink

After my struggle with Laini Taylor, I was hurting for a smooth read. Thankfully, I had three holds come available this weekend all at once! First up was Mindy McGinnis’s debut novel Not a Drop to Drink.


Mindy drops you into a dystopian landscape of alarming potential. There’s almost no context given until the middle of the book, all you really know is that there’s a mother and a daughter living in the middle of nowhere, alone, and they have to fight to survive.

I won’t give away what the dystopia is, but I will say that of the YA I’ve read lately, especially the trilogies, this is the most likely I’ve seen. It is so simple, so realistic. You will sit back and go, oh wow. And then you will run out and start stockpiling.

This book also straddles the line of YA and Adult fiction. The main character is somewhere in her teens, but it never really tells us how old she is. I think she’s somewhere between 16-19. There is kissing, and sex is talked about, but there is no actual sex. The relationship, I felt, was very awkward. I actually didn’t ship the couple in the book, and I wasn’t sure the girl did either…it was very weird. The guy was kind of like, oh, I haven’t seen a female my age ever, so we are automatically going to be together. *shrug*

Awkward rural teenagers aside, this debut was successful for McGinnis. I really liked the characters and the plot. The setting was definitely alarming!

The second book, In a Handful of Dust, is due out in September, and I will for sure be reading it!


Dreams of Gods & Monsters

So I finished the Laini Taylor Trilogy. And, thankfully, the last book was better than the second. Unfortunately, it still did not compete at all with the first book. I found myself skimming through this, especially at the end. I thought the ending was fairly disappointing and awkward. It just sort of ends, rather abruptly.


Overall, I liked the legends that were woven into the series. I think Laini definitely did some research into the angels and demons, and the lore associated with those aspects through out history. Especially within the Chimera, there were so many intricate details that made the different clans interesting. And the relationships between the characters were well done, when the story focused on them. However, the battles and war portions were confusing to me, and I just wasn’t that interested in those sections. That’s what I tended to skim over.

I also got really confused about Eliza and Esther. I didn’t really understand the whole Fake Grandma thing. It seemed like a distraction from what was going on back at the war, unnecessary.

Would I read Daughters of Smoke & Bone again? Maybe. The other two? Definitely not. And none of the three will make it onto my shelves.