September began with me flying through books like a crazy person (by September 10th, I already read 6 books), but ended once again with a lag in reading. Still, I don’t think that reading 11 books in a month is a low number by any means.
S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
So when I’m introduced to a book where the short description states that teenagers are hunting other teenagers, I’m completely up for it! This book is however absolutely not Battle Royal-y and also not the psychological thriller that it could have been. Both these things made me very, very disappointed. BUT it’s such an original and more importantly, believable read that it I still loved it to pieces. Even if it wasn’t all that stabby-stabby. Might be an awesome Halloween read if you’re not up for actual horror! Read my full review.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I had never read a Perkins book as I basically don’t even want to touch her usual brand of sappy love stories. But even though I was very hesitant to read a horror novel written by her, I was curious to see if she could manage to write one. And honey, she did. It’s definitely not the MOST scary horror I ever read, but she did manage to keep me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Perkins was definitely able to surprise me with this one. Read my full review.
My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I delved into this book without reading the short description so I had no idea what I was getting into. Let me start by saying this: this is one weird little book. When I finished it, I honestly didn’t know if I adored or hated the story and I have honestly NEVER felt this way. I had the most the-fuck-did-I-just-read feeling, but somehow in the best way possible? The mystery is written in a very compelling way and I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had happened, but it was so freaking weird! (You can see, I’m very articulate in describing this one…)
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Hmmm, it seems like this series is getting progressively worse with every new installment. I really liked Jackaby, liked Beastly Bones, and thought this one is just okay. Ritter seems to be all over the place in this installment by tapping into a multitude of different myths. As a result, he completely lost me. It also didn’t help matters that this book is just one big prelude to the following book. A classic case of the middle book syndrome and there’s nothing I hate reading more. (Not even sappy love stories.)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Every once in a while a book is surrounded with a lot of hype upon its release, and I hadn’t seen a book as hyped as this one for quite some time. So of course I had to read it. With this book, you’re getting exactly what you’re expecting. It’s the most perfect cute and romantic contemporary, and you’re seriously missing out if you don’t read it. It’s worth every ounce of the hype it received and it should have received even more! I can’t explain just how amazing it is, you need to check it out for yourself. Like, yesterday. Stay tuned for a full review.
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) This book is supposed to be a cute, romantic read, but unfortunately I read it immediately after the most perfect cute, romantic read in the world and this one didn’t manage to be as amazing. I had the feeling Grant was a bit lazy in establishing the romance. It was pretty insta-romancy and didn’t build up at all. Which is sort of what you’re looking for in this kind of book. I liked the general idea though and that made up for a lot, even though I do realize that the results of this kind of psychological experiment are usually not what Grant envisioned in this book. I’m a tad torn with this one.
The Dire King by William Ritter
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) After all that build-up in the previous installment, I was really hoping that this book would be back on the same level as the first book in his series. It wasn’t. It started off promisingly though with the best kind of humor and a story that was a hell of a lot of fun to follow. But then things got complicated again and Ritter completely lost me at the big finale. Again. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but all the fun from the first part got squished in record time. At this point I’m actually wondering if I’d ever recommend the series to anyone…
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
This was one of the books I was most looking forward to in September so I picked it up as soon as I found a copy in a bookstore. It had some very high expectations going into this one and I have to say that Lockhart delivered for the most part. It wasn’t perfect, but I loved every second of the story. Told in reversed chronological order with an unreliable narrator, this book is one fun ride from beginning to end! Lockhart has found her niche and I’m hoping she’s sticking with it! Because I don’t think I can live without her books anymore.
Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) This proof was one I fought tooth and nail for at YALC. (Well not literally.) But for a book about gaming, I had to wait a pretty long time for the actual gaming to begin. When it did though, it read like nothing I ever read before. It was so dark and gritty that I couldn’t put the book away at all. The characters were way too cardboard-y for my liking, but the story made up for a lot. A must read for teenage boys and those who like books for teenage boys (like me). Stay tuned for a full review.
13 minuten by Sarah Pinborough
So I have this reputation in my book club, I’m the girl who basically hates every book that get’s picked. I’m not especially proud of it, but I’m not changing my opinion just to fit in either. Anyway, somehow one of my favorite YA thrillers got picked for October so in preparation, I reread it. AND OH MY GOD IT’S EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME YOU READ IT. But also slightly worse as I couldn’t ignore all the drugs, sex and just how annoying the main character is. Still, this thriller is so amazingly build that you’re wondering what the hell is going on at every turn even when you think you’ve got it all figured out.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I’m going to be honest here and say that I didn’t have a lot of expectations about this one. The short description was all over the place and seemed to be pretty romance-oriented. Not my cup of tea. But I ended up ADORING this book so much. It’s a dystopia and sci-fi combo; and both aspects of the story are so original and amazingly developed. There is a lot of science in there that Suvada managed to explain clearly, and I fully understood and believed everything. Stay tuned for a full review.
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!