Whoop, whoop. It’s not really a goal I need to reach, but I’m always happy when I manage to read at least 10 books a month (that’s totally a normal amount, right?) and I managed to do it again this month! I read a glorious amount of 12 books! And here is what I thought about them…
The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
Finally managed to finish another series! Why it took me so long to read this book, is a little embarrassing. I loved the previous two installments and I was afraid that this last book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I’ll start by saying that some little part of the sparkle was missing in this story, but I never managed to actually put my finger on it. However, I loved where the author brought the story and how the whole thing ended. Without being overly explicitly feminist, I still had a WHOOHOO GIRLPOWER-feeling and I couldn’t be more excited about that.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book and it took me almost three quarters of the book to sort-of figure out what the story was about. AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. I was completely lost for words after finishing it and I still can’t put my thoughts into words. It was a rollercoaster from beginning to end and every time I thought I had the story figured out, I got the rug pulled out from under me. AND THAT LAST CHAPTER! Highly recommend this book!!!
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
(Friend received the proof for free and was so kind to lend it to me, this does not affect my opinion.) For this book, we’re playing a game entitled “how low can someone’s expectations be?” I already knew that this book hasn’t been received with the greatest of reviews and a friend told me they could have cut away half of the story without a problem. So yeah, I was prepared to hate this book. To sum up my reading experience: Alsberg and Cummings were just trying to hard. With the story, the characters, the writing style, it was all just too much. Stay tuned for a full review.
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
I’ve been wanting to read this series for so long, but after reading mixed reviews I was so afraid to start it. I adored her other series, but what if this one didn’t live of to it? And indeed, this one didn’t manage to charm me at all. The characters were annoying, their actions unbelievable and the whole premise of the book was just weird. I’ve also noticed that I’m now well over the “falling in love with your jailer” and “special little snowflake” tropes in YA. I was annoyed from beginning to end and not even the gruesome little details managed to lift my spirits. What a shame.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Okay so after two bad reads, I wanted to read something I knew I was going to love. But the thing about this book is that… well… they both die at the end. I knew it was coming, I knew there was no way to avoid it and yet I kept stubbornly ignoring that fact. This book is basically one giant set-up to get your heart torn out. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s somehow also uplifting, an ode to life, to those who are not afraid to live it and to the little things you do that can make someone else’s day. I HIGHLY recommend this one!!!
Plague by Michael Grant
Another series I’m determined to finish as soon as I can! And God I adore this series so much even though I had somehow completely forgotten just how addictive this series is with this one. It took me a few chapters to get used to the style of writing again (i.e. multiple POVs in one chapter, the no-nonsense writing style …), but once I did, there was no way I was putting this book down! Oh and by the way, HOW IS GRANT ABLE TO MAKE EVERY BOOK EVEN MORE DISTURBING THAN THE LAST ONE? It’s really not promising for the next two installments (*shivers*).
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I had some high expectations before starting this one. An ice-cold Alaskan setting. A creepy secluded town. A death that isn’t what it seems to be. Yep, I’m already hooked. Nijkamp manages to grab my attention with the creepiness and the mystery, but lost me at certain other elements of the story. This is a book you will either love or hate, but I can’t really say anything more without spoiling you. All I can say is this: I loved that the story was so atmospheric, if you hate these kind of stories, than maybe you should pass up on this one.
Half Wild by Sally Green
I have a very weird relationship with this series. It’s a part of my series I need to finish list and when I reread the first book, I was reluctant to do so as I didn’t think I really liked it in the past. I ended up loving it. Same thing happened with this one, I was hesitant to start it, yet I couldn’t stop reading it. There is something in the crude, non-descriptive writing that I just adore. But I do realize it’s absolutely not for everyone. This time, I’m not going to postpone reading the next book for no apparent reason, I’m definitely going to pick it up as soon as possible!
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Oh John Green. I was slightly scared that this read would be disappointing, but of course it was a magical piece of awesomeness. It’s so difficult to describe the story as it’s full of elements that I wasn’t expecting, but all of them make the book truly unique. I am going to mention that I was completely taken aback by the anxiety rep, but it was so beautifully, realistically and clearly done. Green hasn’t lost any of his magic and all I can do now is sit here and wait for his next book. Might be a long wait though…
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Now this is why I love my book club so much: I would have never picked up this book if it wasn’t for the book club. And guys, I loved it! This is one of those books that grabs your heart, rips it out and puts it back upside-down. It changes the way you think and the way you see the world, and you’ll never be the same after you’ve read it. It’s definitely not perfect, but damnit it’s pretty close. And to think that I’ve always passed it by without picking it up. Don’t make the same mistake that I almost did! READ IT.
Half Lost by Sally Green
Told you I was going to pick this one up soon. I was a tad worried by the size of this last installment in the series; could it wrap-up everything in that little pages? My worries went away while I was reading the first few chapters, it was as deliciously gruesome as I wanted it to be. But then things started changing a little too quickly to be realistic (even though I did LOVE the changes), is it even character development if the character changes from one minute to the next? AND THAT ENDING JUST MADE ME MAD AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery
When a friend who almost never follows a book hype says that the book hype surrounding a certain book is completely deserved, you pick up that book. The premise of this one completely hooked me even before I started reading and I’m happy to day that the execution was perfect. Just the right amount of cringingness and brainwashing to get the story across. However, I was left with a lot of questions at the end and I need to read the other installments before I want to give a final rating to it. I’m going to be so disappointed if those questions aren’t answered…
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!