Another month has passed, so it’s time for a new wrap-up! I read 10 books in November, and here is what I thought of them.
Everless by Sara Holland
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I was SOOO excited to start this book! The premise immediately hooked me and I couldn’t wait to read it. But I quickly discovered though that this book wasn’t going to be for me. The main character only managed to annoy me with her irrationality, stupidity and naivety, the world didn’t seem to be consistent nor explained enough, and all the “plot twists” were clear from the get-go. I know I’m almost alone in this, but I really wasn’t a fan of this book. What a disappointment. Stay tuned for a full review.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Another series I can scratch of my series I need to finish list! This time, it took me a while to get into the story. So long actually that I was on the verge of putting it aside, but the thought of never actually finishing this series made me read on. And suddenly I couldn’t put it down. Things were pretty complicated at the beginning of the book, but it all fell into place the longer I read. (It had been a while since I read the previous book.) It’s definitely a worthy end to one f’ed-up, crazy series, and I freaking love this series!
Warcross by Marie Lu
With that premise I knew I needed to read this book immediately. And I was so enjoying this read that it was promising to be a solid 4-star book right up until I got seriously confused which round they were playing. They were first going to start round 3, then it said that round 2 was just up ahead and then we were back in round 3, and it seriously confused me. The whole “believability” of the story got ruined for me. Still, I LOVED the Japanese references (I work for a Japanese company), our kick-ass hacker girl and the whole idea behind the story. Just a shame for that one damn reference COMPLETELY ruined it for me…
Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
So when it looks like this beautiful book (OMG that cover) has a psychopath in it, you know I’m getting it immediately. (Ended up being a sociopath, FYI.) And I was definitely not disappointed! This is one haunting, beautiful, addictive and unique read, and I couldn’t put it down at all. The style of writing is truly captivating and I loved how Byrne sort-of broke down the fourth wall by writing it like the main character left a notebook in her room for the next imprisoned girl to read. Highly, highly recommend!
Fear by Michael Grant
With this one, I finished the second-to-last book in this series! There are some things I’ve come to expect of these books, but I was glad to see that this book wasn’t particularly more gruesome that the last installment, and there wasn’t suddenly a new kid turning up in the FAYZ. Just like its predecessors though, it was addictive, violent, original and f’ed-up. AND I LOVED IT YET AGAIN. I’m so excited to finally read the last book and know how this adventure ends, but I’ll also be sad to see the journey end. What a series guys, seriously!
The Fandom by Anna Day
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) Okay so first off, I didn’t read the short description before picking this one up so I had no idea what it was about. 50 pages in, and I was thoroughly confused that this wasn’t a contemporary and I already knew this story wasn’t going to be for me. I was glad to see that the story wasn’t as predicable as I thought it would be, but it was still pretty uninspiring. This was not the cute ode to fangirls everywhere that I wanted it to be. I can’t even properly say what is… Just… no…
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
After the last book I read, I really needed to put my time into something that I knew I was going to love. So of course I was going to pick up this amazing sequel! This time we’re following Audrey Rose to Romania and we get to see more of their world, where she kicks ass like the awesome girl she is. I LOVED it. Prince Dracula is leaving gruesome murders in its wake. I LOVED IT. In the exclusive school of forensic medicine, we get see some very explicit forensic descriptions. I LOVED IT. And like a cherry on top, the book is also filled with references to feminism. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.
After the Fire by Will Hill
I’ve been wanting to read this book for so damn long, but yet again I had some other books to get through first. What a ride it was though! I LOVED that unlike books with the same topic that only tell the build-up until the main character gets free, this one also talked about the aftermath of getting out of a sect. The story ended up being everything I wanted it to be. It was unbelievably realistic, haunting AND SO ADDICTIVE. I could barely stop reading it. Highly, highly recommend! Don’t wait as long as I did guys!
The Power by Naomi Alderman
A feminist book? You know I’ll want to read that as soon as I can! I had some very high expectations and I was terrified that Alderman wasn’t going to be able to live up to them. I needn’t have worried. This book has a marvelous plot and it was executed perfectly, realistically and disturbingly. I loved every second and couldn’t put the book down. It not only made me think, but it made the hair on my arms rise too. It was everything I wanted this book to be and then some. You should not hesitate to pick it up!
Phobos by Victor Dixen
This book is not yet published in English (expected in 2018), but has been an unbelievable hype in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. And well… I couldn’t hide away from it anymore even though I was not expecting to like this blind date in space book. Once the story got going, I was hooked to all the intrigue and back-stabbing. Don’t often finish a book in one sitting any more, but I did it with this one. It was so much more than I thought it was going to be and truly liked it. I just know it will be just a big a hype in the UK and US, and you definitely should pick it up as soon as you can.
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!