I have this weird thing where a month is only successful if I can read at least 10 books, and this month I ended up reading… nine books. (*deep sigh*)
Say Hey Name by Juno Dawson
I’ve been wanting to read a Dawson book for years, but I never managed to find one where the short description spoke to me. Until now. Dawson took the known Bloody Mary legend and gave it a contemporary update. Unfortunately the update completely worked and it creeped me out from beginning to end. Every part of Mary’s history and her torment of the main character raised the hair on my arms. I’m definitely going to look out for other Dawson books, but first I need to make sure that the nightmares stop…
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I’ve been wanting to read this book for months, but always but it back down as I wasn’t sure if I would like the story. Weirdly enough this book ended up being the exact opposite of what I thought it was going to be. We follow our main character Eleanor will she tries to become her best self and her path is at the same time hilarious, sad and cringe-inducing. Eleanor’s history slowly becomes clear throughout the book and that’s when you really start feeling for her. This book will not tell the story you think it will, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something different to read.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
I can scratch a series of my series I need to finish list by reading this book! Yeey! I have to say that the previous books weren’t fully doing it for me. SOMETHING was missing to make me care about the characters and the story, and I was glad to be able to finish the series. This last book continued on the same page as the others, it’s not that I hated the story, but it just didn’t “click” with me. The big finale also took too long to finally present itself and when it did, I had some problems following the pace. Now I’m just glad I don’t have to read any love struggles between the two main characters anymore. Jezus that took ages…
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Another series I can take off my series I need to finish list and like the previous series, one I’m just glad to have out of the way. Look, I’m sure it’s me, but when you have LITERALLY a million worlds to save, shouldn’t you focus on doing that instead of agonizing over a boy??? The story also ended with a sizzle instead of a bang, and I was left completely unfulfilled. It’s definitely not a bad story, but it’s not for everyone and unfortunately I’m not part of the team that it speaks to. If only the plot could have been as beautiful as the covers… *le sigh*
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
So after reading two books with which I struggled to get through, I needed to pick something up that I knew I was going to love. And I did. The (euhm…) truth about Alice is told through four different POVs and none of them are actually Alice. I have to admit that these POVs are about as cliche as they can get, but I still loved reading how the truth unraveled. This is a fairly short book, but hides a powerful message between its covers: every thought how one lie to save your reputation can spiral out of control?
In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Well, Bracken sure took her time to build-up to the finale in this final book in a series! The story took ages to pick up pace and that’s definitely not what I’d come to expect of this series. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely wasn’t boring and it still kept me reading as I knew stuff was going to hit the fan. But the other books where so fast-paced that this one stands out like a lighthouse. This series is so dark and gritty that I can’t help but adore it, and if you loved The Hunger Games, you’ll love this one too.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I’ve always wanted to read this book, but as I wasn’t sure that I would actually like it, I never actually picked it up. I shouldn’t have hesitated. In my eyes, this book stands out in the YA world because it has a male main character. This might seem weird (especially as I am quite the feminist), but it was so refreshing to read about a guy running around and saving the world. (I’m not even feel comfortable in saying that, but anyway.) The story was gruesome, gory, disgusting and disturbing, and of course I loved every second of it. This one was definitely a lovely surprise.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
I freaking adored the first book in this series, and I could hardly wait to pick this one up. This gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler story has me completely entranced with its stabby-stabby-ness. Lada is one of my most favorite characters in the world; she’s not afraid to go after what she wants. With a knife. Leaving corpses in her wake. But the best thing is how White layers it with themes like sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia. I need the last book in this series, I can’t wait to read it! I can’t recommend it enough!!!
Ink by Alice Broadway
Another book I wanted to read for a while, but as I wasn’t sure I would actually like it, I only picked it up after I found it in the library. I quickly realized that my gut-feeling was right and this wasn’t going to be a book for me. Even though this is a YA novel, it read more like a middlegrade to me and this was definitely not what I was looking for. The story was so generic, that I stopped hoping for any surprises halfway through, but luckily there were some hidden at the end. It redeemed some of the book, otherwise the rating would be even lower, but it still didn’t make up for the fact that I couldn’t care about the main character at all.
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!