So what happens when I have a two-week holiday and plan on doing a readathon? I read 13 books.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) Didn’t know what to expect from this one. But the story quickly intrigued me. A girl who accidentally raises her brother from the dead? Is then enlisted to do a fantasy geisha training to learn more about her powers and how to dance, fight, sing…? All to learn how to fight creepy monsters? OW HELL YES! As if that plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat isn’t intriguing enough. The writing style makes everything twice as intriguing. Definitely going to continue this series!
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I was a bit hesitant to read this one. Don’t really know why, but somehow I wasn’t expecting a story I would love. And to be honest, it took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it. That being said, I still had some problems with the fact that the writing style wasn’t really descriptive, and I sort of liked the secondary characters better than the main characters. It wasn’t exactly bad, but it just wasn’t a showstopper either. Still liked the story though and I am going to keep reading these series.
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
I couldn’t be more excited when Barnard releases a new book. Her stories are always heartfelt and real, and there was no way in the world that this book was going to be any different. I loved every page of this story and how for once a student-teacher relationship in the biblical sense isn’t romanticized. FINALLY. Barnard brought me strong, flawed characters that I all loved to pieces. Never pass up a Barnard book guys, NEVER. Her books are actual gems and you’ll love them from the first page to the last. I promise.
Hangman by Daniel Cole
The first book in this series was a revelation to me last year, so there was no way I was passing up on this book. I loved the first book’s gruesomeness, but in this one Cole doubles the gruel. I LOVED IT. The suspense made it very difficult to put the book down, and I have to admit that the whole mystery was amazingly crafted. I wanted to give this book five stars, but my Dutch version had a little too many typos (and this is why I don’t like reading translations…). Still, I cannot do anything else than recommend this amazing detective series with a heart, humor and depth.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
With this book, I’m starting my YALC reading challenge! I was ready for an epic sci-fi, but got something completely different. This book is surprisingly character-driven and reads like a contemporary somehow, but for a story that revolves around so many different alien species, it’s also surprising non-infodumpy. This all makes it the most original sci-fi I have ever read. Add to that the fact that Chambers subtly weaves in homosexuality, gender and so many other things. Love, love, LOVE. I’m definitely going to continue with this series (because that’s what I need, another series to finish).
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
With this reread I wanted to refresh my memory before I read the last book in this series. Picking up this book was a risk for me that first time as I usually do not like these kind of experimental novels. Surprisingly, I had no problems connecting to it! This book is one glorious adventure from beginning to end, the imagination that went into creating this is unbelievable. Even reading it for a second time, it was an amazing ride. The story, so perfect, so gruesome, so original! READ. THIS. BOOK. NOW.
Fractured by Teri Terry
A book to continue reading books of my series I need to finish list! I barely remembered the plot of the first book, but Terry does an amazing job to subtly remind you what happened without feeling like you’re reading a summary. Kyla’s story got a lot more intriguing in this one. There were so many layers playing around that it did get a little complicated at times, but it just added to the awesomeness of the story. This is one book that was very difficult to put down. Can’t wait to finish this series and see how it all wraps up. Loved it!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Adeyemi was one of the authors present at YALFest and I bought her book in order to get it signed. Wasn’t able to read it in time of meeting her though, but I didn’t mind too much. I wasn’t sure what to think in advance, I was fairly certain it was going to be a hit or miss book for me. Ended up being a 100% hit. Adeyemi created one of the most imaginative worlds, and populated it with a cast of amazing characters. The story never lost momentum and was thus an addictive read for beginning to end.
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
I didn’t really love the previous book in this duology, and I was VERY wary to read this one. My gut feeling was right though, I really, really, REALLY disliked this series. It COULD have been this amazing, epic story about time-travelling, but instead half the story is about the main characters making googly eyes at each other and I cannot stand the fact that every epic historical moment is disturbed BY THAT OBNOXIOUS “OH WOE ME, WHY CAN’T I BE WITH HIM/HER”. This was series was absolutely not for me and I actually hated so much of it. Bleigh.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) This series is so amazing, that I couldn’t wait any longer to continue reading and finish it. The story continues where the first book ended and it so amazing to read them back to back with a refreshed memory. This one ended up being just as gruesome, just as epic, and just as surprising. All the plot twists nearly killed me AND THIS IS A FREAKING REREAD. I cannot wait to continue on further and know how this epic adventure ends. I may not survive it though.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The moment I saw that cover, I instantly fell in love. The story sounded so original, and as I work for a Japanese company, Japanese culture is something I encounter on a daily basis. So yes, I was intrigued. Unfortunately I needed the YALC reading challenge as the last incentive to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did. The story is just as beautiful as the cover, I had a lump in my throat more times than I can count. So honest, so heartfelt, so unique. I’ll be pushing this book in people’s faces for months to come. You are warned.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long. I think I heard Morgan talk two or three times now, and every time I decide to read this book asap, but never actually did. It’s the fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi you’d expect it to be, but I do have to say that the book is barely a story on itself. I’ll definitely need to read more books in this series in order to know if I like it yes or no. Not that the story of this one was bad or anything, it was just so short that I don’t know what to think. The idea is so intriguing though, that I will continue reading. Without a doubt.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
Wanted to read this book as a part of my YALC Reading Challenge, but somehow I completely forgot that I already got it signed… Took it with me on a day trip though and had no other than choice than to read it. AND I’M SO GLAD I DID. This book was an unexpected gem and I loved every second of it. Feminism? Asexual rep? Diversity? I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. Honestly, I’m so glad I accidentally picked it up, because this book spoke to a piece of my soul that seriously needed speaking to. I flew through it in one afternoon and couldn’t put it down at all. Love, love, love.
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!