In case you don’t remember, back in August I somehow managed to read 17 books. Don’t ask me how I didn’t it, but to prove that it’s not something that happens often, I also managed to read exactly one book by September 14th. Go figure.
Warcross by Marie Lu
This is the October pick of my book club and a reread for me that I was dreading. I had gotten confused at a certain point in the story, and it completely ruined the reading experience for me. This time around I discovered that the confusion was just in my head (oops) and that the story really is as good as I wanted it to be. This book breaks away from so many molds with its diverse cast and the fact that the story is set in Japan. And I freaking adore it. I’m so sad that the second round in the games isn’t described, but I’m already hyped up for the sequel. GIVE ME MORE WARCROSS GAMES!!!
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) After reading two pages of the sampler at YALC, I HAD to get my hands on this book and I was ecstatic to hear that I won a proof. The book turned out to be absolutely amazing. The mystery kept twisting and turning, and everything fitted together like the most interesting puzzle ever. The main character is one of the best characters I’ve ever encountered in a book and I just want to be her best friend. Keep your eyes out for the release of this book people, it is ABSOLUTELY brilliant.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Even though I didn’t particularly like the first two books in this series, I was still intrigued by the general eeriness. Well, this one just plain bored me. It took me ages to get through it as just not wanted to keep on reading it. I get why it’s so popular, I have never read anything just quite like it, but I guess this is turning out to be a series not for me. However, this is on my series I need to finish list and I’m determined to get through it. Luckily there are some elements I’m sort of liking, but it’s going to be a pain to get through…
You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
(Reading copy received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) A new book written by Vallance? AND it’s about the pressure of performing well? No doubt in my mind that I had to read it. There is so much pressure on teens and twenty-somethings today, that I loved the premise of the book from the very beginning. It was so entertaining and inspiring to read the main character’s struggles to find a life where she lives for the moment. She wasn’t always the most likable of characters, but I am looking forward to seeing more of her in the coming books. Full review to come.
Killer T by Robert Muchamore
When I first heard about this book, I knew I was going to pick it up as soon as it was released. A book about gene-hacking and pandemic viruses? BRING ON THE SCIENCE, BITCH! It took a loooooooooooong time until we finally got to any science in the story and when we did, it never managed to quench my thirst. This is not the science-based novel it promised to be and even though I didn’t hate the story that I did get, the way of telling it wasn’t my cup of tea either. Honestly, I’m disappointed and may need to reread it in a few years when I don’t have the same expectations any more.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Any intrigue I had felt in the previous books, had evaporated by the time I picked up this last installment. I honestly didn’t care any more what would happen. I’m sure that this series is one you either absolutely adore or can’t be bothered with, and unfortunately I’m in category 2. It’s definitely not a badly written or generally bad series, it just wasn’t for me at all. I loved the three psychic side-characters way more than the actual main characters, and now I’m hoping to get a sequel series based on them. I’ve finished the series, and that’s all that matters to me at this point.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
I was both excited and hesitant to pick up this novel, because even when I wanted to not compare it to the other Green, I was sure I was going to unintentionally do it. This Green proved to be an amazing storyteller himself though, with a style of writing that is incredible. I could not put this book down and flew through it. I don’t fully understand how he did it, but Green managed to write a story that was both extremely realistic and utterly unbelievable at the same time. I was so sad when the book ended and immediately added this Green to my list of auto-buy authors. Honestly, you need to pick this up asap.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
I bought this book in a bookstore on an absolute whim, not having ever heard of it, but being immensely intrigued by the last names of the main characters. There was no doubt on my mind that the names Hyde, Jekyll, Moreau and Frankenstein weren’t a coincidence, and the fact that Holmes and Watson were thrown in too, made it even better. Goss managed to PERFECTLY fit all these gothic novels and some real historical events together, and created a new female-empowered story. I can’t wait to delve into the sequel and I’m so hoping there will be more novels featuring these amazing ladies.
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!