Winter time equals to blankets, hot cocoa and books to me, and I’ve definitely enjoyed the cosy and comfortable evenings so far. Here are all the books I read during those moments.
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
I’ve read a few Shusterman books by now and I immediately want to read this one once I learned about the premise. And as I expected, he and his son tackled the drought topic masterfully. Throughout the whole book, I kept my water bottle close and kept marveling about the consequences of suddenly not having any running water. I don’t doubt that the authors did a lot of research and that every aspect is absolutely realistic. I can’t say how perfect this book was in only this short review, so do check out my full review. And pick this book up. Now.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH do I HAVE to read this book??? I do if I want to scratch this series off my list of series I really need to read, but I DIDN’T WANT TOOOOO. I doubted that it would interest me more than the first book did, but I can’t back away from a challenge. I was interested for about 5 minutes and after that I just couldn’t give a damn about what was happening, which is a death sentence for this kind of book. It is so filled with tropes and so bloody unbelievable that, even though the story is objectively suspenseful, I just can’t care about what happens… Just one more book to go (*sighs*).
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
This is the first book in the series where all the seven heroes are together so you know sparks are going to fly. Even though the story keeps jumping between all their point of views, it isn’t annoying at all, and they all have their distinct personalities so it truly adds to the story. You’d think that the myths, adventure and humor combo would have gotten boring by now, but I just love to read Riordan’s re-imaging of those ancient myths.
Wildcard by Marie Lu
I had some grievances with the first book, but I couldn’t pas up on this sequel as I did really want to know how the plot would develop. Okay, first off, I have some issues with too much “ooh I want to be with him, but I cannot, but I miss him so, but he’s not good” and blablabla. Just get on with the story, I don’t need this turmoil in front of me. BUT I do have to admit that Lu gave me a story that made up for these moments. The way it twisted and turned and kept changing directions was absolutely brilliant, and it kept me on my toes. This was not what I was expecting to happen at all and I loved it.
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
I utterly, utterly adored the first book in this series (which is why I keep mentioning it as often as I can) and the release of this sequel had been marked in my calendar for months. I put all my faith in Suvada as I just knew she wasn’t going to disappoint me with this one, and she truly didn’t. Continuing in the same way as the first book, this one was filled with twists and surprises that you never could expect. Suvada writes sci-fi with an emphasis on the sci, and the founds it the most clear way possible. The release of book three has been marked, and now I wait impatiently. God I love this series.
All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
As a book lover who worships an author or two, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by that short description. I had heard some mixed reviews, and I was curious to see what I would think of this story. It was told in an original way that I did need to get used to in the beginning, but loved after I did so. There were some errors in my Dutch version that annoyed me, but I did my hardest to not let it get to me. I couldn’t help but think about the book even days after I finished it, what was indeed true and what were the lies? This is one mindfuck of a book.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Picking up a Schwab book is always very dangerous for me as I’ve discovered that I either love her book because it speaks to a part of my soul, or have an absolute disinterest as I just can’t care for the plot or the characters. This being a middlegrade novel, makes even more dangerous as I’ve aged out of that demographic years ago. I immediately knew this was going to be a “love” book as the setting, style of writing and story just spoke to me. I had an absolute blast reading it, and I’m so glad more books will be released in this series. Perfect fall read!
The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
I don’t even want to know how long this book has been on my shelves, waiting for the right moment when I would finally pick it up. Within its pages, I was surprised to find a sort of dystopian story like I’ve never read before. I don’t want to go into details, but Pinborough gave me a story that both awed and frustrated me for its originality. I kept wondering where the plot was going, but I never expected what it actually turned out to be. This was one weird little book, but for the best of reasons and I’m honestly so happy that I’ve finally read it.
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
This book has been on my radar from the moment is was announced and on my bookshelves from the moment it was released. I tried to pick it up before, but the first few pages seemed to be confusing and I quickly put it down again. This time around, those confusing pages turned out to be not at all confusing, and I discovered a worldbuilding that was impeccably done. Salisbury slowly build up her story and her world, and it was mesmerizing to see it all develop. I always love a political fantasy novel, so there was no way I wasn’t going to love this one. Already can’t wait for the sequel!
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
(Okay it’s becoming more than a little difficult to find an original way to review these books… It’s always the same… Random rambling will start in 3 2 1…) Honestly, I’ve been having so much fun rereading this series and rediscovering Riordan’s awesome writing. As I said, the cocktail of adventure, humor, and re-imagined Roman and Greek myths is one joy to read. Just one more book to go in this series and then I’m going to take the plunge to start one of his newer series.
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!