Okay so, I’ve fallen behind on my monthly wrap-ups, partly because I have been super busy and partly because I have read embarrassingly little recently (due to the being super busy). But I would like to catch up/ read more… Which I should be able to achieve, bring on that Christmas break, yay!
1) Soulless By Gail Carriger
I first read this book quite a few years ago now, and then I bought the second in the series, Changeless, but never got around to reading it. But after I finished Gail’s Finishing School series I wanted to give this series another go. So I re-read Soulless, and I loved it as much the second time.
Vampires, werewolves, Victorian London, robots and afternoon tea, what more could you want in a book really? I love Alexia Tarabotti, she’s got the right amount of sass and sexiness for a pretty kickass protagonist, but still keeps her womanly charms. I love any character who likes tea as much as I do. Also her and Lord Maccon melt me! Can’t get enough of those two.
2) Changeless By Gail Carriger
Second in the Parasol protectorate series. I won’t say too much as it may spoil the first one… But I will say I didn’t love it as much as the first! Was a little disaapointed. The storyline was really good and gave a deeper insight into the world (which is useful for the next book) But it just lacked action for me, not a whole lot really happened in it.
3)The Year of Saying Yes By Hannah Doyle
I really really loved this book. We looked into the romance genre in my genre class at uni, and we had to read a Mills and Boon novel, which would literally almost turn you off the genre forever. But it’s books like this that make me keep reading them. Ones that aren’t just about some girl obsessed with some guy. Okay to be fair the protagonist is obsessed with some guy, but she has way more going on in her life and that is addressed. She has a torn relationship with her sister, she has a bestie who is struggling with alcoholism and she is working her way up at her amazing magazine job, which btw, totally makes me want to become a feature writer…
‘The year of saying yes’ article is so inspiring, why should we stop ourselves from doing things instead of taking on new challenges. I’ll definitely be thinking of this book when I make my new years resolutions this coming new years.
4) The Songs in our Hearts By Chantal Gadoury
Chantal reached out to me asking to review this book. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to write a lone review post for this book, as honestly I have nothing positive to say about it.
The story was very dull, nothing really happened. The characters were uninteresting, especially the protagonist, and I really didn’t care about her relationships with any of the other characters.
I think the only good thing I could say is that it has a pretty cover?
1) Shut Eye By Adam Baron
Okay so Adam is one of my creative writing tutors at uni. He asked us to read his book for our crime genre lesson. I guess I never really read much crime, but I did end up enjoying this book. The whole ‘who done it’ thing is quite exciting, and honestly if you told me you knew in this book, I would not believe you. Totally blindsided.
It has even inspired me to write crime for Adams class this year! I will be doing mine about Jack the Ripper… So watch out, I may share some day.
2) Blameless By Gail Carriger
The third book in the series did make up for the second. I still loved the first best, and neither have compared to it really. But I will say this one had more than enough drama to make up for the slight lack of action in the previous one.
1) Tell No One By Harlan Coben
Another book I had to read for my genre class, this one was for thriller week. This book was so good. And honestly I don’t think Coben is the most poetic author, but he knows how to play with a reader! Too many twists. I love how he gave us a tiny teaser of something happening and then left it hanging. He asks us questions on the first page we don’t learn the answer to until the last, he almost made me become one of those people who read the last page at the start…
2) Uprooted By Naomi Novik
So I usually love anything fantasy/fairy tale related so when my friend told me about this it was immediately added to my amazon basket. I loved the opening, the foresty atmosphere was right up my street and I was so excited to explore this world more. But my one issue with it is that everything happens a bit too fast. We go straight into action and there isn’t much chance to reflect on the world that we’ve entered, which is a bit of a shame because it seems incredibly interesting. I want to learn more about Jaga and the history of the world, but we didn’t really get to.
My biggest criticism is that I want more please. Thank you.
Okay I am caught up on my wrap-ups! I will try to do my next ones every month and hopefully I will manage more than 2 books a month from now on.