October – January Wrap Up

So since I’ve been taking a break from blogging I’ve obviously read quite a few books that I haven’t spoken about so I figured I’d just do a huge wrap up rather than posting small individual ones (as I really didn’t read a lot per month). I’m trying to get back into regularly posting now as things have been hectic these past few months so try to bear with me. You also may notice that I haven’t been reading a lot of books and that’s because I’ve been having vision problems that are making it hard to read and I’m currently having that looked at to see what the problem is. I have been trying to listen to audio books though but I just haven’t been able to get on with the narrators so feel free to recommend some good audio books if you know of any. Thanks for reading this long paragraph and sticking with me! (BTW sorry if this is a bit slap dash as I just really wanted to get this posted.)

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts-by-m-r-careyThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An original and exciting  apocalyptic novel that takes the typical zombie lore in a completely different direction. Melanie is a young girl who knows nothing of the world outside of the school she lives in, every day she is taken from her cell, strapped into a wheelchair and taken to class. This continues on and on and slowly Melanie notices things are changing, her classmates seem to disappear randomly and things are tense in the compound. i just had so much fun reading this book, it’s fast paced and exciting and just so easy to read. I loved the character development of both Melanie and the people around her as they accept the world that they live in. I really liked this and I can’t wait to see the film.

bones-and-allBones and All by Camille DeAngelis ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This book is kind of a magical realism take on cannibalism, i know that sounds really strange but it’s such a good story. Maren and her mother have to move every few months, every time they settle down for too long Maren ends up eating somebody. Yes, eating somebody. On her eighteenth birthday Maren wakes to her mother gone, leaving only enough for her to get by, she’s been abandoned. This leads Maren to search for the father she’s ever known and possibly the answer to her cannibalistic problem. Maren is such an interesting character and I enjoyed reading from the perspective of a sort of anti-hero as she struggles to control her urges. It’s definitely not a happy story (note – cannibalism) but it’s so interesting to read. I loved following Maren’s journey as she is thrust into the real world after being protected by her mother her whole life whilst also trying to be a normal teenage girl. It’s definitely an underrated novel that I think’s worth a read.

faithful-placeFaithful Place by Tana French  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Another great addition the Dublin Murder Squad series! This time the story focuses on Frank, an undercover officer who we met in the second book. I enjoyed his story a lot more than I thought I would and Frank quickly grew on me despite my issues with him early on. Faithful Place focuses on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Frank’s first love and the resurfacing of her suitcase in the rundown house they used to meet in. I had an inkling to the plot twist early on but I still really enjoyed it and I loved the dynamic between Frank and his family, it came across as really authentic. I can’t wait to get around to the next book as this has quickly become one of my favourite series.

172-hours-on-the-moon-by-johan-harstad172 Hours on the Moon by Jonah Harstad ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction YA horror novel about 4 teenagers who all win a trip to Mars on the first space mission since the moon landing. The book focuses on the different perspectives of the people involved in this mission as well as the teenagers as they prepare for this mission, it also has interesting pictures and mixed media aspects to add to the reading experience. To be honest after hearing how terrifying this book was supposed to be I was slightly underwhelmed. It’s creepy but not terrifying as I’d hoped, I think I expected a more exciting reveal to all of the secrets and hints to what lay on the moon. Despite this it was a fun book and the ending went a totally different way than I was expecting.

defender-by-g-x-toddDefender by G. X. Todd ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m going to be writing a full review ASAP. Quick thoughts though – this book was so action-packed and fast paced that I genuinely couldn’t put it down. It has so many unexpected twists and turns that you never know what may happen next so you have to keep reading. It’s set in a post apocalyptic world and was a really fun read. More in my review!

forgive-me-leonard-peacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’ve had this book for a while and picked it off of my bookshelf on a whim one day when I was looking for a stand-alone book to read and I was actually pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out. Leonard is a teenage boy who decides that the only option for him is to kill his ex-best-friend turned bully and then himself. But first, he has to say goodbye to the few friends he has and it doesn’t exactly go the way he expects. As expected this is a sad yet sometimes funny story that focuses on the struggles of a teenage boy as he has to deal with things that no child should have to deal with. This is my first Matthew Quick novel and I own a few others and after this I can’t wait to pick them up. Definitely look up potential triggers for this book though as it does deal with some sensitive subjects.

you-know-me-wellYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You Know Me Well is one of the cutest and loveliest books I’ve read. It tells the story of two gay teens, Katie and Mark as they deal with their respective relationship problems and how they help each other after meeting at a gay club during Pride. I love stories that focus on friendships and I think this book kind of took the ‘whirlwind romance’ trope and applies it to the friendship between Mark and Katie. As mentioned though there is a little bit of romance in this book as both of our protagonists are dealing with crushes that they really want to work out, Katie on her best friend’s cousin and Mark on his lifelong best friend. This book deals with a lot of different topics such as unrequited love, toxic friendships and just generally being a teenager whilst also being a fun and light read which I really liked. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something quick and easy to break up you’re reading.

a-monster-callsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book is genuinely one of the most beautifully told stories I’ve ever read. I read from the edition that featured the illustrations and tied with Patrick Ness’ writing it definitely made for an emotional read. A Monster Calls is about a young boy called Connor who is visited by a tree monster at night and in the weeks that follow the tree monster tells him three stories that change everything. I absolutely loved this book, as always Patrick Ness writes beautifully and the story is wonderfully told. I just loved it and I think it’s an important read for people of all ages. I also went to see the film adaptation in the cinema and it’s just as amazing as the book.

everything-everythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A really sweet and lovely story about a young girl who hasn’t been able to leave the house for most of her life due to severe allergies and what happens when a new family (and boy) move next door. This was such a quick read as Nicola Yoon’s writing is so addictive and the romance is so compelling that you just have to find out what happens. I haven’t read a lot of romance based YA in a while but this has definitely made me want to pick up more which is great seeing as I received Yoon’s newest novel, The Sun is also a Star for Christmas.

sherlock-holmes-and-the-disappearing-diamondSherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I posted a full review here as part of a blog tour.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR’. I’ve found some really interesting books recently and hopefully I’ll be able to pick them up sometime in the future. For more information on each book, select the name of the book to be linked through to the Goodreads page. Sorry if this post is a bit long and has a lot of mistakes as this was kind of last minute! (Also there may be a formatting issues as I get used to this new theme.)


1 – The Second Footman by Jasper Barry 
The Second Footman

I discovered this book on my Amazon Recommendations and when I looked into it it sounded absolutely amazing. I love historical fiction and the protagonist, Max seems like a really interesting character. Max is involved in some sort of fraud and he manages to find an accomplice in the form of an aristocratic patron to somehow change his circumstances from that of a footman. I love historical intrigue!

2 – In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford – Release Date : May 3rd 2016 

In the Country we love

I love Diane Guerrero in OITNB and I can’t wait to watch Jane the Virgin (which she stars in). Diane Guerrero writes about her family’s deportation from America when she was 14 years old which left her to stay with family friends so she could continue her education. In the Country We Love focuses on Diane Guerrero’s life and struggles whilst discussing how she became the amazing actress she is today.

3 – Captive Prince by S. U. Pascat

captive prince

I’ve known about this book for a while but I’ve only just recently added it to my TBR as I’ve been hearing some great things lately. It seems to involve political intrigue and has a really dark storyline so I’m really looking forward to it. The protagonist Damen is stripped of his titles as heir of Akielos and sent to serve as a slave to Prince Laurent which obviously leads to a lot of drama as Damen fights to keep his true identity secret.

4 – Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

leviathan wakes

I’ve been wanting to watch the TV adaptation of Leviathan Wakes which is called Expanse and since I usually read the book before watching any adaptation I thought I’d do the same in this instance. This book is a space opera starring two characters, Jim Holden, an ice miner and a Detective Miller who are driven together after both of there lives lead to a ship called The Scopuli. I can’t wait to get to this!

5 – Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

swordspoint

I remember seeing some sort of web series trailer involving this book a while ago and I see it on a lot of LGBT fantasy lists so I was really intrigued to see what it was about. It seems like a cheesy feel good epic fantasy about Vier, a swordsman and his relationship with a Alec, a scholar. I’ve heard mixed things but I’m still pretty excited.

6 – Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

perdido street station

I’ve always wanted to read a China Miéville novel and Perdido Street Station seems to be a pretty popular one of his. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about if I’m honest but I know it involves steampunk (which I haven’t read before) and some sort of half-bird half-human creature. I’m really intrigued to get this though!

 

7 – This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

this is where it ends

This Is Where It Ends was really popular on Twitter leading up to it’s release date and has received some rave reviews and some slightly negative reviews lately. Either way the plot sounds interesting as I haven’t read a book on a school shooting and I’m looking forward to seeing how Nijkamp handles such a sensitive subject. I also follow Marieke Nijkamp on Twitter and love her tweets so I’m expecting to love this book just as much.

8 – This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman

this shattered world

I read These Broken Stars recently and gave it 4.5 stars so I’d like to see how this universe is developed in this companion novel. I’m going in blind  by not looking at the synopsis but from the beautiful cover I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty good. I love science fiction and I enjoyed the writing style in the previous novel.

 

9 – Warchild by Karen Lowachee

warchild

Another science fiction novel which I’ve added to my TBR recently. It involves a boy whose family is killed when he is a child and he is then kidnapped by the killers, he later escapes and becomes a spy for the aliens who he is ‘rescued’ by. It seems like an exciting, character-driven novel with the added benefit of being set in space. It’s kind of hard to get a hold of so I may see if my local library can get a copy.

10 – Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

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I’ve been wanting to start writing again,  and this book seems like the perfect writing guide for fantasy lovers. It’s fully illustrated and has pretty good reviews so I’d love to add it to my collection. I’ve also wanted to read Jeff VanderMeer’s fiction novels so this’ll give me an idea of what to expect and also a look into his thought process which I find interesting.

 


So these are the books I’ve recently added to my TBR! Link me to your TTT posts in the comments and let me know if you’ve read any of the books listed above. 🙂