Saturday, 1 March 2014

February Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone. I wasn't expecting to have a great reading month because I had a lot of exams and deadlines. However, I still managed to read 6 books and 3 novellas so I'm very happy with that. I'm not too sure on how I want to count the novellas on my GoodReads 2013 reading challenge. GoodReads counts them as individual books but at only 60ish pages each I think that's kind of cheating a bit! How would you class them? I think I'm going to regard them all as one book collectively as I would count a book that's around 180 pages  as a book. I don't know why this is stressing me out so much. I mean it's not exactly relevant is it?! Anyway. Still a good month in terms of reading! It turns out that March is busier than I expected February to be so that might be the bigger hurdle. I'm still 4 books ahead on the challenge so I've got some wiggle room.



Champion by Marie Lu -  I was actually really pleasantly surprised by this. Normally with trilogies I love books 1 and 2 but then the final book just completely lets me down(I'm looking at you Hunger Games) but I was actually quite happy with how the series turned out! My first series on 2014 is complete! I really liked how you got to see some more of the 'outside' world in this section and I also liked how a few of the characters developed. I would recommend. I gave it 4/5 stars because I liked it but not as much as I did Legend or Prodigy. I still think that this could have been two larger books instead of 3 small ones. People need to stop jumping on the trilogy bandwagon!


Girl Of Nightmares - Eugh. This book. I loved Anna Dressed In Blood and this was a horrible, horrible sequel. I think a lot of my issues with this are because some of it is set in Scotland. Being Scottish, I was able to notice a few things that just weren't right about it. Like why is the super secret ghost hunting clan's name in Gaelic but nothing is else is even written in Scottish slang. And how did Cas's very American father get involved with them in the first place. And the plot line just got weird, and confusing and I stopped caring. Cas also turned into a whiney pain in the butt. 2/5 stars, very disappointing.


More Than This by Patrick Ness - I was really looking forward to reading this! Patrick Ness wrote The Chaos Walking trilogy which is one of my favourite series ever. Thankfully this did not disappoint. It's about a boy who dies and then wakes up in his old house in what he thinks is a world where he is the only person left alive. Holy shit Patrick Ness knows how to create tension. I ended up staying awake until 1am because I was so scared and needed to carry on reading so that I knew it worked out ok in the end. I wish there was more to it(haha) because I think the ending was quite abrupt. Sequel please! 5/5 stars.


Cress by Marissa Meyer - I read the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles last summer and had Cress preordered for it's release date. I was very excited for it. I really enjoyed it as I was reading it but now that I look back on it not a lot happened. It seems like the characters did loads over this book(it's huge) but really they've kind of finished where they started. I'm still looking forward to reading the 4th and final book, Winter, which is due to be released in February 2015. At the time I gave this 4/5 stars but looking back on it that might have been a bit generous.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - In honour of Valentine's day I thought I'd treat myself to an extra cheesey romance novel. This was pretty cheesey but I absolutely loved it! Anna moves to a boarding school in Paris, romance ensues. Very predictable. Still, it was so cute and I couldn't stop grinning like an absolute weirdo. When I mentioned it in my last book haul people starting freaking out about it in the comments so at lease I know I'm not the only one who loves this uncontrollably. 5/5 stars. Can't wait to read the next one.


Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden - This novel is the life story of the only man ever known to have escaped from Camp 14, one of North Korea's worst camps for political prisoners. This was a pretty hard hitting book as I'm sure you can understand. I've read a few books on North Korea but this was one of the most hard hitting. I think the best thing about this is that Shin isn't exactly the most likable guy, he told on his mother and brother for planning an escape which in turn got them executed. And he wasn't having some philosophical revelation when he escaped, he was just hungry and wanted some food. It's insane to see how indoctrinated they all are. Shin was born in the camp so he grew up thinking it was normal.  A really interesting and harrowing book. 5/5 stars.


And finally just before Valentine's day I won ebook editions of 3 novellas from Hot Key Books in a Twitter giveaway! My Bad Valentine by Ali Cronin was my favourite out of the 3. It's an epistolary novel which are always my favourites and the plot twist was amazing. I did quite like In Too Deep by Bea Longworth but when it came to the ending it all kinda fizzled down. It wasn't predictable but it was still something that had been a bit overdone. It is kind of hard to get a feel for an author's writing on a book that's only 60 pages long. I would check out their other works. Baby, One More Time by Esme Taylor was a good story but the characters were very nasty people, I guess they deserve each other. And also there was a lot of sex in these novellas! Which I quite liked -ahem-. I'm just sick of books that insinuate that characters are having sex but still sort of dance around it. If you're going to do it, do it  right! ANyway, not for younger readers.

What books did you read this month? Have you read any of these books?

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