May 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’m really pleased with what I read in May, but I definitely fell flat on my face thinking it was a good idea to read a six book series. I wanted to read two series in May – Spellslinger and The Nevernight Chronicle – but I didn’t end up finishing either of them. I read four out of six of the Spellslinger books and I suddenly wasn’t in the mood for the last two. That sucked massively as I really love this series. I also wasn’t in the mood for Nevernight, so instead I read completely different books. Here’s what I read and my reasons for not finishing Spellslinger:

The Sight of You by Holly Miller: I don’t normally gravitate toward contemporary or romance novels but this one caught my eye. Joel has visions of what’s going to happen to those he cares about – good and bad things. He’s avoided love because he’s always seen how it ends but then he meets Callie. Joel slowly falls in love with Callie, but then he has a vision of how their relationship will end and he has to decide whether to end things with Callie or to continue seeing her knowing how and when it will end. This was an emotional story and certainly tugged at my heartstrings, but I felt a bit conflicted with the story. It’s hard to say without giving away spoilers but I was expecting something different to happen. Also, while the beginning and the ending were compelling, the middle of the story fell a bit flat and not much was happening. I ended up giving this three stars overall.

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April 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my April wrap up and I managed to read eight books. Compared to last month, I did enjoy them a lot more but there’s still a few that I didn’t like. Here’s what I read:

Strange the DreamerMuse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I really wish I could say I loved this duology, but sadly it wasn’t for me! I thought the story had a lot of potential and was intrigued by the different ability each character possessed. I would’ve loved way more attention on that rather than the romance between Lazlo and Sarai. Also, I was extremely disappointed with how little focus there was on Sarai in Muse of Nightmares. Maybe I missed something, but did she actually do anything in this book? The plot didn’t make sense to me at all and I was so, so tired of reading about how much Lazlo and Sarai loved each other. You’ll be seeing these books in a future unhaul, for sure.  Continue reading

March 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Hope you are all well. Today I am bringing you my March wrap up and I managed to read six books this week, which I think is good but I could have done better. I got off to a great start but then I couldn’t concentrate towards the end of the month with everything that was happening. I’m hoping I can make up for it in April! Here’s what I read:

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs: I enjoyed this collection of short stories but at times I felt like it was trying too hard to impress me, which kept putting me off. The stories were really fun and creative; it was a quick and easy read – something to pass the time with. I wouldn’t read it again though.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: This is the first book by Leigh Bardugo that I really disliked. I found it incredibly slow, not engaging at all and the characters were lifeless. I didn’t care what happened, I didn’t care about the illustrations getting darker as the story progressed and I honestly don’t know how I managed to finish it. Safe to say I won’t be reading it again.

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February 2020 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my February wrap up and I managed to read nine books! I’m really pleased with that and I’m currently four books ahead of schedule for my reading challenge. Hopefully I can keep this up! Here’s what I read in February:

Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes by James Lovegrove: This is a collection of short stories and sadly it wasn’t for me. I loved it at first but when I hit the halfway point, maybe even less than that, the stories took on a weird turn and I lost interest. I skipped a lot of them and then skimmed the rest just so I could finish it.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: I have been eagerly awaiting this graphic novel and it was even better than I thought it would be! I loved the art so much and the characters were exactly how I pictured them. The colours were gorgeous and I became so engrossed in the story. I really hope they adapt Catwoman and Superman as well!

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December 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! It’s officially 2020 in the UK! How crazy is that?! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the New Year. I had so many reading plans for December as I had two weeks off work. I was planning to read a series but in reality I played GTA and watched You Season 1! So I didn’t end up reading as much as I wanted but I beat my reading challenge so I’m happy with that! Here’s what I read:

Defy Me & Find Me by Tahereh Mafi: I am finally all caught up with this series and ready for Imagine Me which comes out in April! I must say though I haven’t loved the newer books as much as I did the first three. Restore Me made it onto my least favourite books of 2019 but Defy Me was better than I was expecting. I thought there was more of a plot and the characters had more purpose. However, I don’t know what happened to Kenji because he became a completely different character?! He was so obsessed with finding a girlfriend so he wouldn’t die alone, it was crazy. You don’t need a girlfriend or a partner to be happy in life and I didn’t appreciate how that seemed to consume Kenji’s character.

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October 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my October wrap up! For some reason I always seem to read less in October and find myself falling into a slump but I tried really hard to fight it this month. I wanted to read eight books but I only managed six which is okay but a bit disappointing that I didn’t reach my target! Here’s what I read:

Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth: I was really intrigued by this and it sounded like something I’d enjoy but unfortunately I struggled with it. It’s about a hitman who can read minds so obviously he’s going finish any job that he’s hired for. Despite how interesting the book sounded, the main character completely ruined it. I didn’t like John Smith at all because he came across as really arrogant and acted like everyone else was beneath him and honestly I don’t really want to see that in a main character. He wasn’t likeable at all and I didn’t know whether I was supposed to pity him or hate him. It was really confusing. The plot didn’t make a lot of sense either and I got lost halfway through. Also what kind of name is John Smith?

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September 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great reading month! I managed to read nine books and one graphic novel this month which I am very pleased with. Funny thing, I didn’t realise until I actually sat down to write this post that the graphic novel was the only young adult novel that I read. The rest were all crime thrillers and for the most part, I really enjoyed them! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill: I haven’t come across Anthony O’Neill before but after reading this I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of his books. It was a really intriguing and sometimes creepy story and I thought the setting (Edinburgh) was perfect. I also really liked the cast of characters, especially Cat. She was intelligent, confident and career driven. I loved how dark the plot was at times and how Cat believed she was living below the Devil! It was the ending that completely threw me, though. It took such a dark turn and was really unexpected. This was a great thriller and I’d love to read more books by this author!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I was not prepared for how much of a rollercoaster this book was going to be! I thought it was about a mother overcoming the death of her son and the guilt she felt for letting his hand go, hence the title I Let You Go. Turns out it was about something completely different and it really threw me. The first half was incredibly sad and focused on the death of a little boy but then the second half took a really wild turn. I was disorientated and confused but once it hit, wow. This story was incredibly impactful and I was flitting through all these different emotions while reading it. I haven’t come across a book with such a shocking twist in a while. Clare did a fantastic job with this.

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