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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August 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my August wrap up and I managed to read 9 books. I’ve had a bit of a rocky ride with the books I’ve read recently as a lot of them have been 3 stars but this month was a little better as one was 4 and the other 5. I read my usual mixture of fantasy and crime fiction. So let’s get into it!

Monsters of Verity by V.E. Schwab: So I read this duology and sadly it wasn’t my favourite Schwab series. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I found the first book boring and slow. The second one was definitely better and more intense as I felt like so much more was on the line for August and Kate. I liked the idea how acts of violence creates monsters and how there was all these different kinds of monsters. It was wildly creative and unique but I didn’t enjoy her writing as much as I have in her other books.

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July 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Who else thinks this month went by really fast?? I managed to read 10 books and I’m very happy with that! I loved the majority of them and I actually reread an entire series which was good! I don’t reread books that often so to reread an entire series was awesome. Here’s what I read in July:

The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield: This is the sequel to The War in the Dark and one of my most highly anticipated sequels! It really didn’t disappoint and was totally worth the wait. The author perfectly brings together an incredible mix of genres to form this amazing story! It was a very fast paced plot and was action-packed from start to finish.

The Retreat by Sherri Smith: Another amazing book from Sherri Smith! It’s about a group of friends who go on a wellness retreat but… only one of them will leave alive. The twist at the end was perfect. Sherri did such an amazing job of keeping it all hush, hush until that jaw-dropping twist at the end. I don’t know how I didn’t see that coming! Such a great story with very complex characters. Definitely worth a read!

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June 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my June wrap up and I had such a great reading month; I absolutely smashed it! I read 11 books and 2 novellas. I had some surprising reads and some disappointing ones but overall I’m pleased with what I read! So let’s get into it:

Warcross & Wildcard by Marie Lu: So I nearly ended up selling Warcross because I didn’t think I’d like it (Marie Lu’s books are very hit and miss for me). But then I was like I’ll give to a chance because it was one of my most anticipated releases when it first came out. Anyway, I am so glad I didn’t sell it now because I actually loved it! The world building was incredible — I could picture everything perfectly! The characters were so strong, she really brought them to life! It had a really solid plot and I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as emotional as it was. Wildcard really pulled on my heartstrings. My only complaint was the ending as I didn’t really understand it and thought it could have been explained better. But other than that, it was a great series!

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May 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my May wrap up. I read a decent amount but I am a bit disappointed as I wanted to read a ton more. Sadly I got ill towards the end of the month and it ground my reading to a complete halt. Very frustrating but not a lot you can do! I managed to read six books which I think it’s still pretty good and nearly all of them were part of a series. Here’s what I read:

Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning: This is the fourth book in the Warlock Holmes series and if you haven’t heard of these books before just think of a fantasy version of Sherlock Holmes. G.S. Denning brings another round of twists to the original Sherlock Holmes stories with The Sign of Nine. While not as funny as the first couple books in the series, I still found this one really creative and witty; it was filled with so many bizarre and hilarious moments. If you are a fan of the originals I highly recommend these books.

The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive: This is a bioterrorism thriller and it’s an incredibly harrowing story. It revolves around one man’s thirst for revenge and his plan to kill millions of innocent people. The thing that shocked me the most about reading this was how frighteningly real it seemed. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that this is something that could easily happen in real life. It was a really tense and gripping thriller – certainly one that will stay with me for a while!

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