Thursday, 28 November 2013

November Reads & Reviews

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November was a pretty good reading month as I managed to make my way through seven books. Here's the rundown...

Kindle Reads
First up I'm pleased to say that I finally read Paper Towns (John Green) after putting it on my TBR list... well, most months. When Margo suddenly goes missing Quentin starts looking for clues, believing that he is the only one who will be able to find her, and so the mystery begins. I actually really loved the beginning of the book and thought it could potentially become a favourite but unfortunately as I read on a wasn't so keen on the later chapters. Overall I'd give it a 3.5/5, and am glad I finally got around to reading it!

Next up is Roomies* (Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando) which tells the story of two teens who have never met but find out they are about to be college roommates. The girls start to get to know each other via email and end up sharing the stories of their last summer before college. My full review of Roomies will be posted over at Blogger's Bookshelf after Christmas to tie in with the festive release date.

My final Kindle read of the month was Evan Angler's Swipe, the first book in the Swipe series which follows 12 year old Logan Langley. In this world children are given 'the Mark' at 13 which allows them freedom to do things such as get a job, pay for items or use public transport. For months Logan has had a feeling that he is being watched and when new girl Erin moves to town they team up to investigate the mystery. In the end I actually quite enjoyed this one, definitely more than I had expected to and I am now reading the second book of the series - Sneak*.

Library Books
From my recent library haul I read four books - Ketchup Clouds (Annabel Pitcher), Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell), Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegesar) and Let It Snow (John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle).

In Ketchup Clouds we meet Zoe, a girl who is writing letters to an inmate on death row to confess a huge secret; she killed her boyfriend. As the story of what really happened unfolds will Zoe be able to forgive herself? This one surprised me, although it sounded intriguing and had received great reviews I was unsure because of the letter format, something I usually don't enjoy. Keep an eye out over at Blogger's Bookshelf next month to find out what I thought!

Next up was Eleanor & Park, a book I had avoided for a while as I thought it wouldn't be for me. After reading Rowell's latest novel Fangirl I was encouraged to give Eleanor & Park a chance and I'm really glad I did. I won't be writing a full post on this one but Michelle recently shared a great review over at Daisybutter.

Gossip Girl on the other hand was definitely not worth me picking up. I decided to read it as I was intrigued to see how it compared to the TV adaptation and although I hadn't expected to enjoy it very much I was still disappointed. Unfortunately I found it quite boring and didn't love the writing style. Perhaps for big fans of the TV show it would be a good read but it just wasn't the book for me.

My final library read this month was Let It Snow, a collection of three festive short stories intertwined by the characters and locations. The tales are each written by a different YA author and all take place at Christmas time making it a great read for the holiday season. If you want to know more about this one keep an eye out for a full review here next week!

Finally this month I read the first chapter of Cress* (Marissa Meyer) which is due for release next year. Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series which are all loosely based on classic fairytale characters within a futuristic setting. Cress joins Cinder (Cinderella) and Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) as the lead of the third book which is meant to be based on Rapunzel. Of course it's difficult to say much from just one chapter but I have a feeling Cress is going to be a fantastic lead, perhaps even the best of the series so far.

Reviews posted this month
- A Really Awesome Mess* by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin (2013)
- Taylor Swift: The Platinum Edition* by Liv Spencer (2013)
- Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest* by A. Lee Martinez (2013)
- Lets Eat Out Around The World Gluten Free & Allergy Free* by Kim Koeller & Robert La France (2013)
- The $7.50 Bunny That Changed The World* by Gretta Parker (2012)

Books marked with a * c/o Netgalley 

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