Friday, 27 December 2013

December Reads & Reviews

december reads
Cover images via Goodreads

This month I made my way through five books - Cruel Summer (James Dawson), The Elites (Natasha Ngan), Red* (Alison Cherry), Sneak* (Evan Angler), Impostor* (Susanne Winnacker).

First up was Sneak which picks up after the events of previous book Swipe, with main character Logan on the run from DOME. After being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Swipe I was eager to find out what would happen next and luckily as a sequel Sneak did not disappoint. I'm now looking forward to reading the third book Storm, hopefully sometime next year!

The Elites and Red, both of which I will be reviewing in full over at Blogger's Bookshelf soon, were complete opposite ends of the scale. Predictably, I really enjoyed the dystopian setting and adventure found in The Elites but was extremely disappointed by teen tale Red which takes place in a town where redheads have all the power. Another book I will be reviewing next month on Blogger's Bookshelf is Impostor which tells the story of Tessa, a Variant who works for the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities. After recently hearing a lot of talk about this title amongst the book blogging community I was excited to find out if it would live up to the hype. Although I did enjoy this one I also felt that it did slightly lack something - a comment I also made when briefly reviewing another of Winnacker's novels The Other Life. I hear that this series has already been optioned for TV by WB and would definitely be interested to see how the story would come to life on screen.

Although I enjoyed the majority of books this month my favourite read of December has to be Cruel Summer, a murder mystery tale that resembled a mixture of a reality series and a teen horror movie. James Dawson's writing style was enjoyable to read, littered with pop-culture references and misdirections to keep you guessing who the murder is throughout. I'd highly recommend picking this one up!

Reviews posted this month
- Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle (2008)
- Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (2012)
- Roomies* by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando (2013)

All books marked with a * c/o Netgalley
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