Thursday, 30 January 2014

January Reads & Reviews (Part 2)

january reads 2

The Sowing*, Steven dos Santos (2014)
First up is the second book in The Torch Keeper series which follows teen Lucian 'Lucky Spark' and is often considered comparable in concept to The Hunger Games. This action-packed sequel is full of rebellion, gore, twists and turns that will leave you wondering just how this dark tale will end. Luckily in this instalment we also get to learn more about some of the characters introduced in book one as well as, most interestingly, the Establishment itself. I'll be posting a full review over at Blogger's Bookshelf nearer to the March release date, so make sure you're subscribed if you want to know more about this series! In the meantime you can find out more about the beginning of the series here with my review of first book The Culling. 3/5

Attachments, Rainbow Rowell (2011)
When it came to reading a book from my challenge Gone Girl wasn't really appealing to me this month so instead I opted for Rainbow Rowell's Attachments. The chapters in the book alternate between the everyday life of Lincoln and the private email conversations of best friends Jennifer & Beth. I wouldn't necessarily have picked this one out based on premise alone however Rowell's writing style and talent for creating characters has definitely won me over in the past. Having read, and very much enjoyed her other novels, I did feel that there was perhaps something missing from Attachments. Although I was unable to pinpoint exactly what that something was I just felt that the overall story wasn't as captivating as her other tales. Having said that it was still a good read and I would recommend picking it up if you're a fan of Rowell's writing. 3/5

Ten, Gretchen McNeil (2013)
Next up is a book I purchased last year and one of the 5 books I have 'vowed to read in 2014' over at Blogger's Bookshelf. This murder mystery story has received some great reviews and after reading James Dawson's Cruel Summer, also a teen murder mystery tale, I was really looking forward to seeing how this one would compare. I ended up speeding through Ten in a day and am pleased to say, although it wasn't quite as good as Cruel Summer, I did really enjoy it. I'll be sharing a proper review later in the year but overall this one gets a thumbs up from me! 4/5

Brazilian Bracelets*, Florence Bellot (2014)
The final book this month is DIY jewellery title Brazilian Bracelets. When I saw this friendship bracelet tutorial title pop up on Netgalley I thought it would be a great one to request and share here at e-elise etc. Again, I'll be sharing a full review soon along with examples of bracelets I've made using the step-by-step guides, so keep an eye out for that if you want to know more! 3/5


Reviews posted this month
- Red*, Alison Cherry (2014)
- The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World, Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman (2012)
- Impostor*, Susanne Winnacker (2014)

Cover images via Goodreads, titles marked with a * c/o Netgalley

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