Monday, 2 March 2015

February Reads & Reviews

Considering it's the shortest month of the year February wasn't bad on the reading front. Not only did I manage to make a start on my 2015 re-reads challenge but I also finally got to finish a series that's been a favourite since I started blogging about books over two years ago. Undivided (2014), is the fourth and final novel in Neal Shusterman's Unwind series which follows a trio of teens set to be 'unwound', a process where all of their organs are transplanted into different donors leaving them technically alive but no longer whole. I won't say anything about the actual plot of the final book as I don't want to spoil the conclusion for anyone who might be planning on reading the series but I will say it was definitely my favourite read of the month!

I followed up with the second title in another series I recently started, Flawless (Sara Shepard, 2006), which follows the group best known as the Pretty Little Liars. The story picks up where the first book left off with the girls still trying to solve the mystery of A, and of course there were a few more twists and turns thrown in along the way. Just like the previous book I thought it was a nice quick read however I'm still firmly more of a fan of the show than the original novels.

Next up I read The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting (Holly Bourne, 2014) a YA novel which I felt had definite Mean Girls vibes. Set in the UK the book tells the story of seventeen year old Bree a wannabe author looking to lead a more interesting life that will inspire her next novel. As part of the plan Bree gets a makeover and works her way into the popular clique whilst secretly blogging about the whole experience. I picked up this title from my local library based on the many positive reviews I'd read online however it didn't turn out to be a favourite for me and I think it would perhaps be better suited to readers around Bree's age.

Another title I'd seen great reviews for was Love Letters To The Dead (Ava Dellaira, 2014) an epistolary novel with an intriguing plot focusing on teenager Laurel and the mystery of what happened to her older sister May. What starts out as an English assignment to write a letter to a dead person turns into a comforting way for Laurel to deal with her feelings and tell her story, filling a whole book with letters to various celebrities. Along the way we learn not just about Laurel's story but also snippets of the lives of those she is addressing the letters to which I thought was an interesting addition.

The final book in this roundup was also my first re-read of the year (and only my fourth re-read ever!) The Stepford Wives (Ira Levin, 1972). I'm sure most of you will already be familiar with the unique plot of The Stepford Wives but I'll be posting more about this one as part of the first update on my 2015 challenge so keep an eye out for that if you're intrigued to hear more about the classic title.

Reviews posted in February...
- Beaded Jewelry: Wire Work Techniques, Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans & Kate Feld (2015)
- Beaded Jewelry: Knotting Techniques, Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans & Kate Feld (2015)
- Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard (2006)
- The Bookshop Book, Jen Campbell (2014) 
- Cut Out + Keep: Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects, Cat Morley & Tom Waddington (2015)

What did you read this month?
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