Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Reads & Reviews

april books
Books marked with a * c/o Netgalley

My first completed read of the month was James Dawson's latest release Under My Skin. Just like his other novels I really loved the horror element and unique idea behind the book which tells the story of Sally and the pin-up girl tattoo who takes over her life. Continuing on with the theme I also finally find time to read Dawson's debut novel Hollow Pike (2012). In this novel the horror element is based around the interesting subject of witchcraft and again, I really enjoyed it. If you haven't picked up any of Dawson's books yet I would definitely recommend them!

Having found that the first two books in the PLL series didn't quite live up to their TV adaptation, nor Shepard's Lying Game novels, I decided to try out another of her series that's set to become a TV show. In true Shepard style The Perfectionists (2014) follows a group of teens who become involved in a story that entangles mystery with murder and secrets. I have a full review of this one coming up on Blogger's Bookshelf next month, so keep an eye out if you want to hear more about it!

The only Netgalley title I read in April was a new middle grade horror release from author R. L. Stine who is best known for his popular Goosebumps series. Don't Stay Up Late is his latest offering from the new Fear Street reboot and follows Lisa as she starts a babysitting job in the infamous area. Again, I have a review of this one coming up on Blogger's Bookshelf next month if you want to find out more!

The final completed book I have to talk about this month is Bruiser (Neal Shusterman, 2010). Ever since falling in love with Unwind I've been keen to explore more of Shusterman's writing outside of the popular dystopian series so decided to pick up Bruiser. Just like the Unwind Dystology the book has a really unique concept, telling the tale of Brewster who has the ability to take on the pain of the people he cares about. Although I didn't love the book as much as Unwind it was an enjoyable and thought-provoking read and I'll definitely be reading more of Shusterman's novels in future.

Speaking of Unwind (2007), I also managed to make a start on re-reading the first in my favourite dystopian series this month. I'll be sharing a separate post on this one soon as part of my challenge updates series!

Reviews posted in April... We All Looked Up, Tommy Wallach (2015) | The Jewelry Recipe Book, Nancy Soriano (2015)

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