Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July Reads & Reviews

Images via goodreads.com, books marked * c/o Netgalley

The first book I picked up this month was upcoming YA release Come Sit By Me* (Thomas Hoobler, 2015). The novel follows Paul the new kid at Hamilton High, a school which suffered a terrible tragedy the year before when one of it's students brought in a gun and killed seven people. When Paul arrives he is assigned the locker that once belonged to that shooter, a quiet boy named Cale, but it turns out that isn't the only thing the two boys have in common.

I found the beginning part of the book quite captivating and was initially drawn into the story. I felt curious, left wanting to find out more about the mysterious Cale and just what could have happened to make him want to do something so horrible and hurt so many people. After initially following Paul the format is switched up and we also get to hear from Cale through reading his journal/diary entries. Unfortunately by this point my interest in the story had already started to waver and when it came to it I didn't find the reveal of what happened on the day of the shooting to be very surprising nor what I would have hoped the ending of the book to be. Whilst the idea of Paul investigating, finding parallels between his life and Cale's and ultimately solving the mystery of why he committed such an awful crime was an interesting idea I wasn't won over by the book.

Whilst overall I had a pretty good reading month, my second read of July was hands down my favourite. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced ebook copy of Ernest Cline's new novel Armada* which as a huge fan of his debut Ready Player One was very exciting. Luckily the book was just as action-packed and perfectly geeky as I'd hoped and I'll be sharing my full review over on Blogger's Bookshelf next month so make sure to head over there if you want to know more!

I'll also be sharing full reviews over on BB next month featuring my final two reads of July; The Good Girls (Sara Shepard, 2015) and Black Cairn Point (Claire McFall, 2015). I really enjoyed both of these YA mystery/thriller titles and would recommend picking them up if you're a fan of the genre.

Reviews posted this month: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls*, Lynn Weingarten (2015)
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