November Read Pile

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Well this was a rough month for reading and I didn’t read all the books that were on my October TBR but here we go.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie bombbombbomb

and then there were none

This is a required reading book for some of our middle schoolers and my co-worker always raves about it so I decided to give it a chance.  I liked the writing style of Christie but the reveal was a bit of a bummer.

Side Note: Between chapters, I watched the Agatha Christie episode of Doctor Who and it was great the third time ’round.

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling bombbombbomb

fantastic beasts

Harry Potter is my favorite series of all time and I wanted to read this before the film.  So it’s basically an encyclopedia of all the beasts in Rowling’s world.  It also explains why Muggles can’t see some of them which was interesting.  Fantastic Beasts also contains Rowling’s irreverent humor.  I’m interested to see how this will be made into a full length feature film.

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes bombbombbombbomb

frozen tides

Frozen Tides is book 4 in The Falling Kingdom Series.  I found book 4 to be far less confusing than the previous three.  I never quite understood the whole angel storyline. I think Rhodes realizes that readers LOVE Magnus and Cleo because it was mostly about their relationship-YaY! A character from book 3 has returned and she’s unapologetically evil which is awesome.  There’s also some new diverse characters.  Frozen Tides is basically cotton candy and I love it.

Winter by Marissa Meyer bombbombbomb

winter

I was VERY excited for Winter when it was supposed to be release in January but then they pushed it back for Fairest.  I though Fairest should have been 3.5 and not a stand alone in the series but anyway it was a big waste of time.  By the time Winter came along, not only was I miffed but I think I’ve grown as a reader since Cress because I felt the writing to be elementary and expected.  The pairing off was common and there was a lot of unnecessary parts.  I also thought Winter was a minor character in her own novel.  Levana was a weakly written villain-her motive was basic and one-note.  Needless to say, which I basically did, I didn’t enjoy this finale.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig bombbombbomb 1/2

girl from everywhere

This was the second time travel book I’ve read this year and seems like 2016 will be full of them.  Do publishers send out a memo to each other or something?

Girl from Everywhere was vastly better than Passenger but it still had its issues.  I thought Girl from Everywhere was well written and visually beautiful.  I thought the process of time travel was quite easy to follow, I liked the characters and the diversity, and it was going well until it began to get convoluted.  Nix starts to get these grand epiphanies where she begins to solve everything from thin air.  I Hate This.  There is a strong message about love and how it affects your behavior.  You know when you read a book and something shares a powerful speech about love or whatever?   That’s great but in this book, there were five too many of these speeches.  Everyone gives Nix a speech about love or her relationship with her dad.  We get it, everyone on this ship is insightful and deep-GEEZ.
The ending fell a little flat for me.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma bang

walls around us

So this book was freaking awesome and ended my November reads on a HIGH note.

This is a magical realism or weird YA and this is one of my favorite genres and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s essentially about choices and how they can affect our lives.

If you like books where you say, “What did I just read?” when you close the book, then check out The Walls Around Us.

 

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