The Read Pile-December

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I had a lot of vacation so I figured I could clear at least 8 books in December. Did that happen? Let’s find out together.

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  1. Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor: bombbombbomb 1/2

This is Outlander for teens-LIARS! Just because it’s set in Scotland and they travel back in time does not make it Outlander.  I had such high hopes and it started out great but it was too predictable-DAMMIT!

into the dim

2.  Rebel Sands by Alwyn Hamilton bombbomb1/2

Once again, this started off so well-It’s a western for goodness & just in time for the Hateful 8. I think I’m in the minority here but I found this book boring.  I didn’t think there was much of a plot.

rebel of sands

3. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke  bombbombbombbomb

Tucholke, where have you been all my life? I LOVE weird YA and this was crazy-town. Loved the characters and the setting and the creep factor.  If only received a four because I wasn’t a fan of the big reveal but it is worth the read.

wink poppy midnight

4. Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro bombbombbombbomb 1/2

I love Sherlock Holmes and I like retellings so this was right up my alley.  For a debut, Cavallaro is a wonderful writer.  Her interpretation of Holmes as a teen girl who’s extremely damaged was amazing. I liked that Cavallaro went there with the social issues.  My only problem was that I thought this was a mystery so when I couldn’t solve it along with the characters, I was bummed but the I remembered that the Sherlock stories are told from Watson’s POV so it’s more of a thriller.  Because of that my initial review was 4 but I’m going to up it to 4.5. If you like Sherlock and you want a great debut to read, read this one!

study in charlotte

5.  Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace bombbombbombbomb 1/2

I though this was going to be a light hearted zombie novel even though I don’t like zombies but it turned out to be so much more.  If you decide to read it, and I STRONGLY encourage you to do so, please keep in mind that it’s more than a zombie novel and to keep reading.

shallow graves

6.  Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers bombbomb 1/2

Another debut with a great concept but not-so-great writing.  This book suffered from what I’ve now named, The Dead Horse Syndrome. This is when the author repeats information over and over-they are beating a dead horse.  Assassin’s Heart is riddled with this syndrome.

assassin's heart

7.  Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye- I saw this on Edelweiss and when I search on the site, I always narrow it down to YA titles.  Edelweiss in it’s attempt to be annoying adds 18+/Grades 13 into this search. I was several chapters in when I realized that it might not be YA. I eventually tweeted the author and she confirmed it. So I accidentally downloaded this and it was actually good but I don’t read adult books so I DNFed it.  If you like Jane Eyre retellings, by all means.

jane steele

8. Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine bombbombbombbomb 1/4

Of Metal and Wishes was just okay so I wasn’t expecting much but DAMN was I wrong! This book was great. I love it when I find a new fantasy series and I’m gonna need it with Winner’s, Kiss of Deception, and Raven Cycle ending this year.  This book has everything-magic, queens who die young, celibate priests, hot guys (literally), prophecies, strong willed protagonist, and steamy bed scenes. It’s a good time.

imposter queen

9.  The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – DNF

This book is too damn long and I’m not in the mood for another 500 + page book.  I’ve had my fill for the year.  Maybe next year.

the mirror king

10. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grownup bombbombbomb

I had to read this for a book club. I’m almost 40 and too old for this book but it’s great for people aged 18-25.

graces

11. The Sword and the Verse by Kathy MacMillan bombbomb 1/2

My last book of 2015 was a bummer.  Two words-ex machina.

sword and verse

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