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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- Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor: 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!
2. Rebel Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 1/2
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.
3. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
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.
4. Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 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!
5. Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace 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.
6. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers 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.
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.
8. Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine 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.
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.
10. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grownup
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.
11. The Sword and the Verse by Kathy MacMillan 1/2
My last book of 2015 was a bummer. Two words-ex machina.