Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Wrapping Up Wednesday

February was a great month for me, I managed to read 15 books which is kind of miraculous for me. A little breakdown is as follows:

1. The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
I am in love with the Outlander series, but this fifth instalment fell a little flat for me. The series follows Claire Beauchamp as she accidentally time travels through some standing stones in Scotland to the 18th century. Lots of adventure ensues. It is a brilliant series and I would recommend it for people who love well researched historical fiction sprinkled with magic and romance. I rated it 3 stars.

2. Confess - Colleen Hoover
This was brilliant. It is a new adult romance but with a few good twists that I never see coming. The story follows Auburn who gets a job in a small art gallery, and from there the story unfolds. There are  real confessions and some beautiful pieces of artwork in this book and is worth the read just for them. A 5 star read for me.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A sweet young-adult romance. Mental illness and grief are explored in this book and two quirky teens fall in love. It wasn't ground-breaking but a cute read all the same. 3 stars.

A very deep and moving novel. Set during WW2, its essentially about a misunderstanding that profoundly affects lives. This book haunted my dreams. 4 stars.

My first ever Christian fiction romance and it definitely did not live up the hype. A retelling of the book of Hosea. Great for people who like being preached to and  romances that are squeaky clean. 3 stars.

This book was so adorable. Madeline is allergic to the world and has spent her whole life indoors, until one day she falls in love with the boy next door. A very quick read and it has a lot of mixed media which really enhance the story. A great read. 4 stars.

My favourite Colleen Hoover book thus far. A truly beautiful story of Fallon, a burn victim who meets an oddball stranger in a diner one day. It really does not unfold as you would expect and there are some phenomenal twists. 5 stars.

Another historical fiction featuring WW2. It is every bit devastating as every other book about WW2 ever, but is a great read for when you are in the mood for it. I love the focus on women's experiences in wartime and it did reduce me to tears. 4 stars.

This is a western set in the 1850 uninhabited wilderness of the Great Plains. Mary Bee Cuddy enlists the help of a vagabond to escort 3 women who have gone mad to civilisation. A very atmospheric, depressing read. Only complaint is the ending. 3 stars.

I have been reading this series for just over a year now but I am left underwhelmed by the latest six issues. 2 stars.

11. The Game - Neil Strauss
I found this memoir disturbing. Opened my eyes to the underworld of pick-up artists I didn't know existed. Very funny in parts. 3 Stars.

12. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
The first book in The Infernal Devices which is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments. Set in Victorian London, the story follows Tessa Gray. Shadowhunters are helping her find her missing brother and figure out the mystery of who she is. A really atmospheric and enjoyable read. 4 stars.

13. Little Peach - Peggy Kern
This is a young adult thriller and it packs a short but powerful punch. Michelle is a runaway who is trafficked into child prostitution. The conclusion to this book was disappointing but still a good read. 3 stars.

14. Matilda - Roald Dahl
One of my favourite books from childhood, I had so much fun re-reading it. Matilda is a very gifted little girl who is not appreciated at home. If that wasn't awful enough, she attends a school terrorised by a horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. 5 stars.

15. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Told from the perspective of a teen with Asperger's syndrome, this is a mystery involving a murdered dog that turns into something more. I did enjoy reading this but the plot wasn't hugely substantial. 3 stars.

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