Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Wrap up Wednesday

March was another good month of reading, I managed to read 13 books. A little breakdown by star rating is as follows:

Probably the most boring book I have ever read. It is Orwell's vision of a future corrupt socialist world. Felt very dated and thank goodness I never had to read this in school.

★ - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

The biggest disappointment of this month. Jake Epping goes back in time to save JFK. The book spans five years and it is very, very slow and full of lots of boring details. The actual assassination is resolved around 100-150 pages from the end and the conclusion was just weak and weird. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone really apart from devoted King fans.

★ - The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

A retelling of Aladdin but with a female jinni called Zahra. I had high hopes for this book, I was expecting a breathtaking fantasy world set within desert lands. However, the world building just was non-existent and the story was dull. Such a shame.

★ - Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Essentially about a disturbing portrait of a marriage filled with lies and secrets, Lotto and Mathilde are beautiful and seem the perfect couple. The novel unfolds at an excruciating slow speed. Lotto's perspective is first, followed by Mathilde's. I enjoyed the second half more but the ending felt very anti-climatic. A good book, but the metaphors will choke you.

Adventure, witches, magic, mythical creatures and murder await the reader of this book. A kind of dark fairytale for adults, I found it to be hauntingly strange. Again the ending is anti-climatic and rushed. The overall feeling I took from this book was underwhelmed. A good book but the ending ruined it slightly, the movie version is better.

Refreshingly weird, I adored this volume of comics! A story about star-crossed lovers from opposing sides of an intergalactic war. With their newborn in tow, they try to escape from those that wish to kill them and capture their baby. The art by Fiona Staples is beautiful and the story is riveting. Highly recommend.

★ - Stray by Rachel Vincent

An urban fantasy about were-cats. Faythe is one of only eight breeding tabbies left and her life is put in danger when tabbies start to go missing. This book was slow to start but I whizzed through it, the story was tense and intriguing. A great start to the Shifters series.

This is a classic political satire about farm animals overthrowing their human master. It's a very poignant story with plenty of messages and morals. A great quick read.

I loved this book. It tells the story of Grenouille who is born with an amazing olfactory ability. It follows his obsession with obtaining the perfect perfume. It is so interesting and has such an unexpected ending. The movie version is really good as well.

My first Kate Morton book and it did not disappoint. A seventy year old mystery is slowly unravelled by disgraced detective, Sadie Sparrow. Although I found it to be predictable at times, I still enjoyed this book immensely.

This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments. I think the series gets better as it goes along and I really enjoyed this book. Can't really say too much about the plot of this one as it will spoil the series. Full review is linked above for those who have read the first three books.

 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A classic whodunit mystery, I can't praise this book enough.Ten people are lured to an island off the coast of Devon and before long people start dying. It is fairly short and was so engaging from start to finish. Christie kept me guessing all the way through and I was shocked by the final reveal.

★ - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Very haunting and atmospheric. This beautifully illustrated book wasn't what I was expecting. Its about a monster that visits Conor every night to tell him dark fables. Has a very tragic and foreboding tone. Brilliant book and I would highly recommend to everyone.

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