January 2017 Wrap-Up

January was great! It was month of getting cosy indoors with a good book and leaving the cold outside so I ended up reading much more than my usual amount and overall really enjoyed all books. I am so glad I managed to go through 2850 pages in only a month.

I was also able to post other topics besides the usual book and movie reviews, which brought a few reactions from you lovely people. I was so happy to read your comments, thank you so much to all who take a few minutes to interact with me! You are truly amazing.

This was a wonderful start to my year, thank you for being part of it!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 9

Longest Read: Hangman’s Army (Lake of Sins #3) (565 pages)

Shortest Read: Fungoid (177 pages)

Book of the Month: Fungoid

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 9/52

Netgalley: 7/35


January Books:

 

What a way to start the year! Fungoid, by William Meikle, was a tense apocalyptic tale, extremely well thought out and developed, and with a creepiness factor off the chart.

There were only a couple of things that bothered me but overall this was really well achieved. A gem amongst others of the genre.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 
 

In Bitter Chill (Inspector Francis Sadler #1) by Sarah Ward was a pleasant surprise. I am not usually a fan of crime novels but this one was quite enjoyable.

There were too many characters and the book got repetitive/dragged on every now and then but overall I had a good time figuring out whodunnit and I had not seen it coming.

I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

 

I immediately moved on to the sequel, A Deadly Thaw (Inspector Francis Sadler #2).

I was afraid I would be disappointed but ended up enjoying it quite a lot.
I was not sold on the explanations at the end but I appreciated the book for the journey instead of the destination.

I rated it 4/5 stars.

 
 

Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock was a unique experience for me. The book spans across 5 generations and is very thought-provoking. I could definitely see some of that stuff happening.
Unfortunately the disjointed and abrupt narrative made me unable to connect with the characters or care about what happened to them but I can definitely appreciate the value of this book.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 
 

I then read The Fire Child, by S.K. Tremayne.

In some points it was an extremely tense thriller but the resolution left me really disappointed. It just did not live up to the tension built up throughout the narrative and some plot devices were too obvious.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 
 
 

A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson was an entrancing short story collection. It is definitely amongst the best I have ever read.

All were very thought-provoking and utterly insane and although quite dark and heavy at times I enjoyed them.
Probably best to balance this with a lighter book.

I rated it 4/5 stars.

 

When I started book 3 of the Lake of Sins series by L.S. O’Dea, Hangman’s Army, I had no idea I would be done that fast.

There are many characters but the narrative is easy enough to follow. The book is full of tension, fun banter and adventure and I am sure fans of YA will love it.
Do read the previous two books first, though.

I rated it 4/5 stars.
 
 
 

Never Out of Sight by Louise Stone was a gripping psychological thriller.

The main character got on my nerves a bit but it was terrifying to realise something like this could happen to anyone if you did not pay attention.
The ending sent a chill down my spine.

I rated it 4/5 stars.

 
 

My last book of the month was enjoyable but it didn’t really shine amongst others of the genre.

Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane #1) by Tony Healey had a really creepy villain and that is what brought the rating up for me.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 
 


Where I got the books:

Author

  • Hangman’s Army (Lake of Sins #3)

 

Gift

  • In Bitter Chill

 

Netgalley

  • Fungoid
  • A Deadly Thaw (Inspector Francis Sadler #2)
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time
  • The Fire Child
  • A Collapse of Horses
  • Never Out of Sight
  • Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane #1)

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Reblogs:

 

Other Posts in January:

 


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December 2016 Wrap-Up

Well, this is it, the end of the year is here!

December was a fairly good month. Lots of tea and hot chocolate and I even got a week off work so I got to relax.

Also, the days are finally getting longer, which I truly craved.

This month and really the whole year were quite a ride. I am so very grateful.

Here’s to the New Year!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 5

Longest Read: An Intimate Obsession (360 pages)

Shortest Read: The Catcher in the Rye (230 pages)

Book of the Month: An Intimate Obsession

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 60/50

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 42/?


DecemberBooks:

 

My month started with Dark Vision, by Debbie Johnson.

The main character’s voice was refreshing but overall the ideas felt underdeveloped and that the book dragged on for too long.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 
 
 
 

I have to admit Only Blue Will Do by Mark Rippon drew me in by the cover.

I suppose it could be one of those books that people either love or hate.
What I did comprehend of the scrambled narrative amounted to an utterly pointless effort and I finished the book feeling quite disappointed.

I rated it 1.5/5 stars.

 
 

Carnivalesque, by Neil Jordan, is a fantasy book that lost me at times but that is immensely special.

The way the author incorporated magic into the ordinary life (or is it the other way around?) makes it an entrancing ride.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 
 
 

An Intimate Obsession by Elizabeth McGregor was an enthralling thriller than got under my skin. There is so much tension on those pages and a lot going on. Some of the characters had features I did not find believable and the climax of the story happened quite early on to me but I do recommend it.

I rated it 3.75/5 stars.

 
 

My last book of the year was a classic I have been meaning to read for several years now – The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

This was special and unique but I did struggle to keep reading at times.
I can definitely see why it is a classic, though, and there is plenty food for thought amongst these pages.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 
 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • The Catcher in the Rye

 

Netgalley

  • Dark Vision
  • Only Blue Will Do
  • Carnivalesque
  • An Intimate Obsession

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Reblogs:

 

Other Posts in December:

 


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November 2016 Wrap-Up

November was a pretty amazing month!

I cozied up with several great reads while it was raining outside and it was heavenly.

I read shorter books for the most part and so I was able to get fully involved with the stories, instead of there being so many breaks in between reads.

Also, I set myself a challenge – get to at least 70% feedback rate on Netgalley and stay there – and I achieved it! It’s the staying there part that proves a challenge but so far so good.

And finally towards the end of the month I had a job opportunity that allowed me to travel to Southampton, England and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Still with my head in the clouds a bit.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 10

Longest Read: The Summer Goddess (464 pages)

Shortest Read: Drayton, the Taker (Drayton #1) (70 pages)

Book of the Month: All We Shall Know

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 55/50

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 37/?


November Books:

 

I began the month by finishing The Summer Goddess, by Joanne Hall.

This book left me with mixed feelings. I did not care for the main character and, although interesting, it was not one of those books I felt I had to know what happened next, but I feel that was mostly because I was not the target audience for this, as the overly descriptive pose lost me quite often. I know other people will enjoy it very much.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

I then read White by Tim Lebbon.

It is a cabin-in-the-woods where everyone starts dying one by one sort of tale sort of tale but the author manages to do something completely different with it. The horror and sense of hopelessness is palpable.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I then immersed myself in All We Shall Know, by Donal Ryan.

This was such a new and positive experience for me. I really wish I could have read this in one sitting. Melody Shee is not a lovable character but she is a very deep one and this book is just amazing on so many levels. Highly recommended.

I rated it 4.8/5 stars.

 

I moved on to another short tale, Drayton, the Taker (Drayton #1) by Tony Bertauski.

Once again the author does not disappoint.
This is a short story introducing a vampire inspired character who is so much more than that. There are details that make the story and character unique and I have to recommend it.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

I moved on to The Many, by Nathan Field.

Boy, that one had me hooked from the get go. It was so suspenseful with such freaky stuff going on. I never knew if there was something supernatural with it. I love being kept in the dark. Then around halfway through the book the turn of events became quite disappointing. I felt this book deserved a much better resolution. It was still an exciting read, for the most part, and I absolutely adore the cover.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I then read Lies by TM Logan.

This truly was a gripping psychological thriller. The author does a terrific job at explaining how an average Joe would find his life turned upside down. There were quite a few surprises but the fact I figured out what was happening about halfway through the book brought the rating down. Still, it was very well written and I recommend it.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I finally got to In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware.

This began so well and the development was great up until the last third or so.
Then it felt like it dragged on, with obvious devices being used to stretch out the narrative and come to the resolution the author intended, which I found predictable.

I rated it 3.25/5 stars.

 

Still sticking with psychological thrillers, Safe With Me by K.L. Slater was next.

The main character was something, alright. I don’t think I have ever read a book starring someone as deranged.
Watching things through Anna’s eyes was disturbing, which I loved but got old after a while, and I felt not enough interesting stuff was happening. On the other hand I wished for more closure on a few things.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better, by Dave Eggers and narrated by Dion Graham was a very quick listen.

The characters were weak but it was a thought-provoking story, so I recommend it.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

 

My final book of the month was The Fates by Thomas Tessier.

Well, it was different. Unfortunately not in a good way.
The characters were many and not very development and the lack of resolution was quite disappointing.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Audible

  • We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better

Netgalley

  • The Summer Goddess
  • White
  • All We Shall Know
  • Drayton, the Taker (Drayton #1)
  • The Many
  • Lies
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood
  • Safe With Me
  • The Fates

 

Movie Reviews:

 

 

Other Posts in November :

 


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October 2016 Wrap-Up

October went by so quickly!

Some of what I read was pretty darn awesome. I was particularly lucky with the movies I watcehed.

Fall is finally here! Time to cosy up with great books and hot beverages and blankets.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 4

Longest Read: Falling (400 pages)

Shortest Read: Ozarium (Transitional Delusions #2) (281 pages)

Book of the Month: Falling

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 45/50

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 28/?


October Books:

 

Ozarium (Transitional Delusions #2), by Brick Marlin was the first book I read in October.

I have to admit I enjoyed the first book of the series much more. I had lots of trouble with the pacing and writing on this one.
However, it was a tremendously creative work of fiction and I believe other folks will enjoy it more than me.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

I then read Falling by Julie Cohen.

My first journey into the so-called ‘chick-lit’ was very positive. This book featured very real characters, and even though three generations were portrayed I could relate to all of them.
Falling was very thought-provoking and I thoroughly recommend it.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 
 

Hidden (Dragonlands #1), by Megg Jensen had one of the most interesting premises I have read in a fantasy book in a long time.

However, it did not deliver at all. The narrative was chunky, the characters were unlikable and unrelatable, the novel was riddled with clichés and stilted dialogues…
The prose was easy to follow and there were a few interesting concepts. I really wish this would have been better executed. It could have been an awesome book.

I rated it 1.5/5 stars.

 
 

Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell is the first book in a new crime investigation series.

I think fans of the genre will thoroughly enjoy it.
Personally, I found it a bit lacking, particularly in the character development development.
I still recommend it.

I rated it 3.25/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Author

  • Ozarium (Transitional Delusions #2)

 

Netgalley

  • Falling
  • Hidden (Dragonlands #1)
  • Love You To Deat

 

Movie Reviews:

 

 

Other Posts in October:

 


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September 2016 Wrap-Up

In September I updated my Books page and I have to tell you, after 8 months of not a single one, it was not an easy task! A very fulfilling one, though. Quite an eclectic mix I have there!

I also updated the Movies page. Only 4 months late and much less to update so that was quicker.

I had a week off at work so yay, finally, some time off to relax, read, watch movies, see interesting places. I did all that and I have to admit it was a brilliant month. I truly enjoyed most of the movies and books and I went on a roadtrip to the north of my country (Portugal for those who don’t know), which I absolutely loved.

September was utterly amazing!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 5

Longest Read: Emissary (440 pages)

Shortest Read: City of Endless Night (256 pages)

Book of the Month: When She Was Bad

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 40/50

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 25/?


September Books:

 

I began the month by finishing City of Endless Night, by Milo Hastings.

This book was astounding. I could not round the rating up to 5 stars because the development of the story was not satisfying to me in several aspects but I cannot tell you how impressed I am by this. I am dumbfounded and in awe at how something like this could be written and published in 1920. Absolutely terrifying. You need to read this if you haven’t yet.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

I then read The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland.

This book was quite hyped and as I read it I just could not see why. When I finished it I could finally see the appeal but the largest chunk of the book was just not well developed enough to keep me interested. I saw several of the revelations coming from a very early point and some key aspects just did not make sense.

I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

 

I then read Emissary, by Chris Rogers.

It didn’t grow on me because it went in a very political direction and I had expected/hoped for more sci-fi. There were many characters, long-winded descriptions and explanations, and it just dragged on too much. There were some interesting parts but not nearly enough to keep me very engaged.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

In a time when I just cannot seem to find a solid good read in the horror section, The Tone Poet by Mark Rickert truly blew me away.

While the first few chapters grasped my attention more than the rest of the book, the fact is this is a unique theme and I truly enjoyed the writing. Enough to say it is very much inspired by the works of Stephen King and I think the author did a pretty terrific job of emulating my favourite author while attempting to create something his own.

I rated it 4.25/5

 

I cannot gust enough over When She Was Bad, by Tammy Cohen.

This book was a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.
I guarantee you it will hold your attention and not let go.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers please pick this up.
Now.

I rated it 4.9/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • City of Endless Night

Netgalley

  • The Girl from the Sea
  • Emissary
  • The Tone Poet
  • When She Was Bad

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Reblogs:

 

Other Posts in September :

 


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August 2016 Wrap-Up

August flew by!

Again, one of the busiest months at work but I still managed to relax a bit.

The month did not start out very well in terms of reading but it ended with a bang.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 4

Longest Read: Writers of the Future Volume 31 (496 pages)

Shortest Read: Our Future Good (2h and 47m)

Book of the Month: Made For You

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 35/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 21/?


August Books:

 

After one month I was finally able to finish Writers of the Future Volume 31, a sci-fi and fantasy anthology featuring various authors.

I enjoyed most of the stories quite a lot, others did not tickle me much, but what I really did not appreciate and felt out of context was all the self-patting on the back of the people who put it together.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

 

I then read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

It was a fast-paced, thought-provoking novel with several things I felt should have been better explained or developed.
Even with all the flaws I kept wanting to know what came next, so I recommend it.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

 
 

Our Future Good by T.J. Kirby was a novella that had quite a lot of potential but ultimately was very disappointing. There was all this cool sci-fi going on and no interesting direction whatsoever.
It was nice listening to an audiobook, I hadn’t done that in a while.

I rated it 2/5.

 

 
 

Made for You by Melissa Marr was such a welcoming surprise!

This was my first book by the author and I have a feeling that her others might not be up my alley but Made For You worked as a psychological thriller peppered with paranormal and romance.
What an intriguing narrative, I absolutely recommend it.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Blogging for Books

  • Dark Matter

Netgalley:

  • Writers of the Future Volume 31
  • Dark Matter
  • Made For You

 

Rafllecopter:

  • Our Future Good

 

Movie Reviews:

 

TV Reviews:

 

Other Posts in August:

 


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July 2016 Wrap-Up

July was a very busy month at work and so I tried my best to get some relax time, or I’d go nuts.

The weather was for the most part very pleasant and I managed to go to the beach most Sundays, which is one of my favourite things to do.

I did not read many books. I am sad to say I only managed to finish two, which were lengthier than my usual.

You see, around mid-month I start hearing about this new thing called Pokemon Go… How everyone is going around hunting for Pokemon and this huge community is forming, and the pros and cons of the game.

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Back in the day, I was quite the Pokemon fan, so this piqued my interest.

(Un)fortunately my phone is not compatible with the app. So I installed this free app called Evocreo instead, which is quite similar to the original Pokemon. It only lets you go so far without paying roughly 1 dollar so yep, I got the full version.
Great for those times when I just could not focus on reading but I have to admit it completely took over almost all my free time.

I watched some movies as well, most very good.

I would say that, even though there wasn’t much reading, it was a very nice month.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 2

Longest Read: Cujo (464 pages)

Shortest Read: The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel (304 pages)

Book of the Month: The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 31/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 18/?


July Books:

 

I began the month by finishing The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel, by James Renner.

It was a book that took a whole lot of twists and turns. Confused the heck out of me.
I felt there was a good story hiding somewhere in there but it was covered by a whole lot of smoke and mirrors.
Pretty much everything was explained towards the end but by that time I had completely lost track. It’s my book of the month because it did surprise me quite a few times, whereas I had expected more from my favourite author.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I then did a buddy read of, Cujo by Stephen King.

It was a scary book for the most part with well built characters but, being such a hardcore fan of King, I just felt that something was amiss.
There were certain aspects I would have liked to have seen developed and/or linked to bring the story to a whole new level.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel
  • Cujo

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Reblogs:

 

Other Posts in July:

 


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June 2016 Wrap-Up

June was pretty darn awesome, as I had a week off work. I managed to catch some sun, get plenty of rest and especially read a lot!

It was also my birthday so yep, feeling the weight of the years!

I even did an award post, I can’t even remember when I last did one of the sort.

Jolly good month; enjoyable reading, entertaining movies, good company and lovely nature – cannot ask for much more.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 6

Longest Read: Different Seasons (508 pages)

Shortest Read: The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (160 pages)

Book of the Month: Different Seasons

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 29/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 18/?


June Books:

 

I decided to read something completely different, so I went for The Gospel at Work, by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert.

The book addressed some interesting points but it was repetitive, I had trouble adjusting to the language and I am not sure I agree with everything stated there but I do feel Christians should read it, as they will surely take something out of it.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

 

I moved on to a Sci-fi novel, Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay.

It was a fast-paced book with an interesting concept but the main character annoyed the heck out of me and I felt the book was aimed at much younger audiences.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

 

Dead Petals-An Apocalypse by Eric Ortlund was a very bizarre book.

I could never get into it because it was just too bleak and it felt a lot of nothing was happening but it is a unique book and I think fans of this sort of writing will love it.

I rated it 2.25/5.

 

 

I was quite surprised by Different Seasons by Stephen King.

The guy is my favourite author for a reason. He can write. Horror or otherwise, he can write stuff that will grab you by the collar and never let go.
These four novellas were very special.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman is an anthology of short stories, some had already been featured in other books.

It is difficult for me to fully appreciate short stories because I am just not a fan of the genre but I enjoyed most of them. I wish I had had more closure to some and a couple took me long to get through but it was still enjoyable and there sure is plenty of magic.

I rated it 3.75/5.

 

 

I can not even begin to tell you how disappointed I was at Blood, Ink & Fire by Ashley Mansour.

It had such interesting concepts but it never grasped me. Everything felt forced and I got no resolution whatsoever. It has got to be one of the worst books I have read. I simply cannot understand why so many people love it, unless it’s for the feels.

I rated it 1.25/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • Different Seasons
  • M Is for Magic

Netgalley:

  • The Gospel at Work
  • Broken Skies
  • Dead Petals-An Apocalipse
  • Blood, Ink & Fire

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Reblogs:

 

Other Posts in June:

 


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May 2016 Wrap-Up

May was an OK month, not much to say, really.
I was very busy and didn’t have the time or the brainpower to dive in books as I had wanted. It was hard to focus.
I did watch a couple of great movies, which I thoroughly missed.

I am ready for Summer now!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 4

Longest Read: Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction. (400 pages)

Shortest Read: Fahrenheit 451 (159 pages)

Book of the Month: Fahrenheit 451

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 23/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 14/?


May Books:

 

The first book I finished in May was Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
It was the first book I read by this author and I can understand why it became a classic.
The writing style didn’t always catch my attention 100%, especially towards the end, but there is plenty of food for thought in this tiny gem and so I recommend that everyone reads it at least once in their lifetime.

I rated it 4/5 stars.

 

 

Then I read a hard sci-fi anthology featuring work by several authors, Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction.

It had some really interesting concepts. Some did lose me, as did the writing on a few stories, but it was fairly enjoyable overall.
Fans of hard sci-fi and short stories will definitely appreciate it more than I did.

I rated it 2.75/5 stars.

I moved on to the second book in Tree and Tower trilogy by Sara C. Snider, A Shadowed Spirit.

I truly enjoy this author’s writing and the fantasy world she created. At times I was not a fan of the direction the story took but I still think these two books are amazing and am looking forward to the third one.

I rated it 3.9/5.

 

 

I was pretty disappointed in Julia by Peter Straub.

The premise was quite creepy but I could not relate to any of the characters and the development of the story just seemed off. I actually found it pretty boring.
I finished the book not feeling any closure and as confused as throughout the narrative.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Amazon

  • Julia

Author:

  • A Shadowed Spirit

Book Depository

  • Fahrenheit 451

Netgalley:

  • Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Other Posts in May:

 


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April 2016 Wrap-Up

April opened with a bang for me!

On the first couple of days, not only did I read what has easily become one of my favourite books of all time – so much so I immediately ordered the sequel and pre-ordered the third book -, but I also got invited to edit a book for payment for the very first time (that’s right, not just a beta read but an actual payed edit, ahh!!). Even though I could not possibly do it, I was so flattered.

I was sick for close to the entire month, so there were plenty of sleepless nights bringing me much missed reading time, and most of it was very enjoyable.
I managed to watch several movies as well, which was nice.

Now I just want my health back!


Summary:

Total Books Read:6

Longest Read: Fellside (486 pages)

Shortest Read: A Monster Calls (240 pages)

Book of the Month: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

Favourite Covers:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 19/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 13/?


April Books:

 

The first book I read, or rather devoured, was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1), by Ransom Riggs.
It is exactly what I have been searching for in a book. Intriguing characters and an amazing plot line that mixes fantasy with horror, my favourite genres, peppered with loads of suspense and paranormal mystery. I highly recommend it.

I rated it 4.95/5 stars.

 

 

I did not have such luck with my second read of the month, The House of Shattered Wings (Dominion of the Fallen #1) by Aliette de Bodard.

I have read my share of bleak post-apocalyptic literature but the ones I enjoyed quite a lot were supported by well developed characters, interesting storyline and unexpected plot twists. Sadly, this book only left a confused, bitter taste in my mouth.

I rated it 2.25/5 stars.

 

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was my first read by this author.

I was amazed at the writing and the story and I believe everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 
 
 

I then read a book I had been wanting to dive into since I first saw the cover and description, The Ice Twins, by S.K. Tremayne.
The novel was refreshing and unexpected in many ways, and an interesting psychological thriller, but as in my opinion it did not completely deliver, so I could not rate it higher.
The writing was engaging, if chunky at bits, as was the mystery, but I felt I did not get proper closure.

I rated it 3.5/5.

 

 

Fellside by M.R. Carey was a book I had wanted to get my hands on since I heard about it because I loved the author’s previous novel.

However, this did not even come close to what I felt reading The Girl with All the Gifts. It was a prison drama with a bit of paranormal mystery that just did not grab my attention. The writing was very good – as expected – and so was most of the character development, but the theme and how the story was developed did not grip me.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

 

The last book of the month was Apathetic Flesh, by Darren O. Godfrey.

It is a horror short-story anthology by an author with whom I had never come across before and even though it did not give me any nightmares, several stories gave me the creeps in different sorts of ways and I am sure a couple will stay with me. Highly recommended to horror short story fans – sadly not the case, but I can appreciate the worth.

I rated it 3.75/5.

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1)
  • A Monster Calls

Netgalley:

  • The House of Shattered Wings (Dominion of the Fallen #1)
  • The Ice Twins
  • Fellside
  • Apathetic Flesh

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Other Posts in April:

 


How was April for you?
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March 2016 Wrap-Up

March has come and gone. Hooray, Spring!

Sadly I did not manage to read many books, only 4 :(
I went to the movies a couple of times and mostly had a good time.

It was an OK month; could have been better, could have been worse.


Summary:

Total Books Read:4

Longest Read: The Pit (Watchmaker’s Hell #1) (460 pages)

Shortest Read: Alien Child (246 pages)

Book of the Month: The Pit (Watchmaker’s Hell #1)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 13/50
2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 9/?


March Books:

 

The first book I finished in March was The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series #1), by Tiffany Tsao.
I felt that the premise had the potential to be great but I never really got a chance to see it, just glimpse it, and what I did failed to keep me interested enough to read the following books.
The book felt repetitive and silly much too often. I don’t think I am the right target audience for this.

I rated it 2.75/5 stars.

 

 

Then I read the first book in an upcoming series by a new author: The Pit: Watchmaker’s Hell: Book One by L.A. Barnes.
It presents an entirely new version of heaven and hell, not one all people can deal with. The book gets very dark and deals with sensitive matters, so not everyone will appreciate it. I, however, found it a breath of fresh air, and even though some things could be improved I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

I rated it 3.75/5 stars.
 
 

The third book I read in March was Alien Child, by Pamela Sargent.

I believe mid-graders and even teenagers might enjoy this book.
Sadly, it was not up my alley as I felt the storyline was underdeveloped.

I rated it 1.75/5.

 

 

The final book of the month was The Magician by D.A. Pupa.

Unfortunately I could not quite get into it due to the prose and the repetitiveness.
As I was reading, I felt the main characters were geniuses and brilliant and worthy of my awe mostly because the author kept telling me that. It completely thwarted my enjoyment of the story itself.

I rated it 2.25/5 stars.

 


Where I got the books:

Author:

  • The Pit: Watchmaker’s Hell: Book One
  • The Magician

Netgalley:

  • The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series #1)
  • The Pit: Watchmaker’s Hell: Book One
  • Alien Child

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Other Posts in March:

 


How was March for you?
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