October 2013 Wrap-Up

 

October was a great reading month. I read eleven books and one short story. However, October hasn’t been as good of a month for my blog. I decided that I would rather read instead of writing reviews after long days of Uni work. The reviews will be up eventually and posts will be irregular until the second week of December – Christmas Break 🙂

 

The books I read:

 

shadow and boneme and earl and the dying girlheadharry potter 7the coldest girl in coldtownthe program

the divinersthe lightningn thiefobsidianblood witch the coven book of shadows

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:  YA/Dystopian. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. A really, really good book. 4.5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Grisha #1)

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: YA/Contemporary. Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they make movies. Rachel has leukemia. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. Funny and sweet book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.

 

Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Classic/Short Story. Horace Tarbox is a child prodigy who falls in love with an opera actress and later becomes a gymnast to support her lifestyle. It was good. 3/5 stars. There will not be a review for this one.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: YA/Children’s/Fantasy. It’s Harry Potter – Everybody should know by now. It was amazing as always. 5/5 stars. Review of the series will be up soon. (Harry Potter #7)

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: YA/Paranormal. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. A really good book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.

 

The Program by Suzanne Young: YA/Dystopian. In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. A very good book, original story. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (The Program #1)

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray: YA/Fantasy/Mystery. Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. One of the best books that I read this month. 5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Diviners #1)

 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: YA/Fantasy. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. It was OK. 3.5/5 stars. There will not be a review of this book. (Percy Jackson #1)

 

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: YA/Paranormal. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, Daemon, the hot Alien. I really liked it. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (Lux #1)

 

Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch all by Cate Tiernan: YA/Fantasy. When Morgan meets Cal everything changes. She is thrown into Wicca head first and discovers things about her self and her family. I read the first bind-up of the first three books. All get 4/5 stars. Review will be of the whole series when I’ve read it all. (Sweep #1, #2, #3)

 

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Wish-List Wednesday #6

 

Welcome to Wish-List Wednesday! Every Wednesday I will tell you about the books, series or book related things that are highest on my wish-list.

For this week I have chosen Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein.

 

Premeditated:

Expected to be published on October 8th 2013.

 

A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.
Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.
Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.
Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.
Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.
By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.  -Goodreads

If you enjoyed “Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, ” you will race through the pages of this YA novel as 17-year old Dinah pieces together the mystery that surrounds the near death of her 14-year old cousin Claire. While Claire is holding on her for her life in the hospital, Dinah goes in search of the boy Claire writes about in her journal. The boy who forced her to do something she didn’t want to do. The boy who caused her such humiliation that the thought of having to live one more day was just too much. Dinah is on a mission for revenge, but as things start to unfold, her plan isn’t as simple as it seemed.  -TheBookDepository

 

 

This book is said to be similar to Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, which I have heard good things about. I have never heard about this author, Josin L. McQuein. She is the author of a series called Arclight. Book one is called Arclight (2013) and book two is called Meridian (2014).

 

I’m looking forward to this one.

 
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