March Reading Wrap Up

Tuesday, 1 April 2014
March was a bit of a funny reading month for me. I managed to read 6 books(only 5 in the photo because the 6th was from the library) which I know is good but I was expecting to read about 8 books this month, one of them put me in a massive reading slump and I didn't finish it for about two weeks. Then this happened again with another book that I'm going to attempt to finish in April. Hopefully it will pick up for me in April as I have a few books lined up that I've wanted to read for ages.

After reading Anna And The French Kiss I couldn't stay away from Lola And The Boy Next Door. Which is a young adult fiction novel. It's a companion novel so you can read this without having read Anna but a few of the characters show up in this as well so it's nice to have read it because that would get lost on you. Lola thinks she's got everything sorted, she's totally obsessed with her older boyfriend and she's working on an amazing dress for a school party. But then her childhood crush moves back into the house next door and then she starts to fall for him again. It doesn't sound very good but I promise you these books are a lot better and less cringy than you'd expect. I think I enjoyed this more because the love interest is a tall, dark, mechanical engineering student and my boyfriend is a tall, dark, mechanical engineering student. Lola herself is a bit of a hard character to like but you get more attached to her as the book goes on. I gave it 5/5 stars on GoodReads.

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman is the book that put me in the massive reading slump this month. I really liked the first book but this just fell flat on it's face for me. I think they added too many new characters at once which just ended up confusing me. I don't want to talk about the plot too much as it's the second in a series but in the first book 3 teenagers are on the run from being Unwound. In this dystopian world unruly teenagers can be 'unwound' which means all of their body parts are given to other people. It's such an interesting premise for a story but I don't think I'll finish the series. 2/5 stars.

Another second book in a series, The Evolution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I was disappointed by the ending of the first book and this really picked it up for me. There was a lot more character development in this and the plot just generally seemed to be a lot more thought through. I think the ending of the last one was too rushed but this one was a lot more relaxed and drawn out. Although before reading this I was told by someone that it was so creepy she had to stop reading halfway through and I found the first one a lot creepier! 4/5 stars, can't wait for the next one!

I'm sure you've all heard of The Mortal Instruments series by now and I finally got around to reading the third novel, City Of Glass this month. I wasn't overly keen on the first two, I liked them but I didn't really understand the whole hype behind them. I feel like the pace really picked up in this one and it delivered a lot more in terms of plot and character development. A few things were very predictable but for the most part the surprises came as surprises. This is a fantasy novel where shadow hunters are set out into the world to keep vampires, werewolves etc from killing humans. If fantasy isn't your thing I'd give this a miss. I gave it 4/5 stars because it was the best one I've read yet but I still don't think they're worth the hype. I have ordered the next two out of the library as I want to see where they go from here.

Vivian Versus The Apocalypse by Katie Coyle is a book I'd never heard of until one of my favourite Youtubers, Sanne, made a video about it. It follows a young girl living in America. A radical church group has predicted a rapture and the whole country is kind of living in fear about what's going to happen next. There have been lots of natural disasters which are adding to the fear. On the night of the rapture Vivian's parents and lots of other believers disappear and Vivian and her friends set off on a road trip to find them. I enjoyed this book but felt it was lacking that little bit extra. It was a very short book and I feel like it could have done with an extra 100 pages or so, the ending seemed a bit rushed and I would have liked more of an explanation. 4/5 stars for me. I would have liked to give it more but it was lacking that extra something for me.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter wasn't exaclty the top of my to read list but I thought I'd take it out of the library whilst I was waiting for some new books to arrive in the post. It was an ok read and something that I was able to read really quickly. However because I don't know too much about Abraham Lincoln I was a little unsure of how much was real vs fake. Obviously the vampire bits were make believe but how much did they twist his actual life story to fit it in? It was an alright book but I wouldn't read it again. 3/5 stars.

What books did you read this month?

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