THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by NEIL GAIMAN and illustrated by CHRIS RIDDELL
Challenge: A book you can finish in a day
This was a quick read, perfect to curl up with on my day off from work. As always, Neil Gaiman’s writing was beautiful and I found myself reading the story aloud more than once (am I the only one who does this?). The book itself is glorious, with stunning accompanying illustrations by Chris Riddell. I liked the twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, but I must admit I didn’t feel like it was the Sleeping Beauty/Snow White mash-up that I was expecting. While I loved Snow White as a character, it wasn’t really her story. Overall, I gave this book 4 stars.
REBEL BELLE by RACHEL HAWKINS
Challenge: A book by a female author
I adored this book! While I was reading it, I described it to someone as what Buffy would have been like if it had been Cordelia who had gotten superpowers instead. It was funny, snarky, and full of action. I loved how it took something quite mundane like cotillion and blended it superbly with an ancient sect. I wasn’t a massive fan of the somewhat love triangle in this book, but it wasn’t overly in your face and I couldn’t help but fall in love with David. Overall I gave this book 4 stars (probably more like 4.5). I’d highly recommend it to anyone suffering for Buffy withdrawal and I can’t wait for MISS MAYHEM to come out later this year.
LEAVE THE WINDOW OPEN by VICTORIA SCHWAB
Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while now will know how much I love Victoria Schwab’s writing and THE ARCHIVED series is one of my favourite series’ ever (if you haven’t checked it out yet, I would highly recommend it), so I’d been eagerly awaiting this short story. Unsurprisingly, I loved it! It’s written from Wesley’s POV and takes place directly after the events of THE UNBOUND, and it was simply perfection. My first 5 stars of the year.
You can read the short story here and check out what THE ARCHIVED series is about here.
OPEN ROAD SUMMER by EMERY LORD
Challenge: A book a friend recommended
If this book has been recommended to me once, it’s been recommended to me a thousand times! And I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! I really enjoyed Open Road Summer, even though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I loved the unconventional road trip setting (the eternal wanderer in me loves a good road trip story) of the tour bus and the concert halls. Reagan and Dee’s friendship felt very real and I loved how supportive and protective they were of each other. I liked the development of the relationship but it got a little over the top for me by the end, I kind of wanted to shake Reagan and beg her just to listen. Overall, I gave this book 4 stars and I’m really looking forward to Emery Lord’s second book THE START OF ME AND YOU.
THE DUFF: DESIGNATED FAT UGLY FRIEND by KODY KEPLINGER
Challenge: A book set in high school
This was a re-read for me. It’d been a few years since I first read it and I had the urge to revisit it after seeing the trailer for the movie that’s coming out this year. I enjoyed the book just as much the second time as I did the first, though I can see how much they’ve actually changed when it comes to the film. One of my biggest problems with this book though it how quickly a lot of big issues (no spoilers) seem to be resolved, I kind of thought there should have been more to it. Overall, I gave this book 4 stars and I’m still really excited about seeing the film when it comes out.
FALLING INTO PLACE by AMY ZHANG
This was a tough book for me to rate. I went into it with high expectations but I was deeply disappointed all the way through if I’m honest. I struggled with the writing style and how the POV switched constantly. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, or any of the characters for that matter. The ending seemed a little bit misplaced. Maybe I just didn’t get it, or I missed something, I don’t know, but this book really wasn’t for me. I gave this book 3 stars, I could see the potential of the story but I just struggled to connect.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME by ANGELO TIROTTO & RICHARD JORDAN
Challenge: A graphic novel
This was another difficult one for me to rate as well. First off, I loved the idea (a demented Wizard of Oz, what could be better?) but it was carried out in a way I wasn’t expecting (I mean we didn’t even get to OZ until right at the very end). The past events that took place before the graphic novel starts didn’t really add up to me. And what’s worse, the story ends on a massive cliffhanger and there doesn’t seem to be a volume two available (?!) All that being said, I did like the characters and the art work was grotesque and fantastic. Overall, I gave this graphic novel 3 stars.
HEX HALL by RACHEL HAWKINS
After enjoying REBEL BELLE so much I knew I had to read RACHEL HAWKINS’ other books (especially since MISS MAYHEM is soooo far away) so I downloaded HEX HALL and proceeded to devour in within a couple of days. It was fast paced and funny and I was constantly trying to keep up with the twists and turns of the story. Again, I loved how this story had quite a contemporary feel to it, it reminded me of a mix between Mean Girls and The Craft. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to finish this series.
DEMON GLASS (HEX HALL #2) by RACHEL HAWKINS
I’ve only just started this but I’m loving it so far. Will hopefully be finishing the trilogy in February.
So that’s what I read in January, what did you read?