Search

The Reading Gypsy

November Wrap Up

Oops i forgot to actually post this at the end of November….

How did your November turn out? Did you discover any fantastic must reads?

I knocked 25 books off my tbr pile this month. While a couple are novellas, i also managed to get to a few of the heavier non-fiction books during November. So mixed in with the romance, comedy, and vampires is some refugee stories, a holocaust memoir, some motivational/lifestyle books and even some science. The Female Brain was a standout for me.  Following is what i crossed off the list during November.

FB The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine – 5 stars – very interesting reading and not too text-book like.

love Loved by Morgan Rice – The Vampire Journals book 2 – 3 stars – it had a good dose of action and intrigue but i am not really getting swept away by it. I don’t think i’ll be continuing with the series.

nwot The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood – 4 stars – utterly compelling and gritty. It only lost a star for me because i had a lot of unanswered questions.

WSABF We Should All Be Feminists by Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie – 5 stars – a great little read of relevance and importance.

RPO  Ready Player ONe by Ernest Cline – 3 stars – it had 5 stars reviews everywhere, and i really did love the 80s pop culture references and the treasure hunt aspect. But i just didn’t love the VR world and failed to get swept up in the story. I guess i’m not enough of a gamer to appreciate this one.

RA.jpg Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – The Farseer Trilogy book 2 – 4 stars – well constructed and engaging. it only lost a star because of one part of the story where a character is having almost daily seizures and very noticeable symptoms, but then after returning home there are only a few minor incidents and then barely another mention all through the book. It seemed odd that it would go from so extreme to barely noticeable so fast. The ending threw me and i am eagerly awaiting my copy of book 3 so i can see where the story goes from here.

ST.jpgSix Toy by James Crow – 3 stars – a dirty little read with some serious level kink. Definitely not for those easily offended. Not as engaging as book 1, but still compelling.

SIM L’art de la simplicitie by Dominique Loreau – 3 stars – it was well presented but there was nothing we haven’t seen before.

SAHF The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – 5 stars – another beautiful collection.

ANN.jpg Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach book 1) – 4 stars – weird in the best possible way.

BAB Tales of the Beedle and the Bard by JK Rowling – 3 stars – a good little collection of shorts but not as engaging as her full novels.

TDY The Dead Years by Joseph Schupack – 4 stars – a harrowing and heartfelt account.

HHCIB.jpg How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson – 4 stars – unapologetic, mildly hilarious.

BY The Bravest You by Adam Smith – 3 stars – it was okay, but there are so many books that have almost the same content.

ODT.jpg One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – Three Dark Crowns book 2 – 4 stars – a good continuation of the story, but it didn’t capture me as fully as the first.

LTC.jpg My Life To Come by Michelle de Krester – 3 stars – it was well written, but not really my cup of tea.

SD.jpg The Seventh Decimate by Stephen R Donaldson – 3 stars – it was okay, but i found my interest lagging at the halfway point.

LBB.jpg Little Black Book  by Tabatha Vargo – 3 stars – I failed to connect with the characters, but it was well constructed.

rescured.jpg Rescued by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – a decent m/m book, but not as engaging as Bradfords other works.

irk.jpg Irkadura by Ksenia Anske – 5 stars – a seriously disturbing tale of madness and abuse.

WOS.jpg The Wrath of Sin by Tabatha Vargo – 3 stars – a decent short romance novella.

HC Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead – 4 stars – a collection of heartbreaking tales from refugees. It lost a star because some of the content felt a little academic and less personal.

AG.jpg Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – 3 stars – i know i am supposed to love this as much as The Handmaids Tale but i just couldn’t. I really struggled to care about the main character and found it a little dry and slow at times.

TBM.jpg Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian – Midnight Breed 12.5 – 3 stars – a decent novella to support the series.

power The Power by Naomi Alderman – 4 stars – it was compelling reading for sure, but i did have difficulty believing that women would become just like the worst of men if the power balance were to shift.

 

Does anyone else find that they struggle to like books that everyone else seems to adore? Well i have a huge stack of books to read for December and i have yet to hit my goodreads annual reading goal of 275 books so i hope i can get through them all in time. Starting next month off with some YA fiction, but i am adding my classic selection of the month Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and my non-fiction selection of the month Ebola by David Quammen to the pile.

Wishing you all a safe and happy december full of awesome new stories.

 

 

 

Advertisements

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

5 stars

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for gifting me an advanced reader copy of this book.
I have to admit, I am not usually a fan of this genre so I wasn’t expecting to like it. But, I was surprised to find myself completely immersed and clinging to every word.
Anna is suffering severe Agoraphobia after a trauma and hasn’t left her home in 10 months. Her limited, and somewhat tenuous, connections to the world are either online, or through the windows of her home. Her view beyond the window becomes her life. The minutiae of the lives of those around her become her existence. Then the Russells move in across the way. A family she is instantly drawn to.
One night a scream tears across the space between and she witnesses a moment of blood and fear. As she sets out to uncover the truth we are forced to question just how real her reality is. Can we trust her? Can she trust herself, her own beliefs and thoughts? Is it all a fantasy, a drug and alcohol fuelled hallucination? Or is there a dark story to expose?
It is written with an easy-going and engaging tone. Thoroughly entrancing. I found it to be a quietly intense and gripping story. Definitely one for fans of books like The Girl on the Train. It has a hitchcock like feel to it. Suspenseful, mysterious, thought-provoking. What is real, what is a lie, who knows the truth? It is dark and gritty and full of loss, grief, and paranoia. A brilliant psychological thriller.

October Wrap-Up

Hello November. Wow that year just got away from me. I hope you all had a spooktacular October full of awesome books. I managed to knock 25 off my stack during October!! A couple were small lifestyle books, and there were 2 shorts and some poetry thrown in, but overall i feel like i read more than usual. I started the month with my first ever Brandon Sanderson book which i adored every word of. Below is a brief rundown of my October reads.

 

elantris.jpg Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars – a great addition to the fantasy genre. Raoden rocked. I can’t wait to start the Cosmere series now.

MAH Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – 5 stars – i keep having to remind myself modern poetry doesn’t have to be an epic tome or rhyme. This collection was beautiful and moving.

HOE Hope of Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – Elantris 1.5 – 4 stars – a great short story addition to complement the first novel.

EM2 The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn 0.5 – 4 stars – a solid prequel story that has me wanting more of this world.

RY The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper – 3 stars – it was a good solid m/m story but it lacked a little heat for me.

5room.jpg The Fifth Room by Allison Rushby – 3 stars – i like the whole secret society aspect, and there is plenty of intrigue but i struggled to really care about the outcome.

atbs All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld – 3 stars – a solid character driven work.

hygge1 The Little Book of Hygge by Miek Wiking – 5 stars – a gorgeous little book of loveliness. I love the presentation. The book itself is a little bit of Hygge all on it’s own.

moxie.jpg Moxie by Jennifer Mattheiu – 5 stars – a riotous good time. I wish my old school had moxie girls.

AV Archangels Viper by Nalini Singh – Guild Hunter book 10 – 5 stars – finally the tale of the mysterious Venom. I must admit though i really wanted Illiums story first but Ms Singh is making us wait and wait for that one!

lykke The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking – 4 stars – another gorgeous book but it was not quite as engaging as the first book about Hygge.

HIF How it Feels by Brendan Cowell – 2 stars –  I had such high hopes for this one after hearing such amazing things about it, but is sadly fell flat for me.

LCDALady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon – 4 stars – it was very interesting and quite in-depth. I found my attention lagging towards the end though.

hunters.jpg The Hunters by John Flanagan – Brotherband Chronciles book 3 – 4 stars – another compelling instalment in this adventure on the high-seas.

POO.jpg Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – 4 stars – i adore this cover edition. It was a well crafted classic tale.

UCBL Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher – 4 stars – a gripping crime drama with a distinctive australian voice.

MC Mortuary Confidential by Kenneth McKenzie – 3 stars – it was an entertaining collection of stories but didn’t wow me or have me laughing out loud.

BBN.jpg Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – 3.5 stars – Moonbound Clan Vampires book 1 – I adore Larissa’s Demonica series but i have run out so i started the moonbound series. It is not as engaging as her demonica series but it is well paced and plotted, with plenty of action, and i am looking forward to seeing where the series goes.

IK Ikigai by Hector Garcia – 5 stars – a beautiful book both inside and out. Pure loveliness.

CBN Chained by Night by Larissa Ione – 4 stars – Moonbound Clan Vampires book 2 – i enjoyed this more than the first. Hunter is intriguing and the quest was action packed. The conflict regarding the twins was intense and captivating.

GND1.jpg A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck – 4.5 stars – A fantastic debut novel full of humour and heartfelt moments.

TOD Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass Book 6 – 5 stars – Maas can do no wrong. I absolutely love Sartaq and the cast of new characters.

six Six by James Crow – 4 stars – not for the faint of heart this one. It packs some serious heat, major kink, and a few slightly icky moments. Overall it was a solid kinky romance.

MBU The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin –  5 stars – Gripping and intense. Well constructed and entertaining.

AFIsmall.jpg Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – 5 stars  – a sharply written, brave and important work. Highly relevant.

 

Well that was quite a collection but i am hoping to match it next month with some equally compelling reads. I am finally going to read Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Book 2 in the Farseer Trilogy) which is an epic sized tome. I also hope to knock off a few light romances and a non-fiction or two aswell.

Did you read anything recently that i just have to add to my read list? What is on your November line-up?

Wishing you all a healthy and happy November.

 

 

 

 

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

5 stars

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill is a brave and important work of YA fiction.

Emma O’Donovan is a popular, happy, and beautiful eighteen year old. She attends a party with friends. Everyone is there and she is engaging in the same social party life that those around her are enjoying. But the next day she wakes up on the porch of her house, dishevelled, sunburnt, bruised, and with no recollection of how she got there, what happened after a certain point at the party, or why she is in pain.

While she is oblivious to the events that occurred, everyone else knows everything. Explicit photos were taken and uploaded to the internet for everyone to see, judge, share and comment on.

This book really highlights the issue of consent and the commonness of victim-blaming. It shows the effects of social media on our youth, and the current issues surrounding privacy.

For those who don’t want spoilers stop reading here. Spoiler alert from here on.

Emma is somewhat promiscuous, but that does not excuse the behaviour of those boys. Promiscuity does not equal consent. Emma dressed in provocative clothing, but that does not mean she is “asking for it”. Revealing clothes does not give someone the right to assault another person. The fact that this is a message so frequently heard out there in relation to young women is appalling. A man can walk around in tiny shorts with his shirt off and the outline of his genitalia apparent and no one accuses him of being a slut that is asking to be raped. The double standards have to stop.

There were many things that shocked me in this novel. One was the group mentality. Yes she agreed to some activity with one boy. Yes she had been drinking and yes she accepted another substance from that boy. None of that gave them the right to sexually assault her while she was unconscious. The fact that a whole group of boys decided to do this together is what i find most disturbing. Not one of these boys thought to step in and stop the others. Not one thought to question the morality of what they were doing to that girl. At one point another boy from the party comes in to get keys off of one of them and doesn’t say anything about what is happening either. When did we create a culture that thinks it is okay to do this? When did it become a game, something to laugh at, something to do together as a group?

While I believe in equality… when it comes to physical strength, sadly biology ensured that men got more than women in most cases. A woman knows that she can almost always be overpowered by a man with nothing more than his bare hands. And he has his own inbuilt weapon. There have always been the “bad seeds” that would attack an unsuspecting girl, but most men used to know that their strength was meant to be used to protect. Some put it down to the “jock mentality” or “locker room antics” or the good old “boys will be boys” but no, I cannot accept that. They know it is wrong. But I struggle to understand the psychology behind an entire group that decides to not only share in the rape of another person, but to photograph and upload to the internet for all to see like they are some kind of heroes or legends for assaulting someone.

If Emma was under 18 the boys could have been arrested for distribution of paedophilic material. Personally I think distribution of pornographic content without the subjects consent should still count regardless of their age. And don’t those photos prove assault? It was fairly clear she was unresponsive. The stigma placed on the victim for daring to come forward and report these crimes is maddening.

What was equally shocking, but sadly not that unexpected was the response from the people in her life. The slut-shaming, name calling, victim bashing and outright verbal abuse hurled at the victim… not the perpetrators! It is so easy to tap away and say horrendous things you would never say to the persons face. It is as if they believe that their comments can have no negative impact and that it is acceptable. This reaction is one of the reasons why so many young girls will not come forward after an assault.

The fact that suicide is now the number 2 cause of death in 10-15 year olds can be attributed to cyber attacks and bullying. But the youth also feels like if they are not on at least one social media platform, they somehow don’t exist. Therefore removing all the web-based activities from their lives is a form of punishment also. I’m not sure what the answer is, but perhaps there should be more consequences and penalties for comments and web content that could be considered bullying? If there are repercussions when it is said in person, there should be the same for cyber-attacks.

I love that Emma’s brother was so fiercely on her side. I am so glad someone was. Her parents on the other hand I found atrocious. Towards the end when she makes a certain decision I hated them for being so relieved. I especially hate when the mother states “they’re good boys really. This all just got out of hand”. I wanted to slap her.

I could hug Conor for still showing he cares and supports her regardless of how the whole town is basically out to get her for “ruining the boys’ lives”. But where was Jamie in all this? She just seemed to disappear and I was really annoyed by that. While Emma was being abused by the whole town and the girls were wearing shirts in support of their golden boys that can do no wrong, where was she? She could have stood up and said “me too” and proved that there was a pattern of abuse among that group. Her support could’ve changed everything.

There will be people out there that will disagree with me and think that those boys did no wrong because of her actions at the party. Sadly there are so many of them. How did we end up with this rape culture? Just a note: If a person is not conscious they are not able to consent. Saying yes to alcohol or even drugs is not saying yes to gang rape.

How can we change this culture for the better? Can we teach the men of the future that this locker room mentality is not okay? That they are protectors not perpetrators? Over the years society always seems to vacillate between puritanism and libertinism. Is the answer to go backwards to a time where respect was ingrained in the fabric of man and modesty is customary? I can’t imagine that would work either.

This book is an important work that should be added to the curriculum for senior students. It opens a dialogue and make people question and contemplate a variety of issues that are plaguing our current society. A thought provoking and sharply written work.

 

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

4.5 Stars

A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck is a humorous and heartfelt debut novel. Full of teenage hormones, basketball, and a good dose of angst thrown in.

15 year olds Matt and Tabby are best friends. Have been since they were babies. But Matt’s feelings for Tabby have changed and he is agonising over the fact that he can’t seem to bring himself to tell her. The only place he can express his inner turmoil is through his poems in English class. And the only place that helps him get out of his head is the basketball court. Soon Matt has to deal with the new feeling of jealousy as Tabby begins to date a senior – a popular, good looking, and just plain great guy senior.

There is a big omg moment half way through the book that I won’t mention here, but it caught me off guard and had me desperately wanting to keep reading to see what happened next.

I adore all the little brief minutiae about Tabby that Matt loves. Her complete undying obsession for nerds, her signature move in class. Even though they met as babies it really was kind of love at first sight as he followed her everywhere and would do anything for her from the get go. It was adorable and sweet and heartfelt, but also tender and a little heart-shattering.

It has a very human voice. It’s a thoroughly relatable setting. Dealing with heightened teen emotions like anger, loss, jealousy and first love, it is beautifully told. It is a brilliant work of YA fiction.

RoomHate

5 stars

Title: RoomHate

Author: Penelope Ward

Review:

** spoiler alert ** Brilliant! Absolutely loved it. It is a romantic drama with a serious amount of angst mixed with a terribly sweet love story. 
I am not usually a fan of second chance romances but this one was quite different to the usual. I love the childhood moments they shared and the fact that they were both in love as teens but too boneheaded to notice that the other was too and admit their feelings. Ahhh first love and teen angst – what a combo. 
The writing flows effortlessly and keeps you hooked all the way through. I love that the minute Justin enters the room, even though it has been a decade since all the drama that had her running, it is just like Boom! instant tension that just leaps off the page and smacks you in the face. 
So….. he is there with his girlfriend, which is cause for some awkward moments, and when she goes back to NY for auditions Amelia and Justin have time to reconnect. I love that this didn’t follow the usual pattern of oops we fell into bed together and i just cheated on my girl but i couldn’t resist you rubbish… those stories pi** me off. Justin did the right thing and did not disrespect either Amelia or Jade by cheating. That was refreshing.
Justin was the perfect mix of sexy and broody and even when he was being a juvenile ass it came across less jerky and more cheeky/cute. His anger was justified after the way she left, but then he was just as much of a boneheaded jerkface by sulking and refusing to talk to her the following year after she came to her senses and tried to apologise.
I wasn’t too keen on the bombshell at the end of part one at first, but as the story progressed it grew on me and i have to admit that Justin with Bea was kind of swoon-worthy. I could just imagine all the women seeing him with Bea singing on stage….their ovaries must’ve been wanting to reach out and grab onto that one. 
I love how crazy jealous he gets every time Amelia has a date even though he had no right to act that way at the time. 
The revisit to the movie theatre was classic. 
Adam was a tool and i am glad he never came back on the scene. 
This book has much less steamy scenes than most of the romances i have read but i have to admit i didn’t even really miss that. The story was engrossing enough on its own and their was plenty of steam between the two of them without adding tons of sex scenes. 
There were times i was a little frustrated at how stupid and stubborn they were both being – so much time wasted. But they got their sh** together in the end. I think it ended well and i like that it didn’t turn into some ongoing series with no end. 
Touchingly sweet and steamy in all the right places. I love Justin Banks (even when he is being a childish angry roommate). Definitely worth picking up and i am glad i moved it up my tbr pile.

 

September Wrap Up

Hello everyone! How was your September? Did you discover any fabulous new books this month? I managed to knock off 18 books from the tbr shelf which for some reason seemed like not that many. I felt like i was reading far slower than usual. A good chunk of those 18 were novellas, and short stories too.

I am excited to finally discover, and get started on, the books by Robin Hobb. And i have officially run out of Demonica stories by Larissa Ione until next year, which makes me a little sad. But it was a good reading month.

So here is a rundown of all the stories I dived into this month.

aa1.jpg Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – book 1 in the Farseer Trilogy – 4 stars – a well plotted, character driven work. It only lost a star because at times I felt the pace was a little too leisurely.

az Azagoth by Larissa Ione – Demonica book 10.5 – 5 stars – I adore this series. Part of the Demonica, Lords of Deliverance and Dark Knights series. Hellishly hot. I just wish this was a full length book instead of a novella.

mt Mama Tandoori by Ernest van der Kwast – 2 stars – I won this in a competition and really wanted to like it. I know we are supposed to find the mama brandishing the rolling pin funny, but I found her to be just plain awful and bordering on abusive. The poor husband. If it was a man treating his wife that way it would be called abuse. She belittles him constantly and physically whacks him with the pin occasionally too. This was a DNF for me sadly.

rev Revenant by Larissa Ione – Demonica book 11/ Lords of Deliverance book 6
– 4 stars  – another wickedly good instalment in one of my favourite paranormal romance series.

Revenant Epilogue by Larissa Ione – Demonica 11.1 – 4 stars – a short story available on the authors website.

lh.jpg The Last Hours by Minette Walters – 4 stars – I was gifted an ARC of this book due out in October. It was very well written and paced, great character development. My only complaint was that it ended right when I was desperate to know what happened next. Sequel in the making no doubt.

hades Hades by Larissa Ione – Demonica 11.5/Lords of Deliverance 6.5/Dark Knights 18 – 4 stars – Loved every word. Hades is hot hot hot. But he totally had enough substance for a full length novel (just like Azagoth did).

crg China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians book 2 – 4 stars – not quite as addictive as the first book, but great character growth. The level of ostentation is at times a little vulgar, but I am sure it is supposed to be. Loving the journey so far, looking forward to book 3.

Into Eternity by Larissa Ione – Lords of Deliverance book 6.6 – 4 stars – another compelling short story in a rather addictive series.

lohs Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren- 5 stars – I was gifted a copy of this Australian gem by the author herself and I loved every word of it. A touching story, Gritty and heartfelt. An Aussie gem.

bi.jpg Base Instincts by Larissa Ione – Demonica 11.6 – 4 stars – paranormal romance done right. Ms Ione never disappoints.

z Z by Larissa Ione – Demonica 11.7 – 4 stars – another addictive addition to the Demonica series.

365 365 Ways to Live Happy by Meera Lester – 2 stars – nothing I haven’t seen before sadly. Also, suggesting framing a photo of yourself that has been photoshopped/augmented to make yourself look better…. I doubt that would make someone feel happier – if anything it would make them feel worse about themselves.

DLT.jpg Dirty Little Things by Lilith Lies – 3.5 stars – an interesting work of Erotic Poetry – one poem is repeated with a different title though – how did that slip through editing? An tantalising little poetry read though.

razr Razr by Larissa Ione – Demonica 11.8 – 4 stars – i’m sad because i have run out of this series now. Hopefully there will be more soon.

MOS.jpg Master of Solitude by Cherise Sinclair – Mountain Masters & Dark Haven book 8 – 4 stars – finally a new Sinclair book to rock our world. Plenty of heat, good character development. It wasn’t quite as intense as previous works though.

WC Wilder Country by Mark Smith – Winter book 2 – 3 stars – a great aussie dystopian. Reminded me a little of Marsdens works.

SU Strung Up by Lorelei James – Blacktop Cowboys book 7.5 -4 stars – a solid instalment in the Blacktop series with some serious steam.

There was almost another addition this month but the wonderful Elantris by Brandon Sanderson it taking me a little longer than usual to get through. Quite a meaty read with very small writing. I will definitely have it finished on day 1 of October though, so I have a head start on next months wrap-up.

I have some stellar books lined up for this months tbr stack including The Fifth Room by AJ Rushby, The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas and Archangels Viper by Nalini Singh. I also have to try to throw in at least one non fiction and one classic if there is time (never enough time)!.

What is on your October line-up?

Wishing you all a fabulously spooky Halloween and pumpkin season. Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes:-)

 

 

 

 

 

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

5 STARS

A great work of Australian Literature. I was extremely lucky to win a copy of this wonderful book from the author.
I loved every word of this story. It was both realistic and sincere. An Aussie gem.
Set in an average Australian suburb in Melbourne, this is the tale of the people of Hope Street. A multicultural neighbourhood that, at first, seems a little disconnected.
We have Kane, who is determined to protect his brother and mother from an abusive father at any cost, even if it means becoming a version of his father to do so. Mrs Aslan, the immigrant next door who watches over the boys while her own family is splintered. Mr Bailey, a veteran who is leery of the refugees who have moved in next door. Scatter in a few tattooed car loving boys and the odd grump and you have a wonderful cast of authentic Australian characters.
It is gritty and edgy and completely compelling. At its core, it is a heartfelt story of community and connection.

While this is a work of YA fiction, it could easily captivate an adult audience. It certainly had me glued to the page. I could easily see this book becoming an Australian classic. The writing is thoroughly engaging, the story is honest an absorbing, the characters feel authentic.

Highly recommended.

August Wrap Up

August was a month filled with prequel stories and novellas for me. But i managed to knock a few full novels off the list too. I got my classic of the month done, and only just scraped in at the last minute with my non fiction of the month. The months tally came to 27… not too bad.

My standouts for August were both fantasy books. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend which kids are going to go mad for, and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen which was a return to some of my favourite characters. But Holding Up The Universe was also high on my list of recommendations for anyone that loves YA with heart.

Here is what i knocked over in August:

swallowdale.jpg Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome – 5 stars – I have no idea how this author escaped my youth. Awesome clean kids adventure story.

ptcom.jpg Please Look After Mother by Sook Kyung-Shin – 4 stars – thoroughly enjoyable.

DR1.jpg Dark Rooms by Sionna Fox – 3 stars – a decent addition to the bdsm genre.

SWIT.jpg Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami – 4 stars – wonderfully weird and well written. I felt like it was less of a love story and more a story of loneliness.

dof.jpg Depth of Field by Riley Hart – Last Chance book 1 – 4 stars – Another great m/m read from this consistently good author.

mco A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – 3.5 stars – I honestly didn’t find it as funny as everyone else seems to. I felt it was a somewhat sad story.

The Beautiful Thing by Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners book 0.75 – 3 stars – a great little prequel story.

assistant.jpg The Assistant by Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners book 0.85 – 3 stars – I do love little prequel teasers.

rectified.jpg Rectified by Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners 0.45 – 3 stars – another solid short but i’m not loving the characters.

siren.jpg The Siren by Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners book 1 – 3 stars – I love Nora but I really struggled to find any reason to like Soren, or hope for any kind of future between them. I am hoping the series sees her go in a different direction.

df.jpg Dirty Fling 1-4 by Lucia Jordan – 2 stars – a little flat and disappointing.

hutu Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – 5 stars – fantastic YA book that had me laughing and hanging onto every word.

silence Silence by Shusaku Endo – 3 stars – it was brilliantly written, but I struggled to become engaged in the story.

telling.jpg Telling by Claire Rye – 4 stars – A great new Australian romance with a mysterious twist.

seduction.jpg The Seduction by Lisa Renee Jones – Rebeccas Lost Journals 1/Inside Out book 1.1 – 3 stars – a compelling teaser short.

contract.jpg The Contract by Lisa Renee Jones – Rebeccas Lost Journals book 2 / Inside Out book 1.2 – 3 stars – it was a good short but needed more heat.

his sub His Submissive by Lisa Renee Jones – Rebeccas Lost Journals book 3 / Inside Out book 1.3 – 3 stars – had more heat, but felt too easy.

my master My Master by Lisa Renee Jones – Rebeccas Lost Journals book 4 / Inside Out book 1.4 – 3 stars – I liked the way it ended, but again it was less steamy than I expected from this series.

FOTT.jpg The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – The Queen of the Tearling book 3 – 5 stars – a fantastic final instalment to the series. The ending didn’t totally sit well with me though, but I understand why it had to happen that way.

MAD.jpg My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent – 4 stars – a compelling and somewhat disturbing read.

nevermoor2 Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – The Trials of Morrigan Crow book 1 – 5 stars – what to read when you’ve run out of Harry Potter books. Magically wonderful.

Rowan by Nalini Singh – A Psy Changeling short story – 5 stars – i am always up for more of the psy changeling world. Kaleb was one of my faves so this was a lovely surprise in the August newsletter.

PYP2.jpgPick Your Pleasure 2 by Jayne Rylon – 4 stars – a very grown up version of a choose-your-own-adventure book. Love the concept.

EE.jpg Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione – 4 stars – A Demonica short story

OK.jpg Overkill by Larissa Ione – 4 stars – a collection of Demonica short stories.

AP Apocalypse by Larissa Ione – 3 stars – a Lords of Deliverance compendium.

SND The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales – 4 stars – a harrowing and well researched book about Human Trafficking and the modern slave trade.

 

I have quite a long list to try and get though in September. What are you hoping to read this September?

I am going to try and finally start reading Robin Hobb and maybe some Brandon Sanderson. I have been meaning to try them both out for years now! Have any of you read their books? I’m starting with The Assassins Apprentice which sounds amazing, and if i get time to add it… Elantris which i’ve been told is the first and best place to start in a complicated twisted of series of books.

Hope you all had a wonderful August. Happy Spring/Fall wherever you are in the world. Happy reading!

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑