Very Late October TBR!

 

Hey guys!

Here is my late posting of my October TBR (we’ve still got over a week, it’s fine!)

 

Enjoy!
Happy Reading,

Love, Em x

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The Forgetting|| Book Review

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I need to write this down, otherwise I am risk of forgetting it…

I didn’t mind this book, I thought it was okay – I definitely don’t think it lived up to what I thought it would be. Her writing reminded me very much of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games. Nadia reminded me of Katniss, her love interests Peeta & Gale… and also the main antagonist a little of Coin. A little.

Some parts were really well written, the beginning was enthralling, almost an Assassin’s Creed feel with the jumping over rooftops. The visual was nice, and so was the world building – I just felt the characters seemed to jump straight from HG. Also Prim was here within her sister. I am sorry, this is true. I couldn’t unsee it once it came into my mind.

Overall, not a bad book per say, it was just a meh book. One I had hoped would give me more ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The Uninvited Guests|| Book Review

The Uninvited GuestsThe Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars.
I thought it would be creepier than what it was… turns out it was more about family drama and relationships and the anxiety about people in your home.

I chose this book to read as part of my spooky, thriller and weird reads. I was slightly disappointed it didn’t deliver in the thriller ish or ghosty aspect.
Without giving away spoilers, the people that came from the accident weren’t really the main focus, more the side line that seemed to dishevel everything else. Like taking that spool of tightly wound wool and letting go – I guess that was what happened to the family that was left. I didn’t like the main lady of the house, I found her hard to connect with as a character.
The outer characters were okay, but again, I wasn’t connecting with them. I liked the little girl’s struggle with the small horses – I felt the satirical comments on society of that time and class were well done and reminded me very much of my favourite period dramas.
All in all it was an okay read, I am pleased I’ve read it but it’s not a thriller or a grabbing drama you’ll want to read again, it’s a comment on society using this family as that poor ball of wool.

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Every Heart A Door Way|| Book Review

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t prepared to be set on edge. This book, her writing, was captivating as it was like screwing a nail into your gut, a rusty one, making you feel weird- wanting it to stop but you can’t stop it? It wasn’t like painful or anything and it wasn’t a hardship it just…let me with a weird tang.

I enjoyed it, it was beautifully done, there are so many beautiful lines in this book. SO many for my bullet journal that I have stocked up. I think it’s one of a kind, a beautiful, tragic piece of fiction.

I did feel it was incredibly fast paced that it was hard for me to connect with the characters as we didn’t have long with them. However, diversity in this book was A++. So damn effortless in representation.

Do read it for the experience, it’s an interesting one.

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Nyxia| Book Review

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can’t begin to tell you what I felt was wrong with this book. JHJFHG It was not what I wanted it to be.

The main character was my problem. It’s told in first person so why would you make him SO UNLIKABLE?

Let me give you some context. A dozen or so teenagers are offered the chance to go to a planet to find some Nyxia (basically transformiam from Transformers Age of Extinction. However even though you all go on the journey you are put through a test to make sure only the strongest go through. The losers go home with 150,000. Oh… boohoo. It’s such an awful fate?!
The main character acts like it won’t help his home life anyway – I mean what?! If it won’t then why isn’t it explained that 150,000 isn’t a lot in this day and age?! GAH. Anyway, trials begin in space for this obviously corrupt organisation. There is only one white person on the ship, and just because of that reason our main black protagonist decides to have a go at him for it ‘YOU CAN’T NEED THE MONEY YOU’RE PRIVILEGED’ because he’s white? And no one disagrees with him or speaks up? This is not the way to fair representation to turn racism back on the other. We’re supposed to move past that.

I didn’t like this book full stop. The urgency was faked, what’s wrong with 150,000 condolence prize?! Frickin’ good if you ask me! Also I had no care for the characters whatsever.

Anyway – I wouldn’t waste your money on this book. Get it from the library if you have to.

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Godsgrave|| Book Review

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely fucking fantastic.

This was my favourite book for September. Absolute pleasure from start to finish.
Again, a second in the series book so I won’t spoil anything – HOWEVER. IT’S BETTER, AND I LOVED THE FIRST ONE SO HOW DOES J KRISTOFF DO IT?!

I squealed, I laughed, I cried, I was horrified. I gulped this book down like it was air and I needed it to stay alive. I love Mia, I love Mr Kindly. I love how dark and sarcastic it is – Kristoff’s writing is so so good and right up my alley.
The world building carried on with it’s detailing, I enjoyed being back at the Red Church! Also the characters are so nice and fleshed out and GREY! Also that twist at the end, HOW THE HELL CAN I WAIT ANOTHER YEAR?! WHAT!?
Read Nevernight. Read This. Now!

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A King of Thorns (Broken Empire #2) | Book Review

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2)King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ah sweet Jorg. Jorgy Jorg.

What horrors, Lawrence can you drown me in now?

Our second instalment of the Broken Empire left me feeling empty and full all at once. A degree better than the first this book flicks between the past (for us) and the present. We know something has happened to Jorg but we don’t find out until the end of the book, which ties in nicely with the parallel story telling from the different time periods.

I won’t say too much about the plot as it is the second book in the series, however I will say it was very cleverly thought out, and you can definitely see how Lawrence has progressed in his writing since writing book one.

I love Gog, I love Makin and I love Jorg – the characters are much better, more driven and more fulfilled. The world is more fleshed out, and the description so bloody you feel covered.
It feels with me anticipation (and dread) for the last instalment. He’s not afraid is Mark Lawrence to do the worst.

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A Shadow Bright & Burning| Book Review

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ah. Now when I read the first chapter in B&N I was hooked and couldn’t stop thinking about it until it arrived.
When it did & I read more than that… eh. I was underwhelmed. The premise had seemed so good, mysterious and led by a full functioning heroine. I was really down for it.

And then she turned out to be a Mary Sue… and everyone seemed to be in love with her… or like her.. or make her heat and blush,… ghajh.

It’s set in the Victorian era, where magicians are bad and it’s only good to be a sorcerer. Also something is attacking the kingdom. Something which to me felt really unexplained. It felt like a puzzle roughly cut together but the pieces don’t quite fit and there are gaps. Gaps where things needed explaining. I will however be carrying on with the next book at some point to see if this gets fleshed out.

It’s a solid three, and if you’re fresh to YA I would say you’d love it. However having had a lot of experience with YA… it’s definitely in the weaker half of it.

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The Girls| Book Review

The GirlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A solid 3.5/4

I feel very uncomfortable after finishing this book, like my heart is aching and still looking for some sweet release. Only I am left by none and plagued by nightmares as I am sure our main character Evie Boyd is.

Set in the late 1960s we follow Evie Boyd as at sweet fourteen, she leaves her suburbian and quiet life and is enthralled in the lives of the girls at the ranch who is overlooked by a man called Russel.

I didn’t know what I was gonna be in for… I assumed it was to do with the hippie cult- an airiness to it.
I felt like I was suffocating, but I had to keep reading. Books like this make me swallow them up whole in one sitting, because it’s not a tension I want to break or re-return to. It’s a deep water type book you need to come up for air and think about the dark waters beneath for a long time.

It was incredibly visceral, I felt the sun on my skin, I was eating the food scrounged from the outside with them, I had lost my mind to the drugs inhaled. It was highly sexual, not just in act but in the underlying tone of the book, it was freeing almost how fluid it was throughout the whole book.
I don’t want to say to much more than that. It should surprise you, as it surprised me. An important book to be read for sure, perhaps even a classic in the future. What I am unsure of is if I can read it again.

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Vengeance Road|| Book Review

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set on dusty roads, with our main gal Kate we’re transported to the Western era full of horses, saloons, Indians, sheriffs, cowboys, dust storms, gambling, girls in pretty dresses and guns – oh and treasure! This was an adventure from start to finish and one which had world building down to a T!

At first I felt everything happened waaaay too quickly. I didn’t feel as much as I would have done had we had a little more time to get to grips with the way Kate worked and how she was. But once we were five chapters in I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Rose Riders were a great work into the story and as a lover of old westerns (watching them with my grandad was a plus) I had so many memories brought back to me.

It was also nice to step out of my normal dark fantasy genre and go into a world I’ve never read about before – it was glorious like the hot sun and I am really really looking forward to Retribution Rails. It’s a stand-a-lone in it’s own right, and done well too. Bowman should be commended for her world building – it really is up there with some of the best.

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