Book Reviews, Books and Me

Happy 2nd Half of the Year Day! Books! Books! Books!

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Yes, it is officially 2nd half of the year day. Where has the time gone? This year, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set myself a goal of 52 books in a year, and so far I am smashing it. I’m 11 books ahead of schedule!

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So, for this 1/2 year post, I shall list the books I have read along with my rating, and a link to my reviews. As I have started posting my monthly round ups, I won’t go into detail, but if there is a book you are interested in, then you can click on the link and check out my honest opinion (all spoiler free).

  1. Awakening by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  2. Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose 3/5: Review.
  3. Victor by Brianna West 5/5 : Review.
  4. Great Love Poems Edited by Shame Weller 4/5: Unreviewed.
  5. The Siblings by Alan Morgan 5/5: Review.
  6. Metamorphosis by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  7. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle 2/5: Review.
  8. Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer 5/5: Review.
  9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  10. The Notebook by Agota Kristof 3.5/5: Review.
  11. Colossus by Jette Harris 5/5: Review.
  12. The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman 3.5/5: Review.
  13. Nowhere by Jon Robinson 3/5: Review.
  14. Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block 4/5: Review.
  15. Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut 3.5/5: Review.
  16. Dawning by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  17. Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green 3/5: Review.
  18. Swarm by Alex South 3.5/5: Review.
  19. Storm in Shanghai by JM Bush 4/5: Review.
  20. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby 4/5: Review.
  21. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  22. Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee 4/5: Review.
  23. The Dare by John Boyne 3.5/5: Review.
  24. A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond 4/5: Review.
  25. Doctrine of Indecency by Various Authors 3/5: Review.
  26. Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett 3.5/5: Review.
  27. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 3/5: Review.
  28. White Sand by Brandon Sanderson 4/5: Review.
  29. The Beach Cabin by Fern Britton 3.5/5: Review.
  30. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine 4/5: Review.
  31. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger 3/5: Review.
  32. Unknown by Phil Price 5/5: Review.
  33. The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull 3/5: Review.
  34. The Story Traveller by Max Candee 3/5: Review.
  35. The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill 4/5: Review.
  36. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey 5/5: Review.

Have you set yourself any reading challenges this year? What has been the best book/series you’ve read so far in 2016?


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Book Reviews, Books and Me

June Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

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My full review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

I gave this book 3/5. The concept was innovative and fun, but I found the world building slightly unbelievable. Some good character development, but some not so good. Quick, easy read.

 

Unknown by Phil Price

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My full review: Unknown

I gave this book 5/5. Many POV’s woven into a master tale of vampires, other worlds, and blood harvesting. Many stories could be stand alone from throughout the eras, but the more you read, the more intricately everything is linked.

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irina Brignull

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I gave this book 3/5. I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the story, and how well teen issues have been woven into a tale of witches, spells, and prophecy. Some relationships felt a little awkward, and the narrative felt rushed in places. A book that doesn’t transcend the age range, but I believe would be enjoyable to young teens.

The Story Traveller by Max Candee

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I gave this book 3/5. Detailed world building and imaginative characters. A few too many info dumps for my liking, and a contradictory protagonist. A read for teens with an innovative concept.

 

The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill

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I gave this book 4/5. Well thought out, believable dystopian future. A colonised moon loaded with criminals! Gotham City meets Las Vegas. Sci-fi noir with healthy dollops of humour and a very high death count. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.

 

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R Carey

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I gave this book 5/5. Not what I expected, but in a good way. Unique take on the zombie novel with science woven in. Small group of well developed characters and multiple POVs. Could not put this book down.

 

Have you read any of my June reads? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations for me because I’m always looking to add to be TBR pile *cough*.


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