Reviews, To Be Read

December 2015 Wrap-up and January TBR 2016|Lala


As I anticipated, December was a slow month for me. I didn’t read that many books. It was my birthday, Christmas, and a lot of school work.

In my December TBR post, two books were on my to be read list:

A Bit Witchy by Danielle Fisher 

XODUS (Astralis #1) by K.J. McPike

I’ve finished reading and reviewing two books:

A Bit Witchy by Danielle Fisher 

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This novel is a Young Adult book. I think it’s the first book in a series. Despite its title, it’s about Guardian Angles, and Guards.While the concept can be interesting, this book felt short. It was hard for me to follow the fragile plot, and understand what was happening. It is very confusing; a lot of telling and info-dumping, which made the story to be hard to read and understand.  In other words, I am not a fan of the writing and the book’s execution. However, do not take my word for granted; read it and make your own opinion about this book. I don’t want to discourage people to read a novel just because I didn’t like it.

I gave this novel a rating of 2.7 out of 5.

Dead of Night (Aftershock #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne

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An Young Adult Dystopian novel. It tells the story of two people after the third world war took place. I am not the biggest fan of the dystopyan genre, but I wanted to give it a try.
The book is a fast read and pretty enjoyable. However, the back story was missing, especially when it comes to Opal, and certain post-WWIII facts weren’t explained in depth. Also, the insta-love was a little bit annoying, especially since most of the book is focused on the romance, and not the action.

Overall, I think the series has potential and I might read the second book as well.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5 points out of 5.


Currently Reading

I also started reading a couple of books, but I’ll finish them in January 2016. Therefore, they are on my January TBR list as well.

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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Blurb

I’ve not always been what I am now

In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper. Subtitled ‘A Story of a Man of Character’, Hardy’s powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeply flawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work, tragically played out against the vivid backdrop of a close-knit Dorsetshire town.

This edition includes an introduction, chronology of Hardy’s life and works, the illustrations for the original Serial Issue, place names, maps, glossary, full explanatory notes as well as Hardy’s prefaces to the 1895 and 1912 editions.

I’ve never read any books written by Hardy, and after I’ve watched a couple of youtube reviews, I decided to give it a shot. So far, the book is marvelous. The writing is great, the narrative is excellent, the characterization is on point. It is a slower read for me, since it’s not written in modern English, but that’s alright. This way I can pay more attention to what I’m reading.

Regret to Inform You by Derek Jarrett

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Blurb

Summer 1914 – The troubles in Europe had cast a blanket of anxiety over the whole of the country and Rusfield, along with the whole nation, was filled with a passionate sense of righteousness and patriotism. Now, talk took on an excited, yet increasingly serious tone.

Close friends since childhood, and heroes of their school football team, the lives of six young men look promising until war is declared. Regret to Inform You… follows the story of the people in Rusfield and their personal battles as fathers and sons go off to war. Swept up in the frenzy of excitement and pride, all this quickly changes to dread as telegrams begin to arrive.

The villagers left behind, filled with a determination to maintain normality, show a remarkable response during the years of increasing tragedy. Regret to Inform You… gives an intuitive understanding about the lives of real people living in a recognisable, albeit fictional, Suffolk village and pursuing the routine of daily life. It is their remarkable response that provides an ultimately uplifting story.

This book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, of the parallel lives of the men at the Front and their loved ones back home.

So far, so good. In other words, I enjoyed reading this book so far. I’ve found the premises of this book to be really interesting. A novel dedicated to the people who had to wait for their solders to come back from war. Therefore, the book doesn’t focus on the heroes, but on the ordinary people.

Freedom Fries and Cafe Creme by Jocelyne Rapinac

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This book is a collection of short stories about food. There is some romance, and other stuff going on, but the stories are dedicated to food, eating, and drinks. At the end of each short stories, there are recipes of the meals that the characters ate. I haven’t read all of them yet, but so far it’s been a lovely read.


January 2016 To Be Read List

Besides the three books mentioned above, I plan on reading these books:

XODUS (Astralis #1) by K.J. McPike

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Maybe we were both crazy . . . but what if we weren’t? What if my mother really could astral project? What if she wasn’t the only one?”

The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can’t deny that something is happening to her–something she’s sure is linked to her mother’s disappearance.

Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother’s ability to astral project–with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.

Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She’s not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother’s life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?

Cadaver Dog by Doug Goodman

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Angie Graves trains dogs on all kinds of scents: guns, bombs, even cadavers. But when she is approached with the idea of training a dog to track zombies, she is not so sure. She needs a different dog for this line of work, and the only one available is a dog named Murder who she rescued when she found him left for dead. The problem is, Murder is nothing like a hero dog. He is scarred emotionally and physically. He is slow to trust, has a mischievous mind, and obsesses over his chicken toy. But if he and Angie can learn to work together, they may be able to solve the riddle of where the zombies come from, and why they are snatching up people.


Thank you for reading. See you next month with another wrap-up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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