October Wrap-Up

Hello everyone and happy November!

October is over and it’s once again time for another monthly wrap-up. Even though I had a lot of things to take care of for college, I managed to read 8 books which I’m really happy about. The 8 books I read had a total of 3,070 pages and on average I gave them 3.125 stars. I even found two books I immediately fell in love with but unfortunately, I also read two books that I only gave 1 star to.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn // 3 stars

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The first book I read in October was ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. It’s a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now and I definitely enjoyed it. I immediately fell in love with Gillian Flynn’s writing style and will make sure to check out some of her other books in the future. Unfortunately, I also had a very hard time getting into the novel and think that the plot was a little predictable.

Click here to read my full review!

 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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So far, I’ve really enjoyed most of Colleen Hoover’s books and ‘Maybe Someday’ was the last of her “main novels” that I hadn’t read yet. So I decided to finally pick it up at the beginning of October and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s definitely one of my favorite CoHo novels and for once, there was literally nothing that bothered me somehow. I loved the characters and just like all her other books, it was an incredibly quick read.

 

With a Twist by Staci Hart // 3 stars

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‘With a Twist’ is another one of the eBooks I found for free on Amazon and it was a very quick read. Unfortunately, the first half of the book was a little slow and I’m also not the biggest fan of the author’s writing style which is why I only gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // 1 star

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Even though this book is extremely popular and a lot of people have enjoyed it, this is the first book I decided to give only 1 star to last month and it’s also been my first DNF in over a year. I wanted to read some spooky books in October and thought this one would be a perfect choice but instead I ended up hating this book. It was boring and the main character was an arrogant and ungrateful child. I managed to get halfway through the book but then decided to give up on it because I just knew that forcing myself through the rest of it, wouldn’t make things any better.

Click here to read my full review!

 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // 4 stars

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This is such beautiful book and if I had to describe it in a single word, I’d just call it “real”. I absolutely love Adam Silvera’s writing style and can’t wait to check out his other books.

 

Love, in english by Karina Halle // 3 stars

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I really love Karina Halle’s books because they’re usually such quick reads. Unfortunately, this book was a little slow but I still loved the characters and enjoyed reading it.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber // 5 stars

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Out of all the books I read this month, Caraval was definitely my favorite. It was interesting, incredibly well written and such a quick read. I literally can’t wait for “Legendary” to be published and I’m already counting down the days!

 

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover // 1 star

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Even though I loved ‘Maybe Someday’, my feelings about ‘Without Merit’ are the complete opposite. This book was an absolute mess and it’s definitely my least favorite book of October. I just don’t get why this was even published and why so many people are giving this 5 stars. There are so many things in this book that are just annoying, badly done or utterly frustrating but I don’t want to spoil anything by going into more detail right now.

Click here to read my full review! (INCLUDES SPOILERS!!!)

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one was your favorite? 🙂

 

 

 

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Synopsis

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy, has disappeared. Nick is weak, Nick is a liar, and maybe he’s not the very best of husbands — but is he a killer? Amy’s diary reveals turmoil over their marriage, strange sicknesses, and her deep wish to be a mother — but is she telling the whole story? As the evidence slowly mounts, and the police investigation deepens, Nick is incriminated in horrible ways. He swears he didn’t murder his beautiful wife and goes on the offensive to clear his name. The mystery of Amy’s disappearance only gets more tangled as secrets unfurl from the web of their knotty marriage, and it becomes clear that something may have happened more disturbing than death.

My Review

‘Gone Girl’ is one of those books that had been standing on my bookshelves for ages now and that I just kept forgetting about. But I knew it would be the perfect book to read in October and I was very excited for it. I had heard so many amazing things about it prior to picking it up and thought I would love it. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t as happy with this book as I thought I would be.

The first half of this book was extremely boring. It took me days to get into it and I think I would’ve even DNFd it if I hadn’t been told that things would get more interesting halfway through the book. The whole story was just really drawn out and I think a lot parts could’ve been removed because they didn’t help the plot at all.

But despite all of this, I’m really glad I continued because ‘Gone Girl’ actually got a lot better after I’d gotten through the first half of the book. The second half of it was very gripping and I started flying through the story. I really enjoyed the second half of ‘Gone Girl’ which really made up for how disappointed I was with the beginning of the book.

Even though I didn’t enjoy the entire book, there was still one thing that I immediately fell in love with after the first couple of pages of ‘Gone Girl’. Gillian Flynn’s writing style. This book was so extremely well written. I think she’s a very talented author and I would actually consider checking out some of her other books just because of that.

All in all, this was still a good book and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this book was also quite predictable and even throughout the second part of it, there was nothing that really surprised me. Still, this book ended up being a bit of a mind fuck thanks to the personalities of Flynn’s characters and I decided to give ‘Gone Girl’ 3 out of 5 stars!

Have you already read ‘Gone Girl’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂

Review: Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

 

My Review

“One thing I’ve learnt recently is that blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” 

It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I wasn’t too happy with the first book, I decided to still read ‚Girl Online: Going Solo‘. I liked the second book better than the first one and hoped that I’d maybe also like this book better than the second one. After finishing it though, I can say that this unfortunately wasn’t the case; but I still liked it and would put it on the same level as ‘Girl Online: On Tour’.

GOGS is a very quick and fun read. It’s a cute story and overall the entire Girl Online series is just a bunch of sweet books that are perfect for teenage girls. But even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still enjoyed them so you shouldn’t shy away from these books only because you’ve already entered your twenties.

So overall, this was a great read but there were still a couple of things that bothered me. Unfortunately, I still felt like the main character Penny, was sometimes still acting quite childish for her age and at some points I felt like I was reading about a thirteen-year-old and not about a girl that’s almost seventeen. In my review of the second book, I also complained about the fact that she is a very clumsy character and a lot of the moments in which she was being her ‘clumsy self’ just felt very forced and unrealistic, as if Zoe Sugg was just trying her hardest to make Penny more relatable. In my opinion, this has definitely improved in this book and even though there were still one or two scenes in which it bothered me, she was less clumsy and her clumsy moments were definitely more realistic.

Another thing that bothered me was Sugg’s usage of ‘OK’ instead of just using ‘okay’. But I’ve already complained about that enough in my other reviews, especially in the one of the first book. I also still don’t know if it’s maybe just a common thing in the UK to write ‘OK’ instead of ‘okay’ because if that’s the case, I hope all of you that are from the UK can forgive me for being annoyed with it.

What I loved about this book though, is how it was once again set mainly in Brighton and this time featured a lot of places I’ve been to before. Reading about them just brought back so many great memories and made me really happy. It’s one of the things I just love about reading books set in places I’ve visited before and it just made reading GOGS even more enjoyable.

All in all, this was a good book and I’m glad I decided to read the entire series even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book. I decided to give ‘Girl Online: Going Solo’ 4 out of 5 stars and even though I enjoyed it, I still hope that this is the last part in this series because I think it’s a fitting conclusion to it.

Have you already read ‘Girl Online Going Solo’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂

September Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

September is over and it’s once again time for a monthly wrap-up. I hope you had a great month and got a lot of reading done! In September I managed to read 12 books with a total of 4,453 pages and on average I gave them 3.75 stars. I’m very happy with that but I also went back to uni this month, so the last few wrap-ups of this year will probably be a little shorter!

If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon // 3 stars

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The first book I read in September was ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon. She’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors because all her books are just such quick and enjoyable reads. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books I’ve read so far but I still enjoyed it. There were just a couple of things that bothered me. The book was very slow around the middle and there are a couple of scenes that could’ve just been taken out of it. The plot was also quite predictable and the female main character was way too annoying and naive for my liking.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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Since I felt like a reading slump was heading my way, I then decided to reread one of my favorite new adult romance books, ‘Ugly Love’. I absolutely adore this book and loved it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. I finished it within a few days and it definitely prevented me from getting into a reading slump.

Click here to read my full review!

Binge by Tyler Oakley // 4 stars

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I usually don’t read books by youtubers but I found this one at a second-hand book store for a few bucks and just had to check it out. I absolutely used to love watching Tyler Oakley’s videos and even though I’m not really interested in what he’s uploading at the moment, I still think he has a great character which really reflected in this book. In it he shares stories about his life and some of them were incredibly hilarious. This book was really entertaining and overall, I have to say that this is actually a youtuber book that is worth buying (as long as you have seen his videos before).

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon // 4 stars

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Like I’ve said before, Paige Toon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors and towards the middle of the month, I once again felt in the mood for an entertaining and quick romance read. Since Toon often mentions characters from earlier books in her novels, I decided to read them in the order in which they were published and ‘Pictures of Lily’ was next on the list. I really enjoyed this book and read it within only two days. There weren’t any major things that bothered me about it, I only wish the ending would’ve been a little longer and we would’ve gotten to read more about Lily and the man she chose in the end.

Begin Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Begin Again was the first ARC I read this month and I was super excited for it. I’d already heard a lot of good things in advance because this is a book that was originally published in German and has finally been translated into English. I really enjoyed ‘Begin Again’ and it was such a quick read! I loved the characters but unfortunately had a little bit of a problem with the writing style. I think there was still some room for improvement but this one was one of the first novels she’s ever published, so I’m sure she’ll get better and better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Begin Again’ will be published on October 10th.

Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken // 4 stars

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I decided to read another one of my ARCs right after the last one and definitely didn’t regret my decision. This was also a very quick read and I absolutely loved the story. Unlike ‘Begin Again’ this book was extremely well written, but Rachel van Dyken has already published a lot of books and you could clearly see that. The characters were great and overall it was very entertaining read. I’ll definitely check out its sequel once it comes out.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Fraternize’ was published on September 12th.

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg // 4 stars

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It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I didn’t completely fall in love with the first two books, I still wanted to finish the series. At the beginning of the month I then found a copy of it at a used book store and just took it as a sign that I had to immediately read it. Just like the first two parts, this book was a very quick and fun read. I read it within a day and even though there were some things that really bothered me, I’m still glad I decided to finish this series and think it was a good conclusion to it.

If you want to know more about the things that bothered me (and what I enjoyed), click here to read my full review!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // 3 stars

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I was looking for another quick read and stumbled upon this book on my sister’s bookshelf which only has a little more than 200 pages. I managed to read it within a few hours and it ended up being a really cute story that I definitely enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me was that it was extremely predictable. After the first 50 pages I already knew how the book would end.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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The ‘Silber Trilogy’ is a series I’ve been meaning to read for several years now but that I always kept forgetting about. I absolutely loved the ‘Gem Trilogy’ by Kerstin Gier and was really hoping this series would just be as good as her other one. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but after finishing it I already knew that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other trilogy. I did like the idea of the book and also fell in love with some of the characters but it kind of bothered me how similar the main character was to the one from the ‘Gem Trilogy’ and that it felt a little like she was a copy of her.

Dream On by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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‘Dream On’ is the second part in the ‘Silber Trilogy’ and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one. It was once again a very quick read and this time I also started to really connect to the characters! I was really glad I actually decided to continue this series and was excited to see how it would end.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier // 2 stars

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‘Just Dreaming’ is the third and last part of this trilogy but unfortunately, it was my least favorite part of the series. I had a whole list of things I was hoping would happen in this book but none of them did. Instead, the first 90% of this book were incredibly boring and I would’ve definitely put the book down if i hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of this trilogy. That’s why i decided to give the novel 2 stars! 1 star for the last 10% of the book, which were really interesting and gripping, and the other star for some of the characters that I’d fallen in love with while reading the books.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook // 4 stars

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‘The Hanging Girl’ is the third ARC I read this month and my first ‘scary read’ of the year. It was the first one of  Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I also really enjoyed the book itself and the story just kept me at the edge of my seat. There were some amazing plot twists in it and I literally didn’t see any of them coming. Overall, I loved the book but was a little disappointed by the characters since they felt a little flat and I didn’t connect with any of them. Still, this is the perfect book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller.

Click here to read my full review! ‘The Hanging Girl’ will be published on October 3rd.

How many books did you manage to read in September and which of them was your favorite? 🙂

Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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Synopsis

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has some inside knowledge. Unfortunately though, things don’t go the way Skye expected them to go and suddenly the rest of her senior year is a lot more complicated than she thought it would be.

‘The Hanging Girl’ is the first one of Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I already know that it wasn’t the last one. I immediately fell in love with her writing style and I can’t wait to get more of it. If you’re looking for a great YA mystery thriller, this is the book you should choose.

It kept me on the edge of my seat and I just flew through it because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There are several major plot twists in this book and I didn’t see any of them coming. They were very well done and actually made me gasp. Another thing I loved about this book was that it has pretty short chapters. It may sound weird but that’s actually a big plus for me. When I need to take a break for some unexpected reason, I just hate having to stop reading a book in the middle of a chapter just because I would have to read another thirty pages to get to the next one.

The only thing that bothered me a little was that the characters just felt a little flat. I didn’t really feel connected with any of them, not even with Skye even though the book was written from her point of view. But this is just a minor thing and it definitely didn’t destroy my reading experience.

All in all, this was a great book and I really, really enjoyed it. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy once it comes out. I’m definitely going to get myself a copy of her other book ‘Without Malice’ now because it’s been on my tbr ever since it came out and it’s time to finally read it!