It’s time for our March wrap up! Cass and I read a lot of books this month and we would like to share some of our thoughts on what we’ve read!
As the first science fiction novel published in England, I was expecting this to be weird… but not THAT weird. We follow a young man whose ship wrecks in the middle of the ocean. He is rescued aboard another ship sailing by and soon finds himself on an island with a once reputable doctor and his assistant. It doesn’t take him long to learn why the doctor is experimenting on an island no one knows about and starts to question his own morals. I’m glad science fiction has evolved since then because if it were all like Dr. Moreau I would be continually freaked out.
3 / 5 stars
I was expecting a lot more from this story. Now, that’s not to say that it was bad necessarily, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. We focus on a young girl who lost her voice in a terrible boat accident. For her and her twin sister, singing was everything. After this tragedy, Elise moves away from her home near the Philippines and moves to America to live with her cousin. There she meets a boy (of course, haha) and eventually learns to love him and her new self. I was really hoping to love this story but I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters. That being said, the writing itself was well done and I won’t rule out her other books just yet.
3 / 5 stars
Ransom Riggs really surprised me with this book. Miss Peregrine’s is his first published novel so I went into it expecting some flaws, which obviously there are, but because of this, I was thoroughly surprised. The writing style is quite poetic which reminds me a little of Shatter Me, (makes sense since the authors are married) but it is also very gripping. The story moves along really quickly so I was never bored with what was going on. I was also expecting it to be creepy, and although the pictures definitely contain a creepy factor to them, the story itself was not. Jacob is relatable and all the peculiar children are unique. My only problem with this book is that I didn’t love Emma and Jacob’s romantic relationship. It felt forced and all around, kind of weird. Can’t wait to read book two.
4 / 5 stars
I loved this story! The characters are genuine, strong and raw which is exactly what I want in a contemporary. When Harper’s older sister commits suicide her entire world changes. She grew apart from her ‘perfect’ older sister years ago and when she dies, Harper does whatever she can to make it right; which means going on a road trip to California to sprinkle her sister’s ashes over the ocean (a place she always wanted to visit). Tagging along with her is her best friend and a stranger her sister used to be friends with. Along the way, Harper learns more about her sister, learns how to love and more importantly figures out the kind of person she wants to be. I love all the relationships in this book, the constant bickering between Harper and Jake is always amusing.
4 / 5 stars
If you’re looking for a book to make you cry sad, happy and mad tears, then say hello to I’ll Meet You There. This book made me feel so many feels, and it goes something like this:
Girl + Boy: friends/co-workers
Boy: joins the army; girl: stays home
Girl: wants to go to art school; boy: returns home from war sans limb
Girl: starts falling in love; boy: asshole (of course he is)
Boy: realizes he’s an asshole; girl: tries to move on from said asshole
Girl + Boy: have heart-to-heart meltdown
Girl + Boy = LOVE
And all of this together equals my heart in pieces on the floor… in the best way possible.
4.5 / 5 stars
So, as usual with this series, Harper is badass and reaches sass of unattainable magnitudes. However, she is also very vulnerable in this last book of the trilogy and super strong. I would not be able to handle it all if I was Harper. I cannot say much about this because it is the third book but I can say that Rachel Hawkins’ writing is fun and the plot moves along really quickly. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is too short. I was hoping for more, but I guess that means I enjoyed it so much, right?
5 / 5 stars
I loved this graphic novel. The art style is so well done, consistent and clean, and the writing is fresh. Together it’s innovative and unique. The author did a great job keeping Nimona true to her age while also making her brave and persistent. I loved the subtle (or maybe not so subtle) relationship between Lord Blackheart and his former best friend Sir Goldenloin. My favourite character is probably the Doctor, a minor role but quite important to say the least. I hope Noelle does more of this kind of work because I really enjoyed it and I want to read more.
5 / 5 stars
Debut novel from Alwyn Hamilton and I’m already itching for the second book! The world she created is so incredible, with monsters and powers, and yet it is still so incredible based on our own world, discrimination against those who are different and those who are female. Amani is a strong, independent woman who is so ruthless it left me dumbfounded and I couldn’t help laughing. Jin is… well he’s bae, that’s for sure. I really loved how their relationship grew and Hamilton handled it beautifully. Yes, there was an initial attraction but that was all it was; physical attraction, and she paced the love that followed very well. I can’t wait to read more about this world, and SPOILERS ahead >>>> ……………………………… we get to meet her Djinn father, so I’m excited how she writes him in.
5 / 5 stars
THIS BOOK… I have so many words, and yet no words at all. Ruta did such an incredible job writing about a REAL event in our history that is so unfortunate and tragic, and killed millions of people: WWII. More specifically, the people lost on the ship: Wilhelm Gustloff. I wanted to cry the entire time reading this book but I forced myself to be separated from the characters because I knew most of them would die. No one should have to go through something like that, especially people that young and yet, not many people know about the real tragedy that is Wilhelm Gustloff. I feel for those so few survivors whose voice is forgotten, and even more for the numerous lost… who will never have a voice at all.
5 / 5 stars
I don’t know what to say… I’m still very emotional from reading this. Cassandra Clare ALWAYS DOES THIS TO ME! I just feel like SOS. What I can say is I love this and need book 2 ASAP. ASAP I TELL YOU…. Okay, I’m okay… (no I’m not….)
Emma + Julian
Emma + Cameron
Emma + Mark
Mark + Kieran
Mark + Cristina
Cristina + Perfect Diego
OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW…
(I will hopefully make a more coherent review when my thoughts are… well coherent)
5 / 5 stars
This what Cass read: (she currently has no words and so, will get back to you lol)
Thanks for reading! Let us know if you’ve read any of these, and if not, what was your favourite book you read in March!