January and February 2016 Wrap Up

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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The amazing finale to the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me was nearly everything I was hoping it to be. The story was good, the romance even better. Warner’s character developed so well but, at the cost of Adam’s character. Adam’s character was completely sacrificed, and damaged and I very much believe that it was deliberately done to make Warner all the more appealing. (Anyone remember Chaol in in Queen of Shadows? How that book was the death of his character and made everyone fall hard for Rowan?) Yep. That’s what happened to Adam.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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I decided to re-read The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling this year and started off January with the first book. Of course, reading this was as good an experience as it was the first time :)

3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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An epic coming-of-age tale of self-discovery, self-acceptance, love and friendship, SYBG is Matson at her best. Read this for the quirky bits of humor, or read this for the amazingness of the character of Frank Porter. Read this for the beautiful journey of self-discovery. Read this for the realistic characters. Read this for the heart-warming writing. Main point : read this book. And while you’re at it, read my review here.

4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

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This was a disappointing, flat read. This book, if you check on GoodReads, is super-hyped and thus the expectation from this book was pretty high. The story had potential, but the author completely ruined it with terrible writing and bland, dull characters. The entire book is well bound within the walls of an average NA book, and doesn’t even try to break out of those walls. Sigh. Read my review here.

5. Matched by Ally Condie

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DNF.

A good plot with potential, but the book was just so bad. The book is a dystopian tale of a society which chooses everyone’s life partner for them, and about the main character falling in love with someone else. It’s a basic dystopian story, but still, it had potential. But the execution was just simple bad. The only redeeming quality was the writing, which was good, fluent, without trying to be philosophy, or as we say, ‘deep’.

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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7. All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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This commendable book deals with the life of a girl raped by (someone famous)’s son, and the consequences which follow when people of that position are blamed for heinous acts. The way the author has portrayed all the emotions, from mental trauma, to trust issues, to despair to loneliness – it makes your heart cringe and your head reel at the reality and the truth of such incidences. Read my review here.

8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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This was a moving, poignant tale set in the early 1900s I believe. It is a portrayal of the lives and friendships of three friends, and how certain circumstances, and what they actually are, brings about a permanent change in their lives. Beuatiful, strong writing paired with riveting, realistic characters. An absolute must read.

9. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

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A cute, fluffy high-school romance about a girl meeting a guy for the first time and asking him to be her ‘fill-in’ boyfriend for a few hours for the sake of her friends. Read my review here

10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Surprisingly, I loved the book. The writing was very much different from most YA paranormal authors, and the story gripping and interesting. And that’s all you need to know about the book. Going into the book without knowing anything is the best.

11. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover’s done it again! Another beautiful love story, this time about an author who finds his muse in a girl he spends his day with, so much so that they decide to meet on the same date every year for the next five years. But soon, revealations are made, lies are caught, and loyalties checked. Yes, this book, on quite a few aspects, was bound within the average NA setting, yet, I loved it. Maybe I’m biased about CoHO, I dunno, but I enjoyed it a lot. Read my review here.

12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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13. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Another generic dystopian novel dealing with princes and their whimsical nonsense. Of course, ending had to be an epic betrayal; otherwise, why would readers continue with the series?

14. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudie Gray

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To be honest, I hadn’t expected this book to be THAT good. I was completely blown away by it; the story, the writing, the characters and that world-building though. This is the first book I’m reading which deals with dimension-travelling, and it was just phenomenal.

15. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Finally I find a contemporary with a romance worth gushing over and a character worth swooning for! This was just SO EFFIN’ cute and lovable!

16. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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Here comes a writer who deals with mental illness the way it should be dealt with. A shockingly real portrayal of a young boy gripped by depression, who finds his way to a hospital, and finds heart in the atmosphere there, and with the people there. Filled with humor, this book gives the reader a lot of insight about mental illness, the people who deal with it, and what their life is.

17. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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This is the sequel to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and much, much worse than the first book. The writing, (which was never that good in the first place), degraded even more and OH MY GOD MARE WAS SO PATHETIC! She is probably one of the most annoying, stupid, pathetic, whiny, foolish protagonists of all time, she was just SO bad. What pissed me off more was how she overshadowed everyone else in the book, even if others had the potential of development, and how everything in the book was just about Mare !?!? Ruined it. But of course, Aveyard is smart so she ends the book with a cliffhanger so that readers will have to continue with the series. Not that I care.

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