Best Books: July/August 2014

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan: 4 out of 5 stars

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart: 5 out of 5 stars

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard: 4 out of 5 stars: Review here

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr: 5 out of 5 stars [Synopsis will spoil first four books]

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision: 4 out of 5 stars: Review here (This has a similar feel to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: 5 out of 5 stars

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan: 5 out of 5 stars (highly recommended if you like John Green)

Sea Legs by Guy Grieve: 4 out of 5 stars (a non-fiction tale I couldn’t put down; it read like fiction; good for those who don’t get on with non-fiction normally – like me!)

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin: 5 out of 5 stars (The definition of urban fantasy. No romance. Takes a while to get into but is SO worth it. Awesome worldbuilding. Author writes as Catherine Webb and Claire North as well.)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: 4 out of 5 stars (I nearly DNF’d this one as the descriptive language was so… bizarre. It grew on me though. The book that is, not the langauge. It’s a sweet, fun read. It’s toted as challenging and moving, but I found it sweet and fun, with a few heart-achey bits. And it definitely surprised me. A lot.)

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen [Skink #7 – Synopsis may spoil previous books] My Review here 5 out of 5 stars

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I wasn’t expecting to like this as it didn’t seem like my kind of story, even though I LOVE Fangirl and Attachments. I am so so glad I read it. It is quite different to Rainbow Rowell’s other books, but I LOVED it. The characters were just awesome. ALL of them. This is a new favourite for me. 5 out of 5 stars

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Just One Day [Just One Day #1] by Gayle Forman – I was finally persuaded to read this and I am so glad I did! I LOVED the characters (all of them were so well developed, even passing minor characters. Everyone was unique and solid.) I also loved the travelling parts, loved Wren, loved-to-hate Melanie and Allyson’s mum. I loved Allyson and identified well with her. I wasn’t too crazy about either Willem or the plot. But there was plenty else I loved about this book! 4 out of 5 stars

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Nocturnal Academy #1 by Ethan Somerville – This is free for Kindle, but is the first in a ten-part (so far), series. Also, just to warn you, she doesn’t start the school in this book, which would usually disappoint me massively, but not with this one, This was awesome! Alice just really pops. 4 out of 5 stars

What are the best books you’ve read this summer? Have you read any of these? 

Best Books 2014: May/June [EDITED]

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Another relatively good couple of reading months for me! Here are my best reads!

The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, #0.6 and #1, by Marissa Meyer. (The novellas are accessible for free on Wattpad. They don’t really spoil book #1, but I read them after I read #1 and I felt better for it. I would recommend you read Cinder first. The novellas are more enjoyable when you already have a feel for the world and the characters.)

The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper. If you like historical fiction and YA, you will love this. It gets kind of harrowing in parts though. Mary Hooper does not sugarcoat the terrible circumstances people were in back in the Georgian ages.

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan. A fiction novel set in a fantasy world reminiscent of the Victorian ages. It reads like a classic explorer’s adventure novel, but it’s a fantasy about dragons! It is beautifully written and does require patience, but it is so worth it. It’s the first in a trilogy. I highly recommend this.

Blindsided by Natalie Whipple. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I wasn’t thrilled with this when I finished it, but it grew on me and grew on me and now I’m obsessed with it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I need more Karou in my life. *reaches for the sequel*

The Sea Sisters (aka Swimming At Night) by Lucy Clarke.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler. (My review is here.)

A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall [American title: The Swiss Affair]

What are the best books you’ve read this May/June?

Best Books 2014: March/April

I have read A LOT of really good books these last two months. I wanted to keep to six or seven each post, making between 36 and 42 Best Books 2014 by the end of the year, but I cannot narrow it down this time! (To see my January/February post, click here.)

So here goes (in no particular order) (title takes you to Goodreads description):

The Enchantress (Nicholas Flamel # 6) by Michael Scott.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson.

Frostfire by Zoe Marriott.

Fated by Alyson Noel.

Russian Roulette (Alex Rider #10) by Anthony Horowitz.

United We Spy  (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter.

I also have to strongly recommend the following trilogies (well, there is a fourth 13 Treasures book out in May, but I don’t think it follows on from the original three):

13 Treasures; 13 Curses; 13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison. (The fourth one is out this month and is called One Wish.)

My So-Called Afterlife; My So-Called Haunting; My So-Called Phantom Love Life by Tamsyn Murray.

So there you have it! A pretty darned good Spring-in-books for me!

What were your best reads this spring?