This month I read 10 books and abandoned one.
Here are the books I read, in the order that I read them.
1.) The Web by Megan Chance- I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. This book is the second book in a trilogy. I read the first book and the first book really sucked me in. However, the way that the book is written, with different points of views for each chapter is still a bit confusing. I find some of the plot confusing too. I hated the cliff hanger ending, I still can’t stand Derry and I hope Grace chooses the Fomori.
2.) The Veil by Megan Chance- I gave this three out of five stars on Goodreads. I hated how this book and series ended. I also didn’t like the guy that Grace, the main character chose in the end. While there were some things in the series that I enjoyed, I thought the series was too drawn out.
3.) The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi- I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though the chapters were from the point of view of two different people, the book flowed extremely well. Also, the different points of view were two different stories, however they meshed really well together and weren’t confusing at all. The two different points of views, while different were still extremely similar. I loved Nadia’s writing. I also learned quite a bit about a different culture. I really felt for Rahima, and the things that she had to endure. I can’t wait to read more from Nadia.
4.) The Selection by Kiera Cass- I gave this four out of five stars on Goodreads. After seeing this book all over Booktube, I decided to read it for myself. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. At first there were some things that really annoyed me, but as I kept reading those annoyances went away. There was one character who I absolutely couldn’t stand at all, and that was Celeste.
5.) The Elite by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. For some reason, I didn’t review it on Goodreads. However I really enjoyed the growth and development of the characters in this book.
6.) The One by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved how this book ended. I loved how in the end Celeste and the other elites came together and were finally able to get along.
7.) The Heir by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. At first I couldn’t stand Eadlyn, but I grew to have sympathy for her. she was forced into something that she didn’t want to do and was put under a lot of stress. I saw a lot of growth in her by the end of the book. I can’t wait to read the second book in Eadlyn’s story.
8.) God Help the Child by Toni Morrison- I gave this book three stars for the way the chapters were written. I’m not a fan of when chapters are told from different characters points of views, I feel like books written that way can sometimes disrupt the flow of the story. With that being said I found this book extremely rich and compelling. The subject matter of the book is not something to be taken lightly. I loved how the book ended. and I’m not going to give it away. I felt that Bride’s story was a little bit sad, because all she wanted was to be loved and accepted by her own mother. I can’t say that her mother (Sweetness) never loved her, she just never showed it in a way that she should have.
9.) The Giver by Lois Lowry- I gave this five out of five stars. I first read this book in seventh grade and didn’t really understand it. After reading it again, I understand it a lot more. I think after receiving memories from the Giver, Jonas wanted more out of life and something different from the safety, comfort and sameness that he was used too. I also feel that in a way, by going elsewhere, Jonas was saving himself from a life of lies that he had been fed from his family and community.
10.) Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. This book was definitely out of my comfort zone in terms of genre. I normally don’t read thrillers or suspense novels. I loved this book. It was full of intrigue, excitement and secrets. Eventually those secrets are uncovered. There were some events that happened in the story that definitely caught me off guard and I was shocked by them. I also really enjoyed that this book didn’t tell, it showed, that’s how descript the writing is. I loved the character growth and development, I especially loved the relationship between Mabel and Galway. I would definitely consider reading this book again, but I would read it in the summer. It’s definitely more of a summer read, rather than a winter read.
Abandoned book: Inamorata by Megan Chance- I got to page 147 of this book and had to give it up. The points of view changing every chapter or every few chapters made this book extremely confusing to read and because of the changing POV’s it didn’t have a good reading flow at all.
There are actually 3 more books that come after The Giver. They are all a little different from each other, but all tie in together. I’d look in to reading them. They are called “Gathering Blue”, “Messenger”, and “Son.”
I know about the other books that follow The Giver, I most likely won’t read them.