Wrap Up: August 2017

1. PathFinder by Angie Sage

This book was very slow and long winded if I'm being honest. The friendships and family aspects were really nice but otherwise this was a book about the adventures of a 12 year old which I found a little unrealistic. Not just because she was 12 but everything that happened to her was very convenient. There were very little barriers. Everything magically worked out so that's why for me it was just boring. I don't like sad books but I find it hard to believe that nothing really went terribly wrong. I also began to skim read this towards the end so I could just get it over and done with. 

Rating: 2.5/5

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This is the first Audiobook I have ever listened to. And though it's not my favourite method of reading. I knew I needed to give my eyes some rest. It's been a while since I've read the half-blood prince and I have to say it's on par with my favourite book, Prisoner of Askaban which is saying a lot. This is full of action and character discovery. But that ending though.

Rating: 5/5

3. Tales of Beedle the Bard

The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous. These stories were short and sweet but I think Dumbledore's notes were unnecessarily long. I would have preferred more stories but it was still a very enjoyable read. This world is amazing and I'm so happy when reading anything from this world. The only reason this is getting a 4 instead of a 5 is because I just wanted more stories.

Rating: 4/5

4. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I really didn't enjoy this book. This story is highly dialogue driven. Alice, the main character, honestly frustrated me. She was so inconsiderate and highly unaware of her surroundings, that it rubbed me the wrong way.  For example she was talking to a bird and other animals about how her cat catches and eats birds and then wonders why everyone is so sensitive. When she is more sensitive then all of them put together. Also the random break out of verses made no sense to me. So all in all I didn't not enjoy this book. 

Rating: 1/5

5. New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson

This book was so good. This is a YA dystopian. The major mindset is kill or be killed in order to survive. Our main character Pheonix is such a strong female character both physically and mentally. She goes through a lot of changes and grows up a lot having been left alone most of her life. I can't help but admire her and I just loved the action and the "politics". It made for a very quick and enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend giving this a read. 

Rating: 4/5

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

One of my favourite books this year. I went into this with a little hesitation. Not going to lie. The buzz this has been getting is insane but for good reason. While the subject matter is important especially since there are people who still experience racism, the writing and the characters themselves were done so well done. And those Harry Potter references ;) haha.

Rating: 5/5

7. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

I bought this not knowing anything about it and what a pleasant surprise it was. This is a book about adventure, travel, suffering, love and everything in between. The writing was very colourful and descriptive and I really enjoyed escaping to this world. It is slow to begin with but it picks up a quarter of the way through. I don't want to go into the synopsis too much because I think going into books not knowing is the best way. I will say that cover though!!!!
Rating: 4/5

8. Twisted by Amanda Hocking

This is a hard one to review. When I read the synopsis I expected Twisted to be more action packed however I'm disappointed to say the story line was mainly about the romance which is not a bad thing but the romance just wasn't that impressive.  The love interest had some sort of split personality. One second he was warm and loving next minute he was cold as ice. The more books I read the more I dislike characters who have 180° personalities. Aside from the romance the plot in general didn't move. There was a lot of info dumping. I'm on the fence on whether I continue the series or not :/ 

Rating: 2.5/5

9. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Honestly I'm very disappointed with this first book. I actually think the action/obstacles was a bit of an overkill. The story was unnecessarily long and just got really boring, it wasn't until the end that my interest kind of peaked. The main characters were decent but nothing overly unique. The concept of Camp Half Blood was awesome. I liked the idea of a place where people with similar backgrounds could come together. Maybe if I read this when I was younger I would have like it more however overall this book was just average. 

Rating: 2.5/5

What was your favourite book you read in August?

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