JANUARY WRAP UP
January is finally over after what feels like 679 days! I actually managed to read 10 books last month & as much as I highly doubt I’ll be able to keep that up I am hoping to start sharing the books I do manage to read each month. I love reading these sorts of posts although they do tend to lead me straight onto Amazon ordering more books!
“She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister. Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right.”
I absolutely loved this book!!! It is quite dark and heartbreaking, but you can’t help but fall in love. I don’t really agree with this being categorized as a YA novel as it covers quite disturbing topics. One thing I will say is that this story definitely has a moral behind it – which confuses you into swaying from “this is so wrong, what are they doing?!” – to rooting for them to be together & happy. The ending was really not what I was expecting and I was a ugly crying mess. I rated this book four stars.
2.TARNISHED CROWN (THE ROYALS #3.5)//ERIN WATT
“Two years ago, one mistake cost Gideon Royal the girl of his dreams. Since then he’s become jaded and stoic, caught in a spiral that has him dealing with blackmail, heartache and loss. When he left for college, he hoped to start over. But fate has other ideas, placing Savannah Montgomery in his path again. Savannah believes there’s no coming back from Gideon’s betrayal.
He thinks she’s wrong. Forgiveness. Hope. Redemption. Gideon has vowed to win back the only girl who owns his heart. And when a Royal makes a promise, he’ll go to the ends of the earth to keep it.”
I am a huge fan of The Royals book series and this was a good filler novella. It wasn’t my favourite but it did give you a little back story & it has satisfied my love for the series until the next full length book comes out. I HIGHLY recommend this series if you enjoy love/hate relationships, sexual tension and swoon worthy male leads. I gave this three stars.
3.YOU KNOW ME WELL//NINA LACOUR & DAVID LEVITHAN
“Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.”
This was such a short & sweet book, really easy to get into & super quick to read. I love reading about people’s first loves & blossoming friendships. With this book you get two LGBT stories in one & I loved them both. I gave this three stars.
4.ONE SMALL THING\\ERIN WATT
“A sensationally gripping new novel about a girl falling for the one boy she should never have met… Their secret could tear everything apart…
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Trapped at home by her over-bearing parents Beth needs to get out. So when she sneaks out to a party and meets the boy everyone’s been talking about she’s shocked by their instant connection, and the part he played in her sister’s death. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings become. Beth has a choice to make – follow the rules, or risk ruining what she cares about most.
As I’ve mentioned I am huge Erin Watt fan, I love their story telling & they write amazing characters (Erin Watt is a pen name for two female authors who co-write together) and this didn’t disappoint! I actually run a Instagram book club and this was our January book of the month! As much as I felt the book was a little rushed towards the end, I did love the underlining message which is to find one small thing in every single day. I gave this four stars.
5.180 SECONDS//JESSICA PARK
“Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.”
I am a sucker for a sweet romance, contemporary book and this hit all those points, however there was a much deeper message behind the book & it was also really heart wrenching towards the end. You are really rooting for the main character and for her to get her happy ending. I gave this three stars.
6.ONE OF US IS LYING//KAREN.M.MCMANUS
“On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?”
I had this book on my TBR for so long & i’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. I was intrigued from the first page & the characters were so amazingly well written. I did love the mystery aspect & it kept me guessing until the last minute, but I was slightly disappointed with the conclusion, I was hoping for a bit of a shock factor. I gave this book four stars.
7.FIVE FEET APART//RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT
“Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.
The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.”
I ordered this book after hearing it was going to be made into a movie & the synopsis really intrigued me! I really, really enjoyed it & it also opened my eyes a little more to the world of Cystic Fibrosis. I loved the slow burning romance aspect & the friendship between characters. I’m really intrigued for the film, which stars Cole Sprouse as the male lead! I gave this four stars.
8.CHECK, PLEASE! #HOCKEY VOL.1//NGOZI UKAZA
“Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.”
This is my first graphic novel of the year & I absolutely loved it! It was funny, light hearted, incredibly sweet & yet another LGBT story. I can’t wait for the next volume! I gave this five stars.
9.THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE (THRONE OF GLASS NOVELLA)//SARAH.J.MAAS
“Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.”
I have been reading to mean this for about a year, after my lovely friend Alex sent it to me but I really struggled to get into it at first, however this month I persevered and couldn’t put it down!! Alex advised me to read the novellas before I start the Throne Of Glass series & I already can’t wait to read the rest! I gave this 4.5 stars.
10.SAY SOMETHING//CATHY MORRISON*
“Sometimes the most difficult choice is the only one you can make. Maggie knows the abuse she endured as a little girl isn’t all that defines her. She’s a strong student, varsity athlete, good person—but she’s careful not to let anyone close. Because letting someone in means risking the truth. And the truth didn’t work so well for her the first time.
Now there’s this great guy. He likes her. He makes her think that maybe, just maybe, she could be normal. She could be happy. Just when things are getting good, the man who abused her barrels back into her life, and she discovers that another little girl is in danger. She can continue to hide her past—or confront it and risk her hard-won happiness.
She can say something.
This book covers some really serious & upsetting subjects but it is so important to read! I like how the romance was the focus at the beginning of the book but then it became all about Maggie’s journey reporting her abuser. *I was gifted this book by NetGalley in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own! I gave this 4 stars.
I’d love to know what you read this month? Have you read any of these books?