January 2016 Wrap Up

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Welcome to my first 2016 wrap up! For me, I would say that it was a successful reading month of 9 books, though according to goodreads, I am one book behind my scheduled goal of 135 for the year…so we’ll see goodreads, we’ll see.


The first book I read was Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire

Even Angels Fall

This book is a heart breaker let me tell you, I gave it a 3.7 out of 5 stars and enjoyed myself more than I thought I would. I do in fact have a review of this one despite my horrible lack of reviews of books I actually did read this month, and you can click here to read that.

Hmm, I think I basically spent this month playing catch up on reviewing books I read in December, but anyways, let’s keep going with this wrap up. (I’m a rambler, what can I say)


I also read The Unidentified Redhead

This is an adult romance as I usually do read at least one per month (Outlander doesn’t count as a guilty pleasure). I was very disappointed with this one and I would say 2.5 stars because some of the words made me uncomfortable and I thought that the main character was very immature.


I finally read the Unbound!

I’m excited for the third book to be finally released! But anyway, this one was so full of intense plot and characters and I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I also have a review up which you can click here to see


I also read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and the Last Dragonslayer

 

These two books are the books for Battle of the Books this year, the other one being Legend by Marie Lu, but I’m not in that round.

Battle of the Books is this cool library competition and every year I predict that I have already read two of the three books chosen, and I’m always right. I already read Legend and Amy and Roger, but I re-read Amy and Roger because it’s been so long.

Amy and Roger is this epic road trip love story and I gave it a 5 out of 5 on goodreads, and the Last Dragonslayer got a 4 out of 5.


I finally read another Robyn Schneider book: The Beginning of Everything

I thought this book was a little slow at times and dragged behind on pacing. Also the end was not satisfying AT ALL. So I’m giving this a 3.5 out of stars.

Same thing with this book. It had a great plot but was slightly boring at times, so 3.5 stars.


So I finally got through this ginormous thing this month! And Drums of Autumn, the next book, just got checked out to me and is even longer! How does Diana come up with enough plot for 9 of these!!?? I’m honestly scared. I’m also seeing a trend. I’ve been reading an outlander book a month. I think this one gets a 4.5 out of stars.


I received an ARC through a Twitter giveaway! Under the Dusty Moon

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This book is out now, and was simply lovely. I did have quite a few things to discuss so you can click here to read my thoughts, but I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars overall.


And those are the books I’ve read this month! What did you read?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. Grease live is in half an hour, and I wasn’t going to watch it because it’s like 3 hours of my time that I could be doing something else, but twitter had made me give in.

I also just realized that the guy who plays Danny was that guy from Les Miserables who I thought was hot, so bonus right there

The Unbound Book Review/Discussion

The Unbound (The Archived, #2)

So after a few months, I have finally read the sequel to the Archived! If you want to read my thoughts on the Archived, I have a review up, and you can click here to see that.

Moving right along though, I liked it, though I didn’t love it.


The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: January 18th 2014

Page Number: 360

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)


Goodreads Synopsis:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

My Thoughts:

For me, this book was sort of a nonchalant read, there was nothing major that happened to make me gasp and cry and whatnot, it was just what it was, a book, a really good book, but it didn’t have the magic ya know?

Discussion:

Ok, I really was kind of confused on what was going on for most of this book and I really thought that Cash was crew for a few chapters and that scared me a lot.

I liked this one a little less than the first one and I don’t have much to say really.

Freaking Agatha. Is there ever a good character named Agatha? She gave me the creeps. As much as I hated the two crew who stalked Mackenzie, I did feel bad when he died though.

When we found out that Wes went to her school I, similar to Mackenzie felt pissed at him, like why didn’t he tell her!? And then when she cut herself I felt so bad for her.

Verdict:

Amazing plot and story line that just needed a bit more spark to qualify as an overall AMAZING book.

My Rating:

Solid 4 out of 5 stars. Like it wasn’t a bad book, but I just wasn’t invested enough to give it a higher rating.


Have you read this? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser