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

Happy Release Day! // Under the Dusty Moon ARC Review/Discussion

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So I won an ARC of this book from the author during a twitter giveaway and I read like a fiend to finish it so I could get a review up on the day it came out. Success!

Happy release day to Under the Dusty Moon and enjoy my review!


Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland 

Publisher: Dundurn Press

Publication Date: January 23th, 2015

Page Number: 272

Format Read: Paperback (ARC)


Goodreads Synopsis:

She’s with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria Mahler is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up under mysterious circumstances, but, after years spent off the road being a mom, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

When an offer to tour Japan falls into her mom’s lap, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her distant grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Fortunately, a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers save the season, and Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.

But when Micky finally comes home — with a poorly chosen boyfriend in tow — all bets are off. Will Vic be able to maintain her newfound sense of self amidst the building thunder of Micky’s second chance at stardom? And through it all, will Micky still really be her best friend?

Review:

This book was a highly enjoyable read and I totally understood where Vic’s anger was coming from, going through the same teenage phase as she.

The writing was easy to read and I flew through the book.

About halfway I began to wonder when a conflict would really be present because though the synopsis makes it sound like there’s going to be this big problem, there really isn’t one.

Because of this I thought the plot was a little lacking. The plot was very contemporary-ish and really the whole book just felt like I turned to a diary entry of Vic’s because it really did feel like just one chapter of Vic’s life (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing)

I did have a problem that Shaun smoked…and that he influenced Vic to smoke. The goody goody in me was screaming ‘no!’ whenever anything about pot or smoke came up.

Like when Vic was describing how she liked Shaun…and the way his clothes smelled like pot sometimes! What!? How is that a turn on!?

I did love how close Mickey and Vic were and what was the point of Ken? Really, the only purpose he served was to drive a wedge between Mickey and Vic.

I did love that Shaun never pressured Vic to have sex and that Vic was very firm whenever she went over that she would not have sex with him. That was very mature of her.

Discussion: 

Vic’s family situation could not be more different from my own. If I ever said a curse word or said shut-up to my mother, I would get slapped. That is not how you talk to your mother. I suppose the reason Vic did was because her mother and her are more like best friends I guess, but still.

It was also strange seeing from the point of view of a girl my age that has so much freedom. It’s summer time and Vic could bike anywhere she wants. Of course, the town she lives in is very different from my own.

But Vic and her mom don’t own a car and they take a street car to get to places…mind blown. And when Vic went to her gran’s house and could just leave whenever she wanted and had her own money to spend…

Vic just seems so much more independent than I could ever be.

I’m just waiting for a car next year for my birthday so I could finally have a life outside of sitting home and doing homework.

Verdict:

A different kind of book that gives teens a different perspective on how other teens live. Though the band aspect was cool, there was also character diversity and a sense of adventure. Overall a quick enjoyable read.

My Rating:

Despite the personal problems I had with this book, I cannot deny that it was fun to read so 4 out of 5 stars it is.


Have you read this book?! Probably not since it just came out today in Canada, but I highly recommend you to read it when you need a quick pick me up.

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser