I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great New Years!
For those of you who may have been wondering where my monthly wrap ups have disappeared to since my last one in July, you haven’t missed much. I read a little in the beginning of August, but I fell into a rather long book slump towards the middle where I just couldn’t find the motivation to actually finish anything. Combining that with computer troubles (hence the incredibly sporadic blog updates) and life in general, I haven’t really read much since then.
Thankfully, the end of November seemed to find me pulling out of that slump, and I managed to get through 9 books in December.
1. 172 Hours on the Moon, by Johan Harstad
The first thing I picked up in December was 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and since I’ve been in a pretty considerable reading slump since August, I decided to pick it up.
I think the most relatable review I’ve read is this: “I don’t know how I feel about this book.” Honestly, neither do I. I did a slightly more in-depth review earlier in the month, which can be found by clicking on the book’s picture above.
I generally lean towards 3 stars when I think about this book, but due to the ending I gave it 3.5.
1. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
I really enjoyed this book! I definitely had a few problems with it, but for the most part they were minor and overall it was a fun and enjoyable read.
I gave this book a solid 4 stars.
3. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Graceling was my re-read for the month. I absolutely love Cashore’s characters, especially Katsa and Po, and the relationships between them. This story was just as wonderful the second time.
4.5 – 5 stars.
4. Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick
I debated doing a full review on this book, but then decided that I just didn’t have enough to say. While it was an enjoyable enough read, the writing was nice, and it was the type of book I found easy to fly through (I read it in two hours), nothing particularly grabbed me.
I gave this book 3 stars.
5. The Eternal Ones, by Kirsten Miller
Most of what I have to say about this book I mentioned in my full review, which can be found by clicking the picture above.
This book received a 2 star rating on Goodreads.
6. Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken
After having read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy and loving it, I knew I also had to pick up her earlier novel.
Overall, I enjoyed it. You could definitely tell that it was her debut novel, and I think that in her defense trying to make your novel an epic fantasy in 350 pages is incredibly difficult to do anyway. The story was slow at times, and jumpy at others. There were scenes I wish we had been able to see, and not just heard about second-hand after the fact (fighting a dragon? Sign me up!). However, for what it was I think that Brightly Woven did a decent job. Although there were some questions I definitely wanted answered at the end, for the most part it left me satisfied.
I gave this book 3 stars.
7. Reboot, by Amy Tintera
This book was a lot of fun! I know it has some mixed reviews, but personally I enjoyed it. There were a couple of times when the writing seemed a little rushed and the whole ‘girl works for organization until boy comes along and shows her another way’ trope is a little overdone, but overall I really liked the characters and the idea behind the world. I liked that although this is a duology, Tintera still wrapped it up nicely at the end, so it could be read as a standalone if you wished.
4 stars. (You go, Glenn Coco)
8. Rebel, by Amy Tintera
I liked the way this duology was wrapped up, and I thought Tintera did a good job with keeping in with the true spirit of what a sequel should be: something that adds to the story in a way that doesn’t feel forced or unnecessary. I liked the character development, and thought it was interesting to see the differences between Wren and Callum when faced with more “moral” situations than the first book.
This book also received 4 stars.
9. Fire, by Kristin Cashore
After re-reading Graceling earlier in the month, I found myself in the mood to continue my reread of the series and picked up Fire. As with the first time I read it I had a couple of issues with it, but for the most part it was an enjoyable enough read.
I gave this book 3.5 – 4 stars.
So that’s my December Wrap-Up! Overall I enjoyed most of the books I read this month, and I’m excited to see how my reading in 2015 progresses.
What books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!