Recently Read #18 | July & August

Recently Read #18 | July & August

I've decided that i really want to try and read all the books that are currently in my TBR box and on my Kindle so I'm going to try really hard not to buy anymore and read through the ones i have. July was a terrible reading month for me as i only read a total of two books but i feel like i really made up for it in August!



Recently Read #18 | July & August

Wonder by R.J Palacio
It took me a while to get into this book which is why i only got through two books during July. It's about August who was born with severe facial deformities and is suddenly forced into starting school after being home schooled most of his life. It was interesting hearing his perspective on what it was like living with a deformity; the way he feels and how other peoples reactions to him make him feel as well. I also really liked how it switched perspective every couple of chapters too. It wasn't the most amazing book I've ever read, it felt like it was aimed at quite a younger audience but it was a nice story.
Rating: 3/5

Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler
I found this book quite frustrating to be honest; it's told from two strangers perspectives - Alice, who's father has just died and is feeling lost and Daniel, a homeless man looking for his daughter. You figure out the story pretty quickly and i think it could have been really good, but it took so long to build up that it was just a bit boring. The ending was also really anti climatic, i understand why it played out the way it did but it really annoyed me especially because id spent time reading this book, that was starting to bore me and well it just wasn't worth the ending.
Rating: 2/5

Recently Read #18 | July & August

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I was curious to read this after hearing Amy Jane Alice rave about it so much, so when it was on offer on my kindle i decided to give it a go. Scarlett and Tella have never left the tiny island where they live with their powerful and abusive father. Scarlett's long dreamt of an invitation to attend Caraval and it finally comes true. Upon arrival Tella is kidnapped by Legend and whoever finds her first is the winner - Scarlett has five days before Tella disappears forever. I don't think I've explained that very well but that's the best way i can describe it without giving away too much. Caraval is basically one big game, full of magic and illusion and you can't really trust what's real and what's not. I did find Scarlett to be quite irritating at times but other than that, I really enjoyed this book, it was nothing like i expected and whenever i thought I'd figured out the plot, it took a completely unexpected turn so it constantly kept me guessing - i really like how unpredictable it was.
Rating: 4/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum
This is a children's classic that up until now I'd never read before. I'm sure your familiar with the story but it's about Dorothy who winds up in Oz after a hurricane struck Kansas. Desperate to get home, she seeks the help from the Wizard of Oz and gains some new friends along the way. I've seen the film many times but there's actually a lot of things that happen in the book that didn't happen in the film - i don't really know why that surprised me because that's often the case. It was a good book, easy to read but you could tell it was children's book because of how often somethings where repeated.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #18 | July & August

The IT Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
I've had this in my TBR box for ages, i actually don't remember why or even where i got it from. It's a spin off from the Gossip Girl Series but focuses on Jenny Humphrey as she goes to Boarding School. It's very typical high school/boarding school kind of story with bitchy girls and trouble and of course, in true Gossip Girl fashion it's very extreme. It was an okay book, pretty easy to read but I'm not sure if I'm going to be bothering with the rest of the series.
Rating: 3/5

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Again, another book that was in my TBR box (I'm trying really hard to read all the books in there) and i read the first book in this series at the start of the year and it was okay. This was pretty much the same as that, just a continuation of the story following the girls at Gallagher Academy. You can tell this is aimed at a much younger audience with the way its written and i think if i was a lot younger, i probably would have adored this series. It's a cute story, easy to read but nothing groundbreaking and i probably won't be reading any more in this series.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #18 | July & August

After Tuesday by Renee Ericson
I can't quite decide what i think of this book, it started off really well but then i feel like it kind of got lost - there is some really good and strong themes in this book, which is amazing but i almost feel like the story didn't really blend them well together and it almost went from one extreme to the other. Ruby has spent the past two years alone, depending on herself and hiding the truth about her family issues. Until she captures the attention of Brent, slowly learning to love life and trusting others - Ruby still struggles with letting people fully in and opening herself up knowing the possibility she could end up disappointed. It was mostly the relationship with Brent that bothered me in this book rather than the storyline with her father, their relationship was just really rushed and a bit far fetched - the ending also really wound me up. This is actually the first book in a series and i honestly don't know if I'm going to carry on with it.
Rating: 3/5

Natalie xx

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