Recently Read #21 | December & January

Recently Read #21 | December & January



Recently Read #21 | December & January

December wasn't as successful in terms of reading as i would have like, i only managed to finish one book and officially gave up trying to read another.

How Not To Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern
This wasn't the easiest book to get into but after a couple of chapters it had me gripped. It follows Christine and Adam who are thrown together when Christine finds Adam about to jump off the Halfpenny Bridge. Out of desperation, she makes him a deal - two weeks to teach him how to fall in love with his own life. Some of the plot lines are quite predictable but it was really interesting to read and all the reasons that Adam had for wanting to take his own life was interesting to see how he overcame them. At first some of the reasons kind of make you think he's overreacting but then theres so many other things that you can kind of understand why it all got too much for him. I honestly really enjoyed reading this book, it was easy to read and i really like Cecelia Ahern's writing style.
Rating: 4/5

Grey by E.L James
I've been reading this on and off for over a year - I've read the original Fifty Shades trilogy so i thought this would be an easy read to get through because i already know the story. I really disliked reading this book - the fifty shades trilogy wasn't my favourite to read to begin with but it was enjoyable enough however, from Christian Grey's perspective i found it quite disturbing to read, the was he described Ana was more obsessive and predator like than the 'love' story portrayed in the normal trilogy. I only made it half way through this book and decided i didn't want to read it anymore.
Rating: DNF

Recently Read #21 | December & January

January has been a really good reading month for me; i don't know why but I've just found myself  flying through books. I read a total of 6 books during January, so lets hope i continue with that throughout the rest of the year.

Sweetfreak by Sophie Mckenzie
This was a bit on the childish side and the story was quite predictable - i kept figuring out the story line before it happened which i don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever, Then Amelia starts being trolled and sent abuse by Sweetfreak - a hateful online account and Carey is accused of being behind it all. When she's shunned by her friends and Amelia and no one believes her innocence, Carey's determined to find out whose behind it all. My curiosity to find out what happened is the main thing that kept me reading and as i mentioned i found myself predicting the story quite easily along the way but it was an interesting and easy read.
Rating: 3/5

The Truth About Ellen by Sarah Louise Smith
I was curious to read more books by Sarah Louise Smith after loving Unrequited Alice but i have to say, i was really disappointed with this book. It follows Ellen who starts dating Tom, a former member of the band she spent her teen years obsessing over, neglecting to tell him that she was such a huge fan or that she once spent the evening with his ex-band mate/ex-best mate Jasper. Ellen thinks she has nothing to worry about, the past is the past - that is until Jasper and Tom get back in touch and the truth threatens to ruin everything. So much about this book just annoyed me; for one, everything could have been avoided if she'd just been truthful not to mention, Ellen and Tom's relationship moves so fast. They go from a fling, to lovers to living together withing such a short space of time, i know some people do move quickly but this just felt a bit unrealistic. The ending also really annoyed me. I really like Sarah's writing style, her books are so easy to read but this one was just a little disappointing.
Rating: 2/5

Recently Read #21 | December & January

Soulmates by Holly Bourne
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this book - it has all the things i usually love in a cheesy, contemporary chick lit book but it was just a bit weird. After a chance meeting, Poppy and Noah find themselves in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they've ever experienced before. This aspect of the story i like, it was cute and soppy and they built the relationship up nicely but then there was a chapter thrown in every now and again from the perspective of a secret agency who are preparing to separate them. It's the idea that soul mates exist but very rarely find each other, but when they do its chaotic, stormy and literally causes the end of the world. This is a story i could have got on board with but it just wasn't executed very well - the chapters from the secret agency were just randomly thrown in without any build up or context, at first i had absolutely no idea what was going on. I also find the fact that a random agency are watching two teenagers a bit weird.
Rating: 2/5

A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij
This is the first book in the Broken Dreams series but also a companion/novella to another series by the same author - i know, i was confused too. Its told from the perspective of two characters - Emilia who wants to spend the summer perfecting her ballet, searching for her birth parents and who fancies Nick and from Nick, who also fancies Emilia but is best friends with her brother Roberto so she's off limits. I'm not really sure how to describe it without it sounds really bad, it's very much a forbidden love kind of story but instead they agree to end it, at the end of the summer and all the while Nick helps Emilia search for her birth parents. It was kind of cheesy and predictable and I'm probably not going to be carrying on with the rest of the series but it was only 125 pages and it was pretty easy to read.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #21 | December & January

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker
I randomly downloaded this from free onto my kindle because it sounded interesting - i honestly didn't expect much from this book but it was so good, i read the majority of it within one sitting. Mattie is a foster kid, she was almost murdered by her mother and since then grown up with the ability to see ghosts. Her usual action is to just ignore them, that is until she sees the ghost of her foster sister Sally - everyone assumes she's ran away but Mattie knows the truth, she's been murdered. Going against her judgement Mattie teams up with Officer Dan to discover the truth. This book had me gripped - it was like reading an episode of Law & Order: SVU and it just kept me guessing - i loved the build up of the friendship between Mattie and Dan, i loved that it didn't make it a romantic love story like it could have, instead it focused on the mystery and concentrated on giving Mattie someone she could rely on and trust. The mystery itself was intense and i would not have predicted that ending. This book is actually a series and i definitely want to get my hands on the next book as i enjoyed this way more than i expected.
Rating: 4/5

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I've had this in my TBR box for ages but never seemed to get round to picking up, but a blogger i follow on Instagram was raving about how much she couldn't put it down so i finally decided to give it ago. It follows Don Tillman; a professor of genetics, who has never been on a second date and is on a quest to find out if he is capable of love. It's not as cheesy as you expect it to be as Don has a lot of unusual characteristics that make him different to others - he reminds me a lot of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, very set in his ways and doesn't like to deter from his routine. There's also a lot more to the story than just a man trying to find love. I can't quite decide what i think of this book - i did enjoy it, it was a lovely heart warming story and easy to read but i found that whenever i put the book down i didn't reach for it for days, I enjoyed the story but i wasn't so invested that i couldn't put it down.
Rating: 3/5

What have you been reading recently?
Natalie xx

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