Books I Read (Part 3)

Back to my long list of books read over my blogging hiatus. I will work on reviewing all of these books, but I’m realizing that it will be quite the project :). Let me know if you see a book you would like reviewed first!

 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma  ★★★★

This was a beautifully written, haunting book. Told through alternating points of view from Amber and Violet, The Walls Around Us paints a story of friendship and betrayal mixed in with some seriously disturbing scenes. While I was slightly let down by the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Suma’s writing and am looking forward to picking up another one of her books.

Replica by Lauren Oliver ★★★

Replica seemed like such a unique concept with the two stories in one and clones on a mysterious island. Unfortunately, the two different stories just seemed like a book with different points of view- I alternated chapters and I think it would have been quite tedious to read on story then the other. Both of the characters fell flat for me and the climax was anticlimactic. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed the writing and the concept was unique.

 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ★★

I was looking for a good thriller but was extremely disappointed by this boring thriller. The mystery was revealed early on and I had a hard time sympathizing with any of the characters. I suppose I should have been surprised for the last twist, but it felt so….expected and yet ridiculous at the same time.

Storm Siren by Mary Weber ★★

Again, another disappointment for me! This was another book that felt like such a typical YA story. Nym is this mysterious elemental with absolutely no explanation of how she exists. She has this attractive new trainer who helps her control her *very powerful* powers and they just luuuurv each other. And the ending, what? I have no desire to pick up the next book anytime soon.

 

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson ★★★

This book was pretty good…and I did really enjoy the format. The story followed twins Noah and Jude, but from different points in their life. Present time is told through Jude’s point of view, and the past is told by Noah. The build up definitely made me want to understand what happened to make these twins to antagonistic to each other and when I did…it was good. Not amazing. I think it was overall a little too slow for me to love!

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ★★★

I’ve been trying to read more LGBTQ books lately and I’m glad I picked this one up! It wasn’t action-packed, or really even overly emotional. It was certainly thought-provoking and Amanda is an honest, likable character. While I wasn’t blown away by this story, I think it is an important story and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray ★★★★★

This book was a winner! From the beautiful cover to the world alternate dimensions, this book blew me away. While I was interested in the overall story of Marguerite delves into the mystery of her father’s death, I was also excited to see what the dimension the Firebird would take her to next. Also, Paul. Paul was great.

Every Day by David Levithan ★★★

This book was well-written and the concept was absolutely interesting, but after I finished it I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. What was the point? I’m still not sure. I had a hard time conceptualizing how someone like A would act if he really did wake up in a different body every day. Overall, just OK for me.

And finally, I am all caught up! Which of these books do you want to see reviewed first? Tell me in the comments!

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