March Wrap Up – 2017

I would love to say that I succeeded in my first ever Month TBR prediction for the month of March, but sadly March was a slow month for me. I had originally wanted to read 5 books, but only thinking I would manage to read 4 of them, but I only actually successfully read 3 of my chosen books, which were the three of the smallest of the books, plus an additional which was an audiobook. I have already posted my reviews for each of these books, so I will be posting the book, the details, a link to my review and providing a description of what each of these books are about. So which books did I read?

To Die ForTo Die For by Alice Clark-Platts is a Short Story that I downloaded and listened to thanks to Audible. This is particular story was read by Rachel Bavidge.

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Inspector Martin is called to the scene the next. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy’s life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.”

 

Glass Sword ReviewThe first physical book I read this month was Glass Sword (Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard. This is the sequel to Red Queen and comes before the recently released, King’s Cage (Book 3).

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

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I also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart this month, which was definitely the book that took me the most by surprise this month, out of them all.

“We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide.“

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This is the last book that I read during the month of March and it is the book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway! The last book I read during March was an Uncorrected Proof copy of Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer.

“Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .”

That sums up my reading and audio month of March. So that’s been my first TBR and first Wrap Up posts and they weren’t as bad as I was expecting, except for the disappointment of not meeting my March TBR list. Maybe my April TBR will be better and it is definitely something I want to keep doing.

What books have you been reading lately?

Book Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

wp-1488929385768.jpegA beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

I went into reading this book, completely and utterly oblivious to what this book was about whatsoever! All I knew was the title and that I had seen it popping up here and again, so I wanted to see why this book was so popular. Sometimes, I love to just dive into a book that I have no idea what it’s about. I haven’t read the description, any reviews, nothing. Just taking the cover and the title and going for it. Have you ever done that? Because that’s exactly what I did when it came to this book and I will admit that it was different to what I was expecting. Honestly, I don’t really know what I was expecting if I’m being honest.

I will admit that there were parts of this book that were a little bit blah when I was reading it. It felt like I was reading some ramblings or something and I wasn’t that keen to keep reading. It felt like a chore, which is sad because it’s only a short book, at about 200 odd pages. But then I didn’t want to put the book down and I became engrossed and felt as though I was involved in the mystery of the story. I wanted to discover the truth, just like Cady. But believe me, I was completely shocked by what I discovered towards the end of the book. That kind of ending is either cleverly or poorly executed, in order to surprise the reader and I was completely surprised and I think in this case it was cleverly done. I felt so stupid for not realising and uncovering the truth for myself, because once I knew, parts were obviously hinted at. It’s now making me want to re-read the book again, as soon as I finished it tbh, to see if I can now see the plot better and spot what so clearly put in place for the readers, especially knowing what I now know. But also to see all the ways to see where the author tried to trick the reader, seeing if I can spot any inconsistencies.

I don’t want to give too much away when it comes to this book, because I am glad that I went into it completely blind. The less you know the better. There is something that did irritate me and I’m am stilling questioning as I’m typing up this review, but that may cause a spoiler. But props to this book as not many surprised me and get me like this book did, which is why I’m giving it four stars out of five! So if you want to read a Young Adult, Contemporary book with a lot of Mystery, then give this book a read. Plus, it’s a quick read with only 227 pages.

4 Stars

To Be Read: March 2017

This is my first ever TBR list for a month, where I decide in advance which books I hopefully will be reading during the month of March. Some months are better than others for me, as I do suffer with Chronic Migraines, but I’m going to be good with the books with the books I choose and in what I’m planning to read during this month. If I put my list up here, it should then encourage me to want to achieve that goal a lot more and then hopefully I will succeed. This may be a more permanent fixture and something I may do every month. Let’s see what books I plan on reading during the month of March:

Glass Sword (Red Queen, Book 2) – Victoria Aveyard 

This is the sequel to Red Queen, which I really enjoyed. I have heard some negative things about this book, regarding how it doesn’t live up to the first one. However, I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long now because of how much I enjoyed the first one and now I’m going to read it and judge it for myself. I have chosen to read it now because I saw that a third book in this series has recently come out (or I’ve recently discovered anyway lol) and I want to be up to date with the series. After all, what I like and what somebody else likes may be completely different. I have already started reading this and I am enjoying it, although there are point where I’m thinking are repetitive. I’m not going to give a description of the book as it’s a sequel of the first book and may spoil the first book for those who haven’t read it. What I will say is that it follows on, continuing the story from where the first book finished.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling 

This is the third book in the Harry Potter series, which I am currently in the middle of re-reading. I only read this particular book for the first time ever last year, I know it’s embarrassing, so this is the book I remember the most and actually enjoyed the most out of the whole series. I am still going to ‘re read it as part of my plan to actually re-read the whole series and to read the series in the correct order for the first time. I have already done the first two books during February, although I’m unsure if I’ve posted both reviews, so this book definitely has to be in my March TBR. 

“When the KNIGHT BUS crashes through the darkness and SCREECHES to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at HOGWARTS for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, ESCAPED mass-murderer and follower of LORD VOLDEMORT, is on the RUN – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever DIVINATION class, Professor Trelawney sees and OMEN of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most TERRIFYING of all are the DEMENTORS patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking KISS…” 

Spontaneous – Aaron Starmer 

I recently won an Uncorrected Proof Copy version of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway that I had entered into and was lucky enough to win. This book actually sounds really good and am so excited to read this book because of its description and its premise that I am slotting it in between my Harry Potter books, maybe giving me the break from the series. But what I know is that I’m really excited to read this book! 

Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is? 

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worse thing you can do. . .”

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart 

I have heard some great things about several of the books written by this author, but I haven’t actually read any of them myself. I did buy this book a while ago with the intention of reading it straight away, as this was one I’ve seen some good reviews about, before indulging in more books by this author. I’ve never actually got round to reading it and I don’t know why because it’s not that big of a book. So I thought I would give it read this month. 

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling 

I have added this book to my TBR for the month of March, making my list a little ambushes for the month, considering its already over a week into March already. This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, as I am trying to work my way through this series in the correct order and close to each other. Thinking back on it, this may have been the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read, so this book means something to me so I’m so excited to read this book. But whether I get to, read and finish this book during March will be the question. 

The TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry DREAMING that he will WIN the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes it selection, Harry is AMAZED to find his name is one of those that the MAGICAL cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, DRAGONS, and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – ALIVE!” 

So those are the books that I plan on reading during the month of March 😀 and hopefully I will be successful. What are the books that you plan on reading during March?