I know everyone is sick of hearing these words but holy hell I cannot believe it is halfway through December! I am even more stoked that I am on holiday – finally – because for a while it seemed as if this year would never draw to a close. Since I’ve been on holiday, I kind of went on a reading binge, trying to catch up now that I have more time on my hands. I’ve read quite a few books already so I figured I’d write about these ones now and post a December Reads part two at the end of the month.
CRESS – MARISSA MEYER: I feel like I took forever to complete this book! Which is weird because it was hands down, the best out of the three! I will admit that it started out pretty slow, but it picked up quite a bit which more than made up for what it lacked in the first half. I am so excited to start Winter – I just know it is going to be an epic read!
UGLY LOVE – COLLEEN HOOVER: I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. Her writing is beautiful and she has a way to make the reader feel every emotion of her characters as if you are living out the plot yourself; and Ugly Love was no exception. Miles Archer’s story tore my heart right out of my chest – I felt numb by this fictional character’s pain. Tate however was the reason I didn’t find this book as good as everything else written by Colleen Hoover – she was such a weak character! Even though Miles’ story left me gasping for air, the book as a whole just didn’t seem like something written by CoHo.
[Ugly Love Blurb]
ARCHER’S VOICE – MIA SHERIDAN: I started reading romance novels again but after going through so many over the years, it is hard to find something that stands out enough to make it to my “favourites” list. Every now and then I stumble upon a book that makes me wish I could erase it from my mind just so that I can re-read it and live the experience all over again. Archer’s Voice is one of those books for me. It had everything I look for in a romance novel – a mysterious male character, a strong heroine and some plot twist. Even though I didn’t give this book 5/5 stars; it was still one of the best romances that I have read this year.
[Archer’s Voice Blurb]
UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT – ABBI GLINES: I have been feeling rather let down by Abbi Glines’ books lately. When I read the synopsis of this book I thought “Wow, this sounds similar to The Sea of Tranquillity!” but then when I actually read it I was so disappointed! The story could have been told so much better in my opinion; and I am so tired of these popular, jock type male characters who I am supposed to believe every single girl needs to have. Snoring!!
[Until Friday Night Blurb]
KICK PUSH – JAY McLEAN: I felt torn when I completed this book because I thought it could have been better. My heart went out to both Josh and Becca for different reasons; but I can’t help thinking that their stories were rushed. I was really looking forward to this one and I hate how disappointing it turned out to be, especially after it ended on a cliff hanger!
[Kick Push Blurb]
THE AIR HE BREATHES – BRITTAINY C. CHERRY: After reading Archer’s Voice I started looking for more books with similar characters, and came across this one. I am so happy that I found it because it was beautifully written, with characters that I fell in love with. Tristan and Elizabeth’s story was one of healing and acceptance; a journey of overcoming pain and loss when it seems unattainable. Even though I found the ‘twist’ to be predictable, this book blew me away and it is another favourite for me this year.
[The Air He Breathes Blurb]
BORDEN – R.J. LEWIS: This book killed me just a little bit inside. Not because of how unbelievably terrible it was; but because it started out SO beautifully! When I began reading Borden I was so excited because I thought that I have once again stumbled upon a hidden gem; boy was I wrong! I will never be able to understand why Lewis felt the need to murder what could have been a stunning romance novel.
GRAYSON’S VOW – MIA SHERIDAN: I have been pleasantly surprised by Mia Sheridan as of late. Her stories have left me feeling like I took a breath of fresh air after my heart was split in two. This book was filled with emotion and intensity but had some cute, light moments thrown in for good measure too; making it a perfect read to pass time.
[Grayson’s Vow Blurb]