Huge sad face here! After the fantastic and amazing month of reading I had in July with having read twelve books, including two novellas, I unfortunately only read six books this book. However, regardless of the number of books I read this month, I read some pretty fantastic books. Of course I read YA books, including both sci-fi and realistic fiction, as well as a non-YA psychological thriller novel. I FINALLY decided to read the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and she has now become my new favorite YA author as of right now. I heard about it last year, but I was hesitant, as I stated in my reviews, but I sucked it up, and decided to buy the special collectors edition including Lux: Beginnings (includes Obsidian (Lux #1) and Onyx (Lux #2)) and Lux Consequences (include Opal (Lux #3). I also read the novel Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn. I read her novel Gone Girl back in July after finding out it was going to be made into a movie. I really enjoyed Gone Girl, so I figured that I should try another one of her books. Sharp Objects is another fantastic novel by Gillian Flynn that really displays how disturbing people can be. The other realistic fiction novel that I read was Small Circle (Stories from Foster & Allan #1) by the INCREDIBLE indie author Megan Duke. I really cannot thank her enough for writing this novel. It should be placed at the top of the list for coming of age stories. I gave these either 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars. Lastly I “read” The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. When I say “read”, I don’t mean that I even finished the book. I was able to read half of this book but I had to put it down. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I gave it 2 stars because the concept had promise, but it just didn’t hook me like most books have done in the past.
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
Lux: Beginnings Obsidian (Lux #1) and Onyx (Lux #2)
Lux Consequences (include Opal (Lux #3)
Small Circle (Stories from Foster & Allan #1) by the INCREDIBLE indie author Megan Duke
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
I am currently reading Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout as well as Ignite (Ignite #1) by Lily Paradis which was sent to me after signing up for her promo blog tour for this book. And all I can say is that I am enjoying this book very much!
I will also be continuing with my 10 books in 12 days challenge books, for the month of September, because I CLEARLY did not read all the books I said I would read for the challenge.. FAIL!
Those books are:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Opal (Lux #3) and Origin (Lux #4)
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dasher
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dasher
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wow. What an unbelievably disturbing book! This is the second book by Gillian Flynn that I’ve read, Gone Girl being the first. Gillian Flynn continues to write where you think you know who the characters are but you really don’t. I couldn’t exactly relate to any characters, which I typically do enjoy about reading, but there was something dark and twisted with many characters that they had me hooked into trying to figure out more about them. This book is a little slow at first, but I liked the plot in how the suspense was building up. I liked how there wasn’t just one character that had something to hide, which made it hard to figure out who harmed the two girls in the story. I really enjoyed this book (no matter how disturbing it may be) and I have become a huge fan of Gillian Flynns writing and I look forward to getting her book Dark Places. I would recommend this book of course to other fans of Gillian Flynn who haven’t read this book, as well as those who love thrilling suspenseful and dark and twisted books!
What a FANTASTIC month of reading I had! I read mostly YA (of course), but I also dipped my reading feet into the NA genre, as well as a psychological thriller genre. All the books that I had the pleasure of reading this month were incredible and were given either 4.5/5 stars out of 5. A few books that I also read included some e-book novellas. Please check out my reviews of each of these amazing books in the links below! I’m looking forward to whats in store for my next month of reading (aka, FINALLY getting to read the Lux series: Beginnings and Consequences).
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion (The Whispers of the Fallen #2) by JD Netto
Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Created (Talented Saga #4) by Sophie Davis
Captivated (Talented Saga, #3.5) by Sophie Davis
Hunted (Talented Saga #3) by Sophie Davis
Caged (Talented Saga #2) by Sophie Davis
Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis
“I’m in a foreign land, trying to explain myself, trying to make myself known. Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood.” Pg. 29 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am completely blown away by this psychological thriller! This is the first non YA/NA book that I have ever read. I found out about this book after hearing that it was going to be made into a movie. I surprisingly hadn’t heard anything about this book before, but I thought I’d give it a try. And boy was I glad! When I first started the book, I was a little unsure of the direction of where things were going (beginning with Nick’s point of view). However, once I got to the next “chapter” I was intrigued, because it switched to Amy’s perspective. Lately, I have been very interested in books that writes from different perspectives. Gillian Flynn writes this thriller in such a unique way, not only writing from the two characters perspectives, but seeming to write Nick perspective in the present and Amy’s through the past in a diary.
You are absolutely kept on the edge of your seat throughout this novel. As you read, you think that you know a character, but then you are thrown completely off. This novel truly delves into the idea of not really knowing who someone is and what they are about. This was such an intense, dysfunctional, and psychologically thrilling novel and I absolutely recommend anyone to read this novel. I look forward to reading Gillian Flynn’s other novels!
Happy Reading! (or at least good luck when reading this novel)