Books of the Month: April Edition

Here we are again looking over the books I read in a month. I’m afraid the number is not as impressive as last time’s, but life has a habit of sucking reading time away. Or is that Facebook that does that? Hmm….

Books read this month:

  1. Fable Weaver by Carlie Gernhart
  2. The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  3. Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  4. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Yes, another Haddix month. I mean, when they are all on the shelf together and you’re working through reading all on that shelf it’s kind of unavoidable. But I digress.

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Favorite Book of the Month: Claim to Fame

Why?  I think it was the most well written, and you can really see how Haddix grew as an author when you compare Running out of Time to Claim to Fame.  I also was intrigued by the concept, how she wove the story together, and the character of Lindsey. While this was I think aimed a bit more to YA, it wasn’t so focused on what YA normally is focused on and almost had a bit of a Mid Grade feel. But I actually enjoyed that balance of styles. The character of Lindsey was one of the best MCs of Haddix’s that I have read.

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Running Out of Time

Why? It wasn’t that this book was bad in any way, it was actually a great Mid Grade/almost YA read. But there are some parts that are a little disjointed and felt that they didn’t flow quite as well. Also some telling that I ended up skimming over so I could get back to the action and interesting bits.

A Quick Look at the Other Books: 

Fable Weaver

  • Rating: 3 stars
  • Thoughts: Finally, after seven years of being an OYANer, I have read Fable Weaver! This novel was written by a fellow One Year Adventure Novel student – one of the original live class group – and was published by Clear Water Press as an example of a student’s exceptional work.  For her first novel, Carlie did an incredible job! The story is imaginative, fun, quirky, and emotional.
  • Favorite Moment: Meeting Merlin

The House on the Gulf

  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Thoughts: This novel was actually really really good. It just about tied with Claim to Fame as my favorite of this month. What I really loved about this story was how Haddix really transported me to Florida. I could feel the heat, see the houses, smell the baked goods of the neighbor lady.  And the mystery was really intriguing and took twists I did not expect. Overall this one was a real winner.
  • Favorite Moment: When all the pieces of the puzzle came together and you just sit there in shock and horror at the mess.

And that wraps things up for April! I’m not really sure I’ll have much of an impressive post at all for May. I’ll be lucky to finish the one book I’m into right now.  I’ll be wrapped up in story, but they will be stories of my own creation. May is writing month, and I’m very excited about that. But don’t worry! I’ll come back strong in reading after that.

Did you read any books in April? What was your favorite?

Books of the Month: March Edition

Another month has come and gone, and for my reading life it was very successful! I finished 7 books total (really wanted it to be 8, but the last week of March was threw too many adult responsibilities at me and I didn’t get enough time *harrumphs*).

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  3. Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  4. Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  5. Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  6. Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  7. Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Notice a trend?

For the past couple years I’ve been collecting books by Margaret Peterson Haddix, in particular the Shadow Children series. I read the first book, and wanted to complete the series, but I wanted to own all of them so I could read through them all at once. That time, obviously, finally came.

Favorite Book of the Month: Divergent

Why? See my full post on what I thought of the book here. But in summary, I was just so pleasantly surprised by this book. It drew me in, I had fun, I had not fun when I was supposed to, and I cared for the characters. I just really wanted a good YA Sci-fi Dystopian and this was it.

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Among the Free

Why? I’m honestly so sad to say this, but the last book in this seven book series disappointed me so much.   It was from my favorite character’s perspective, and yet he wasn’t the same character I had learned to love. It was like all the progress and growth he made was gone. He changed in a way I didn’t like and it really effected my enjoyment. But not only that, the ending just…. fell flat. It was too easy. I realize this is a Mid Grade book, but still. I felt cheated.

A Quick Look at the Other Books: 

Among the Imposters

  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Thoughts: By far my favorite book in the series (besides book one). Luke grows so much here, the mystery is great, and the kids act smart. It makes me happy.
  • Favorite Moment: Hard to choose… but I’m going to say when Luke looses his garden. It’s so devastating, and I ached for him. The emotions were perfect in that scene.

Among the Betrayed

  • Rating: 3 stars
  • Thoughts: Not my favorite by far. I really disliked Nina as a character in this book. Later on she became a favorite, but in this book she was very much different and I didn’t like being in her head. The other characters were a mixture of “okay I like these kids” to “gosh stop being jerks” and the whole book I felt myself skimming to just get through all this already.
  • Favorite Moment: When Alia whips out fake ID cards to Nina’s shock.

Among the Barons

  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Thoughts: I loved this book! We’re back in Luke’s mind, he’s so much braver and stronger now. He’s smart. The entire book kept me absorbed and was incredibly interesting. It probably ties in favorite book of the series place for me, come to think of it.
  • Favorite Moment: The final party before the… Big Crash. *whispers* Spoilers!

Among the Brave

  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Thoughts: I really enjoyed being with Trey. His character growth was beautiful and while I did find myself skimming a bit, I believe that was more because of the age difference between me and the target audience. Again, kids acting smart. I love that. And I loved that we got to see a lot of other characters in this one, and pieces of the puzzle start to fall together.  The only reason this one gets a 3.5 instead of a 4 is because of the few dry parts of skimming.
  • Favorite Moment: Busting out of a Population Police camp ❤

Among the Enemy

  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Thoughts: This one was incredibly interesting. Because I really enjoyed it. But there were parts that were very slow and bored me. And then it hit a point in the middle and it sped up and had me hooked again.  But I really loved how she took us into someone else’s head, but also away from the main action, and delved into the emotions of the bad guys a bit. It intrigued me.
  • Favorite Moment: There are lots of little moments I loved in this one. I think my favorite is just in general how Matthias’ grief and small actions caused such huge ripples in the enemy ranks.

Well, that’s it for this month!  April is proving to be pretty busy, but hopefully I’ll have more than just one book to show for it next month. Until then, happy reading everyone!

How many books did you finish in March? What was your favorite? 

Books of the Month: February Edition

We’ve gotten through two months of 2017! And since January was so full of quality reading, I know you’re thinking I read at least ten books for February, right?

 

Well…

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Yes, folks, as you can see… I only finished one book this month. HOWEVER it’s technically two, as I was a beta reader for one of my favorite author’s new books!  But between my husband and I both getting sick twice this month, a host of life issues, and a really slow book as I’ll get into in a minute, the month of reading was just scarce.

But let’s continue along anyway!

Favorite Book of the Month: The one I beta read :3 When it comes out I’ll write a post on it, because trust me, you will love it!

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Dragon Rider.

Why?  I’ve been trying to answer that question for almost a month now. It wasn’t that it was bad… just… kind of boring. It was agonizingly slow, I got tired of it, and really didn’t care much about any of the characters (except for Twigleg and maybe that’s why I kept reading)  There was a rather large question that went unanswered, and that bugged me greatly.  I don’t know.  Perhaps it was merely the writers style that I disliked and that made it so hard to slog through. Whatever it was, this book only made it to 2 stars in my opinion.

Due to there only being two books, one of which I really can’t reveal any information about, we’ll skip doing our brief bullet point overviews this time. But be on the lookout next month for a recap of March! It’s already shaping up to be far more wordy than February (I’m halfway through a novel as we speak!)

What about you? How many books did you read in February? Let me know in the comments!