5 December 2017

What I've Been Reading: November 2017.

I feel like I've been on a reading downer this month. It took me longer to finish the books I chose and out of the five that I finished, I only properly loved one!

"Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven't met properly yet. And perhaps they never will... Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can't get it out of her head, even though she's in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever- but not in the way she expects. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they return to England. Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there's no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly... or is there?"
This is a cute book but it took me a while to finish it as the story does drag on. I though all the near misses between the two main characters were done very well, especially one where they are both on a flight to New York. It just felt like I was waiting to long before the obvious conclusion. A good book, but one I won't be rereading in the future.

"A single choice can change everything. Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's  ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college application, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic- one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.  Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?"

Jennifer Armentrout can do no wrong in my eyes. She is one of my favourite authors and this lived up to my expectations. In case you hadn't guessed by know, this was the one book that I really loved in November. Honestly, if you haven't read any of Jennifer Armentrout's books, I highly recommend you check them out. The Lux Series is one of my favourites.

"Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed- and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim."

I'm a little on the fence with this one. I almost stopped reading halfway through as my interest started to wane, but I stuck with it and I didn't end up regretting it so that's something! The story itself is a little far fetched but I was surprised by the ending. I didn't hate it but I wouldn't recommend it either.

"Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can't escape the guilt of her twin sister's Jenna's death, and her own part in it- and she knows noone else will ever really understand. But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels... loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died. Then Kirsty's behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper's? And why is she so obsessed with Harper's lost sister? Soon, Harper's closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity. How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?"

This is probably my second favourite book of November. A thrilling look at the relationships between teenage girls at a boarding school, but for me, the ending didn't quite live up to the build up. I much prefer Torn, one of Cat Clarke's other books, to this one.

"Sarah Roberts used to be good. Then she did something bad. Very bad. Now, years later, she's living a good life. She works as a local newspaper reporter and lives with her saintly boyfriend Jonathan. She has no reason to think her guilty past will ever catch up with her. Until Nick walks back into her life. And suddenly, what's good and bad aren't so clear ro Sarah any more."

When I don't enjoy a book, I'll usually give up and start another one. But a rare thing happened and I actually finished I Did a Bad Thing. I loved Linda Green's newest novel, After I've Gone, when I read that earlier this year so I did have some expectations for this going in.... But I hated it. There are no redeemable qualities about any of the characters and Sarah constantly pissed me off. This book is a just a merry go round of the two main characters cheating on their partners and feeling guilty. Don't bother to read this but do check out After I've Gone as that is an absolute banger of a book!

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