This month I was able to work my way through a couple more books than previous months. I also read two more Wattpad stories as well, which I'll talk about at the end. Anyway, here's my 'November Wrap-Up'...
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Date Started - ??/??/2016
Date Finished - November 2016
I read this as part of my English topic this past term , but missed a few lessons so I had to do some catch up reading at home. This is why I thought I may as well include it here.
I don't really have anything to say about Of Mice and Men as it was something I had to read and I didn't really think too much about what I personally thought, but I do have to say that I did enjoy evaluating and digging a bit deeper during the topic.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/890.Of_Mice_and_Men?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Of-Mice-and-Men/9780141023571
Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy
Date Started - 1/11/2016
Date Finished - 27/11/2016
This is the sequel to Demon Road, which I read last year and really loved. This book had been on my TBR for quite a few months until I decided to pick it up and I'm glad that I did.
Just like the first book, Desolation did not disappoint. It was a bit more violent and gruesome as I expected, but it was still really good. Despite how long it had been since I'd read the first book, I didn't have any problems getting back into the story or understanding the characters.
It was action-packed and was just the perfect sequel to Demon Road.
Rate - 4-4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26791238-desolation?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Desolation--the-Demon-Road-Trilogy--Book-2-/9780008156992
The Adventures of Fawn: 'Til The Last Snowflake Falls (#1) by Al. E. Boy
Date Started: 17?/11/2016
Date Finished: 20/11/2016
I was sent a copy of this for review as part of a blog tour, so I do have a full review already up, which I'll link below.
It was a good childrens book and a good read for this time of year. There was a range of different characters, who all had something unique about them. The book focused a lot on friendship and how important it is. Overall, I did enjoy this book and will include the synopsis below.
Synopsis: Legendary reindeer,Comet and Vixen, have a daughter named Fawn. Fawn yearns to explore the world outside Santa's Village, but her parents tell her she's much too young to go off by herself.
"I want some fun and excitement! I don't care how dangerous it is!"
When the young reindeer utters these words, and begins sneaking out each day...she has no idea what's in store for her!
Along the way, Fawn does make friends with a snow bunny and a short snowman...Snowboy. But all is not so rosy, as she comes to realize the dangers her parents warned her about, are actually very, very real!
Hungry, wild animals, a deadly North Pole blizzard, and dangerous strangers capturing animals to sell to a New York City zoo are just some of the situations she's going to have to face.
It's going to be an incredible, exciting, and unforgettable week!
Rate - 3.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32592322-the-adventures-of-fawn-book-1?ac=1&from_search=true
AMAZON (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Fawn-Last-Snowflake-Falls-ebook/dp/B00NRZO920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483128712&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Adventures+of+Fawn%3A+%27Til+The+Last+Snowflake+Falls+by+Al.E.Boy
FULL REVIEW - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-adventures-of-fawn-book-1-til-the-last-snowflake-falls-by-al-e-boy
I did mention at the beginning that I read two Wattpad stories and they are:
- Saved by Zoe Sugg (SamLogan10)
- My Fake Boyfriend (ToTheExtreme95)
Anyway, that was my November wrap-up! Let me know what your favourite book that you read in November was...
Chapter Reveal: Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.
It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.
But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
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ChevyThe instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hang out from the top of my folder: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.
Story of my life.
According to my football coach, I chose wrongly on the two crap paths I had to face last week. I just ran into Coach on the way to English, and he ripped into me for my sorry decision-making skills when it came to me choosing to stand up for the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club instead of a member of my football team.
I didn’t just get my ass chewed out, his tirade made me late for English with no tardy note. Which is great since my English teacher hates late students like I hate riding my motorcycle in forty degree weather while it rains.
I round the corner, then peek through the small window on the door of my class. Ms. Whitlock stands in front of her desk in her patented white button-down shirt, gray pencil skirt and dark-rimmed glasses. From the back row, my best friend, Razor, meets my eyes and shakes his head. Damn. That means she’s in one of her moods where she’s refusing to let anyone in.
I’m not a tail-tucked-between-my-legs type of guy, but this lady is one of the few who can reduce me to begging. If she doesn’t let me in, then she’ll mark me as absent, the front office will think I skipped, and that means I won’t be able to play at tonight’s football game.
The window rattles when I knock. The entire class turns their heads in my direction, but Ms. Whitlock doesn’t. The muscles in my neck tighten. She is one of the hardest core people I know and my grandfather is the president of a motorcycle club. That says something.
She starts for the whiteboard and I knock on the door again. This time, Ms. Whitlock does look my way and she grants me the type of glare reserved for people who kick puppies. I got it. I’m late. I’m the scum of humanity, so let my ass in so I can play football.
There’s this guy in my club, Pigpen. He’s about the same age as Ms. Whitlock, late twenties, and he’s a walking hard-on for this woman even though she would never give him the time of day. He practically runs into walls when she’s around because he’s too focused on checking her out. I don’t see gorgeous—all I see is seriously pissed off and the person standing between me and playing.
Ms. Whitlock points at the clock over her desk. She’s telling me I can wait. If I’m lucky, she’ll open the door after the quiz that I’ll receive a zero on. If I’m not so lucky, she won’t open the door at all.
Two pathetic paths and I could only travel one. Nowhere in that stupid poem did it mention there was good and bad to both paths and that sometimes it’s best not to choose, but to set up camp at the fork and do nothing at all.
I slam my hand into the nearest locker, almost relishing the sting.
A glance across the hallway and I freeze. Doesn’t matter how many times I see her in a day, she still manages to take my breath away. Violet leans against the lockers as beautiful as ever. Red silky hair flowing over her shoulders, a pair of ripped jeans that look like they were tailored for her curves and enough bracelets around her wrists that they clank together when she moves.
Do I feel better? Not really, but I nod anyway as I try to judge if being alone with Violet causes more pain than having my balls ripped off. “Didn’t hurt.”
“Yes, I can see how slamming your hand against a locker didn’t hurt at all.”
My lips tilt up because she got me, and on top of that, Violet made a joke. Since she broke up with me last spring, things between us have been tense. On her side and on mine. Some people, like me and Violet, aren’t supposed to break up. Some people, like me and Violet, don’t know how to be near each other when we do part ways. “Are we talking now?”
“I’m locked out of class. You’re locked out of class. I could ignore you if that’s what you want.”
It’s not. Her ignoring me is never what I wanted. “Why are you late?”
Violet presses her lips together and looks away. A sixth sense within me stirs.Something’s wrong. I’ve known her my entire life. We were born only a few weeks apart and we learned to crawl on the sticky floor of the Reign of Terror clubhouse. We were friends, always friends, until one day, we weren’t just friends anymore. We became more until we lost it all.
“Late’s not your thing,” I say. Violet’s unconventional. Marches to her own drummer, but she’s not the type to be late to class. It’s a respect thing for her, something her dad taught her and Violet may never listen to another living soul, but she listened to her father. “What’s going on?”
She’s silent and frustration rumbles through me. Violet used to tell me everything. Used to see me as someone who could help solve her problems. She doesn’t see me like that anymore and it pisses me off. I’m angry at her for making us this way. Angry at myself for not figuring out how to fix us.
“You being late wouldn’t have anything to do with Stone, would it?” Stone’s her brother and the question’s a shot in the dark, but I don’t want to miss the chance to keep conversation with her going.
“Why are you late?” she replies as a nonanswer and my head snaps up. Guess sometimes blind shots do hit their mark. Violet was late because of Stone.
“What happened?” I push.
“I’m not talking about it.”
She cuts me off. “I told you how to help me and my brother six months ago and you told me no.”
By running away? No again to that insane solution.
“Tell me why you’re late,” she says. “If you don’t, then you need to stop talking, because the last thing either of us needs right now beyond missing a quiz or possibly being marked as absent is detention for getting into a shouting match. At least it’s the last thing I need, okay?”
I back up to the lockers across from her and lightly hit my head against the metal. Yeah, I don’t want to talk about why I’m late either. I shove a hand into my pocket and try to think of a change in subject. Telling Violet I’m late because my football coach tore into me for hitting a guy who was causing problems for the Terror, a guy who had been causing problems for her, won’t help me and Violet stay civil. She’s mad at the club, which makes her mad at me.
Violet’s watching me, and her expression is a lot like someone trying to figure out a word problem for math. Unfortunately, she knows me as well as I know her.
“Being late is going to cost you, isn’t it?” she asks. “You can’t play tonight if she marks you absent, can you?”
I meet her blue eyes, and my chest hurts at the sympathy I find there. I’d willingly miss tonight’s game if I could rewind back to a time where I could talk to Violet with ease and that’s not the type of trade I’d normally make.
Football is my life. So is the motorcycle club. The Reign of Terror are my family—the blood kind and the bonds of brotherhood kind. I don’t know who I am without the Terror, but to be honest, I don’t know who I am without football either.
Lately, I’ve been torn between the two, just like that poem, and everyone in my life has chosen a side. Violet used to be the person I could talk to, but then she walked.
Six months ago, Violet asked me to run away with her.She was driven by grief, driven by something she wouldn’t tell me about. When I told her no, that we needed to stay home, to be near our family, to be near the club, Violet returned the next night and announced I was choosing the club over her and that we were done.
Being a running back, I’ve taken more than my fair share of hits over the years, but I’ve never been as blindsided as I was that night. Never experienced the type of pain her leaving me created.
The door to the classroom opens and a sense of relief washes over me. I’ll have to bust my ass to bring up my grade thanks to that zero on the quiz, but at least I’ll be able to play tonight.
Ms. Whitlock steps out and sizes me up, then Violet. “I’m only letting you in if you have a note, otherwise you can head to the office and hope they give you one.”
Screw me. There’s no way I’ll make it to the office, get a note and return in time. Right as I’m about to kick the hell out of the locker, Violet glides past me and hands in her note. “This is Chevy’s.”
My head whips in her direction. “It’s what?”
“Yours.” Violet meets my eyes. “Thanks for offering it to me, but it’s not right for me to take it. I’m the one who didn’t have a note, and I’m the one who needs to make it right.”
She begins walking backward, and my short-circuited brain sparks back to life. I can’t let her do this. “Violet—”
“Have a good game tonight,” she says, then disappears down the stairs.
“Are you joining us, Mr. McKinley, or not?” Ms. Whitlock demands. Never met a person I hate as much as this lady and it takes everything I have to force one foot in front of the other.
Everyone watches me as I stalk down the aisle then drop into the last seat in the row, the one next to Razor. He’s calm, cool, blond hair, blue eyes, and he’s watching me like an owl who’s considering whether it wants that unsuspecting mouse for a snack now or later.
Ms. Whitlock is lost in her own world as she continues babbling about poem interpretations and people who died too long ago. I can do little more than open my folder and stare at the top of my homework.
“Chevy,” Razor whispers, and I glance over at him. He points to the paper on his desk and in his messy handwriting is You okay?
Yes, because I get to play football tonight. No, because Violet sacrificed herself for it to happen. Hell no, because the world’s messed up and I don’t know how to fix it. Worse no, because I don’t know if I should read more into what Violet did—if it means somewhere deep inside she still thinks we have a chance.
I shake my head, Razor nods and the two of us stare at the whiteboard. Two roads. One path. Can’t take both. The guy who wrote it acts like the choice should be easy. It’s not. And he also didn’t mention what happens when people like Violet shove you onto a path regardless of your thoughts.
“So how many of you liked the poem?” Ms. Whitlock asks.
The entire class raises their hands. Almost everyone, except for me and Razor.
And don’t miss the next chapters of LONG WAY HOME!
January 12: YA Books Central
January 13: Vilma’s Book Blog
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE, and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
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Book Spotlight: God Is A Woman by Michael Tavon
Title: God is a Woman
Author: Michael Tavon
Genre: Multi Cultural Romance/ Dirty Realism
Length: 165 Pages
Release Date : 12/4/2016
Description: From growing up in an abusive household to becoming a dejected adult, Price Jones found himself drowning in a sea of alcohol and one night stands, to fill the void of loneliness. The suicidal novelist is yearning for love more than ever before. His spiralling love life comes to a halt when an old flame saves his life. This is a story about how the support of a strong woman can help a man restore confidence, improve his lifestyle, and mental well being. God is a Woman.
If you love: plot twists. humor, dirty realism and diversity, "God is a Woman" is the perfect read for you.
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32733028-god-is-a-woman
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/God-Woman-Michael-Tavon/dp/1539861589/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480780802&sr=1-7&keywords=michael+tavon
If you've seen my other wrap-ups that have been posted recently, then you will know that I got really behind on wrap-ups and I am now catching up. If you haven't read the recent ones I've posted, I'll link them at the end.
really didn't read many books in September or October as I was still sort of in a reading slump. However, in October I also re-downloaded Wattpad, so I've also got some Wattpad books I'll mention at the end. Anyway, so long story short I decided to link September and October together and have a bit of a longer post.
Anyway, here's my September-October Wrap-Up!
Rhodi's Light by Megan Linski
Date Started - 1/9/2016
Date Finished - 3/9/2016
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book in trade for an honest review, as part of a blog tour.*
I do have a full review up for this book, which I will link below, therefore I'm not going to talk too much about this book.
This book series is about a small group named Rhodi, who's job it is to protect Cresentia, a dystopian world. They are ancient assassins, who are slowly dying out, so when they get two new Rhodi, they are more than excited.
There are two twins, Dylan and Devin, who when fleeing where they used to live with their parents, get into a car crash. The twins manage to escape alive and are left to forage for themselves. When they are caught stealing food from the Rhodi, they get chosen to be the new Rhodi members and they accept. However, things aren't as easy as they seem as they have many physical fights as well as mental ones. This book does feature scenes of self-harm and how one of the characters overcomes this and her own personal fight.
Overall, I really loved this book. It's full of action and adventure. It's funny at times, but is also serious and I think this book dealt with the self-harm issues very well.
The characters all have something unique about them, though this sometimes causes them to clash, however the character relationships develop very well throughout the book and you get to see their true feeling about each other.
My favourite thing about this book has to be the character relationships, especially the one between Dylan and Talidan and how much it develops throughout the story and the bond they develop by the end.
I really loved this book and thought it was a great start to the series! I would thoroughly recommend this book.
Rate - 4.5-5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31835951-rhodi-s-light?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodis-Light-Megan-Linski/9781535329767
FULL REVIEW - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-rhodis-light-by-megan-linski
Rhodi Rising by Megan Linski
Date Started - 7/9/2016
Date Finished - 16/9/2016
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book by the author in trade for an honest review*
This is the sequel to Rhodi's Light, which I do have a full review on (linked above).
I also have a full review for this book, which is ready to post, but I'm not yet sure whether it'll be up before or after this post. However, when it's up, I'll make sure to link it down below.
I did also enjoy Rhodi Rising, but just not as much as Rhodi's Light.
The characters were once again amazing and I loved the addition of the new characters and thought they fitted very well into the story.
Just like Rhodi's Light, there were quite a few twists and turns, which I loved. However, I just didnt seem to enjoy the book as much and felt as though I was pushing myself (a teeny tiny bit) to finish it at times. However, this could be down to the fact that I was still feeling a bit reading-slumpish or maybe I had just set my expectations way too high.
I would still recommend this series as I do love them and really want more people to as well. They have really good storylines, lots of action and brilliant writing; overall just a great series.
If you do want to know more about the books, I do have full reviews for both book 1 and book 2, which will be linked somewhere on this post.
Rate - 3.5-4/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31849587-rhodi-rising?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodi-Rising-Megan-Linski/9781535349802
FULL REVIEW -
Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
Date Started - 22/10/2016
Date Finished - 30/10/2016
I don't really know how to explain what this book is about and don't want to explain wrong, so I'm just going to insert the synopsis:
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
I randomly picked this book up when book shopping for my bithday and decided to give it a go. I hadn't really heard anything about it, but it reminded me a bit of Geek Girl (by Holly Smale) and Waiting For Callback (by Honor&Perdita Cargill).
Basically this was one of those funny contemporary books, that I end up just absolutely falling in love over. I don't currently have a review up for Super Awkward, but if that's something you guys would want (or maybe a mini-review) then just let me know and that's something I can easily sort out.
Like I said above, when I read the synopsis to this book, it instantly made me think of Geek Girl and Waiting For Callback (which I love)!
By the way, when I say this I don't at all mean that Beth copied them or that the other authors copied each other, because the books are still completely different, it just to me made me think of that funny YA contemporary genre that those other books fit into as well.
The main character is called Bella and I absolutely loved her character and was genuinely interested in what would happen to her. She made me laugh at times, but at other moments had me hiding in embarrassment for her.
The writing style was also great and fitted with Bella and the story very well.
I would definitely recommend this book, especially to lovers of Geek Girl and Waiting For Callback etc. They are still different book and the main characters are unique to each other, but for me they just fit into the same YA contemporary band.
I hope that one day there is a sequel or novella to Super Awkward, as I really did love it and that would definitely be something that I'd be interested in reading iof there was to be one.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
I then also read two Wattpad stories (both fanfiction). I didn't know whether you guys would be interested in them or not, but I thought I'd include them anyway. Don't worry next month, there will be Wattpad stories other than fanfiction.
Anyways I read:
Adopted by Bratayley - Bratayleyfanforever
I Will Stand By You (A Brannie Fanfiction - BratayleyFanficsss
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