February and March Reads

So here’s my reading wrap up for February and March! I managed to read 7, on top of other books for the ‘Under Cover’ series. So here are the books I read …

‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon 

YA

4 out of 5 stars

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Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? “Everything, Everything” is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood

Fiction 

3 out of 5 stars

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Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.’ Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.

‘Truly Madly Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty 

Fiction

3 out of 5 stars

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Six responsible adults, two best friends – and one day that changes everything. ‘This is a story which begins with a barbecue in the suburbs. . .’By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead. In just one evening six lives will change for ever . . .

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini 

Fiction 

4 out of 5 stars

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Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job-Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That’s when things start to get crazy. At his new school, Craig realises that he isn’t brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbours include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness 

YA

5 out of 5 stars

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A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonising memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this…

 

The Beach Wedding’ by Dorothy Koomson 

Fiction

3 out of 5 stars

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Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family’s tropical beach resort to get married. Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever. But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past – or they may ruin her daughter’s future…

‘The Mime Order’ by Samantha Shannon 

Fantasy Fiction

4 out of 5 stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London… As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

What was your favourite reads of April and March?

Amy XOXO 

1 Comment

  1. March 25, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I love Everything Everything! Haven’t read any of the others on this list though! I really want to read some Patrick Ness books soon they always sound amazing! My favourite reads have been The Book Thief and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!

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    xx

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