So, apologies in advance, because this month I have been a piss-poor bookaholic.
I think I was all booked-out after a very successful reading month in May, and for most of this month I’ve been avoiding books completely (except I’m rereading Deathly Hallows at the mo and LOVING it). (They’ve just come back from Godric’s Hollow. It was AWESOME.)
So in June, I read a meagre total of… 4 books!
1. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness.
Premise: The final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men sees Todd face off against the Mayor and Viola’s outer-space friends finally arrive.
I enjoyed this more than The Ask and the Answer but not as much as The Knife of Never Letting Go. If you’d like to read my full review, click here.
My Rating: 4.5/5
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
Premise: A boy called Thomas wakes up in an underground lift with no memories except his name. He arrives in the Glade, an area full of other teenagers who have lost their memories and surrounded by a vast labyrinth full of deadly creatures.
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this. I’ve heard so many bad reviews, but I really don’t get why people hate it! Like, were we reading the same book?!
This was such a page-turner and, even though I’d seen the film, I was itching to see what happened next and read the whole thing in like a day. Then I moved on to…
(My Rating: 4/5)
3. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.
Premise: The sequel to The Maze Runner. Thomas and the other Gladers have triumphed (well, sort of) in the Maze but they find their challenge has only just begun.
Normally, I never enjoy sequels. They never live up to the hype, except in rare circumstances (like Harry Potter and… nope, pretty much just Harry Potter). But The Scorch Trials is that sought-after thing: a novel just as good as its precursor. In fact, I may even have enjoyed this one more than Book 1, since I didn’t have a clue what was going to happen this time. So then guess what I moved on to next?!
(Actually, I guess Alice Through The Looking-Glass lives up to the original. What sequels do you all think are as good as their predecessors?)
My Rating: 4/5
4. The Sleep Room by F. R. Tallis.
Technically I did move on to The Kill Order next, but I just wasn’t enjoying it that much. I liked it better when they were living within WICKED’s schemes rather than going on the run (because I’m a sadist, apparently, and I like my characters to be playthings). I also tried to read Sophia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (funny and well-written but I just couldn’t get into it) and The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (expected to love it – thought it would be another Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend – but it’s very slooooow) and I DNF either of them. So I started rereading some of my faves but I even gave up on One Day, which is like my go-to when I’m in a slump, but the other day I had a long train journey so I took The Sleep Room along, thinking it’d force me to read something new and it’d be a good page-turner-y thriller-type thing. (Also to conserve my phone battery, I won’t lie.)
^ You probably didn’t need to know all of that.
So yeah, The Sleep Room. This was a disappointment. I’ll be putting up a full review soon, but suffice to say I was expecting thrills and chills… and I was not fulfilled.
(Rocky Horror, anyone?)
My Rating: 2/5
Thanks for stopping by! (Don’t forget to tell me what sequels you like!)