How can it be November already?!
I had a good October overall (apart from failing yet another driving test) and because I went away to Cornwall for a week of it, I got a fair few books read. I’m especially happy though as I found some new favourites.
1. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson.
I received this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes in the following review may differ slightly from the final published version of the book.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Dickens wrote YA? Me neither, but that’s essentially what you get with Smoke.
Vyleta draws us in to his dark Victorian setting with a sinister opening scene at a boys’ boarding school. Julius, our seemingly perfect prefect, takes the role of Grand Inquisitor, questioning his fellow students until their bodies begin to physically smoke.
I had a lovely, fun Saturday! I met up with some friends for a bar crawl around Covent Garden, London. We booked the Ice Bar and I got to eat lobster for the first time in ages, which was probably my favourite part of the day… I love food.
I finally read it!
I don’t know why it took so long to get around to this Chaos Walking finale. (Well, I kinda do – I wanted to reread the first two books so I wouldn’t be confused by the final one, as I often get to the last book in a series and realised I can’t remember anything about the previous books. Does anyone else get this? I also often get to the end of a book and think, ‘I loved that’ and then can’t remember the name of the main character. Is this normal?!)
Please be aware that, although I will try not to spoil Monsters of Men, this review will contain spoilers for The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, so don’t read this if you haven’t finished those.
You won’t catch me, Karma, I think. I won’t do anything bad!
Paper Butterflies is a heart-wrenching tale of child abuse and how downright unfair life can be. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
In The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo, we pick up 6 months after the end of the Heroes of Olympus series and Apollo, the god of the sun, music, healing and pretty much anything else you can think of, has been cast down from Olympus by Zeus and finds himself stuck in the body of a teenage mortal called Lester Papadopoulos.
So I literally JUST finished Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel and must say that this is a breath of fresh YA air.
It’s about Maisie, a high-school girl badly burned in an electrical fire, who is given the opportunity for a face transplant. She agrees, thinking someone else’s face is better than no face at all, but we see her struggle with all the other aspects of her decision: the alleged changes to her personality, the pills she must take every day for the rest of her life and which make her too tired to be the straight-A student she was before, and of course, the constant staring.