Annette Reviews: 2015 Reads So Far

Well, I am doing pathetic job of reading this year.  I’d be more ashamed of myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m also trying to be a grown up and working a bazillion hours a week.  So far I’ve read 12 books this year and I’m 1 book behind on my Goodreads challenge and it’s driving me MENTAL.  But enough of that, here’s a recap of what I’ve read so far:

1) 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma  2 stars:  I really wanted to like this more than I did. I just found it to be repetitive and slow.  BUT Nova Ren Suma has a very poetic way of writing which is nice to read.

2) Something Like Normal by Trish Doller – 4 stars:  This was my first (and only, so far) re-read of 2015.  Look… it’s a 4 star right now but it’ll probably become part of the 5 star club.  Great writing, great characters, GREAT storyline.

3) The Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil – 3 stars:  Melissa Keil, doing it for the Aussie authors.  This is an adorable book. Melissa Keil has such a fun writing style.  I did like her first novel better, but this was still a great read

4) What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton  4 stars:  Wow.  This book is fantastic, I loved it.  Yet another YA novel tackling big issues.  Well done Colleen, well done.

5) Fault Line by Christa Desir – 2 stars:  Sorry, I know this book got a lot of hype, but I actually thought it tackled the issue of sexual assault really badly. I found it rushed, jumpy and a tad insulting.

6) The Off Season by Catherine Murdock – 3 stars.  A fun and light read.  I enjoy this series though it’s probably not something I would feel the need to read again.

7) Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 3 stars:  What a cute ending to the series.  My least favourite of all three books, but pretty much in line with what you’d expect.

8) The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn – 4 stars:  An apocalyptic novel set in Australia?  Yes please!  I feel like it completely changes the path of the story having it set somewhere that doesn’t have guns readily available.  Loved this novel!

9) I Was Here by Gayle Forman – 3 stars:  I loved If I Stay and Where She Went and I gotta say…I’m kind of disappointed with her 2 most recent novels.  It was a good read but nothing super stand-outy.

10) The Flywheel by Erin Gough – 4 stars:  Another kick-ass Aussie writer tackling big issues in a super cool way.  Rachel and I met her at the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event and she is so nice, which makes it even better!

11) Every Move by Ellie Marney – 4 stars:  Oh Mycroft why are you not REAL!  I thought this was a really good conclusion to the series. I didn’t feel like it was rushed and it tied up all the ends nicely… but not ‘too nicely’ if ya know what I’m sayin’

12) Gracie Faltrain Takes Control by Catch Crowley – 3 stars:  Cath Crowley is so QUOTABLE.  No wonder she was able to write a character like Poet (Graffiti Moon), she is so lyrical.

I haven’t read many books this year, but the ones I have read have mostly been super dooper (yeah…that’s the adjective I’m going with).


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