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Holiday Reading Reviews

Hi readers & friends!

As you all know, I have spent the last couple of weeks in Cambodia! (Full holiday post, picture diary and vlog to come, so stay tuned :) ) Whilst away I managed to sink my teeth into 9 books, which has really helped me hit on-track for my GoodReads challenge.

I started using GoodReads super late in the year and set the target of 56 books in 2018. Because I started late and added books in from the start of the year based on memory, I may have forgotten some and actually be further ahead in my challenge thank I think I am, but for now I'm on track to hit 56 by the end of the year!
 So, here are my reviews.

 The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks - 3* 

I picked this up at the airport as I love a thriller. It was okay - but just okay. It spends the whole synopsis and blurb really selling it in as a 'completely shocking twist you would never expect' and the whole USP is supposed to be that it's completely shocking and unexpected. However, it was literally almost a carbon-copy of all popular thriller's from the last few years, such as Girl on the Train and The Couple Next Door. It was good, and if it hadn't sold itself as being completely different and shocking I would have enjoyed it more but it raised my expectations with the back cover and didn't come close to fulfilling them. I left this at a bookswap stand in a hostel.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before, PS. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han - 4*

 I finally got around to reading TATBILB trilogy. I have to say, I enjoyed them much more than the film and gave them 4* purely because I enjoyed them enough to keep reading the next book in the trilogy. It was such easy reading, there was no depth or difficulty and it was just a nice, predictable storyline. The characters were much more likeable and 3-dimensional in the books than in the film, and by the end I felt like I knew the whole family. Plus, I developed a bit of a crush on Peter Kavinsky. Like everyone else in the world.

 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet - 3*

 I really loved Bennet's other YA contemporary love stories, but something about Alex, Approximately just didn't click with me. I didn't like the characters as much as in her other books and the story was just a little boring for me. It reminded me of a cross between a Nicholas Sparks film (particularly The Last Song, but not as good) and Endless Love with Alex Pettyfer. Take from that what you will.#

 The Child Thief by Bella Forrest - 3*

I love Bella Forrest's YA fantasy books, particularly The Gender Games and The Girl Who Dared series. However, for me, The Child Thief didn't really hit the spot like her other books. The world building just wasn't as strong. The concept is about a world where the rich buy children from the poor, and is (of course) controlled by a power-hungry government. The main character was pretty unmemorable, the main hunk is basically a replica of Viggo from The Gender Games and I feel like she took all the tropes and characters from her other stories and mashed them together to create a new series. I finished it and was entertained, but wouldn't pick up the second.

 A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison - 3

Bought this mostly for the cute cover, but enjoyed it. Read it in one sitting on the flight back. It was as much a book about friendship as it was a love story, but if you're after a romantic comedy as I was, the cover and title is a little misleading. There is some romance, but it's not very good. I found myself more invested in the relationship of the main character, Hannah, and her BFF/Frenemy, Stella, than I was with Sam, the love-interest.

 Shatter Me by There Mafi - 4*

 I FINALLY got to read this and have to say, I loved it and can't wait to finish the series. The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is because there was serious insta-love between the two main characters at the start. Sure, they went to school together and were both secretly in love with each other despite never speaking and then end up together again which isn't at all coincidental/creepy and are STILL in love 3 years later despite never speaking? Not for me. But the world-building is good, the main villain is well-rounded and written and the main storyline is really exciting and interesting. Can't wait to read the next.

 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green - 2*

I have such a love/hate relationship with John Green. I love love LOVE Looking For Alaska and I enjoyed Paper Towns but could never get into An Abundance of Katherines (didn't finish), and again, Turtles All The Way Down for me was a failure. I loved that it focused on mental health and took a new look at OCD and anxiety disorder, and I think the main character could really have created an amazing story. Unfortunately, that's just what was missing. There was no storyline whatsoever. There was no character development for any of the characters and literally NOTHING HAPPENED?! I got to the end thinking, what was that entire book even written about? Wouldn't recommend, even for John Green fans :(

 What genres do you like to read most on holiday? C x


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