Contemporary · Fiction · Mental Health · Sci-Fi · YA

November 2017 Wrap Up

Hello, beautiful readers. It has been a very long time since my last post and I am so very sorry for that. My life has been a mess and it has been challenging to put it back together. So thank you for sticking with me. I truly appreciate it.

For November I read four books. No idea how! I kept bouncing from book to book. No book could hold my attention for very long, so I am really surprised I completed four. They were good ones too. I am not going to post full reviews for any of them but I will post a few of my thoughts.

BROKEN MOONThe first book I want you guys to buy and read (because you will devour it in two sittings) is BROKEN MOON by Sarah Beth Moore. She wrote a short non-fiction book awhile ago (which is everything to us creatives) and now she has blessed us, once again, with her wit, genuineness, and bad ass-ery.  “What if yo discovered human souls and they were about to become extincts and you were the only one who could stop it?…Elements of horror, urban fantasy and theology intertwine in this fast-paced adventure, culminating in a revelation that will haunt Naiya for the rest of her life … though her journey is far from over.” So, no pressure right? I adore Sarah. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to receive a ARC of her newest book but, thanking whatever Goddess put that into motion. BROKEN MOON is an amazing adventure. You get an instant “Big Brother is watching” feel and the creepiness doesn’t stop there. Demonic City Guards. I think that was actually my favorite part. The certain unpredictability of The Party and their sure creepiness. Although the story line feels familiar, with the dystopia-ness and the lead girl who has a rare ability, there were things throughout the book that set this story apart from all those other stories. Mainly that Naiya feels real. She thinks and acts and feels as though she really is human and not a made up badass from the mind of another badass female. Secondly, the story is really unique. It’s dark and twisty and I was left guessing for most of the book, and then, BAM! The fight scenes are packed and I was constantly on the edge of my seat reading. The character development felt natural, not just for Naiya, but for all the characters. That is something really important for me in a book that has characters continually growing. This was overall a fantastic read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a darker book, a fan of dystopia, sci-fi, and fantasy. It’s a book you won’t forget anytime soon.

DREAM THIEVESSecond book I read was DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater and OMAKAQH NAGIAQ OAQOGJ GIKGOAO JJASIGA ITKG I loved this book. SO. FREAKIN. MUCH. I didn’t think I could fall for Ronan any more than I already had. I should know better than to underestimate Stiefvater. This book was so unlike any other book I’ve read and I didn’t want it to end. The thieving from dreams? Seriously? So amazing and unique and I want to do it. The character development from Ronan, we now understand why he is so dark and scary, but sooooo lovable! Ugh, and The Barn! I want to visit. It sounds so awesome. I would like to grow up surrounded by hills and cattle with a bunch of old barn buildings everywhere. I wish I could see inside Stiefvaters brain. Like, watch it work. I want to see how she works out problems, art pieces, books, decorating, driving, anything really. Anyways, Ronan, I just want to squeeze him. I realize I’m late to this party but, better late than never.

The MercilessThird book I read was THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega. My sister really likes Danielle Vega so I thought I would give her books a try, and also because I am going through a witchy stage right now. All things magic. I was so unprepared for this book. I knew some weird stuff was going to happen but I did not think this book was going to go into so much detail. Satanism, black magic, torture, and high school, which is probably the worst of the four things I listed. Let’s be honest. I am not sure if I even liked this book. I do not have any plans to read the second, or third books, but I could not put this book down and it read so seamlessly. There were some parts where I was thoroughly freaked out, and others where I was so over it because it was almost too, “high school.” I do not know if that makes any sense. Too, “mean girl,” I guess.

WOBWFinally, the fourth book I read was WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS by Julia Walton. You guys, I love this book so much. I cried so hard and my heart felt so heavy. I have not felt this much from a book since ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and THE SERPENT KING. The book was set up like a journal and we went on the roller coaster of a ride with Adam and his story was truly eye opening. We got all his thoughts and all his emotions and it felt as though you felt as though you were one of Adam’s real friends. I love when books expose me something I did not know about before. WOBW was easy to read and you felt so connected to Adam and all his friends. By the end of the book you were really rooting for Adam to get better and you were ready to go against the world to make sure it happened and oh my heart is heavy again with the thought of this book. Please read it.

 

Thanks for sticking around and reading my rambles! If you pick up any of these books or have already read them, I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Live long and prosper,

Chelsea K. 

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