The gorgeous Kylie from Kylie Purtell – A Study in Contradictions has started up a monthly series of posts about all things to do with reading and today is the first post! I’ve never hidden my love for books and I love that she has started this one up. I need a kick up the but sometimes to remember to talk on here about the things I love too!
I’m going to cheat a little though and add a serious of books that I read in July because I really, really loved them.
The Infernal Devices Series (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess) by Cassandra Clare.
The Infernal Devices series is set in London in the 1800’s. The story is a prequel type to the Shadow Hunter series called The Mortal Instruments. It was really interesting seeing the characters in this story and the way that they were linked to the characters in The Mortal Instruments. Both series are about a race called Shadow Hunters, people with extraordinary strength and fighting abilities to protect the mundanes (humans) from the downworlders (vampires, faeries, werewolves). In this series however the enemy is something all together different. A man has created a robot army and it’s up to the Shadow Hunters and Tessa to stop him before he takes over the world.
Her by Felicia Johnson
This book really hit me hard. It hit me right in the feels and I spent a few nights sobbing while I read it. Her tells the story of Kristen, a 17 year old with a tumultuous home life. Kristen is a high achiever, putting herself through home school and she takes on a lot of the care of her younger twin siblings. After her Step Father is jailed, things get worse and Kirsten is hospitalised after attempting suicide. She is admitted to a juvenile psychiatric facility and Kristen is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
This book stayed with me for a long time after I finished it and I struggled to start another one. I did kind of feel a little robbed with the ending though, maybe Felicia will write a sequel. I go sucked into the story and I would love to know what happened Kristen..that’s the sign of a good writer in my opinion.
Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
I read this book straight after Her and it was probably a mistake. Zoe is admitted to a private clinic, an old house in the middle of nowhere, that treats young girls with eating disorders. The story flips between the present time and the past through letters Zoe writes to her friend Elise. Zoe hints at a developing eating disorder in the letters to her best friend but she never receives a reply. The story seems to meander along with not much happening, when BAM holy curve ball about 3/4 of the way through the story. It side swiped me completely. I won’t say what it is but holy hell Nora Price knows how to pack a punch!
I also read a few books from the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child but they are a bit same same. I had to read a couple of them to get over the mind fuck that was Zoe Letting Go and Her. I like having books that I can read without thinking too much. At the moment the Jack Reacher Series is it. I was in Big W last week and they had the movie for the first Jack Reacher on sale as part of a Father’s Day promotion. I still can’t believe that they cast Tom Cruise as Reacher! In the books he is described as an ex army brute of a man. Everything that Tom Cruise is not. Personally I would much rather have seen Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson pick up the role.
What have you been reading this month?
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