Wow! Bout of Book is already on round 22? That’s insane! I think my first BoB was like 8 or 9? and I’ve only missed 1 or 2 since then so this is about my tenth Bout of Books!
Here’s the official what’s what about Bout of Books if you don’t know about it already.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
If you’re not already, you should follow me on either Twitter or Goodreads and also maybe Instagram since that will be mostly where I will be updating throughout the week. I will try do to daily updates on my blog but I can’t promise anything on May 14 and 15 because I will be out of town visiting family so I’m not sure how much time I will have to read/make updates. But I will try my best!
So far the only book that I want to finish is the book I’m currently reading – Jack & Jill by James Patterson. I’m currently on page 96 of 466 but I’ll be farther along once the readathon starts. Anything else I read during that week will be a bonus. I might try to focus on audiobooks since I can listen to those and do my other hobby, knitting/crocheting, at the same time.
Are you participating in Bout of Books? Let me know! We can support each other along the way!
Title: The Family Next Door
Author: Sally Hepworth
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was really excited to read this book. The story follows the lives of three women who all live in the same neighbourhood. They are all also keeping pretty huge secrets, and when a new neighbour moves in, their secrets are ready to burst free. I apologize for the short review, I was not a huge fan of this book so I do not have a lot to say.
The main story follows Essie, and to me, it seems as though the other 2 characters’ secrets were added to make the book longer and to break things up a little bit. I am not going to spoil anything, but the story probably would not have changed had the book just focused on Essie’s story. The other story lines were not as exciting and I found I would either stop reading or I would skim through their POVs. Which is probably why it took me so long to get through this one.
I think this type of fiction, “Women’s Fiction,” is just not my cup of tea and that is why I was not a fan of this one. Not that it was bad, just not the genre I enjoy. However, if you like “Women’s Fiction,” then you will probably like this book.
Title: Sometime I Lie
Author: Alice Feeney
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book follows the story of Amber, who is in a coma, and how she got there. It alternates between three different timelines, her current situation being in a come, the days leading up to how she came to be in a coma, and a diary from when she was 11 years old. This was one reason why I really enjoyed this book. The alternating perspectives helped hold my interest. If the entire story was told from Amber being in a coma, it would get very boring real quick.
With the different timelines came the different possibilities of how she came to be in a coma, and who doesn’t love a who-done-it? I definitely guessed that part wrong, and it kind of came as a shock to me, which was nice. There were also two big twists at the end that had me shook! I won’t spoil anything but I love twists and this one was pretty big.
As for the characters, they fell a little flat for me, not super dimensional but I also didn’t mind it that much since I feel like adding too much about who the characters are would lead to long, boring stretches which I would not be a fan of. Although, the ending definitely left room for a sequel so hopefully the characters would develop some more depth in a sequel. I would most definitely read a sequel.
If you’re looking for a fun read with some twists that will blow you away, definitely check this one out!
Title: Bad Call
Author: Stephen Wallenfells
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Disney-Hyperion for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book totally intrigued me from the start. A psychological thriller with 4 teens who go camping but one of them disappears? I couldn’t wait to start reading this one!
The beginning was pretty intriguing. We start getting a little bit of background information about the characters, but not everything all at once which is nice. Because of this the set up of the story took a while but for the most part I didn’t mind because I enjoyed getting the background info; it helped break up the monotony of the set up. But then the 50% mark hit, and the 65% mark hit and still it felt like nothing was happening. I feel like these parts were supposed to maybe make the book more thrilling but I was just getting bored.
The real action didn’t start until about the 70% mark, but even then it wasn’t super thrilling. The character that committed the pivotal act was the only character we had no information on. We have no idea why this character did this particular thing other then it was all because of a girl. I would have liked to know more about this character’s history, his mental state, maybe some scenes from his POV.
I think the ending was very well done. I was nervous how it was all going to wrap up since there were only 20 pages left and they still hadn’t completely gotten out of their bad situation, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Overall, this book is not my favourite and I wouldn’t recommend it if you were looking for a thriller. If you’re looking for a quick and easy read, however, then I would recommend it. It’s not entirely bad, it just wasn’t as good/thrilling as I was hoping for.
Title: Sovereign (Nemesis #2)
Author: April Daniels
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Diversion Books, for a copy in exchange my honest opinion.
Speaking of honesty, I should have reviewed this book a long time ago and I feel really bad for not doing this sooner. The epub copy that I received from NetGalley expired and was archived before I got a chance to finish it so I had to get a copy for myself. It was not the book’s fault for my not reading it sooner and quicker. So let’s get to my review.
This book wasn’t as enjoyable for me as I was hoping, but it wasn’t bad.
I did not enjoy that we only got subtle clues as to what happened in the previous book, but I am grateful for getting some reminders instead of none. I was not a fan of Danny/Dreadnought this book. Her self-deprecating personality made it really hard for me to feel any empathy towards her. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the plot. It seemed kind of scattered to me. I was also waiting for some big reveal because at the end of the book description it says “And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.” Writing this review, I understand now (I think) who the old enemy is and what they did to scar the world, but that character was not “in the wings” in my opinion. The last thing I wasn’t a fan of was the romance between Danny/Dreadnought and Sarah/Calamity. My feelings toward their romance isn’t stemmed from homophobia before anyone makes false claims; to me, it just felt like their romance was forced. I didn’t get the feeling from the first book that they would have a fling yet apparently they had feelings for each other since the first book. It’s great seeing more diversity in books, especially when I can relate to how Calamity/Sarah was feeling, I just wished the relationship happened more naturally.
Overall, I think this book was alright. I think I may have enjoyed it more when I was a young teenager. The third book (if there is even going to be a third book) has the potential for greatness since Danny did some growing up in the final chapter. So if there is going to be a third book I will probably read it.
Title: Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: July 1, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
I was really excited to read this book! I was lucky enough to have read the first two through NetGalley as well and I LOVED them! Unfortunately, that was a year ago and I read too much to really remember everything that happened.
This book picks up right where the second book ended. Which, if you’re reading these books one right after another, then that’s really exciting! But, that was not my case. And the book didn’t really back track at all to jog my memory about what happened. I think this is why it took me so long to read this book because I had a vague memory of what happened, but events in this book were happening to quickly for me to feel like I fully understood what was happening.
It took about a third of the book for me to get so into it that I looked on Goodreads to see if there were supposed to be any others, and turns out there’s supposed to be 2 more after this. So, while I’m eternally grateful to NetGalley and Berkley, I think I’m just going to have to purchase these ones and then binge them when the last book comes out.
I’m really not a fan of not being reminded of what happens in previous books. But I still really enjoyed this one!
Title: The Border
Author: Steve Schafer
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publsher, Sourcebooks Fire, for a copy of The Border in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was so excited to read this book. I honestly knew nothing about it or the author when I came across it on NetGalley. When I read that this was about 4 teens trying to cross the Mexican/American border after all of their families were murdered by a gang I was hooked. I’ve never read a book like this and with today’s politics in the US it is UBER relevant!
Let me tell you this, if you are looking for heartbreak – cause let’s be honest who doesn’t crave a good heart crushing story once in a while – YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK. My heart was hurting from beginning to end. The story is tremendously sad and the journey they take is physically and mentally exhausting. The writing was on point! It was as if I was reading a memoir, not a fictional story. The details were so precise and the descriptions were so extraordinary.
Some of the characters fell a little flat for me. The fact that the character who’s point of view we have falls in love with the only girl in their group is just typical. I understand, some of the scenes wouldn’t have been so dramatic without the romance, but it was such an obvious thing to happen. For a book that’s unlike any I’ve ever seen or read, it was disappointing to have the fail safe romance.
I loved this book though. And whether or not you think this might be something that will interest you, please give it a chance! I’m not normally one to push books on people but I loved this one and it’s so relevant to today’s events.